Assuming that Elon Musk's plan to send colonists to Mars is successful and I'm one of the chosen few, and assuming there's the mass budget for it, can I take my bicycle with me?
What difficulties might I have when attempting to ride a standard Earth-format bicycle on Mars? How might we design and engineer a Mars-format bicycle?
Let's, for the moment, assume the following:
- There exists a spacesuit flexible enough to pedal in.
- There are no "roads"; this is off-road. We're talking BMX or Mountain Biking.
What effect would the lower gravity and less dense atmosphere have? Is there anything peculiar about the terrain that would require (e.g.) beefed up suspension? Is the soil particularly hard on tyres, etc.?