Forget Looking Sweet Upon the Seat of a Bicycle Built by Raino Frischknecht
updated 02/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
Frischknecht, 33, a technician at Philips, an electronics company in Zurich, Switzerland, likes little things. The 5'7" inventor lives in a minihouse in a small village with a diminutive wife. His job? Developing miniaturized components, of course.
He developed lilliputian bikes while pursuing a hobby, performing as a carnival clown. For his act the garage mechanic's son has constructed such wondrous vehicles as a motorized violin case, some miniature motorcycles—and, of course, his microbikes. His latest and littlest number is only 3.9 inches long. That is one-third shorter than the smallest pedal pumper now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, a six-incher built by Las Vegas circus performer Charlie Charles.
Though Frischknecht's fuel-thrifty genius hasn't earned him much money, it has taken him pretty far nonetheless. As a performer, he has graduated from playing country fairs to big-time TV guest appearances all over Western Europe. In January he took his act to Jamaica and Brazil. Lately he's been pondering a new gizmo: a micro-bike built for two.
Perhaps fortunately for the world at large, Frischknecht has no plans for bringing his inventions to market.