Army Bicycles SWEDEN

note: The KRONAN is not made in Sweden but in Holland, Belgium and China

Dit is nu de echte Zweedse legerfiets, en niet gemaakt in Maastricht.




A small history of Bicycles from SWEDEN by Åke Stenqvist

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Information found on Wikipedia:
The Swedish military bicycle (Swedish: militärcykel), or Swedish army bicycle, has been used in the Swedish military for over a century. In typical military humour, these were nicknamed LTGAC (Swedish: Lätt terränggående attackcykel or Light All-Terrain Attack Bike) by the conscript soldiers using them.

The first bicycles in the Swedish military were privately owned or bought for testing purposes. Bicycle infantry were first introduced in 1901, when a Gotlandic infantry regiment, I 27 in Visby, replaced its cavalry complement with bicycle-mounted troops. By 1942, there were six bicycle infantry regiments in the Swedish army, operating mainly m/30s and m/42s. However, there were also examples of undesignated tandem bicycles for use by field radio operators and specially fitted pairs of bicycles designed for mounting a stretcher between lead's rack and the rear's steer tube.

Following World War II, in 1947, the decision was made to decommission the bicycle infantry regiments. They were gradually removed from the Army between 1948 and 1952. Following this decision, the role of the bicycle shifted away from a combat one to a more utilitarian one, with special bicycle transport groups being formed. However, bicycle rifle battalions (Swedish: cykelskyttebataljon) continued to exist into the late 1980s.

m/1901 A safety bicycle, it was the first officially designated bicycle in the Swedish army
m/30 A spoon brake equipped, balloon-tired roadster. It was based around an agreement with several large Swedish manufacturers regarding the interchangeability of parts. Weight: ca. 23.5 kg (52 lb.)
m/finsk A Nymans-manufactured bicycle without chainguard. The label finsk is the Swedish word for Finnish.
m/42 The most well-known Swedish military bicycle. It was produced by several large Swedish bicycle manufacturers (Rex, Husqvarna, Monark, Nymans) from the 1940s to the 1950s with a maximum of interchangeable parts. It uses a rear, one-speed Novo coaster brake hub and, on Husqvarna-produced examples, a front drum brake (chain-operated by an integrated right-hand lever). In addition, it has a large, sturdy rack with a tool box and storage tube for a short frame pump. Weight: up to 26 kg (57 lb.)
m/104, m/104A 26 × 1½ inch (584 mm) wheels with Sachs Torpedo rear hub.
m/105, m/105A Post-1971. 28 inch wheel with Sachs Torpedo rear hub.
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