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The First Mountain Bike?

November 19, 2005

While looking for info on a Bianchi 650cc v-twin motorcycle supposedly manufactured around 1916, I ran across this info on Bianchi USA’s site :

1915: Bianchi invents the first mountain bike. Developed for the “bersaglieri,” the elite Italian light infantry division, the vehicle featured a spring suspension frame and forks, 60 cm wheels with wide cross-section Pirelli tires, a collapsible frame with shoulder straps, and optional mounts for a rifle, machine gun, or mortar.

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