Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Photo - Swiss Army Bike

Any dog that chases this bike is in big trouble.
The Swiss Army had bicycle infantry troops until they were finally disbanded in 2003. They used only two models in their history. The MO-05 was introduced in 1905 and used until 1993. It was a single speed and weighed around fifty pounds. Soldiers were expected to carry as much as 70 pounds of military gear. They must have been in pretty good physical condition - If you have ever been to Switzerland, you know it isn't flat.

In 1993 the Swiss Army introduced the MO-93. It has a seven speed rear derailleur, with a stout guard around it, as you can see in the photo. It also has a front rack, which the previous model did not have. Although they no longer have special bicycle troops, the Swiss military introduced the MO-12 in 2012 for general transportation usage.

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