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    In my youth a bicycle was knows as a 'push bike', and this 1953 photograph shows why. Bare rims or tyres stuffed with grass, enough water and food for the vast distances to be covered. Ironically our original inhabitants would have found, before rabbits and sheep, a supermatket of food.
    https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/co...orks/183.1978/
    Axel Poignant Swagman on the road



    It seemd like a good start for a themed thread.
    Rob, your cycle cars qualify.

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    I'll bite. what the heck is this guy doing? This was atop the Picos de Europa on our recent trip.
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    Ahh, mountain biker searching for the ultimate hill, but shouldn't it be carrying him?

    https://www.bicycling.com/rides/a200...ngs-this-year/

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    “Down hill finally!”

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    A modern push bike





    http://www.buffalobicycle.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    A modern push bike
    What makes it a push bike?
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    I pushed this one over. Iíve since come to a minor agreement and uncovered the labels. No free advertising.

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    Bike used on Ho Chi Minh Trail, Smithsonian, Washington DC

    Ho Chi Minh Trail bike.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by Osborne Russell View Post
    What makes it a push bike?
    Once you load it up with goods you’re pushing it uphill. It’s a 50lb bike able to carry 100kg, once you put a lot of weight up above the axles on a one speed bike you can’t ride up much of an incline and any large effort that gets you out of the saddle is tossing all that weight left and right.
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    It's like a mechanical donkey, it carries the load while you walk. I knew a man who'd pushed a wooden wheelbarrow from Western Australia to near Sydney in the 1890 depression looking for work.
    The bike from the Ho Chi Minh trail is a true 'push bike'.

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    An interesting bicycle story: The experimental 1900 mile journey of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps from Missoula, Montana, to Saint Louis, Missouri in 1897.

    25th-bicycle-infantry-riding.jpg

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    Reckon they did a fair amount of pushing.

    Smithsonian Magazine article.

    PBS documentary video (about an hour).

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    [QUOTE=LeeG;6724978]ďDown hill finally!Ē[/QUOTE



    My old grandfather- Dads Dad- who was the nicest person I ever knew, used to go hundreds of miles away shearing when his family were young. He would put a few pounds (money) in his pocket, load his bicycle up like the one in the photo, and take a train to the town out west nearest to the first shearing shed. At night and weekends he would camp on his own at the shed whereas the other men would usually stay in a pub. At the completion of shearing at that shed he would push his bike to the next one. After being away for sometimes months at a time he would come home and hand my grandmother the uncashed cheque from each shed and the remainder of the money he had set out with. I have a picture of him as a young man on the wall above me- and next that, his father . JayInOz

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    Whatever happened to wool hair bike saddle covers?

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    Japanese bicycle troops,


    I can't find a pic of Russian troops fleeing on Ukranian bicycles……., but here's one from Korea
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    Military Bicycles, A short history
    https://www.bikeradar.com/features/m...short-history/

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    I’d do that modern military bike differently. Make it a pinion gear transmission, ten or more gears w a 600% gear range, belt drive, dyno hub for lights and usb charging, Charge the gov’t $25k per bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Iíd do that modern military bike differently. Make it a pinion gear transmission, ten or more gears w a 600% gear range, belt drive, dyno hub for lights and usb charging, Charge the govít $25k per bike.
    No. Belt drives require the frame to break, and thatís a place the frame can break. And, lights? Nuh-uh. Target much?

    One speed tanks, like a worksman. As little to repair or break as possible is the way to go.

    They key is a moderate gear ratio. My bike has a 25 x 19 with a 700c wheel at itís the perfect size for most riding. Anything too steep, up or down, and itís better to hike a bike.

    Iím totally down with the price tag, though.

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    ……………….add a sidecar……...

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    Re belt drive - elevated chain stay
    Not the most elegant version but you get the idea

    Fairwheel Bikes pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    No. Belt drives require the frame to break, and that’s a place the frame can break. And, lights? Nuh-uh. Target much?

    One speed tanks, like a worksman. As little to repair or break as possible is the way to go.

    They key is a moderate gear ratio. My bike has a 25 x 19 with a 700c wheel at it’s the perfect size for most riding. Anything too steep, up or down, and it’s better to hike a bike.

    I’m totally down with the price tag, though.
    Come on Rob, it’s for Defense! And if it’s going to carry weight it needs good brakes. Of course if this is because motorized transport isn’t available we’re back to spears and slings anyway. I’m going to fit a 28x22 on my klunker.

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    I think youíll be super happy with that gear, Lee. I will never argue against good brakes, even though they only slow you down.

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