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Old 10-15-05, 06:01 PM
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Swiss Army Courier bike

I stumbled across this: http://www.rydjor.com/bikecollection/1940swiss.htm

...many months ago. Rydjor has a great bike collection and I particularly like that specimen of a Swiss Army courier bike.

A few days ago, someone mentioned that type of bike with a link to a catalog - sort of like "Sharper Image" or "Sportsman's Guide" that was selling them:

http://www.sieglers.com/prods/prod_1...dinary%20Gifts

...and someone on eBay selling one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/1940-Swiss-Army-...QQcmdZViewItem

I guess these are the central European equivalent to the classic British 3-speed. Internally geared hub, built like tanks, not for speed but for longevity.

Having lived in Germany near the Swiss border, I guess I have a soft spot for these bikes.

Anyone else familiar with them or own one?

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Old 10-16-05, 09:12 AM
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I,too, have a huge soft spot for bicycles such as these.
They are simple honest machines ment to transport
the rider with no complaints or problems......ever.

They still make bicycles like this today......
This is the essence of the Worksman cycle line.

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2005 Kona Smoke

It's not vintage but it kind of looks like the Swiss Army bicycle. Maybe it's just the flat black paint?

 
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Well that's sort of the modern equivalent isn't it! At least the way that one is outfitted - fenders (with mudflap!), rack et al. Nice. Was that photo taken in Maryland?
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Well that's sort of the modern equivalent isn't it! At least the way that one is outfitted - fenders (with mudflap!), rack et al. Nice. Was that photo taken in Maryland?
Yes at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore City. The Kona Smoke retails new for $349; maybe a good deal?
 
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I,too, have a huge soft spot for bicycles such as these.
They are simple honest machines ment to transport
the rider with no complaints or problems......ever.

They still make bicycles like this today......
This is the essence of the Worksman cycle line.

"Bicycles built for work......everyday"

It's only been since I started reading BikeForums.net and other online forums (Usenet, LiveJournal) I've found the modern classic bikes. I like the higher end stuff like ANT and Worksman but even Electra Townies would be a great bike for someone wanting to step up from the W*lmart stuff.

Others on my respect list...Jonny Cycles, Kirk Frameworks, Vanilla, Serotta, Independant Fabrications, Seven Cycles and Waterford.
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Here's a more current, updated version - Reynolds 500 steel frame, hydraulic brakes, and Shimano drivetrain. But it ain't cheap at $3450, and weighs in at 48 pounds!!!

Swiss Army Bike

And here's the bargain vintage single speed version for all you fixie freaks, at $350:

Swiss Condor Bicycle

As an aside, attached is a photo of German WWII bicycle troops manuvering in France. Wonder what bike they are riding?
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