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