Bicycles in War

I had heard about Vietnamese soldiers using bicycles to transport supplies along the Ho Chi Minh trail, but other than that I was completely unaware of the role that bicycles have played in the history of war. Martin Caidin's book tells the story. You can read it at

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 16, 2021
     Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles | War

Wheels are faster than walking. The operator can carry more, although more is not necessarily better - the Colt machine gun bike is a good example.
Posted by KDP on 12/16/21 at 10:20 AM
Makes sense. Bicycles are reasonably fast, conserve energy compared to walking, don’t use precious fuel, are maneuverable, easily repaired, and can be carried when they can’t be ridden.
Posted by Brian on 12/17/21 at 01:54 PM
What, you thought bikes wouldn't have been used in the Netherlands during WW2!?
Posted by Richard Bos on 12/18/21 at 08:55 AM
The rolling dentist's chair could be a mystery illustration. Was the dentist expected to be shooting at the enemy while he worked on your teeth?
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 12/18/21 at 10:18 AM
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