Can an MB be turned into a SNOW TOY?!?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Sgt. Howard, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Sgt. Howard

    Sgt. Howard Member

    Check this out- I think there's some possibilities here- this is directed towards pedal-only off roaders... but if you jack shaft this thing with only rear brakes on right grip... you would have to do pull start & (likely) centripital clutch, but THIS would be AWSOME in the snow...!
    It's called a KITRAK and it is in prototype stage from a company called Engaget, to be market for somewhere around $300 according to
    Whatcha think?

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  2. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    Very cool concept.... simple but very effective in the snow!

    along these lines, I have always thought of the idea of a "water MB"
  3. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Can't find the post, but some one did a little write up on that kit. I think the over all consensus was that it took too much power to pedal, though motorizing it would take care of that problem. Also, they preferred to use it with the front wheel rather than ski. It didn't have enough flotation to go where a ski was practical unless it was a strictly downhill course.

    Need something like that myself....about 8 inches of snow, ice, wind, you name it here. Sounds stupid, but I've been riding my 10 speed road bike around. Skinny little tires kind of rudder through the snow instead of sliding around on top of it. Course you fall down a lot on the just won't climb out of an inch deep rut.....and the frozen footie prints....kind of like a Magic Fingers vibrator.....
  4. arkives1

    arkives1 Member

    can an MB be turned into a snow toy

    When I was a young boy we used to wrap thin brass chain around our tires in a spiral through the spokes and ride on snow and ice, a couple of us adapted shortened cross country skis to the front. They'd go pretty good on very light snow or on ice but anything deeper with a crust, forget it. I'm still amazed that we didn't kill ourselves with those old schwinn cruisers in summer and winter in the mountains of Virgina.
  5. Sgt. Howard

    Sgt. Howard Member

    RE; Motorbike in snow

    Actually, I started brainstorming the concept after I saw the pics- yea, we're in trouble now- and I THINK I can do this with refuse and abuse in the true 'rat bike' fashion. Now it's only an issue whether SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) will authorise the minor expenditure of $$$ and MAJOR expenditure of time to create the toy in question. As the Beach Breeze has been layed up for the Winter, THIS mith be the ticket to get some Winter travel out of it... to my mind, there will be days when I would trust it over my car, but we shall see, eh? More on this later...
  6. spad4me

    spad4me Member

    I used to stud motorcycle tires with sharpened 1 inch bolts.
    You need about 30 nuts , washers , and sharpened bolts.

    Per tire.

    To go ice racing.
    Be careful with the thing when riding

    Oh yea my mispent youth LOL
  7. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    You too eh? We could throw a 50 foot rooster tail of ice chips. Didn't want to get run over by one though. :ack2:
  8. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    Suzuki did that about 25 or 30 years ago. They called it "Wet Bike" !
  9. buzbikebklyn1

    buzbikebklyn1 New Member

    very cool idea, were did that rear wheel come from, and I WANT ONE!
  10. Sgt. Howard

    Sgt. Howard Member

    snow bike

    If I could rely on ice, I would do the stud wheel and put a blade up front- as it is, I'm thinking of a 20" rim behind the 26" back wheel, then build up a track of serphentine belts that fill the rim with a wider diesel valve belt with the teeth out to make ground contact- the whole thing will have flat head bolts coming from inside out every 6" to hold the layers together, you construct the tread this way to size. Real bogie suspension will be the major challenge I think... and not much at that... need to make sure I put runners on the ski in front or scarf up a single one from an old snowmobile.
  11. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Many years ago I made "snow tires" for my bike with rawhide. Took a whole hide, set my strip cutter to one inch width, and spiraled around and around until I had about a 30 foot long strip. Then I soaked it in hot water, split one end back 6 inches or so and used those narrower tag ends to tie very tightly around a fat tire on my rear rim, then proceeded to stretch and wrap it around the tire/rim, overlapping it to give me a standing ridge edge every half inch or so to the outside. Tied off the outer end the same way as the inner. Let the wheel dry, hanging on a hook above the wood stove.

    That rawhide shrunk up, tightened, and sprouted a ridge edge every half inch. In snow it gave good traction - on ice it wasn't as squirrelly as a rubber tire. Never tried to make a ski front - I just used a narrow road tire overinflated till it was hard as a rock.
  12. thine82

    thine82 Member

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    Happy Valley Active Member

  14. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Looks like any engine/chain/belt/drive would work.:detective:
  15. Sgt. Howard

    Sgt. Howard Member


    I now see there are MANY ways to do this... having just bought an Arrowstar van, I doubt funds for large projects are soon to come. The Snowboard mounted up front with a wheel slot looks promising assuming I can find a studded agressive rear tire...