The Swiss Army Bike
Recently, one of my readers turned me on to a seller of surplus Swiss Army bikes. That's right, the Swiss Army, designers of the famous tool chest disguised as a knife, and drivers of the Pinzgauer and Unimog. On looking at these bikes, I simply said "Yeah baby!" Swiss Army bikes, or Militarvelos, are fashioned after the classic Roadster bike that I covet. They have a coaster brake, a vertical rod front brake, and an extra rear drum brake. I suppose such is necessary in the Alps. The bikes came complete with dynamo driven lights, a rear rack, and a leather satchel for tools and documents. they even have a totally minimalistic bell on the handlebars. Pure lust swarmed from my chest.
I began to goggle and research articles on this machine to learn more. I contacted the supplier, only to find they had none available. Too bad.....At $350, the price was a bit steep anyway. My research is telling me these bikes should range in price from $100 to $250 or so.
I will likely not purchase a Militarvelo at this price, but I will keep looking for one. This is one hardcore utility bicycle. I want one!
Labels: Bicycles of Desire