11 Oct '11, 11am

Bicycles at war

Bicycles at war

Photo: Montague Two summers ago, I stood in the grass next to my bike, watching a tall, muscly fellow demonstrate the moves he had been developing for self-defense using a bicycle. He called it Bikendo . We practiced quickly raising our front tires so the bikes stood vertically and we could use the wheels to keep distance between ourselves and our imaginary assailants. Then, as our attackers lunged at us, we stepped around the bikes and laid them on their backs, sending the bad guys into a slow motion crotch-plant over the chainring. Ouch. It turns out that bicycles can take down bigger threats than a shadowy figure in a dark alley. "We perform well against the tanks," explained one Swiss soldier, vexed at the imminent dismantling of his bicycle-mounted military unit. But let me back up. Back in the 1880s, when two wheeled steeds with pneumatic tires were state-of-the-art ...

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