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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 WE ITfHBRIOGE HERAtD Wednesday, Marth 7, 1973 V of L profs brainchild New tank The Scorpion, a Brilish light lank ,is to be bought by vintage Centurions. The cost of 100 Scorpions is expected the Canadian government to replace the lo run about Picture a 20" color portable with 1-button tuning, remote control Best dollar value in a automatic color and remote control Some picture! How can a family-size portable loaded with great performance features move so easily from room to We made it that way! The secret is in trie perfectly Integrated circuitry. Beginning with APC. Automatic Pre-Set Color. Here's how it works. Tint, color, brightness and Automatic Fina Tuning are all pre-set at Jhe factory. This means you get optimum color at the touch of a button. What's more you can select your own personal lint and color levels with the new, easy-to-see and easy-to-use slida controls. Picture's great, too. 184 sq. in. of Super Brite viewing. And the final luxury. Remote Control. Change channels, adjust volume from your armchair. Your best portable buy. Nowl Chrome Stand with swivel top. 549 .99 with stand Unique bike great for exercise Bert Fairbanks, a Univer- sity of Letlibrldge physical education professor, has in- vented a bicycle which is pedalled with both hands and feat. The odd looking machine sils in one ef the U of L physical education class- rooms and is used by stu- dents who hope lo increase their muscle power and sta- mina. Tiie bike is tlte tlilrd of its kind developed by Dr. Fairbanks. He originally got the idea for the "double-ped- al" bicycle in 1959, when, as a physical education major, lie was concerned that lie wasn't getting enough exer- cise in his daily schedule. The stationary bicycle might be unusual in its ap- pearance, but it doesn't cause half the comment the professor's first invent i o n did: Ms first bike had wheels and was operative. When Bert Fairbanks went double- pedalling around tire cam- pus of Brigbam Young Uni- versity, he drew some strange looks indeed. The stationary bicycle is relatively simple in design, consisting a frame of heavy steel rods (salvaged oil well drill an ad- justable seat, a hydraulic pump (reclaimed from an airplane motor) to control the resistance on the pedals, and two large chains and sprockets. In most respects, the- machine would resemble others of its type, were it not for the "pedals" where the handle bars should be, making it a 'two wheel drive' vehicle. "The object of (ha bi- says Dr. Fairbanks, pedalling vigorously by foot and hand to demonstrate his brain-child, "is to give the user more arm, shoulder and upper body exercise. Most of us get very little torso exer- cise and are particularly weak in the arms." He says his bicycle differs from the "rowing" models used in fitness salons which provide mainly back exer- cise. The bike is most use- ful for students active in ath- letics such as wrestling or swimming, since those sports rely on endurance and stam- ina in the arm and shoulder area. In 1962 Dr. Fairbanks re- ceived a grant from a U.S. bicycle company to attempt to implement the double- pedo'. principle on a ten- speed bicycle. However, the experiment was not a suc- cess. Because his hike had two chains, the rider, using both hands and feet, would get going at such a speed he would lose control. Also, ad- mits the professor ruefully, the bike was awkward to steer once fatigue set in. "It could work on a ID- speculates Dr. Fair- banks, "but you would need a much larger sprocket than is normally found." Since Ihen, he lias almost given up the idea of patent- ing and manufacturing bis in- vention. "It probably .would cost more money than it would says Bert Fairbanks, "and the bicycle would be relatively expen- sive to produce." Although the bike does offer a dual form of exer- cise and would be valuable to athletes, Dr. Fairbanks thinks most sports goods companies are more interest- ed in selling a product than providing good exercise. And he thinks his bike is too un- usual and specialized in na- ture to sell well. However, the physical education professor does at- test to the results his inven- tion can achieve. After rid- ing the machine as a stu- dent, he found his arm strength so greatly increas- ed, he was able lo win a swimming match he had not even trained for. When Dr. Fairbanks built the bicycle three years ago, its total cost was in- cluding materials and labor. He had to have the parts machined and welded by ex- perts. He financed the pro- ject by a grant from the Uni- versity ol Lethbridgc. 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