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    I found this article a week ago about this french guy that built a two wheels fatbike in 1980 with prototype Michelin tires ,to cross the Sahara.
    He also built a three wheels fatbike in 1986

    Trois roues pour Tombouctou Cyclo-long-cours

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    Quote Originally Posted by PierreOstor View Post
    I found this article a week ago about this french guy that built a two wheels fatbike in 1980 with prototype Michelin tires ,to cross the Sahara.
    He also built a three wheels fatbike in 1986

    Trois roues pour Tombouctou Cyclo-long-cours
    A fascinating adventure, and a neat solution for the time.

    Three wheels is a good way to spread the load.



    The clever thing is it was a lazy axle setup, so the extra wheel was only engaged when needed.



    (If you want to buy a copy of his book try Abebooks UK and search for the author Jean Naud)
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    Like the airplane, better late than never I suppose.*

    Fat bike history-8585270325_542c65fd02_c.jpg

    (*no idea where this actually occurred)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithcreek View Post
    Like the airplane, better late than never I suppose.*

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    (*no idea where this actually occurred)
    So much for fatbikes being a fad...they're just making a comeback!

    Ummm, where is that horn mounted?!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithcreek View Post
    Like the airplane, better late than never I suppose.*

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    (*no idea where this actually occurred)
    That's one of my pics copied from a 1924 Cycling, but I can't remember where I posted it. I've looked in earlier editions of Cycling, but haven't found any previous mention of this bike (so far).

    here's the full page from Cycling

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    And details of another proposed fatbike in 1931

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    There was also a fatbike made in the USA around the WW2 era. Somewhere I have a pic of a young woman on it. It looks like Harley tyres on it. I'll try and find it.
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