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Old 12-26-17, 09:22 AM   #26
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I was having the shop build a road bike for me and the owner offered me his used carbon fatty at a reasonable price. I bit. Never came close to regretting. So much fun.

I don't ride as aggressively as I used to. I feel bad, but my Felt Virtue 3 full suspension doesn't see much action anymore. Girlfriend doesn't like to ride so aggressive, so between that, getting older...and the fat being so fun...I find I'm riding fat off roads almost exclusively these days.

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Old 12-26-17, 11:12 AM   #27
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If I can make one into a bike that can handle bare roads well besides snow and
trail I will pull the pin in a hurry. ��
I ride my fattie on regular roads with no issues whatsoever. I use it as a fitness bike as it requires more exertion than my hybrid to cover the same route/distance. Another added bonus is that drivers are nice to me on the roads!

The tyres on mine are 4.4inch Jumbo Jims. They work fine on normal roads.

I believe you can get fat tyres that are smoother that the knobbly ones so will work even better on regular roads, and this is something that I'm likely to do next year.
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Old 01-03-18, 10:04 PM   #28
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I live near an (30-50 mile) asphalt trail that meanders off onto horse trails and near the trails along the North Branch of the Chicago River. I decided to buy a Fat Bike, for the winter only, as my other riding/training is all road/track during the non-snow months. I didn't want to spend a lot of money but wanted something that was lighter and that I could swap parts out if need from my bins in my shop. I ended up going with a Mongoose Vinson about 3 years ago.* I pulled it apart, rebuilt some of it and used mostly parts that I had about albeit I did buy some stuff for it. Since it is an only winter bike, I invested in some Surly Nates and I put some BB7's on there as well as a Deore RD, Sun Race thumb shifters, new headset, carbon bits (stem/bar/seatpin), some SPD's and an Aspide white saddle.*** Made my own rim strips as well. The bike is now around 30 pounds and suits the intended purpose perfectly for what I need. It was only 10F here today but I rode for about 2.5 hours. What a great way to get outside on your bike in the snow.



*paid $297** for it on a Black Friday Sale
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***ride those on all my bikes
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Old 01-04-18, 08:37 AM   #29
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I realized the only exercise I enjoy is riding a bike, so I wanted something for the winter, beaches, and trails.

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Old 01-04-18, 11:41 AM   #30
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Well?
I started bike commuting to work in September and wanted to continue to do so throughout the winter. So far, so good. I was planning on taking the non-maintained bike bath that I do in Spring/Summer/Fall, but with the amount of snow we've been getting, it is very slow going. It is fun to ride that path, but commuting 5 miles each way through 4-6 inches of snow is too slow, so I end up taking streets.
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Old 01-04-18, 12:51 PM   #31
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Yes sir

It sounds like you have life in the right gear.
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OMG, I am weakening fast.

Took a ride to a Performance bike shop and a friend was looking hard at a fatty. Very nice lady stopped to talk about her bike and how much she loves and rides it. I told him "you get one and I'll buy one", as I have always felt the same about the niche bike, and I know he won't actually do it. I then had an epiphany: Everyone glows about their FB and I love riding bikes. I'm retired and if I spend some more money, the world won't stop for me.

Bicycles are a slippery slope, but having those wide tires should help a lot.
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OMG, I am weakening fast.

Took a ride to a Performance bike shop and a friend was looking hard at a fatty. Very nice lady stopped to talk about her bike and how much she loves and rides it. I told him "you get one and I'll buy one", as I have always felt the same about the niche bike, and I know he won't actually do it. I then had an epiphany: Everyone glows about their FB and I love riding bikes. I'm retired and if I spend some more money, the world won't stop for me.

Bicycles are a slippery slope, but having those wide tires should help a lot.
Resistance is futile. The allure of a fat bike is irresistible!
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They're a versitile bike for someone who lives in an area with cold winters and likes to ride offroad a bit. Owning a fat bike has opened up an entire season to more cycling. I used to dread snow as it (mostly) prevented riding. Now, a few inches is something to look forward to. Also, most fat bikes are surprisingly capable and fast trail machines. This hit home to me with watching a tight trail race around here in the summer: the fatbikes were extremely competitive with regular mountain bikes. The guys on fatties were absolutely bombing sketchy descents and not losing much time on climbs.
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I'm in Southern California and have no need for a fat bike. But one day I happen to be on Trek's website and noticed an incredibly cool, and useful looking MB/Fatty. I happen to be looking for a Trail/Enduro MB to complement my Cross Country. This bike perfectly fit the bill. It comes with full suspension, 27.5" wheels, and carbon everywhere. It climbs incredibly well, and bombs hills like a downhill bike. Its incredible! And believe me, I ain't no Trek fanboy.
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Jones bars - jones bikes.com - are the answer!
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Resistance is futile. The allure of a fat bike is irresistible!
Took awhile, but I finally succumbed. My Framed Wolftrax should arrive in about a week. The shop is swapping out the brakes for a set of STX hydraulics, then I'll be set to go. Been thinking about getting one to ride in the winter. When I retired, I moved from the land of perpetual summer to a place that has real winters with snow on the ground.
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