I started researching military cycling history in 2011. At first all my research material was piled up in cardboard boxes. But when i was approached by a publisher to write the book that became ‘BAD TEETH NO BAR: A History of Military Bicycles in the Great War’, it started to turn into print. Meanwhile, I became very busy finding and restoring relevant bicycles and remanufacturing cycle accessories to militarize them. Even when the book was finished, I still found more military bicycles that I wanted to include. By this stage the publisher was fed up with the fact that the book had grown so big and that I was still adding bicycles. This 1911 Costa was the last photo I managed to squeeze in, just days before it went to press.
This is an important early military bicycle, being Italy’s first practical design, predating the better-known Bianchi that was used during World War 1.
The Russians created their own military folding bicycle for World War One along similar lines.
1911 Costa Military Folding Bicycle
24″ Wheels with Solid Tyres
FOLDING THE COSTA