Saturday, December 6, 2014

I Want to try a Fat Bike!

As a family, we were excited to attend Global Fat Bike Day, plop down 20.00 a head to demo bikes, eat food, and enjoy a bonfire. It sounded like a great opportunity to enjoy quality family time outdoors.

But mother nature had other plans. As rain, sleet, and snow are falling outside, creating dangerous riding conditions, the event has been postponed to tomorrow, Sunday. Forecast is for weather dropping into the teens, which hopefully means we'll actually have snow to ride on.

I'll get out my snow pants, Sorel boots, down parka, and use hand warmers. I may look like the female counterpart to the Michelin man, but I can't pass this opportunity to try something totally different. Here's hoping my family feels the same.


  1. I haven't tried a fatbike yet, and I'm afraid that once I do, I'll probably want to own one. Not living in a snowy place right now, I think I can hold off a few more years!

  2. Although I have not tried a true fat bike, we have been riding our Retrovelos with Fat Franks - Schwalbe's 26 x 2.35 inch "fat" tires. These are really a modern ballon tire. Nothing like what we had on our old Schwinns.

    Just a few years ago, I would have considered riding these large, fat tires as pure sacrilege. Today, I love them and find they are really wonderful for riding typical bad pavement found in cities.

    I'm not sure what I think of the true fat bikes. I've found myself unexpectantly on icy roads before ,and did not like the feeling that my mtn. bike might shoot out sideways from under me at the slightest provocation. Even the knobby tires did not feel a match for sheet ice. Maybe the fat bikes would feel more secure on compact snow. Let us know!

  3. I converted my Handsome Devil to 700x47c tires 2 year ago ( while not truly Fat in todays terms it makes the bike alot of fun to ride, I feel like I can take it just about anywhere, its not super fast but I am not in a hurry.

    1. Looks like your bike is a very capable machine with wider tires. I haven't taken the plunge and ridden a fat bike quite yet. not that I'm tempted to buy my own, but renting once would be a blast! Kind of like wanting to try my hand at curling - ya gotta continually try new adventures to keep the blood alive...


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