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Old 12-05-20, 01:52 AM
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fatbike - the trip around the world

Has anyone used a fatbike on a long trip?
How much can you cycle on asphalt a day?
I was able to ride a maximum of 120 miles on an ordinary city bike with panniers.
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You should be able to do the same distance on a fat bike as on an ordinary mountain bike.
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If asphalt, I'd chose a different bike. this bis a fatbike tour.

You will know the different the moment you ride one compared to a skinny bike. i suggest to ride a fatbike before going on a long asphalt tour.
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I like to avoid paved fat biking. If I were to plan a fat biking trip around the world it would be fun to plan this route as it would open many interesting options. Assuming time is not in short supply...
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Originally Posted by msyrek
Has anyone used a fatbike on a long trip?
How much can you cycle on asphalt a day?
I was able to ride a maximum of 120 miles on an ordinary city bike with panniers.
Tires are the key difference on a fat bike. I have some 3.5" Vee Speedsters that I've used on my Pugsley. Relative to typical knobby tires, they're quiet, smooth, and have no rolling resistance. It's like riding a normal bike, only with wider tires (and the weird things that come along with that, like self steer, etc.). If your only bike is a fat bike, and you want to ride long days, swap on some Vee Speedsters and go pedalling. It won't be as efficient as a bike with 35-40mm tires, but it would work.

Most people who tour on fat bikes are bikepacking on rough roads, trails, and overlanding routes...routes that a bike with 35-40mm tires would have a challenge traversing. In fact, many routes wouldn't be passable without a lot of hike-a-bike. So from that perspective, a fat bike might be your only choice for your long trip...depending on your route.
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I was going to ask this ?: Can you ride a 'fatbike' on the road? By 'fatbike', I mean w/2" tires.
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Originally Posted by epnnf
I was going to ask this ?: Can you ride a 'fatbike' on the road? By 'fatbike', I mean w/2" tires.
I think the conventional definition of a "fat bike" is something with tires at least 3.5" or 4". Most current fat bikes have tires in the 4.8" to 5" range. A 2" tire would be considered a fairly standard mountain bike tire...and the "plus" sizes seem to be in the 2.6" to 3.2" range or thereabouts. So a 27.5+ size would be a 27.5" x 2.8" for example (or 70-584 to use the more precise ISO nomenclature).

If you have a bike with 2" wide tires, you can certainly ride it on the road. You can ride a fat bike on the road as well, with 4" tires. Depending on the tire design and construction, it may be a pretty inefficient haul, but it's certainly doable.
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Originally Posted by epnnf
I was going to ask this ?: Can you ride a 'fatbike' on the road? By 'fatbike', I mean w/2" tires.
a 2" tire is not far off from "normal" at this point. I would absolutely do a tour, a really long ride, or all pavement ride on a 2" tire.
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Originally Posted by msyrek
Has anyone used a fatbike on a long trip?
How much can you cycle on asphalt a day?
I was able to ride a maximum of 120 miles on an ordinary city bike with panniers.
I've completed six century (or longer) with my drop-bar Pugsley. My longest was 140-mile day ... August 2021, I plan to complete The DAMn with this rig (that's 240 miles in 24 hours).

All of my long mile rides with this bike are focused on gravel roads, the routes include paved sections, but mostly gravel roads, minimal maintenance roads, ATV trails, and less than paved surfaces. If I'm going for long miles on paved surfaces, I'm brining a different bike.


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