Show us your bicycle.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    This is my new winter, wet day, commuter, cyclocross rig.

    I'm pretty stoked.

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  2. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    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.
  3. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Amen..:deal
  4. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    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.

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    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.

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    Owning a bunch of other bikes, I kept forgetting I had the fat bike during the summer. :lol3 When 45North came out with their Husker Du knobbie this summer I decided to give 'em a try. They work great!

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    Pretty cool "view from the cockpit" too. :wink:
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    I was even able to ride over and through all the sizes of rocks seen in the photo below.
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    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.
  5. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Love your pics. Fatbikes look like a LOT of fun, but not much use here in the city.
  6. Saso

    Saso Happily sporting the DRD4 gene

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    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.
  7. The Cyclops

    The Cyclops Long timer

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    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!
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  8. gatling

    gatling Long timer

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    That is an awesome photo.
  9. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    you know you're a crazy person, right?
  10. Bandit240

    Bandit240 Been here awhile

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    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.
  11. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    :deal
  12. LordMDP

    LordMDP Been here awhile

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    my new Crux disk apex. Awesome geometery!

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    my kona single speed(left bike)
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  13. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    :lol3 Well, of course you know I'll take that as a compliment. :wink: 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.
  14. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    That looks like a fun project. I love crusty stuff!

    Totally jealous! :thumb
  15. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    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. :evil
  16. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    My Roberts Rough Stuff, Rohloff hub gears, Hope hydraulic disc brakes, Brooks saddle, Tubus racks and Altura luggage in Laos

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  17. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    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>
  18. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    Unusual build! Did you get the chance to compare how it rode w/ a regular fork vs. the suspended fork?
  19. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    That was nice of her. Congratulations!

    Actually, a build like that is quite popular in adventure cyclist circles.
  20. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    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.

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