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Unlike other modern military forces who abandoned the bicycle as troop transport after WWII, Switzerland maintained a cyling light infantry until the mid-90’s.

Swiss military bicycle MO-93Above: The last model Swiss military bike, the MO 93 could lug over 300 pounds. Below: The single speed model MO 05 saw service in the Swiss military from 1905 till 1993  ( images: Militärvelos Shop and Velo Zürich ) 
Swiss Military bicycle MO-93
Swiss Army bike parts
Militärvelos Shop in Switzerland carries vintage parts for both the 05 and 93. Including the frame bag, rack, and Edco hub for the 93 shown above. Below are chainrings for the 05.
MO-05 chain ringsAnother web site selling Swiss Army bikes: Das Schweizer Militärfahrrad
A Bicycling magazine video from the 90’s on the Swiss Velobrigade:
Recent Developments:
Lest you think now that the Swiss have abondoned military cycling transport that the military bicycle is history check out the latest in US defense research:

Montague Paratrooper tactical folding bicycle      

In 1997, under a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Montague partnered with the US Marines to develop a tactical folding all terrain bicycle. Check out this comparison table comparing the bicycle to other means of military transport: 
Efficiency Chart
SYSTEM LOAD CAPACITY DAILY RANGE SPEED FUEL PER DAY

Foot-Infantry 50 pounds 25 miles @ 3 MPH 3 lbs. MRE for rider   

24 lbs. H2O for rider


Bike-Infantry 75 pounds 75 miles @ 10 MPH 3 lbs. MRE for rider   

24 lbs. H2O for rider


Horse/Rider 100 pounds 100 miles @ 15 MPH 40 lbs. Hay   

150lbs. H2o

3 lbs. MRE for rider

24 lbs. H2O for rider


Motorcycle/Rider 100 pounds 300 miles @ 40 MPH 55 lbs. Gas   

? oil + pumping/storage

Equipment

3 lbs. MRE for rider

25 lbs. H2O for rider


5-Ton Truck 10,000 pounds 300 miles @ 40 MPH 710 lbs. Dsl.   

? oil + pumping/storage

Equipment

3 lbs. MRE for rider

25 lbs. H2O for rider


AAV (APC) 10,000 pounds 240 miles @ 30 MPH 1,234 lbs. Dsl.   

? oil + pumping/storage

Equipment

3 lbs. MRE for rider

25 lbs. H2O for rider


Swiss Bike is selling a bike based on the Montague tactical folding bike to the civilian market.

Some beautiful B&W photos of a Swedish Army bike.

Lot’s of pics and info on military bikes at Combatreform.com/atb.htm

BSA Airborne bicycle

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