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    New Rule for Fat Bikes: Bike Tire Width = Bike Tire Width

    I just happened to take my ML to a trail head the other day in the back of my 1969 Citroen 2CV Truckette and noticed that they both have the same tire width. How many people can say their car tires and bike tires are equally fat?

    I fear the ML has better traction than the Citroen in the loose gravel though. Maybe it is because the 2CV weighs next nothing and has front wheel drive and the ML weighs something more than nothing and has rear wheel drive. The 2CV has a 30 HP, air cooled two cylinder engine and the ML has a one PP (Person Power) two cylinder air cooled engine so they are comparable in that way too.

    Viva la Moon Lander!

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    Need some side shots of that vehicle!

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    Looks like you should put the Moony tires on the Citroen.

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    Need more pics of the vehicle. And the ML!

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    New Rule for Fat Bikes: Bike Tire Width = Bike Tire Width

    Quote Originally Posted by roverini View Post
    I just happened to take my ML to a trail head the other day in the back of my 1969 Citroen 2CV Truckette and noticed that they both have the same tire width. How many people can say their car tires and bike tires are equally fat?

    I fear the ML has better traction than the Citroen in the loose gravel though. Maybe it is because the 2CV weighs next nothing and has front wheel drive and the ML weighs something more than nothing and has rear wheel drive. The 2CV has a 30 HP, air cooled two cylinder engine and the ML has a one PP (Person Power) two cylinder air cooled engine so they are comparable in that way too.

    Viva la Moon Lander!

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    The '29 Model A used 4.50x21" tires. Pretty much the same size as the Bud/Lou.
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    Looks like a Truckette.

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    I could swear it says fisher price on it somewhere lol :-)

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    Have you thought about rebuilding the 2CV for pedal drive?

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    Way, way back in the late 1970s or early 1980s the French magazine Le Cycle published a picture of a bike custom made to ride across the Sahara; I cannot now remember the intended route. The most interesting thing about it was that the wheels and tyres used were borrowed from a Citroen 2CV, laced to bicycle hubs. I no longer have access to the magazine collection I saw this in, but just saying - fatbikes were invented in France...

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    Quote Originally Posted by satanas View Post
    ...but just saying - fatbikes were invented in France...


    The idea had been around for a while.



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    Now that's a fat bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post

    P437 Cycling 1931


    Chain tension seems... off.

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    I especially like the horn and the pipe in the 1924 picture, though the tread seems a bit lacking...

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    If he's going to ride sand he shouldnt need much.

    The slack chain was the method of the times. Multiple chainrings and a long enough chain to use all of them. I think it was "velocio" that came up with this scheme. I bet it works rather well. Mind you they weren't riding incredibly fast over very rough terrain as we do now. Nonetheless riders took bikes like that on what we would still call grand adventures.

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    New Rule for Fat Bikes: Bike Tire Width = Bike Tire Width

    Hilarious placement of the horn, actually...but that bike is awesome...look at the smile on his face. That must have been what I looked like the first time I rode mine.

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    ^ Good article, but none of the tyre companies care about accurate descriptions as far as I can see.

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    Return to the moon

    Wow, this thread went some interesting places. It makes me feel better that the citroen and moonlander could share parts if it comes down to it.

    I went back to the moon a few days ago and took some pictures this time. It was not so dramatic in terms of view as it was drizzling and cloudy up on the mountains but I was still grinning like the guy in the picture above. It is so amazing to have that amount of traction on those jumbled rocks.

    OK - pics.

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