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Thursday, February 25, 2010

1898 Fongers Military Bicycle

I think this photo is so interesting; it was found at this flicker photostream. Here's what the caption says about it:

"1898 Fongers militairy bicycle, this bicycle could be separated in two peases [sic]. Picture came out of a recently discovered crate from the old Fongers-factory filled with glass negatives. What you see is also a picture made from the 1898 glass-negative."

This photo was taken 112 years ago but this bike could be as useful today as it was back then. I love how the leather bags are integrated into the frame, and that there is actually a spare tire. I wonder what operated the headlight (kerosene?). It looks as if it were a single speed...look at the size of the front gear to the rear one...this thing must have flew.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Add that one to those other nifty military bikes that you previously posted on.

It kind of reminds me of a Raleigh 20 without the ability to fold.

I can't imagine getting that thing started with the front chainring.