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Old 12-10-12, 11:43 AM
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Bringing a gun to a knife fight

We had about a foot of snow yesterday in Minneapolis. The commuter path that I ride was plowed once during the storm and is usually plowed before the roads, but not today. So it had a good 6"+ on it this morning. I picked the right weapon for the job.




Not many riders or tracks out there. I saw a couple brave souls on a MTN bike and a CX bike and they were really struggling. Granted, I went 7.5 mph the whole way and it was sweaty hot work despite the 12F temp but, I was smiling the whole time. The Moonlander with the Bud and Lou tire combination seems to only be limited by the power of the engine (me)

Heh heh heh...
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Just the other day a friend of mine commented on why on earth would anyone by a Moonlander after we saw one at my LBS. His question just got answered. Well done.
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7.5 mph on that path is excellent IMO.
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Old 12-10-12, 03:26 PM
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7.5 mph on that path is excellent IMO.
Considering how much trouble the other riders on non fat bikes were having I guess I agree, but really the credit goes to the design of the bike not me.
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I have DIY studded 26 x 1.75 and really tried them in the snow and slush this morning and I managed an average of 12.5 mph (20 km/h) but mostly on wet pavement, there's no way I could go 7.5 mph in that kind of snow
Did you ever tried those tire on dry pavement? just to see what pace you can keep?
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Displaying my ignorance of fat tire bikes here.. I gots a question.. how does it do for crossing sloppy deep mud?
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
I have DIY studded 26 x 1.75 and really tried them in the snow and slush this morning and I managed an average of 12.5 mph (20 km/h) but mostly on wet pavement, there's no way I could go 7.5 mph in that kind of snow
Did you ever tried those tire on dry pavement? just to see what pace you can keep?
I've commuted with it many times. Generally in the summer/dry pavement I run different tires with a less aggressive tread pattern and at a higher pressure (Big Fat Larry's) than I am currently (Bud and Lou's). The bike is a lot faster than one would assume. I'd say on my commute I average 14-15 mph with the BFL's. Off road on single track it's remarkably fast.
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
Displaying my ignorance of fat tire bikes here.. I gots a question.. how does it do for crossing sloppy deep mud?
Hard to say as it depends on the mud, how sloppy and how deep. In general I'd say yes, at least better than most any other type of bike. I road over some creek silt mud this year and when I stopped and stepped off the bike I sunk in to my calf. So it that tells you anything, the wide rims and tires and proper pressures can get you to float over a lot.
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I saw quite a few people out today and yesterday. Yesterday was certainly worse will all the slush and crap piled high. People seemed to be cruising without problems today. I got to work way early because I thought it'd be a lot tougher than it was.
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I would consider purchasing a pugsley if I thought I actually could use it in the snow we had Sunday. I was wondering if such snow is not firm enough to stay on top of, and I would just sink down and be immobilized as I am when I try to ride on it with a mountain bike. If you were able to get through what I see in your picture, you might have answered my question.
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Originally Posted by swwhite View Post
I would consider purchasing a pugsley if I thought I actually could use it in the snow we had Sunday. I was wondering if such snow is not firm enough to stay on top of, and I would just sink down and be immobilized as I am when I try to ride on it with a mountain bike. If you were able to get through what I see in your picture, you might have answered my question.
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You can.
You won't.
I did.
You're welcome.

P.S.You'll love it.
I love answers/replies like this.
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
We had about a foot of snow yesterday in Minneapolis. The commuter path that I ride was plowed once during the storm and is usually plowed before the roads, but not today. So it had a good 6"+ on it this morning. I picked the right weapon for the job.




Not many riders or tracks out there. I saw a couple brave souls on a MTN bike and a CX bike and they were really struggling. Granted, I went 7.5 mph the whole way and it was sweaty hot work despite the 12F temp but, I was smiling the whole time. The Moonlander with the Bud and Lou tire combination seems to only be limited by the power of the engine (me)

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I nicknamed my winterized MTB the tank and only used it once primarily because my commute was all plowed roadway. that does look like fun though
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If I ever get to Alaska I'm buying one of those.
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