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Old 12-12-12, 08:48 PM
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N+1 today

I plan on riding this to work when it snows
I just hope it dosnt snow anytime soon
This thing takes a lot more work than my regular commuter
so Im hoping to get a little stronger before it snows
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Old 12-12-12, 09:35 PM
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Old 12-12-12, 09:44 PM
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I'm looking at the ultra wide rims and I'm wondering how the hell do you true that thing? Does it even fit between the Park tools truing stand calipers? Cool bike BTW.
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Old 12-12-12, 10:33 PM
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I'm looking at the ultra wide rims and I'm wondering how the hell do you true that thing? Does it even fit between the Park tools truing stand calipers? Cool bike BTW.
Lower end truing stands could handle the job just fine.

I think the tires are overkill for snow.

Good tires for beach sand riding.
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Old 12-12-12, 10:58 PM
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Nice! That's the ultimate n+1 bike. It definitely fills a gap that most other bikes don't cover.
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Old 12-12-12, 11:02 PM
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YES! First off, Welcome to the club fellow moonlander! We finally got a foot of snow this week, and it's been more fun than a barrel of monkeys. You wont be sorry. I've got several other amazing bikes too, (not fat) but the Moonie get's the lions share of the seat time since I got it this summer. The snow is just icing on the moonpie.
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I think the tires are overkill for snow.
Yeah, I love these types of statements. Especially from a dude in Hawaii. The next time several miles of your commute has 6 inches of unpacked wet snow on it and your bike rages through it like no other, we can discuss overkill. Or you have to navigate deep cookie dough snow with ice underneath it on the edge of a busy road in the dark and you do so, easily with no issues we can talk overkill. Or you hit the sandy trails or the beach with your 29er buddies they're walking while you a riding easily... well I could go on and on. Until you have one you can't possibly understand.

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The Moonlander is the bike of the decade. Congratulations!
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Old 12-13-12, 12:00 AM
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Hope you get those reflectors off soon.
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Originally Posted by linus View Post
Hope you get those reflectors off soon.
I would take not getting hit by a car over not getting funny looks from the crowd of cyclists that care more about fashion over function. Remember, this bike will be used for commuting in poor conditions....
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Old 12-13-12, 01:33 AM
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+1000 "I would take not getting hit by a car over not getting funny looks from the crowd of cyclists that care more about fashion over function. Remember, this bike will be used for commuting in poor conditions...."

Both my bikes rock the full CPSC reflector suite they were wearing on the showroom floor of the LBS when I purchased them new. In the case of the TREK, is going on over ten years and approx. 15,000 mi. commuting and touring.

My thought process being I want to make my attorneys job as easy as possible ( knocks on wood,haven't needed to file a personal injury / liability tort yet ) should I ever need one.

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Originally Posted by HvPnyrs View Post

My thought process being I want to make my attorneys job as easy as possible ( knocks on wood,haven't needed to file a personal injury / liability tort yet ) should I ever need one.
My thoughts exactly, you could be lit up so well the space station could see you and they would still try the, "I didn't see them" line.
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Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
I would take not getting hit by a car over not getting funny looks from the crowd of cyclists that care more about fashion over function. Remember, this bike will be used for commuting in poor conditions....
Thanks for the insult. American style?~

To OP, you know that those reflectors won't do a thing. Better put reflector tapes on your frame and fork + lights.
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"To OP, you know that those reflectors won't do a thing. Better put reflector tapes on your frame and fork + lights."

I love these bold comments that state that something would never work. You could say that they don't work as well or there are better options, but to simply say those don't work...that seems a little crazy. They still reflect light don't they. Or do reflectors do something else in Canada?
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Old 12-13-12, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Bent Bill View Post
I plan on riding this to work when it snows
I just hope it dosnt snow anytime soon
This thing takes a lot more work than my regular commuter
so Im hoping to get a little stronger before it snows
I would think they would take alot more huffing and puffing but I hear they are a blast. When I get 2-3 inches of snow here, my Nokian studded tires dig in move forward but I can't keep up a decent pace to make a commute viable so I have to wait for the snow plows. This kind of bike though would rock by staying more on top of the snow. Keep us posted how it works and how far you can go in fresh snow. I'm sure it would be perfect for hard packed snowmobile trails etc. It's what they all use up in Alaska.
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Old 12-13-12, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by linus View Post
To OP, you know that those reflectors won't do a thing. Better put reflector tapes on your frame and fork + lights.
Few things make a bicycle more obviously a bicycle to a motorist in darkness than the tell-tale sign of spoke reflectors spinning round and round. Active lighting is best, but reflectors only help your visibility. I can see removing them to make space for active lighting, but I think to do so for other reasons is primarily concern for fashion.
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Old 12-13-12, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
YES! First off, Welcome to the club fellow moonlander! We finally got a foot of snow this week, and it's been more fun than a barrel of monkeys. You wont be sorry. I've got several other amazing bikes too, (not fat) but the Moonie get's the lions share of the seat time since I got it this summer. The snow is just icing on the moonpie.


Yeah, I love these types of statements. Especially from a dude in Hawaii. The next time several miles of your commute has 6 inches of unpacked wet snow on it and your bike rages through it like no other, we can discuss overkill. Or you have to navigate deep cookie dough snow with ice underneath it on the edge of a busy road in the dark and you do so, easily with no issues we can talk overkill. Or you hit the sandy trails or the beach with your 29er buddies they're walking while you a riding easily... well I could go on and on. Until you have one you can't possibly understand.

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The Moonlander is the bike of the decade. Congratulations!
Does that also have studded tires? Looks like fun. I need to get my mountain bike trued and do some (light) snow riding in the foothills around here.
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Old 12-13-12, 11:48 AM
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you can get studded tires for fatbikes, but they are a lot more expensive ~$225 each
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Old 12-13-12, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
you can get studded tires for fatbikes, but they are a lot more expensive ~$225 each
Yeah, very spendy. But interestingly the studded 45NRTH Dillingers are actually lighter than the regular stock tires, which is saying something. They also make a model with stud pockets so can install as many studs as you like for your typical conditions. As of now they these are only available in the 4" width. I don't have them but so far the Bud and Lou set I'm running have been way better than I expected on ice. The width, low pressure and the float really helps you keep a steady line. As with all ice you have to be careful in the corners but from what I'm seeing on my commute I think they'll be quite alright most of the time. I have a studded tire cross check that I can ride on the really icy days.
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What is the distance of your commute? Snow or not, I can't imagine riding a fatbike more than a few miles unless it was more about the recreation than the destination. It does look like fun though.
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Originally Posted by hubcap View Post
Few things make a bicycle more obviously a bicycle to a motorist in darkness than the tell-tale sign of spoke reflectors spinning round and round. Active lighting is best, but reflectors only help your visibility. I can see removing them to make space for active lighting, but I think to do so for other reasons is primarily concern for fashion.
so true, especially if the bike is for commuting - safety first and foremost - getting to work and back home without incident. certainly can replace the reflectors with better - either larger or active, but please don't just remove them.
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Sun bikes of Fla, sells a simpler one, 2 speed Kickback with a coaster brake .. an on the beach beach cruiser.

[just lacks a chain-case to keep the sand out]

out here the beach is Public.
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Thanks for all the comments people

First off I will be removing the wheel reflectors they make an awful noise at speed that you can hear over the tires on asphalt
but I will replace them with somthing else at that time just dont know what yet

I already have several good quality headlights and rear tail/blinkys
because I leave the house at 4:30 a.m.

I wont be commuting much on this bike just once in a while for fun when/if we get some snow
maybe 4/5 times over the winter

My commute is about 8 to 10 miles each way depending on which route I take its
all asphalt and I dont want to wear the tires out and I dont think it would be much fun without snow

here is my primary commuter parked at work
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Hey Modernjess

what kind of fenders are them you have
I found out last night these monsters really need a set
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I first thought my fat bike would be a winter bike, then I kept riding during the spring, on group/social rides, then all summer, then as a utility bike, etc. Despite their monstrous appearance, they are incredibly adaptive bikes. I use my fat bike to tow trailers with because the tires act like shock absorbers when stopping, and they obviously give you a firm footprint on the ground.

Im hoping to get a little stronger before it snows
You'll see soon enough. There's "in good shape" and then there's "in fat bike shape."
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Hey Modernjess

what kind of fenders are them you have
I found out last night these monsters really need a set
Them are Daves Mud Shovels - front and rear. Made by Portland Design Works (PDW). Designed by Dave Gray from Surly who was one of the main guru's behind the Pugsley. Fat bike specific, fantastic, I highly recommend them. Very light weight, really easy to install and take on and off as conditions dictate. I've had the pleasure of meeting and throwing a few back with Dave. He knows fat.

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https://surlybikes.com/blog/post/some...s_for_a_change

https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/fenders

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Awesome bike and I am jealous of it.
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