R.I.P Harry Montague

I saw on the Google Alert’s bicycling roundup that bicycle inventor Harry Montague passed away. That name may sound familiar to some of you, as we introduced the full-size folding Montague “Boston” bike on our trip to Interbike in 2009.

In the early 1980s, he turned his eye to bicycles. By adding hinges and hand-adjustable levers, he could fold a full-size mountain bike into the trunk of a car. Folded down, its dimensions were 36 inches wide, 30 inches tall and 12 inches deep. It weighed less than 30 pounds.

The traditional bicycle “has a perfect design that has been around since the turn of the century, but it’s too big for an urban setting,” Mr. Montague told The Washington Post in 1988. “My idea was to make a high-performance bicycle that can fit in a closet.”

Read the full obituary by visiting the Washington Post.


4 Comments

  1. Johnny K February 23, 2011 8:00 am 

    This may be a stupid question but what is “Google Alert’s bicycling roundup”? Can someone post a link?

  2. Don B February 23, 2011 8:41 am 

    I’ve got one of the old Montague mountain bikes. It’s not bad. I’ve kept it in my trunk before just to have near by in case I need it. Great to take camping. I think Schwinn made them for awhile.

  3. Ghost Rider February 23, 2011 2:53 pm 

    Johnny K — Harry’s got you covered; you’ll have to set up a Google Alert for yourself, using keywords you select. Mine covers a variety of bike terms (commuters, bicycling, etc.) and I get a lot of good heads-ups from it.

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