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    Can you buy military bikes?

    I've read up on Bicycle Infantry a couple times, and recently discovered that the Swiss used them up until the mid 90's or early 2000's. They even had a fairly recent design, the M-93, in use.

    Does anyone know if military style bikes are available floating around somewhere? I do like odd bits of militaria, and this happens to be a spot where two interests collide (militaria and bikes). I'd like to see if maybe I can get my hands on a piece of history...

    Thanks,

    M.

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    Swiss?

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    http://www.coldwarremarketing.com/

    Click on vehicles, then bicycles. They have a pile of Swiss army bicycles in various conditions...
    There's always room for one more bike!

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    As far as collecting goes, there is a lot of "all original" military bicycles sold with new/repro parts, for inflated prices. There are whole websites/forums dedicated to this alone. Oldroads.com would be another place to look around.

    As far as just something nifty to ride, buy the cheaper ones and be prepared for a trip on the wayback machine with Mr Peabody and Sherman. Most of the examples are based on ancient features like cotterpin cranks--Raleigh DL-1-era stuff. Okay for light use but very-much-not performance rides, in terms of either weight or durability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Swiss?
    Well it looks like an ordinary bike, but you can fold it into a 'bent, or a tricycle, or even a unicycle depending on your needs... and the handle bars become a knife and fork.

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    Since Switzerland's military is seemingly built on bicycles and pocketknives, it's probably good for them that they're neutral.
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    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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    They get extra security from holding the money from every despot in the world,
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    I bought mine from Cold War Remarketing and it was a fantastic bike, a real attention getter. Regrettably I was foolish and traded it in at my LBS for some much needed stuff. It sits up front on display so I can visit the bike whenever I want. It's the star vintage bike of the shop. One day soon I will own another.
    The best thing about a bicycle is that it uses no gasoline, therefore the chance of fiery death is greatly reduced.

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    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
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    Argh, now that I went to the website, I want a Pinzgauer all over again...
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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    Saw this recently

    http://neworleans.craigslist.org/bik/3216382697.html

    They are out there

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    this site doesn't sell, but gives a very interesting story of u.s. bikes in ww2, and
    how to identify them.


    http://www.theliberator.be/militarybicycles.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Since Switzerland's military is seemingly built on bicycles and pocketknives, it's probably good for them that they're neutral.
    lol! Thanks.
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    This reminds me why I never go into road...........thanks guys.

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    What about older bikes not necessarily WWII bikes? I love those when i see them in movies.

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    Hey, Astrozombie, what's your prime directive?

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    wow. I'm learning something here. I didn't know that military bikes existed except in WWII movies

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