Motorized V-Twin Roller Skates

motorized roller skates

We received these remarkable images last week along with the below article, it originally appeared in the General Automobile-Newspaper on the 25th of February 1912. I’d never seen a V-twin roller skate before and I’m willing to bet that many of you haven’t either, these are from the very earliest days of the automobile and…

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Leica R3 Safari

Leica R3 Safari

The Leica R3 Safari was a special limited edition of the popular Leica R3 released in 1976, many credit the R3 with saving Leica as the company had struggled financially in the years immediately prior due to some poor selling models. The R3 was significant for a few reasons, the electronics had been co-developed with…

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Ferrari Duostop Rally Timer

Rally Timer

Rally timers were (and still are) absolutely essential for competitors in events like the Mille Miglia, this pair of timers was built by Hanhart for Ferrari and it was used actively in competition throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Hanhart designed this timer to be either mounted on the dashboard or worn around the neck with…

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Stirling Engine Kit

Stirling Engine

The Stirling engine was originally invented by Scottish minster Robert Stirling in 1816, his invention rivalled the steam engine for a time and today it’s rapidly finding favour with modern inventors looking for ways of mechanising heat to create zero or low emissions engines. The working principle of the Stirling engine is simple but highly…

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Goal Zero Solar Adventure Kit

Goal Zero

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit is a portable solar cell and rechargeable battery pack designed to keep your gear charged when you’re off the beaten trail. It uses a folding Nomad 7 twin solar panel which plugs into the Guide 10 rechargeable battery pack. Once charged the batteries can be used in devices…

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Sinn Dashboard Chronographs

Sinn Dashboard Timers

Sinn Spezialuhren is a watchmaker that most people have never heard of, it’s a German company that was founded by pilot Helmut Sinn in 1961 to make chronographs and instruments for pilots and aircraft. Although the Swiss might be more famous for their chronographs, the Germans have a long history of producing world class watches…

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Blub Uno Desktop Tube Clock

Blub Uno Desktop Tube Clock

The Blub Uno is a minimalist tube clock made from machined aluminium, glass, bamboo and powered via USB. The tubes are easily replaceable and thanks to the small remote control, the colour, time and date can all be set from across the room – the Uno can also display the current temperature. The clock is…

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Sandqvist + Wrenchmonkees Backpack/Pannier

Sandqvist + Wrenchmonkees Backpack Pannier

Being on a motorcycle and carrying gear isn’t easy as many people imagine, messenger bags can be slightly worse than useless due to their tendency to swing around to the side or front under braking. Backpacks are good but they can cause fatigue on longer rides and although panniers are perfect, many of us don’t…

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Janus Tool Roll

Motorcycle Tool Roll

Regular readers of Silodrome have all become accustomed to my love of the classic tool roll, they were invented out of necessity shortly after the first motorcycle was invented – these bikes were unsurprisingly unreliable and so it became essential to have a decent tool kit on you at all times. Modern motorcycles are now…

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Remove Before Flight Key Chain

Remove Before Flight

This Remove Before Flight Key Chain is something I’ve had for years, it’s an almost perfect tag for your car or motorcycle keys due to the fact that it’s bright red and very difficult to misplace. It also seems to draw more comments than any other single object I own, everyone always wants to know…

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The Gentleman’s Bar Collection

Bar Collection

This is our collection of slightly unusual items that you probably don’t currently have in your home bar, but that you should probably consider. Especially the sabre. Champagne Sabre The Champagne Sabre was clearly invented by a drunk person who had a sabre in one hand and a bottle of champagne in the other. For…

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