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Montague Folding Bikes Helping to Serve a Mission

While our first folding bikes were created to help people to commute more easily, our current design was developed for the US Military. Our bikes helped USMC Paratroopers serve their mission, and to this day many other organizations use Montague bikes to serve their mission of helping people. The versatility of a full size folding mountain bike helps medics, police, search & rescue, and other emergency response teams do their jobs faster and more efficiently.

Here are some examples of Montague folding bikes that have been customized for use by an EMT (left) and St. John Ambulance Company (right).

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Below are Police and Search and Rescue bikes from the UK. Often times bicycles allow emergency workers to reach their destination faster when cars are unable to reach the scene.

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Team Rubicon is a great example of an organization that assists in emergency situations all over the world and uses Montague bikes to further their mission. The organization which was initially founded by US Marines Jake Wood and William McNulty to help with the Haiti earthquake in 2010, seeks to unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Currently Team Rubicon uses bikes in deployments where teams cannot easily access disaster sites by any other means of transport. Often times roads are blocked to automobile traffic, and floods or wildfires can prevent normal routes of travel from being used. A mountain bike and trailer of supplies like the one below can allow for help to previously unreachable locations, while the folding feature makes them easy to transport. You can even donate to Team Rubican yourself to help them build their fleet of Montague bikes and help serve their mission. Click here to see more.

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Team Rubicon Bike Kit with Montague Paratrooper folding bike

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Operation Injured Soldiers Fishing Tournament – Bike Giveaway

Montague bikes have a strong history with the military. Our current frame design was developed under a grant from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in order to provide the United States Marine Corps with a folding mountain bike that could fit through airplane doors. Thus, the Montague Paratrooper was born.

A few weeks ago, Operation Injured Soldiers (OIS) held a fishing tournament on the Great Lakes for returned veterans. In addition to prizes for the top fish, a raffle was held for a donated Montague Paratrooper. Bill Schrader, owner of Personalized Marine in Detroit, MI and retailer of Montague bikes was on hand to coordinate the raffle and present the prize. Bill is retired from 33 years of service in the U.S. Army Military Police & U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue.

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Operation Injured Soldiers (OIS) has helped thousands of soldiers who continue to struggle with a variety of physical and psychological/emotional issues as they face re-entry into society. OIS offers many programs to our returning veterans, one of which is a fishing program. This program gives injured soldiers free chartered great lakes fishing. Guided by captain and crew, these men and women feel the support of fellow veterans, who are bound by the shared experience of war, injury and the difficulties of re-entry into everyday life. On the water their struggle is forgotten, the burden is lifted and the simple pleasure and excitement of reeling in that musky, salmon, sturgeon or walleye is all that matters. This year, overcast skies and winds stirring up 4 ft. rollers on Lake St. Clair made this day of musky fishing quite challenging. Many vets were first time boaters and Dramamine was in short supply. Regardless, 16 charter boats filled with veterans and active duty soldiers were relentless in their search for the elusive monster musky. At the end of the day, top honors went to a Vietnam Air Force veteran who hooked a 49 inch musky!

The fishing wrapped up mid afternoon with all military personnel, charter captains and crew coming back to the Detroit Yacht Club to share stories, celebrate victories, enjoy dinner and participate in the much anticipated free Montague Bike raffle. As the excitement built, the Montague Paratrooper bike was won by a veteran who served in Iraq.

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Bill Schrader (left) presenting the Montague Paratrooper to the raffle winner.

We are very happy to partner with Operation Injured Soldiers to help veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect the country we call home. Please take the time to look at the OIS web site and see what OIS does for veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. www.injuredsoldiers.org.

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Interbike 2014 Recap

Just last week, Interbike 2014, the largest bicycle trade show in North America took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Montague made the journey out west to exhibit our full-size folding bikes, show off some cool new ideas, and take in what the show had to offer. We headed out early to setup our booth and prepare for the flood of dealers and industry professionals that would soon fill the hall. Flying into Las Vegas always provides some interesting views as you pass over the mountains of Colorado coming from the east, and see the canyons and rock formations in the deserts of the southwest.

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The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Interbike 2014 was held in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Monday and Tuesday before the show are when the Outdoor Demo day happens. Attendees can test ride bikes and new products at Bootleg Canyon in neighboring Boulder City, Nevada. Many of the exhibitors take this time to setup their booths for the upcoming 3 day show, and inside the convention center is a chaotic dance of forklifts, lighting trusses, bicycles, and frantic construction.

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Interbike Day 1 opened at 9:00 AM on Wednesday. Excitement was in the air.

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In the Montague Bikes booth (#5087) a fastest folding competition was held. Whoever could take one of our full-size folding bikes from the riding position to folded in the fastest time, took home a cash prize. People got very competitive and our booth was packed.

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The evening of Interbike Day 1 held a special treat for attendees and exhibitors alike. Cross Vegas, the largest cyclocross race in the US was to take place at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex just minutes down the road from the Las Vegas strip. After a hearty meal (there is no lack of hearty meals available in Vegas), we headed to Cross Vegas to see the action.

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Day 2 was by far the busiest, as bike shop owners, employees, buyers, distributors, and product managers from all over the US, Canada and beyond packed into the Mandalay Bay for a look at the latest the bike industry has to offer.

Our folding contest continued with renewed interest as times continued to get faster and faster. A few people developed a technique to open both quick releases (wheel and frame) at the same time and fold in 1 fluid motion. Once the frame was folded it had to be raised chest high for the clock to stop. The best times were under 1 second!

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Take a look at a few more photos of Interbike 2014 below and see the fun the Montague crew had in Las Vegas this year. Day 3 was open to the public, and we expect it will be next year too. Be sure to come visit us!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Interbike 2014!
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  1. Sam Daniel
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    What a great event. It’s good to see people who love downhill mountain bikes and other mountain bike enthusiast in one place. It makes you feel like you’re home.

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