Saturday, October 16, 2010

leitner military folding bicycle

'the leitner portable bicycle was manufactured during ww1 in kharkov, russia. according to the article below (see link), the folding mechanism was based on a "rifle lock" concept (perhaps the author was referring to the bolt locking mechanism?), enabling for a more rapid folding time. it has been argued that the bicycle was superior to other folders of the time (france's capt. gerard bike, as well as austrian, german, and japanese models).

for a loose translation (russian to english) of the history of this bicycle, see:'

1 comment:

LBJ said...

Wow - I can't believe they had folding bikes all the way back in 1917! Technology has come a long way since then - here are some photos of another folding bike currently in use by some folks in the U.S. military.