It is interesting to know that armies were using bikes in their military campaigns as far back as the 1890’s and they soon discovered that folding bikes were a great asset for the infantry and so they became an important part of army supply. Around 1900 folding bikes were manufactured for the British army by Mikael Pedersen (an interesting man who had come up with some clever inventions and had successfully manufactured the Pedersen bicycle) and these were used in the Second Boer War. Pedersen’s folding bikes, which weighed 15 lbs and had 24 inch wheels, had rifle racks as part of their design. During the Second World War, the War Office wanted a folding bike that could withstand being dropped from planes without a parachute and would weigh less than 23 lbs. The Birmingham Small Arms Company, more familiarly known as BSA, came up with a folding bicycle that fitted the requirements and it was a great success and was used by the British paratroopers at the D Day landings and at the Battle of Arnhem.