Montague_Paratrooper_BikeThis may be the perfect tool for LGOPs who want to get around faster. The jumpable tactical bike. Bicycles have enjoyed a use in military applications since at least the end of the 19TH Century, though I can’t say if any have ever been jumped before. They’ve been used by couriers, by light infantry for increased mobility and to haul supplies. You’d be surprised how many countries have had dedicated bicycle infantry units (Bersaglieri anyone?). Montague has been providing military bicycles (tactical mountain bikes like the TENS) for more than a decade – this video makes it look good.

They are now available for civilian purchase.

LGOPs – from the probably apocryphal quote attributed to Gen. Gavin: After the demise of the best Airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs on the battlefield. This effect is known as the rule of the LGOPs. This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off 19 year old American paratroopers. They are well trained. They are armed to the teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the Commander’s intent as “March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you” – or something like that. It’s accurate and may very well reflect Gen. Gavin’s philosophy, but a lot of argument remains about an actual quote (that isn’t from a movie). Spurious or not, the Rule of LGOPs is one embraced by shooters who happily throw themselves out of perfectly good airplanes.

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Buji February 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

I've had one of these for about a year now. The daily abuse of folding, loading into the car, unfolding, and just riding around has been a little tough on the derailleur (sp?) but overall I'm impressed with the frame, even if I find myself wishing for a more lightweight solution around town. The paint sucks though, btw. Chipped in several places where the frame gets roughed up while in the folded mode. Liberal application of grip tape like my old bmx will probably be in order.

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JCitizen February 7, 2013 at 10:06 am

This is too cool!

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Kelly February 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

British airborne troops had a folding bicycle made by Birmingham Small Arms Company during WWII.

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Long Thrust VI February 8, 2013 at 7:33 am

German paratroopers did as well.

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olly February 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

I don't know about bicycles, but British and free French paras used to jump with folding motorbikes in canisters slung on a strop between their legs. This was during and for a good while after the war, the bikes being phased out eventually though the British parachute regiment still use strops for large loads. Google Wellbike for the folding motor bike. And just to point out the last quote could lead to freindly fire, so check before you shoot someone dressed differently.

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11b February 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

Dont forget, the Japanese used the bicycle to great effect against the British in WWII! ;)

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Pete Sheppard February 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Sparktastic!

Google 'Mike Sparks'…and get ready for some REAL silliness! He advocates bicycles for military operations, and even made a video of a jump with a collapsible bike.

WARNING: He's the 'Gavin' guy…

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Steve D. February 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Looks pretty good. But I'd prefer to see composite rims and airless tires.

I think they're underutilized by the military, but should be very effective when armoured transport is not required.

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Cristian February 8, 2013 at 12:02 am

Thanks for refering to my beloved Bersaglieri heritage!

Very few knows that the Bersaglieri were born as light&fast infantry and, since the "other" means of trasportation at that time was by horses there was only bycicle available to "speed up things". and they discovered it was a very effective means.. Italy has a wide variety of terrain.. we have them all but desert I can say.. and there are very few terrain that will stop a bike, and this stop will came way after anything else have already been stopped, now back to the topics: I am not sure that in today's battlefield a bycicle will be an effective system: the primary pourpose is to move close to the enemy before engagement.. in today's battlefield and with todays warload.. maybe there are other solution.. bycicle have thir pros and cons..

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Jack February 8, 2013 at 3:35 am

LGOPs??? Please define.

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John lee February 8, 2013 at 4:33 am

Little Groups Of Paratroopers

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SGT(RET) ROBERT A DE February 8, 2013 at 7:37 am

WOW THATS SO COOL NOW I HOPE FOR NO MAYWEST,OR LINE TANGALL,JUST A BEAUTIFUL LINE STRECH TO A GOOD PLF.

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Jack February 9, 2013 at 1:21 am

John Lee —– Many AIRBORNE thanks! Nine years, 82nd, 101st, 173d. Never heard that term before.

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