MILITARY BICYCLES: 1886-1914

Though a speedy and efficient form of individual transportation, the Ordinary (‘penny farthing’) was totally unsuitable for use under war conditions. It presented an easy target, was a danger to the rider at speed on poor roads, and could not carry sufficient luggage. The tricycle was only useful on good road surfaces and was too bulky to carry over obstacles.
It was not until 1886 that a feasible safety bicycle came onto the market. The cycle industry now had their eye on commercial usage of bicycles. It was not easy to land a contract with the British Government to supply military equipment. But the new style of safety bicycle made this possible and led to many trials of bicycles under simulated wartime conditions.

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1886-1918 HISTORY OF MILITARY BICYCLES VIDEO

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1886/1887 Military Premier (Hillman, Herbert & Cooper)

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1887 ‘Singer Safety’ (Semi-Diamond Cross Frame)

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1896 Columbia Model 40 Military

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1896 Gladiator Military Folding Bicycle

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1897 Spalding 25th Infantry Military ‘Special’

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1898 Alldays Matchless Military Roadster

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1899 BSA Fittings Machine: Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers ‘Cable Layer’

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1900 BSA Fittings Machine: Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers Wireless Operator

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1900 Dursley Pedersen ‘Detachable’ Military Cycle

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1900 Peugeot Capitaine Gerard Folding Bicycle

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1901 Peugeot Capitaine Gerard Catalogue

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1901 Quadrant Military Bicycle

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1902 BSA Roadster (Boer War Military Model)

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1908 Raleigh All-Steel Military Model

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1910s BICYCLETTE PLIANTE PEUGEOT ‘SYSTEM GERARD’

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1911 Costa Military Folding Bicycle (Italian)

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The Cycle in Warfare

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WAR & PEACE SHOW: Talk on Military Bicycles VIDEO

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