Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fatbikes
Reload this Page >

What's with all the fat bikes being ridden?

Notices
Fatbikes Designed for use in sand, mud or snow, Fat bikes are the right choice for true all-terrain riding. Check here for the latest on these fun, adventurous two-wheeled machines.

What's with all the fat bikes being ridden?

Old 05-29-16, 05:18 PM
  #51  
smarkinson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,003
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 332 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 7 Posts
Isn't this the road cycling forum?

If you want to talk about fat bikes and riding on beaches and over such unnatural, deviant perversions then perhaps take it somewhere else.

Then maybe I can actually get some sleep tonight without lying in bed worrying about what bikes other people ride.

Although, how effective are fat bikes at running over dogs? I find on my road bike that I try to avoid dogs for fear of doing some damage to my bike. I figure a fat bike would take away that concern and that I could happily run over dogs (and perhaps small children as well) all day long without doing any damage at all.
smarkinson is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 06:11 PM
  #52  
revcp 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Posts: 1,287

Bikes: 2017 Salsa Carbon Mukluk frame built with XT, 2018 Kona Rove NRB build with Sram Apex 1,2008 Salsa El Mariachi, 1986 Centurion Ironman

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 280 Post(s)
Liked 87 Times in 59 Posts
One thing everyone is missing is that you can put a 29er wheelset on a fat bike. For people who aren't interested in owning multiple bikes, a fat bike with an additional 29er wheelset, especially one with suspension, would check off a number of boxes.
revcp is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 06:40 PM
  #53  
Banzai
Jet Jockey
 
Banzai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 4,941

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike, Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, Surly Pugsley.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 382 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
The Surly Pugsley Go Everywhere Bike from Harris Cyclery

Sheldon Brown on the Pugsley.
Banzai is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 06:57 PM
  #54  
Banzai
Jet Jockey
 
Banzai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 4,941

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike, Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, Surly Pugsley.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 382 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
Sheldon also said:

"Pugsley is, in its way, as revolutionary as the original mountain bikes were in the early 1980s."
Banzai is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 06:57 PM
  #55  
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Rollfast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Posts: 8,050

Bikes: 3 Rollfasts, 3 Schwinns, a Shelby and a Higgins Flightliner in a pear tree!

Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1835 Post(s)
Liked 291 Times in 254 Posts
Originally Posted by smarkinson View Post
isn't this the road cycling forum?

If you want to talk about fat bikes and riding on beaches and over such unnatural, deviant perversions then perhaps take it somewhere else.

Then maybe i can actually get some sleep tonight without lying in bed worrying about what bikes other people ride.

Although, how effective are fat bikes at running over dogs? I find on my road bike that i try to avoid dogs for fear of doing some damage to my bike. I figure a fat bike would take away that concern and that i could happily run over dogs (and perhaps small children as well) all day long without doing any damage at all.
huh?


__________________
I don't know nothing, and I memorized it in school and got this here paper I'm proud of to show it.
Rollfast is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 07:34 PM
  #56  
LesterOfPuppets
cowboy, steel horse, etc
 
LesterOfPuppets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Valley of the Sun.
Posts: 40,633

Bikes: everywhere

Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9841 Post(s)
Liked 4,813 Times in 2,517 Posts
Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
Sheldon also said:

"Pugsley is, in its way, as revolutionary as the original mountain bikes were in the early 1980s."
More like evolutionary. The revolutionary bit was back in the late 80s/early 90s when people were trying out gear for the Iditabike. Lotta people would run double rims/tires. All Weather Sports started cutting one wall offa two rims and welding them together - fatbike rims on the Pugs were of that design.

[IMG][/IMG]

All Weather Sports started cutting one wall offa two rims and welding them together. Their Snowcat rims were 44mm wide. In 1998, Nokian made a 3" tire that fit really nice on the Snowcats. The Pugsly rims were wider than the Snowcats, and the tires wider than 3". Surly's first Pugs at the 2004 Interbike had those 3" Nokians on it, since they didn't have any Endomorphs yet.
LesterOfPuppets is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 07:41 PM
  #57  
Willbird
Senior Member
 
Willbird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Very N and Very W Ohio Williams Co.
Posts: 2,458

Bikes: 2001 Trek Multitrack 7200, 2104 Fuji Sportif 1.5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I have always thought bikes were made to be sold not made to be ridden....and people are buying fat bikes I guess :-).

I did see one sell in a LBS.....the buyer was........how to say this......his youthful exuberance and demeanor were those of a 13 year old yet he was 40ish. He was thoroughly overjoyed that you could ride it across a grass lawn as easily as down the road.

The LBS owner said a lot of folks ride them in snow covered farm fields.

Bill
Willbird is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 08:09 PM
  #58  
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Posts: 10,230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
As a roadie and a fatbike owner as well as a 29+ owner i feel pretty qualified to chime in. Fatbikes are fun in the same way that a big lifted 4x4 is fun. Its not overly fast or agile but it makes me smile. It will go pretty much anywhere comfortably. I use mine primarily for winter trail rides which keeps off of the trainer for 90% of the winter but once in a while I do pull it out in the nicer weather just because. It will never replace my roadbike but it will remain in my quiver for the foreseeable future.
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR Speedy
Trek Stache 9.7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
Kona Jake The Snake Cross
garysol1 is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 08:14 PM
  #59  
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Rollfast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Posts: 8,050

Bikes: 3 Rollfasts, 3 Schwinns, a Shelby and a Higgins Flightliner in a pear tree!

Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1835 Post(s)
Liked 291 Times in 254 Posts
There is your answer. Thank you!
__________________
I don't know nothing, and I memorized it in school and got this here paper I'm proud of to show it.
Rollfast is offline  
Old 05-29-16, 11:33 PM
  #60  
Stucky
Old Fart
 
Stucky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Bumpkinsville
Posts: 3,348

Bikes: '97 Klein Quantum '16 Gravity Knockout

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 163 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
The power of marketing....

90% of the people who get in on the fad, have no need for the actual product, and in fact, are hindered by that product- but the ignorant don't seem to consider practicality- just "looks", and "being cool".

Next year: See Craigslist loaded with $50 Walmart fat bikes in varying degrees of decrepitness.
Stucky is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 01:33 AM
  #61  
redfooj
pluralis majestatis
 
redfooj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: you rope
Posts: 4,206

Bikes: a DuhRosa

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 537 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
advocated for proper pressures before many others realized
what a gem that sheldon is
redfooj is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 03:05 AM
  #62  
Campag4life
Voice of the Industry
 
Campag4life's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 12,572
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1187 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
A pleasant surprise is the number of people who ask about the fatbike. It's a de facto ambassador to cycling because these folks would likely not stop to chat with a Lycra clad kitted out roadie. Of course when I'm on the fatbike I look like a friggin prepper. Bikes are so niche nowadays. We all need each other as opposed to talking trash. Of course, I'm riding my Minn 3.0. in the STP... Say hi.

Maybe you are lonely and need someone to talk to. Now a fat bike is an ambassador to cycling for god's sake...because you need a conversation starter. I have never had a hard time talking to anybody on a bike and if someone doesn't want to communicate, that's their prerogative as well and perhaps they aren't worth talking to anyway.

I believe the theme of this thread and Gary wrote what I believe to be some good truth since he owns many different genres of bikes...that Fat bikes have their place which Sheldon Brown discussed as well.
Depends where and how you like to ride. I know that riding in snow can be a real challenge on a regular mtb and 29er because I used to try and succeed once in a while when I lived in the Midwest. So a Fat bike as a snow bike makes some sense. A Fat bike may have an application on a frozen lake with studded tires as well....for those that like to do that. And also as a beach bike even though I live in a beach town and never see them ridden that way but I suppose they are at times.
Campag4life is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 05:10 AM
  #63  
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Posts: 10,230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
and just to add..... Where I live in South West Michigan a lot of the trails feature LOTS of fairly deep sand. If I was recommending a mountain bike to a first timer in many cases the fattie would be the best choice due it confidence inspiring traction and float over the sand. That first time buyer may also only have one bike so that fatbike is now there "roadie" as well.
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR Speedy
Trek Stache 9.7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
Kona Jake The Snake Cross
garysol1 is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 11:53 AM
  #64  
Banzai
Jet Jockey
 
Banzai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 4,941

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike, Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, Surly Pugsley.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 382 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
I think the real answer to the question (was there a question? I've lost track amidst the more conceptual tangents) posed by this thread is answered by the fact that we're discussing it in the Road Cycling sub-forum. Ponder on that for a while.

A three page running thread where no one has asked about, or mentioned, and of the following: 23mm vs 25mm. Will this crabon bike make me faster? Will crabon asplode? How can I go faster? 400w. Totally dropped that guy on the MUP. Aluminum or titanium? Power meter. Flip it. Slam it. Aero wheels. Do aero spokes work? Should I shave my legs? Are my brake cables ruining the aero-ness of my bike? Etc., etc.
__________________
Good night...and good luck
Banzai is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 02:43 PM
  #65  
StanSeven
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware shore
Posts: 13,505

Bikes: Cervelo C5, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 997 Post(s)
Liked 1,553 Times in 1,077 Posts
I think a lot of people buy them just because they look like fun. Buyers are likely people reasonably fit and have some money because they are sold in LBSs and not WalMarts. I'm guessing they are repetitive buyers that either currently ride occasionaly or did in the past. They then see fat bikes, think they are cool, and buy them.

There's really nothing to criticize here. Golf shops, fishing equipment dealers, tennis stores, etc., all see the same things. People buy things for fun, maybe have good intentions at keeping up usage, but probably give up after a while.
StanSeven is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 03:03 PM
  #66  
Maelochs
Senior Member
 
Maelochs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 13,985

Bikes: 2015 Workswell 066, 2017 Workswell 093, 2014 Dawes Sheila, 1983 Cannondale 500, 1984 Raleigh Olympian, 2007 Cannondale Rize 4, 2017 Fuji Sportif 1 LE

Mentioned: 143 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6816 Post(s)
Liked 2,120 Times in 1,149 Posts
Workswell sells crabon Fatbike frames.
Maelochs is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 03:20 PM
  #67  
Lazyass
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Minas Ithil
Posts: 9,335
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2431 Post(s)
Liked 630 Times in 389 Posts
Why did my thread about turning a MTB into a road bike for the purpose of road cycling get moved and this thread did not?
Lazyass is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 05:55 PM
  #68  
Banzai
Jet Jockey
 
Banzai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 4,941

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike, Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, Surly Pugsley.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 382 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
I think Wal-Mart sells them now.
Banzai is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 06:07 PM
  #69  
ThermionicScott 
working on my sandal tan
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 22,152

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers), All-City Space Horse (hers)

Mentioned: 95 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3676 Post(s)
Liked 2,149 Times in 1,359 Posts
Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
I think Wal-Mart sells them now.
Yep. I'm actually considering one for next winter's commuting.
__________________
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 06:26 PM
  #70  
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Posts: 10,230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
I think Wal-Mart sells them now.
And just as Walmarts roadbikes are craptastic (think GMC Denali) so are there fat bikes. Absolutely terrible hubs, bottom brackets and drivetrains. Please do yourself a favor and look at entry level Surly's
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR Speedy
Trek Stache 9.7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
Kona Jake The Snake Cross
garysol1 is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 06:36 PM
  #71  
biketocamp
Banned.
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: New York
Posts: 255

Bikes: FM-296 Road Bike, Surly LHT, Superb Sprint

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 62 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 23 Times in 10 Posts
Fat bikes are the closest your gonna get to a monster truck. They're fun, but prefer a 29er with 2.1 to 2.5 tires personally.
biketocamp is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 07:29 PM
  #72  
DosWheelsBtr
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 156

Bikes: 2015 Cannondale CAADX, 1994 Nishiki Performance Equipe

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Why did my thread about turning a MTB into a road bike for the purpose of road cycling get moved and this thread did not?
Nobody likes a lazy ass, Lazyass!

/s
DosWheelsBtr is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 08:36 PM
  #73  
exmechanic89
Senior Member
 
exmechanic89's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Richmond VA area
Posts: 2,713

Bikes: '00 Koga Miyata Full Pro Oval Road bike.

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 475 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
I've only ever seen a fatbike at a shop, Ive never seen one being ridden. They must not be popular in the areas I ride.
exmechanic89 is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 08:40 PM
  #74  
Banzai
Jet Jockey
 
Banzai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 4,941

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike, Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, Surly Pugsley.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 382 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
And just as Walmarts roadbikes are craptastic (think GMC Denali) so are there fat bikes. Absolutely terrible hubs, bottom brackets and drivetrains. Please do yourself a favor and look at entry level Surly's
Well...duh.

But StanSeven said above that fatbikes are an LBS item, not a Wal-Mart item. So I thought I'd set the thread straight on that one. The day I saw one at a Wal-Mart, I knew that fatbikes had officially gone mainstream. Maybe beyond mainstream.
__________________
Good night...and good luck
Banzai is offline  
Old 05-30-16, 08:40 PM
  #75  
Midwest Ullrich
Midwest Ullrich
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 266
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts


Turned quite a few heads!
Midwest Ullrich is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.