This coincided with a major event… stopping by Atlanta to visit Oki, which donated a 491 cellular phone. This was very new technology, and for a while it was mounted just below the console of the bike. But as BEHEMOTH developed, it was completely integrated and computer-controlled. Much more about this is in my Cellular…

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This CNN piece is from a time when I had wrapped up the Winnebiko II adventure, and was embarking on a random speaking tour via a converted school bus. The Computing Across America book was finally published, and I was starting to think about the third bike version (the one that would come to be…

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This is one of a flurry of cellular industry trade journal articles that popped out in 1988, covering the somewhat audacious and absurd addition of a 3-watt bag phone to the bike (at the cusp between the Winnebiko II and BEHEMOTH versions). If you’d like video from exactly this time, there is a piece on…

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During the school-bus jaunt around the US after completing the East Coast aboard the Winnebiko II, I was on a quest for technological tools to begin what would become BEHEMOTH… and a major component was the Oki 491 cellular phone. This visit to Norcross accomplished that, as well as connections with a few other local…

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During our travels around the US in 1988, we passed through Charlotte… where we not only did a bit of media but also launched a consulting relationship with Hand Held Products. This is the newsletter of the local bicycle club… Tarheel Cyclists Crank Mail Charlotte, North Carolina┬áMay, 1988 “High Tech Nomad,” Steven Roberts, pedaled into…

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It was fun to see how the “mainstream” cycling community reacted to my machines… for folks cognizant of every ounce, the gizmological excesses of Winnebiko II and BEHEMOTH (which Bicycling covered in more detail 3 years later) must have seemed absurd. The press was generally kind, though; it was good PR for bicycle touring, and…

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This was a fun article, though I have to wince a little at the tale on the first page in which I recounted the Great Tollbridge Caper. I actually thought this was pretty funny, but the Bicycle Advocate of the NJ Dept of Transportation wrote to the magazine to denounce my temerity in boasting about…

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This article had an unexpected side effect – I got along so well with the author that he became my base-office manager. His extensive writings on the computer scene were always good, and having someone on staff who could “speak the language” was most helpful when dealing with publishers and sponsors. This is one of…

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Barry Bernson has personified the human-interest class of news in Louisville since 1971, and his stories were always a pleasure to watch. During a return visit to Jeffersontown to visit my parents, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with him. This VHS recording was on top of the TV when I returned sadly…

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by Nancy Feigenbaum Greensboro News & Record April 2, 1988 Ask Steve Roberts how fast he can go on his 8-foot-long recumbent bike. “I can hit about 30 words a minute.” It’s all in the knee-high handlebars under the seat. Roberts has equipped them with eight typewriter-like keys he uses to control the two computers in…

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