Military Bikes

By: 
Eli Post

 

 

We use our bikes for exercise or pleasure or both. However we may not realize that they also have military use.  The particular bike shown is a paratrooper bicycle

military bicycle is a bicycle specially adapted to the needs of armed forces. In use since the early 20th century in many armies throughout the world, bicycles allow for silent movement and increased mobility on the battlefield. Additional advantages of military bicycles are that they allow individual soldiers to carry more supplies without being encumbered and are very inexpensive to manufacture and maintain when compared to horses and vehicles. (Wikipedia)

The artifacts are from a World War II Museum in Connelsville PA, and the photos are by Alex Post