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Old 12-01-19, 05:50 PM
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Anybody Fat Biking?

As in Ďusing a fat bikeí, not as in.... well, you get my drift!

So last year when the snow wasnít prime for skiing I broke down and got a used Surly Moonlander. I took it out about 10 times, skiing improved and I havenít used it since. But serious skiing hasnít started here yet and the trails are pretty packed - and I bought fenders since getting snow kicked up in my face wasnít on my Ďgood timesí list - which means Iím going to get out and ride it on the lower angle mountain bike trails around here. I learned a valuable lesson last year about going off trail (donít do it!).

Maybe Iíll even ride up Mt. Crowe instead of snow shoeing up like I did Friday.


Crowe Summit 2150 m.
Or maybe Iíll just ride around on the trails on the slopes below!

Anybody else into Fat biking? Iím find getting the right clothing combo the biggest challenge.
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Old 12-01-19, 10:32 PM
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Not yet. But maybe this winter I may find a fat bike...
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Old 12-02-19, 09:11 AM
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Never had a fat bike but I did a lot of snow riding on mountain bikes when I lived in the mountains. I actually liked the snow flying up when I hit bumps. I found the type of snow was important. If it snowed and stayed cold it was easy to ride on and traction was good. If it warmed up and got slushy it sucked to ride on. Light, fluffy snow was also a challenge. And then there's ice, the only time I ever saw my ex wife fall was when she rode onto a frozen puddle.
Riding while it's snowing is another thing. One day we were climbing a trail and I noticed the snow was sticking to us and I couldn't read the logos on people's jerseys. Looking down the trail the snow was covering our tracks so we turned back. Sleet is the worst. Freezing rain blowing in your face means time to go home.
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Old 12-03-19, 10:37 AM
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Obviously hasn’t caught on with many on this board!

Around here we we have an extensive trail system used by skiers, snowshoers and fat bikers. There are warm up huts a few kilometres apart. Most bikers own their bikes but many first timers rent. It’ll never replace mountain biking but I’ve never gone fat biking without returning with a big smile on my face. How can you not when you’re riding a bike on wheels called ‘clown shoes’?

Ice can be a hazard but fortunately we don’t get much on the trails. If you are riding on roads or expect ice you can get studded tires - but they are expensive!

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Yeah, I am considerably overweight but still like to ride .... oh. Never mind.
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Old 12-03-19, 12:52 PM
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Ever since 2011! It's sometimes fun and often worthwhile!

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Old 12-03-19, 01:26 PM
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Looks like fun. Around here by the time I get dressed, check tire pressure, set my Strava, tighten my helmet straps, the snow has melted.
Be safe and enjoy, Frank.
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Any time I ride it's FAT BIKING.
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Old 12-07-19, 09:07 PM
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I’ve not had a try on one yet but they are fairly popular here. My winter riding is on a mountain bike and just for training, not casual or fun riding per se.

They look like a beast to handle.
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Iíve not had a try on one yet but they are fairly popular here. My winter riding is on a mountain bike and just for training, not casual or fun riding per se.

They look like a beast to handle.
I thought that too. I rode one a couple weeks ago, though just near the bike shop, pavement only. Despite weighing more than my 29er, it was easier to pedal than I expected, and soaked up the bumps and imperfections in the road. I want one.

But this has my curiosity up. My fork on my 29er can accommodate wider than the 2.25 and 2.35 rubber I use. The rear might get a 2.5 in there. Just curious how the 29er would fare with wider rubber. Bike is a 2010 or so Performance Access XCL 9r.
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I thought that too. I rode one a couple weeks ago, though just near the bike shop, pavement only. Despite weighing more than my 29er, it was easier to pedal than I expected, and soaked up the bumps and imperfections in the road. I want one.

But this has my curiosity up. My fork on my 29er can accommodate wider than the 2.25 and 2.35 rubber I use. The rear might get a 2.5 in there. Just curious how the 29er would fare with wider rubber. Bike is a 2010 or so Performance Access XCL 9r.
Yep, they feel pretty much like a normal mountain bike once you're rolling, albeit one with tons of traction and a monster truck, roll over anything footprint. They take a little more body english to lean into corners but it's an easy adjustment. Preserving momentum is very helpful. The wheels and tires have a lot of rolling mass and if you have to slow and accelerate a lot you'll feel that. But if you can stay on top of your gear and let it roll, they can be surprisingly fast. And slowly tractoring up a steep rooty, sandy climb with all that traction is a hoot! When I got my first fatty in the fall of 2011 they were still pretty rare and I let a LOT of people take it for a spin. If I'd charged a dollar a ride, I probably could've paid for the thing. I don't recall anyone getting off it without a big grin. They're just fun!
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Old 12-09-19, 09:24 AM
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RIDE ON.
winter seems more humbling each year...only thing physically tougher than riding on snow covered single track trails is skinning up the resort mtn.
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Old 12-09-19, 04:22 PM
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In Europe they have cars with smaller tires than yours.
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