a little humor...1869 Bike for the real Tom Thumb. The American Cyclecar magazine catered to motorists devoted to this type of small car. A cyclecar was a slim, lightweight, and economical vehicle usually powered by a one- or two-cylinder engine. In the mid-1910s, at the height of the cyclecar fad in America, proponents could learn about the vehicle by reading this and other similar magazines & journals. Creator: Charles P. Root & Co.