10 Fantastic and Iconic Bikes from the Embacher Collection

10 Fantastic and Iconic Bikes from the Embacher Collection


1925, France

With this bicycle's novel gearing, the rider peddled forwards when using the higher gear and backwards when use the lower one, an unusual arrangement that was eventually superceded by the development of derailleur gears.

Frame: Varnished steel
Bicycle gearing: 2-speed
Brakes: Rim side pull / Rim center pull
Tyres: 28“ wired
Weight: 41.2 lbs

SCHULZ Funiculo

1937, France

The only still rideable example of this high-end machine with its unconventional brakes, gears and frame designed by Jacques Schulz, a master innovator who redesigned virtually every detail of his bicycles.

Frame: Varnished steel
Bicycle gearing: 
Brakes: Rim side pull
Tyres: 26“ wired
Weight: 32.6 lbs

SIRONVAL Sportplex

1939, France

Recumbent bikes were much in fashion in France in the 1930s, being more aerodynamic than traditional diamond-frame machines; one set the one-hour record in 1933 before cycling's governing body banned them from racing.

Frame: Varnished steel, adjustable height
Bicycle gearing: Gears 3, Derailleur Simplex Touriste (Re Ar)
Brakes: Rim side pull
Tyres:  22" wired (Front), 24" wired (Rear)
Weight: 44.1 lbs


1950, France

The only surviving example of this bicycle by an unknown designer that folds down to become a trailer that can carry a collapsible boat; that the bike is not really made for cycling can be seen by the lack of a second brake.

Frame: Steel varnished
Bicycle gearing: 
Brakes: / Rim Side Pull
Tyres: 14“ Wired Tyre / 14“ Wired Tyre
Weight: 32.0 lbs

MFA Lambretta

1960, France

Produced by French toymaker Manufacture Française d'Ameublement, this child's bicycle was designed to look like an Italian motor scooter, which is maybe why it appears to have no brakes.

Frame: Varnished steel
Bicycle gearing: 1-speed fixed
Brakes: / 
Tyres: 12“ solid
Weight: 22.7 lbs

CAPO Elite Eis

1966, Austria

A homemade cross between an ice skate and a bicycle, with metal spikes added to therear tire to provide propulsion and the front wheel replaced with a skid to provide better steering on ice and snow.



The disc-wheeled, bullhorn-handlebared time-trial bike on which Italian cyclist Francesco Moser beat Eddy Merckx's one hour record, before the rules were changed to ban the use of non-traditional bikes in record attempts.

Frame: Varnished steel
Bicycle gearing: 2x8
Brakes: Rim side p
Tyres: 28“ wired
Weight: 22.9 lbs


1991, USA/UK

A one-off Mike Augspurger-designed version of Alex Moulton's revolutionary AM bicycle, with its small wheels and rubber suspension, but made from titanium.

Frame: Titanium
Bicycle gearing: 2x7
Brakes: Rim side pull
Tyres: 17“ wired
Weight: 21.2 lbs


1994, UK

A street version of the carbon-composite monocoque-frame racing bike on which the U.K.'s Chris Boardman won Olympic gold in 1992 and then broke the 5,000-meter world record — but still the price of a small car.

Frame: Clear-coated carbon
Bicycle gearing: 2x8
Brakes: Rim side pull
Tyres: 27“ tubular
Weight: 21.8 lbs


1995, Germany

Lightweight folding bike designed by Richard Sapper (Alessi, Artemide, Mercedes-Benz) intended for city dwellers to use in conjunction with public transport, but prototypes failed to make it into production. 

Frame: Aluminium
Bicycle gearing: 
Brakes: Rim side pull
Tyres: 14“ wired
Weight: 22.7 lbs