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Old 08-29-18, 05:05 PM
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Recommend me a cheap winter fattie please

Hey. Where I live they do a terrible job at plowing the roads during winter and they don't plow the sidewalks or bike paths at all. My regular commuter with 28mm or 32mm tires (can't remember) is enough most days. But when the snow is particularly bad, I'm stuck home. I figured out if I had a fat bike I could ride on the sidewalks or bike paths even if the roads are full of snow. But I have never ridden a fat bike. I know nothing about fat bikes. So, please, help me with some recommendations or advice.

I only want the bike to be able to get to work and back on snowy days. I would probably only use it a few days a year, maybe 6-20 depending on how fun it is. So, I don't want to break the bank. Also, I would rather a bike that requires less maintenance.

My town is relatively flat, and my commute is about 4-8 miles long depending on the route. On snowy days I would rather take the longer route because it is all bike paths and I don't have to deal with bad drivers on the snow.

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Old 08-29-18, 05:20 PM
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The genuine fat bike guys will tell you you're not going to get anything really good for less than $1,500. And they're most likely right. But you could roll the dice on something from Bikesdirect.com for $300-500 and give it a whirl. Something like the Deadeye Monster @ 400 bucks might be worth a try. Singlespeed, mech disc brakes, and 4" wide knobbies. Like riding a giant BMX bike.
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Old 08-29-18, 08:07 PM
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Take a look at Framed bicycles. They start at around $550 and go up from there.
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Old 09-06-18, 12:23 PM
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The above suggestions are good for what you want to use the bike for.

Being that you plan to ride it in winter and assuming that they salt the roads and sidewalks during the winter where you live...You are going to be looking at more maintenance, not less no matter how much you spend on the bike. The chain, chainring, cassette and derailleur are going to require the most maintenance in those conditions.

Go with cheapy bikes direct or framed bike for your purchase.
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Old 09-06-18, 10:55 PM
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I bought a Motobecane Boris considered cheap by many but for me it’s great. It is fun bike to ride and can run over everything . No snow here but I plane on cruising the beach near Corpus Christi while fishing the surf. You can always upgrade the bike if you find that you like it.
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You get what you pay for. But if cheap is you primary focus then just walk into a chain place: Target, Walmart, Dicks etc.

The good stuff will be a lot more and worth it whether it's a FB, Gravel, Road, etc.
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Old 09-08-18, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
The genuine fat bike guys will tell you you're not going to get anything really good for less than $1,500. And they're most likely right. But you could roll the dice on something from Bikesdirect.com for $300-500 and give it a whirl. Something like the Deadeye Monster @ 400 bucks might be worth a try. Singlespeed, mech disc brakes, and 4" wide knobbies. Like riding a giant BMX bike.
I've never spent $1,500 on a fat bike, and I'm presently riding a $2,700 Borealis Yampa. Buy used. There are so many people who buy the latest and greatest and then get upgrade fever, or they ride it twice, get cold and put it in the basement.
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I spent $500 on the bd Bullseye Monster. 2 x 8 is good enough and mechanical discs kinda suck but this will be my 3rd winter and it keeps Rollin and I keep smilin.
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If you're using it solely for winter commuting, don't worry about a high price bike. You want the fat tires to get you over the snow and that's it. Go cheap, but not too cheap. You don't want it rusting in your first week
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If you're using it solely for winter commuting, don't worry about a high price bike. You want the fat tires to get you over the snow and that's it. Go cheap, but not too cheap. You don't want it rusting in your first week
The price isn't going to change the fact that components will rust and corrode. A $4k bike will rust just as fast as a $500 bike.
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The price isn't going to change the fact that components will rust and corrode. A $4k bike will rust just as fast as a $500 bike.
I was talking about $200 bikes. I take it you've never owned one? Yes, the rims, spokes and hubs rust quickly, especially with road salt
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Originally Posted by buffalo4life View Post
I spent $500 on the bd Bullseye Monster. 2 x 8 is good enough and mechanical discs kinda suck but this will be my 3rd winter and it keeps Rollin and I keep smilin.
don't have a fatbike but just got a used MTB w mechanical disc brakes. can you shed more light on how they suck. are they bad in general or mostly bad in the winter? worse that rim brakes? thanks
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don't have a fatbike but just got a used MTB w mechanical disc brakes. can you shed more light on how they suck. are they bad in general or mostly bad in the winter? worse that rim brakes? thanks
opening can or worms....
mechanical brakes generally have a bit less power and modulation. also need adjustment more often for pad wear. there are different qualities of course.
Larger rotors can help to make them work better.

Cable also has the risk of water from snow in the cable and freezing.

If the bike comes with mechanical brakes, just try out, upgrade rotors if needed and then go to hydraulic if needed. Or be happy with them the way they are. Don't sweat it, they are an easy upgrade if needed.
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Old 09-22-18, 07:03 PM
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no, thanks for the summary. I'm a little behind the times & usually buy stuff well past their introduction to the market
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