Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Swedish Military Bicycles: Militärcykel
In light of the recent discovery that my M94 Swedish Mauser was used by the first bicycle infantry regiment in Sweden, here is a bit more about the bikes:
The first bicycle was introduced in 1901 in the 27th Regiment to replace the horse cavalry that had been used up to that point. Six bicycle regiments were in use through WW2, but after the war, it was decided to move away from bicycles with the exception of general transportation and special units. Bicycle Infantry units continued to operate in Sweden into the 1980's.
Here are the models of bicycles that were used:
M/1901 The first safety bicycle officially designated for bicycle troops.
M/30 A spoon braked, balloon tired bicycle.
M/Finsk A bicycle imported from Finland.
M/42 The most well known of the Swedish bikes. Featured front drum brakes
and large rear rack with tool box and pump tube. Weighed up to 52 lbs.