Thanks to a very rainy 1st May weekend, we had the chance to explore the Luzern transport museum. Great museum for kids (and big kids), with lots of interactive stuff, planes, boats, trains and cars.
Among all that, they squeezed in a few interesting bicycles.
A Swiss military bicycle. Apparently unchanged in design for almost 100 years… (must be heavy!)
An early tandem from the 1930s
They also had an early mountain bike (nicer but similar to some of my collection, Deore LX etc.) and an interesting bike which completed a tour of the world.
Ridden by Armin Honegger, this 1955 British Hercules completed a 149,000km round trip of the planet. Looking at this bike, Herr Honegger commands some serious respect. Nowadays, most people wouldn’t even ride to work the supermarket on this, so it just goes to show what is possible with simple technology.
No need for a thirty three gears, aero tubes, electronic shifting, air damper suspension and carbon fibre. This guy went round the world on a (well built) drainpipe with three gears and crummy brakes. Well done that man!