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Old 06-07-15, 12:26 PM
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Swiss Army bikes?

New Swiss Army Surplus MO-93 7-speed 26" Bicycle - 637593, Field Gear at Sportsman's Guide

7 speed, 26 inch, racks, fenders, lights, lockable luggage, complete tool kit, $1000

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Old 06-07-15, 12:35 PM
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...and 48 pounds
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Old 06-07-15, 01:16 PM
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The price is not bad, especially considering that it includes dynamo lights for the front and rear. Granted the bike is fairly heavy, but it has some pretty heavy duty front and rear racks installed, and on flat terrain weight is not as big a deal as it's often made out to be. It also seems to me as though it would make a great starting point for an aftermarket e-bike conversion, which would make 20+ mph speeds doable on flats, and it would also make hilly commutes much more enjoyable.
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Old 06-07-15, 04:39 PM
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I like that!
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Lighter than my Gazelle, and only one gear less, ignore the weight weenies, it would be a great commuter or utility bike for most conditions.
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I have some stairs to deal with at home (around 15 total each way) and some transit stations are elevator free. The practical limit for me to lift is about 40#, 48 would be too heavy, particularly on the long flights of stairs. Good features, but it would be nice if it was 20% lighter.
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Old 06-07-15, 09:48 PM
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hydraulic rim brakes--I wonder what kind of condition the rubber gaskets and all would be in after being stored for 20+ years? Or how easily one could find replacement parts.
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Originally Posted by ClarkinHawaii View Post
hydraulic rim brakes--I wonder what kind of condition the rubber gaskets and all would be in after being stored for 20+ years? Or how easily one could find replacement parts.
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure those bikes didn't have hydraulic brakes. The ones I've seen have all had rod brakes for the front, and coasters for the rear.
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Originally Posted by fuzz2050 View Post
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure those bikes didn't have hydraulic brakes. The ones I've seen have all had rod brakes for the front, and coasters for the rear.
The modern army bikes have Magura hydraulic rim brakes, totally different from the old single speed, rod brake bikes.
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Mine is older, and heavier. Fun to ride (downhill) but no commuting with it for me.

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Originally Posted by TickDoc View Post
Mine is older, and heavier. Fun to ride (downhill) but no commuting with it for me.

1951 m05

I got to take one of those for a spin at a tweed ride last month...interesting bike, and that "stamp brake" in the front was interesting

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From the description this appears to be a used bike. I like the bike overall and I guess it's not a bad alternative to a used Workcycles Secret Service. I wonder what condition they are actually in.
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From the description this appears to be a used bike. I like the bike overall and I guess it's not a bad alternative to a used Workcycles Secret Service. I wonder what condition they are actually in.
I saw one about a year ago and it was in excellent condition, but being surplus there's always going to be variations.
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