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Dad’s bike invention advances in Walmart contest

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Updated: August 30, 2013 10:36PM



JEFFERSONVILLE (AP) — A southern Indiana man whose children wanted their bicycles to sound like motorcycles has cleared the first hurdle in a Walmart contest for new inventors.

Joe Clevinger’s “Wheel Popper” attaches to a bicycle’s wheel dropout and creates a loud motor-like sound when ridden.

The Jeffersonville resident tells the News and Tribune that he obtained a provisional patent and entered the Wheel Popper in Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” contest. Those who get the most votes from the public can sell their items at Walmart.com, and the overall champion can market the winning product in Walmart stores nationwide.

Clevinger says the Wheel Popper has practical applications because the noise it makes catches drivers’ attention and make them more aware of bicyclists.

They will sell for $7 to $10.



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