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    couldn't ask for a better bike to go with your tractor

    Moonlander Special Ops | Bikes | Surly Bikes

    I wonder which Surly employee owns a John Deere tractor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    Moonlander Special Ops | Bikes | Surly Bikes

    I wonder which Surly employee owns a John Deere tractor?
    Did you note the color?
    "Tractor Time"
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    Cool Where these when I was a kid?

    It just needs pedals, fenders, and more upright handle bars for me! Where were these when I was a kid? I had a single speed 26" Schwinn with chrome fenders and rims. A friend had almost the same model with painted fenders and white painted rims. I think mine was a "Corvette" model
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    (1974 'ish) DW and I once had each a John Deere bike. Mine was Green with yellow pin stripes, he's was White with green pin stripe. Wish we still had them. They looked nothing like these. Of course, ours had pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
    Did you note the color?
    "Tractor Time"
    I saw that! The guy who picked the color was definitely a Deere fan!!!

    I don't have a Moonlander, but I do have a Pugsley I built up around 2011. They are wild bikes, that's for sure!

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    I just did a tubeless conversion on the tires and was running around 3psi. It's amazing what a 4" wide tire will climb over at such low pressures.
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    It must take a LOT more effort to pedal with wide tires at 3psi!? I noticed a difference going from skinny "road racer tires" to "mountain bike" tires.
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    Nothing rides like a John Deere Bike !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    It must take a LOT more effort to pedal with wide tires at 3psi!? I noticed a difference going from skinny "road racer tires" to "mountain bike" tires.
    There was actually a study performed and the wider, low pressure tires were easier to pedal in certain terrain. As you experienced, riding on a hard surface, a narrower tire with higher pressure will roll easier. On a rough surface riding over things like small logs and rocks, the lower-pressure tire will conform to the terrain and uses less power to keep it rotating. If I take a road or hard-packed trail to get to the real trails, it feels like I'm pedaling a 75 pound bike through molasses, but once I get to the offroad trails, it is as easy as pedaling my fancy carbon fiber 29" cross country bike.

    There does reach a point where going lower than a certain pressure will make the tire sidewalls so flexy that steering is affected, but that has to do with rider weight, the specific tire, terrain, and how fast you're riding. I'm light and don't ride fast in the snow, so 3 psi is okay for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    I'm light and don't ride fast in the snow, so 3 psi is okay for me.
    I would have liked to try those "fatties" out in Moab when I was there! Back a ways I used to ride all year around here as soon as the road edges would allow me room... I had a set of Specialized 2.250 dirt tires for my Cannondale "V" with ice studs (small, not "spikes"). One day I rode across a pond where kids were playing hockey and it caused quite a stir, "How's he doin' THAT?" Those tires were like ppedalling a steam roller, but from the air resistance of the tread and not so much the rolling resistance. Like with tractors, nothing stays the same very long with bikes. I remember how easy front suspension made rolling rough ground. The speed and handling difference was amazing and I'm sure those tires would be a great off road ride.

    And as always, higher rolling resistance and/or steeper terrain can easily be overcome by increasing the strength of one's leg muscles!
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