Cycle Infantry Drill Regulations: 1892 Pope Mfg Co

Pope and his competitors didn’t stop at advertising the bicycle for general use, but sought out niche markets to broaden their sales. While police officers welcomed the speed and maneuverability that bicycles gave them, other uses didn’t fare so well. The Colonel thought that safety bicycles could be adapted for use in the military as mobile artillery units. Harnessing a 100-pound machine gun to a bicycle might offer more mobility, but the heavy weight slowed the vehicle down to a few miles per hour and required its rider to get off and push it up slopes. Pope fitted one unit with a small cannon, another with a forward-facing machine gun but, in the end, the obvious problems prevented the U.S Army from buying the idea.

 

Cycle Infantry Drill Regulations:

By Brig Gen Albert Ordway

(1892 Pope Mfg Co)