Yup, we're still riding the safety bicycles (equal diameter wheels, diamond frames, chain drive) invented in 1885. That was only a 20 year old innovation when this M05 was designed, so relatively new techology
The wheel base on this bike is very long, attributable to those very long chainstays and the slack head tube angle. It rides so different from any of my modern bicycles.
The fenders are interesting with that wide leather flap attached to the bottom of the front fender, which addresses a common continuous stream of water on the shoes issue found on any bicycle running in wet conditions, even with standard fenders.
My first cool bike was a purple 5 speed with a banana seat and high sissy bar from Montgomery Wards with a wide flat slick tire on the back that I wore excessively with skidding, or "laying a patch" when starting off (on sand covered asphalt). The neighborhood kool kids
had the Schwinn Stingray bikes, Orange Krate, Pea Picker, etc. Commercial mountain bikes like Diamond Backs were still about two decades in the future when I was in elementary school
I'm definitely glad you could kick butt on the kids with the cooler bikes Joe
It's always satisfying when legs and lungs win out over technology.