The Cyclist’s Pistol

We’d never recommend packing a gun for a bike tour, but back in the early days of bike touring a pistol was commonly carried by adventurous cyclists such as the McIlraths.

Today (thanks to an article from the Fietsersbond) we stumbled across an advertisement from 1913, promoting a gun built especially for cyclists.

Cyclist's Pistol

The advertisement is for a cork pistol, costing just 45 cents. The main use of the pistol, according to the ad, is to scare away aggressive dogs.

Thankfully we have other ways to deal with dogs, and don’t have to carry guns anymore!


  1. Ford
    5th April 2013 at 12:40 am #

    A pop gun for dogs…how cute! I can certainly think of areas in today’s world where considerably more firepower would come in handy while riding. I’m not an NRA member or raging gun enthusiast but carrying a pistol on a ride several places in the world would be merely a useful survival tool.
    for instance, people in Alaska’s bush carry a pistol just heading to their outhouse! And there are even more dangerous places. Of course those might well qualify as “no ride zones.”

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