For Mountainbiking in Afghanistan
In 1999 Montague came up with the Paratrooper, which has a hardened aluminum frame and wheels, and beefy pedals. It weighs only 29 lbs. and can fold in less than a minute to a manageable size (3 ft. by 3 ft. by 1 ft.). The market for parachutists' cycles being small, Montague's sales languished until the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001. U.S. forces found the bikes ideal for moving quietly and without using scarce fuel. Word spread throughout the world's tightly knit military community; Montague has sold several thousand bikes to the military and other government agencies as well as to a number of foreign armies.
Civilians shouldn't despair: they too can buy the camouflage-colored Paratrooper direct from Montague ($725) or at specialty shops. The only thing missing from the peaceful version: a gun rack. --By Sally B. Donnelly