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Vintage bike tricks, circa 1965

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 20, 2014

Lilly Yokoi was an acrobat who specialized in performing on a bicycle. During her career, she toured around the world and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show three times. In this performance from 1965, Yokoi does some seriously before-their-time tricks on her Golden Bicycle, including a no-hands handlebar spin, a no-hands wheelie, a handstand over the handlebars, and several other tricks…all in chunky high heels, mind you.

Here’s an even earlier performance, from 1961. See also some bike tricks filmed by Thomas Edison in 1899.

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