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The long, slow twilight of fat bikes

Old 01-13-23, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad
^^^ Silly 'merika ... stuck in the distance past with imperial UOM!!
Ya, but fun is the same in feet, metres, furloughs or fathoms, that's all that matters.
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Old 01-14-23, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by djb
Would you please furnish a metric example, that way I'll understand when it's fun to ride a fatbike ;-)

I had such a laugh on mine this summer, plus I just love the Jones bars, they make me smile, sorta like the whole fatbike.
Smiles and fun and on two wheels, keeps me happy and sane.
-40C = -40F so you have at least one column
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Old 01-14-23, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
-40C = -40F so you have at least one column
ya, but other than 0c = 32f and 20c = 68f, I still have to think Fahrenheit numbers through slowly to try to figure it out in celcius
I can do the mph to kph easily in my brain, but the temp thing and the human height thing can be muddled--although we still tend to use feet and inches for peoples height here, colloquially anyway, as with peoples weight. A very Canadian thing, as we live with lots of crossover between metric and imperial. The temp thing less though as you really don't hear temps in F much anymore, maybe more with old folks.
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Originally Posted by djb
ya, but other than 0c = 32f and 20c = 68f, i still have to think fahrenheit numbers through slowly to try to figure it out in celcius
i can do the mph to kph easily in my brain, but the temp thing and the human height thing can be muddled--although we still tend to use feet and inches for peoples height here, colloquially anyway, as with peoples weight. A very canadian thing, as we live with lots of crossover between metric and imperial. The temp thing less though as you really don't hear temps in f much anymore, maybe more with old folks.
f c
-40 -40
-20 -29
0 -18
20 +7
40 +4
60 +16
80 +27
100 +38
120 +49
140 +60
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Old 01-14-23, 08:45 PM
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Old 01-17-23, 03:46 PM
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Fat bikes use is obviously geographically limited - here in Central/Eastern Canada, there are more and more people riding them as the season goes on, and more people this year than last. The main hesitation people have seems to be that most of us are super psyched for XC ski season and there are only so many hours in the day and days in the week. I made the decision last year to leave my skiis in dry dock and focus on fat biking and I am enjoying myself. For people like me (avid cyclists, slightly less avid skiiers) fat bikes were the invention we were waiting for. Snowshoe trails and well-worn foot paths through the snow are now challenging and fun biking trails.

Living near a beach is also an opportunity to get the fatty out, but if you live somewhere with a year-round un-frozen beach, there are likely other non-fatbike riding opportunities that have a better reward:effort ratio.

It's admittedly pretty niche, but so are downhill bikes and track bikes - if you don't have a lift-assisted bike park or a velodrome nearby, these seem like pretty pointless machines too.

As the old saying goes, for those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like.
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Old 01-26-23, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by whipnet
Maybe someone should make some "fat-ski's" haha.
I was wondering about that, because "ski bikes" exist.* Turns out that fat bike skis exist too, which is a cross between concepts. Looks like a lot of fun, and a little of both.

Review of the fat bike ski.

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Old 01-26-23, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Banzai
Even this subforum is just about the deadest place on BF.
Most people I know locally use their fat bikes exclusively in the winter, and the numbers keep gradually increasing. The growth isn't explosive anymore, but it certainly isn't a fad. Since the people I know only use it part of the year, they tend to buy one bike and use it for years without the temptation to upgrade. I'm still using the Moonlander I got in 2013, though I did convert it to 1x11.

IMO this subforum probably shouldn't even exist. I hardly ever check here because to me fat bikes are just bikes, if you use it on Mountain Bike trails talk about it in the Mountain Bike sub, if you commute talk about it in Commuting, if you ride in the winter talk about it in the Winter sub.
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Old 01-27-23, 12:41 PM
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I don't visit the Winter forum until it's winter and I'm cycling.

I don't visit the Advocacy forum unless I have an issue or like to contribute to somebody else's. In fact, someone last year (or earlier) was also complaining about that forum too.

And of course, because I'm riding my fat bike again, I'm in this forum to check what else is going on with other fat bikers.
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Old 01-27-23, 01:03 PM
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I ride my fat bike year round. I just sit around in this forum all lonely until winter... hehe.

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First Fat ride of the season today. Rent from a guy at the trail head. I really wish our weather was conducive to winter riding more than what fees like a handful of ideal times, it is so much fun.

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Good for you. Late in the season no? Although I just assumed you're in Nunavut.
last week I was out trying out some different tires after a snow storm, and met a couple who had rented fatbikes for the first time, but the poor saps were having a hell of a time because the bikes had way too much pressure for the day's conditions.
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Good for you. Late in the season no? Although I just assumed you're in Nunavut.
last week I was out trying out some different tires after a snow storm, and met a couple who had rented fatbikes for the first time, but the poor saps were having a hell of a time because the bikes had way too much pressure for the day's conditions.
Nunavut just a nickname. If I lived there I may only ride a fat bike
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Old 10-21-23, 08:49 AM
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e Fat Bikes

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e bike has changed the fat bike market to be quite acceptable. The electric changes the fat bike experience.

I Completely Agree With This Observation - Around N. E. PA. They Are Flying Out Of The Stores - Usually Need To Place A Deposit And Wait For A Delivery
Unless You Decide To Get An Amazon Model And There Is Still A Long Wait Time...
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Originally Posted by KPREN
e bike has changed the fat bike market to be quite acceptable. The electric changes the fat bike experience. I ride mine exclusively 4,500 miles a year.
Now if I could just find someone who wanted to dump their "obsolete" non-motorized fatbike...
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Yes I know I'm dragging up an old thread . I can't sleep and I hurt and I am just getting started riding this year because I just got released from the doctor to ride because of foot surgery.
I just don't ride off road enough to justify the cost of the Surlys that I would like to have. Back a few years ago I ordered a single speed fat bike from bikesdirect. It was fun but really didn't get much use. I got the chance to sell it for most of my money back. I took that and ordered another bike from bikesdirect that I love but they are really dying one of the 29 plus bikes geared 3x7 or maybe 3x8 only 2 of my Surlys see more use. I will ride over stuff none of my other bike will come close to it moves better than the fat bike did. It's my exploring bike fishing bike. I've took it hunting small game a couple times.
As far as Surly I'm beginning to wonder if they will make it too the have discontinued everything that doesn't have disc breaks. Even the cross check . At 62 my Cross Check,LHT and Steamroller should out last me
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Wide tire will always be wide tire. There is no decline. The only decline can be in sales and marketing of fat bikes but wide tire is still wide tire. Why people like to always refer to "season" when it comes to cycling, biking or fat biking? There is no season for fat tire. It rolls over every kind of terrain. It is the king of off road. If I want to reach from A to B, I go in straight line and don't care be it sand, field, tall grass, forest, mud, agricultural land, swamp, big loose rocks, etc. Regular mountain bike is less capable. When people talk about mountain bikes I regularly read about speed (as if racing and going fast means anything - that's kids' phrase), trails, bike parks and other man made and maintained paths. Honestly, I find that against the true ethos of free biking. With fat tire I don't need man made and maintained anything. Except the tires of course. Fat bike is truly a free bike. How can something which is free can be in decline? Freedom is limitless until people start thinking of limits (speed, trails and season).
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