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    Is this where phat bikes go?

    I rode with some phat bikers today on my mtb. It had 4-6 inches of snow on it. I was faster than some of the phatties but I had little control over the 2.1" tyres.
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    Nick, I don't necessarily like agreeing with you -- but your spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Bain View Post
    I rode with some phat bikers today on my mtb. It had 4-6 inches of snow on it. I was faster than some of the phatties but I had little control over the 2.1" tyres**.
    **translation: I would kick so much more a$$ if I owned a fat bike.

    Get some. You know you need one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Bain View Post
    I rode with some phat bikers today on my mtb. It had 4-6 inches of snow on it. I was faster than some of the phatties but I had little control over the 2.1" tyres.
    Are you sure they were trying to catch you? Spectating a skinny rider trying to go fast and lurching everywhere can be quite entertaining.

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    Yea the 4 inch wide tires keep you up on top of the snow..

    but I manage my humble transportation fine with Snow Cat double wide rims* and 1.9" Nokian Studded tires..

    *http://www.allweathersports.com/winter/snowcats.html.

    + Drum brake Hubs.. on old pre disc MTB.

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    I did have many epic moments of hilarity and a few of triumph.
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    Nick, I don't necessarily like agreeing with you -- but your spot on.

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    When I'm on the road I can average around 13 km/h on my fat bike, off road much less. Its a great way to get in shape, if I try sprinting for a light I can easily get my HR up to 180. One thing I really appreciate is the stability, which makes winter riding less dramatic and more relaxing.

    One thing that can be mildly annoying is that you need to tailor your tire pressure to the surface. In loose stuff I air down to about 4 psi which lets me run along snowmobile tracks. But on pavement its super bouncy and slow so I need to get off and pump the tires back up. I've been riding exclusively on the road the past few weeks so I've been running my tires probably around 8 psi (I don't have a gauge that reads that low at the moment). You also have to be careful to tighten the presta nut all the way since there isn't enough air pressure to keep the valve closed tight enough to prevent a slow leak.

    Last year we had a very skilled guy riding with us on a snow covered frozen creek on a cyclocross bike. He could just fly through the snow, I have no idea how he managed to stay upright as the snow was quite deep.

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    The great thing about fat bikes, they go wherever they want, not just snow, very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
    The great thing about fat bikes, they go wherever they want, not just snow, very well.
    Yes, and you just can't help smiling when you're riding one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
    Yes, and you just can't help smiling when you're riding one!
    You also can't hep smiling when you see one. I just love watching them roll on by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debit View Post
    You also can't hep smiling when you see one. I just love watching them roll on by.
    I have been having a blast with them. Did you happen to go to the big fat bike event at Freewheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
    I have been having a blast with them. Did you happen to go to the big fat bike event at Freewheel?
    I did not. I checked out the new Surly model when the Hub's Cedar/Riverside shop had a little winter expo, however. I wish I had the room and the money for another bike because they look like so much fun.

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    Would you count the Surly Krampus as a 'true' fat bike? To be honest I've had moments wondering if I should have gone all the way and bought a Moonlander. But most of my riding is still done on the road, so I suppose the Krampus will serve me better.

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    Well, Surly themselves say it's not a "true" fat bike, so technically no. But come on, it has three inch tires!

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    When you get right down to it, I don't notice any difference in handling between this any an ordinary mountain bike. But if a guy on a cyclecross bike can ride through deep snow, then I'll take it to be just a matter of skill.

    Today I finally saw the first big snowfall of the year, so now its time to go out and tear it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debit View Post
    I did not. I checked out the new Surly model when the Hub's Cedar/Riverside shop had a little winter expo, however. I wish I had the room and the money for another bike because they look like so much fun.
    They are fun for sure but that is the same reason I do not actually own one of my own.

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    ... and the excitement builds!

    First real snowfall of the season expected tomorrow in my local area! Up to 10 cm. Hopefully it's not less....

    Only if you have fat bike do you look forward to the snow...
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    001.jpgIce! Ice, baby! This ice was not visible coming back! I knew it was there, so I kept to the clear side! No other bikers to warn!

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