Swiss Velobrigade Military Bicycle

Given Switzerland’s small geographic area dominated by urban and wooded terrain, defensive military bicycle units, have been conscripted for more than 100 years. The Swiss military surplus bicycle photographed here is known as MO-05. Amazingly this single speed bicycle remained virtually unchanged from its introduction in 1905 and the design was in service for nearly 85 years. (It was only slightly modified to include a drum brake in models after 1911.) This example was procured in Switzerland and is equipped with dynamo light, leather satchels for storage, and ball hitch trailer for transporting stretchers. It’s owner Carl, uses this hefty bike for cargo applications, and you may see him riding near his home in West Seattle.

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Here is a full shot of the bike on Alki Beach.

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5 Comments

That is a really cool bike.

I have the nirve kilroy,  but it pales in comparison.

-Joe

what a coincidence.  I checked out this post a couple days ago.  I get to work this AM, and what is parked in the HED parking ramp?  that’s right, a genuwine swiss army bike, just like the one pictured only more worn.

wow! Who was visiting?

If you like what you see and would like to have a closer look at this MO-05 with anhanger (trailer), then join in on the Fourth of July cargo ride.

http://www.rideyourbike.com/cargobikeride15.html

We pack it all on our bikes, then slowly ride to a park to drink and eat, and of course, talk bikes, bikz , bikkes, biikes… you get the picture; we get sauced.

Carl,  Where can I buy one of these military bicycles?  Please help.

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