And you thought inline skate wheels couldn’t get any bigger - check out these crazy skates from 1923, “All the rage in fashionable Paris, France.” These crazy ‘skates’ have got to be some of the earliest inlines ever, although technically, they aren’t really ‘in line.’
The video above shows the ‘newest sport:’ cycle-skating; and although the footage doesn’t show it, you just know that about three minutes after these things were invented somebody started racing them. The skates are essentially just cycling wheels strapped onto the inside of a boot, but they CAN go off-road, so that’s pretty cool.
If you look closely you can see that several of the skaters had an onion tied to to their belt, as was the style at the time. The men would often skate down to the dock to take the ferry, which only cost a nickel then. In those days the nickels had bumblebees on ‘em. ”Give me five bees for a quarter,” you’d say…
It appears the French inventing new ways to attach wheels to oneself is not a recent trend, check this guy out: