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Bicycles at War!(10 posts)

Bicycles at War!rollo tommassi
Aug 25, 2001 3:27 PM
I know we've posted the Swiss paratroop bikes before, but this site has even more info - very cool! The best is all the way down at the bottom of the page: a folding camo green mtb. with "PARATROOPER" in 4 inch letters on the top tube! (can be purchased!)

well, it's mindless fun for a rainy saturday afternoon.....
re: Bicycles at War!SamDC
Aug 25, 2001 4:14 PM
They have Shimano GripShifts!!!! Interesting propoganda, I mean advertisment.
...ala Pee Wee Hermanfiltersweep
Aug 25, 2001 4:53 PM
All they need is the rockets, the smoke screen, ejector seat, and the fake grip... Pee Wee Herman had the right idea for a tactical bike set-up (slightly borrowed from 007).
I'm Enlisting!!! nmRIGHT NOW!!!
Aug 25, 2001 7:36 PM
Thanks for the great linkJohnG
Aug 25, 2001 8:37 PM
That is just tooooo funny!

or check out http://www.militarybikes.comLuis
Aug 25, 2001 9:34 PM
I saw this site referred to somewhere else today. Don't know anything about how these would ride, but fwiw.
Swiss Army Bicyclist are no moreclub
Aug 26, 2001 4:59 AM
heard on NPR recently that the Swiss have decided to end their Army cyclists, in favor of motorized infantry. No word on whether they'll be blowing out their bikes. Maybe Al Goldsmith will get them all cheap for Supergo.
Bicycles at War!alex the engineer
Aug 26, 2001 5:52 AM
The US army actually once had a bicycle corps, which were utilised during the "Apache war", in the desert southwest, at around the turn of the century. This corp was nearly all african-american, many of whom were black Seminoles from Oklahoma (more commonly known as "buffalo soldiers"). these troops were instrumental in the tracking down, and eventual capture of Gronumo and his band of warriors. (And, yes, they rode on tubulars.)
1898, the Bicycle Calvary ...Humma Hah
Aug 26, 2001 2:15 PM
Rode from Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri. Mostly on railroad grades, bouncing down the ties. Carrying everything they needed.

In those days, men were made of iron, and bicycle rims of wood.
The Navy's bikes ...Humma Hah
Aug 26, 2001 2:19 PM
... At the San Diego Navy Yard this spring, I was given the opportunity to tour the destroyer Stetham. Parked at the bike rack alongside was a bike that immediately drew my attention, a rusty old Excelsior cruiser, like the Klunkers that gave birth to MTB. A close inspection revealed the bike was Navy property, particularly, it belonged to the maintenance department. It is a WW-II or earlier bike.

Since then, I've learned that they still have quite a few of these, they know perfectly well how collectable they are and what they're worth, and they will not part with them.