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Of bikes and inventions

Posted 11.17.06 at 10:11 AM

By Jennifer Nelson

In the 1940s, when soldiers were stationed at Camp Maxey north of Paris, a man named John Alexander owned a building downtown in Paris. It was then known as Alexander’s Bicycle Shop, but is now known as the Texas Spud Shop.

Mr. Alexander worked on anything (but mostly bicycles). He was very talented when it came to bicycles. If you knew bicycles as well as my family does, you might know that he created one of the world’s most expensive bicycles - the Rocket bike. He built this bike and rented it out for $25 a day. Only 25 of them were ever made. He also invented the first flashlight holder that soldiers mounted on the sides of their Jeeps.

Jennifer Nelson is a freshman nursing student from Paris.

Reader comments

Deborah | October 27, 2007 @ 11:30 AM

There is a restored rocket bike listed on ebay (10/27/2007) (130120834199) if anyone wants to see a photo of one.


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