The earliest model employed by the Malaysian postal service was Raleigh’s rod brake roadster made in England. The brake system in these roadsters uses steel rods in lieu of cables to activate the brakes, which engage the surface of the rims instead of the flat sidewall that are used with modern caliper brakes.
Given the introduction of cable and caliper brakes as the new normal for bicycles the postal courier fleet followed suit. These newer bicycles still retain the roadster geometry of the previous model while adopting modern cable and caliper brakes.
A postmen on his bike, Circa 1960’s
Photo by Cycling Plus
The last update to the delivery fleet was made in the early 90’s. It saw the replacement of the British made Raleigh’s roadster with mountain bikes, reflecting the popularity and dominance of the bikes at the time.
Given the nature of postal delivery, one of the essential features of these bikes were the mud guards, allowing for delivery to continue on wet, often muddy roads.
British made Raleigh Roadster
Photo by Alpina Bike
However, the signature piece of kit on Pos Malaysia’s trusty steed is the front rack. The bolt on racks served as a mainstay for various fleets of postal bicycles throughout the years. While it is far from being the lightest option available, these sturdy racks are made to last. As the racks are secured with braces bolted on the top and down tubes, the racks are simply transferred to the latest postal bikes.