Object of the month
Object: Light-Weight Cycle
Period of time: 1961
Husqvarna commence bicycle production in 1896. For different reasons the company wanted to broaden the scoop of the production and bicycles was very suitable due to some manufacturing similarities with the small arms and sewing machine lines. The extant workers stock was therefore already skilled!
The fact that bicycles was added to the production lines would mean a considerable impact on Husqvarnas future development. From bicycles to motorcycles and mopeds was not far using imported engines in the beginning and later on engines of own production.
Hence the Object of the Month this month is a bicycle! In or around 1948 Husqvarna launched the so-called “lättcykel” (The Light-Weight Cycle”) – a bicycle where several components was made with aluminium alloys instead of steel or iron. Every bicycle had pedals and the chain protection plate made of alloys, while a few other parts, for instance the handlebars, could be ordered with light weight alternatives.
In 1962 however the Husqvarna bicycle era was ended when that line, together with the moped and boat engine lines was sold off to the Monark-Crescent company in Varberg and Uppsala.
Friday the 5th of May the museum could welcome a very special visitor. Former arms assembler Nils “Nisse” Abrahamsson came with his son Hans as company. Nils is at 97 (!) and having worked for 51 years (!) the now last living small arms artisan, a tradition that goes back approx. 600 fantastic years! Nils and Hans was naturally most interested in our arms collection and so went to the Small Arms Room. Inside they [—]