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Use Of Narrow Tires

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â– Alluding to the wiele tire law of Conneoticut, the Springfield Republican declares that it is an erninently wise and reasonable enactment, and the only wouder ia that people have to be forced by legal measures into doing what ia so plainly for their own interest. No other single element except ignorant roadmaking adda so much to the heavy burden of supporting the highways as the nse of narrow tires, which cut np the soads instead of ironing them smoothly down. Look at the beantiful, glossy path which the bicyclists make for themselves at the edge of the road before the puddles are fairly dried up and then at the bottomless abyss plowed by the loaded wagons, and one has the whole thing in a nutshell. The pneuiaatic bicycle tire, by flattening at the point of impact with the road, has all the effect of a wide tire combined with a comparatively light weight. The horses' hoofs chop up the road somewhat, but this ia nothing in comparison with the deep cuts of the narrow wagon tires on vehioles carrying heavy loada. If reasonably good roads were made in the first place and vehicles equipped with tires with something near the same proportion of weight to width as the tires of a bicycle and with the tread of the rear wheel wider than that of the front wheels, so as not to follow the same path, the snrface of roads would not be rutted, but on the coatrary the wheels would serve as rollers to roll the road down hard and make them better. It seems rather a travesty on common sense, as has beenwell said, to tax the public to purchase expensive rollers to smooth down the highways and then permit narrow tired wagons to cut them up at their own sweet will. The more economical way would be to make rollers out of the wagons by putting wide tires on them.


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Ann Arbor Democrat