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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.
This is my new winter, wet day, commuter, cyclocross rig.
I'm pretty stoked.
Well, imagine a mountain bike - that rides across loose sand like it's a sidewalk.
An MTB that turns every arroyo/sandwash/beach into a trail.
An MTB that has so much traction that you can climb up things that were too loose for your "skinny" tire bike.
The fatter tires are also taller, so even tho they are on "26" rims, they are the height of a "29" which gives you all the "rollover" advantages too.
That's the positive basics. It is an MTB and rides like one - but opens up new possibilities. The first time I rode one into a known "way too soft to ride w/o serious momentum and proper weight shift" spot without even trying - the grin went permanent. I then proceeded to stay and play in that spot for a while!
Are they for everyone? Not really.
They are heavier, but not crazy heavier.
They are slower -at least on smooth hardpack - but not by much and they are infinitely faster on soft loose stuff that a regular bike can't ride.
They do steer differently - your first fast corner is strange, but by the second ride I couldn't tell anymore. Mostly it's the width of the tread and how it grips as you lean it over.
Yep, got mine for winter cycling. I sink less than a skate skier. I've been commuting to work daily the last 5yrs.
I started on a Pugsley about 6yrs ago. My brother has it now for his commuting. I've only had to get off and push to or from work a few times for a total of about a mile in the 5yrs of daily riding.
Besides floatation, the fat tires are great for shock absorption on rough trails and they track really well thru the loose stuff autos create on side streets or the stuff road graders throw onto the sidewalks. I vary tire pressure a LOT depending on riding conditions and I think the granular snow contributes to a lessening of the rolling resistance.
I'm friends with the owners/designers of both 9:ZERO:7 (our area code) and Fatback but went with a Fatback to "keep it in the neighborhood" sorta speak. I dropped about 8lbs over the old Pugs. The newer Pugsleys are lighter now.
Owning a bunch of other bikes, I kept forgetting I had the fat bike during the summer. When 45North came out with their Husker Du knobbie this summer I decided to give 'em a try. They work great!
Pretty cool "view from the cockpit" too.
I was even able to ride over and through all the sizes of rocks seen in the photo below.
I'm excited about 45North's new 240 count studded Dillinger tire as I've gone down more times on my fat bikes because of ice than all my other bikes combined. The lightweight Dillingers only weigh about as much as the Husker Du's but cost about $220ea! Glad I get a discount since I'm "in the business."
Warmest regards from the far and frozen north, Mark H.
Love your pics. Fatbikes look like a LOT of fun, but not much use here in the city.
Sweet. You should be stoked. I hope you have space in your office (wherever it is you work) for it - definitely shouldn't be left out of sight.
Can't tell too much about my bike, but I took this yesterday with my phone and wanted to show it off, thought it pretty cool!
That is an awesome photo.
you know you're a crazy person, right?
Just picked this up from my dad today. Its a vintage Fuji Allegro 12 speed. Going to clean it up and ride the hell out of it.
my new Crux disk apex. Awesome geometery!
my kona single speed(left bike)
Well, of course you know I'll take that as a compliment. Thank you.
But nah, not really. Just having fun where I live. Like many others up here, I love winter.
Anything two-wheeled, Mark H.
That looks like a fun project. I love crusty stuff!
You're the man! Personally, I hate winter. However, my MIL is moving to Colorado in a yearish, so I'm wondering if there are any fatbike rental places.
My Roberts Rough Stuff, Rohloff hub gears, Hope hydraulic disc brakes, Brooks saddle, Tubus racks and Altura luggage in Laos
Birthday present from my girlfriend - 2013 Giant Escape. My first new bicycle in 25 years - a far cry from my 1987 Diamondback Ascent EX.
<a href="http://365project.org/soboy5/365/2012-10-29"><img src="http://media.365project.org/1/3459924_koptwx0357_l.jpg" alt="Giant Escape on 365 Project" title="Giant Escape on 365 Project" width="680" height="1024" border="0" /></a>
Unusual build! Did you get the chance to compare how it rode w/ a regular fork vs. the suspended fork?
That was nice of her. Congratulations!
Actually, a build like that is quite popular in adventure cyclist circles.
Only when using the lockout on the forks, I am getting a bit soft in my old age and prefer the comfort of some front suspension. I also use this bike for everything including some off road touring, green laning, fetching the shopping and going to the pub, it is pretty universal.