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Calling all "Fat Bike" Riders

Old 09-13-10, 12:27 PM
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Calling all "Fat Bike" Riders

Looking for anyone who rides a Surly Pugsley or similar "fat tyred" bike, like this one?



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Old 09-13-10, 12:37 PM
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Nice ride guy !
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Old 09-13-10, 05:31 PM
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Somewhat off topic, but I've always wondered how much does one of those weigh? How much drag do you feel riding on (or through?) muddy sand? I mean, what is the perimeter of your thigh?

(nice indeed, though).
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Old 09-13-10, 06:10 PM
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I believe that looks like a fun ride. Do tell.
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Old 09-13-10, 06:57 PM
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This is one of the most fascinating categories of bike, to me. I'd never seen nor heard of them before this summer, when I ran into a guy on a local trail with a Wildfire Designs ride. It was definitely wild, and definitely fired my imagination!

I have yet to ride one, but this kind of bike is on my shortlist for sure.
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Old 09-13-10, 08:55 PM
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Look at this thread this guy was cleaning the garage.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...highlight=herd
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Old 09-13-10, 09:33 PM
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A bunch of the regulars at the AKspokes forum ride 'em in the winter, you might wanna surf on over there too.
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Old 09-13-10, 10:08 PM
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I have a Surly 1x1 Rat Ride with 24x3.0 tires. Does that count?

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Old 09-14-10, 01:39 AM
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Hi All,

Thanks for the replies.

The Pugsley is quite difficult to describe. It's a bit heavier than the usual mountain bike, and I generally find myself running a gear lower than I might normally. But to be honest, none of this matters because the Pugsley is simply just great fun! The fat tyres make it comfortable, I can ride on the beach, along soft sand in the dunes, across peat bogs, long grass, even ploughed fields, all with ease. Once you've ridden one you tend to be smitten. I bought two new bikes last year, a Dawes Ultra Galaxy and a Genesis iOiD, both good quality bikes, yet they sit gathering dust as I only want to ride the Pugsley. Guess that says it all really.

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Old 09-14-10, 10:15 PM
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That is wild and I want one!
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Old 09-14-10, 10:31 PM
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whats the top speed on that thing it looks like an absolute tank
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Old 09-18-10, 01:08 PM
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CrimsonEclipse- you make me envious!
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Old 09-18-10, 01:17 PM
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Great bike - what could I expect to pay to pick up one? 2nd hand?
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Old 09-18-10, 03:28 PM
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The tires must be expensive. The bike looks like it would be great for some of the forest service roads in my area. Olympic Mountains.
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Old 10-04-10, 02:33 AM
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Yup... original Rat Ride Fat Bike aficianado here. I'm still torn though between a Surly Pugsley and a Salsa Mukluk.
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Old 10-04-10, 01:12 PM
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Fat bikes rule!

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Old 10-04-10, 02:25 PM
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Woah, awesome! That looks like a great winter bike!
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Old 10-04-10, 10:18 PM
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dammit! those pictures....now i might have to buy ANOTHER bike......
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Old 10-05-10, 12:22 AM
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YOU GUYS...GUILTY!! made me wanna get one!
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Old 10-05-10, 05:51 AM
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I test rode one last year, yup they can be addictive...gotta sell some bikes first though...FWIW the one I rode had a leaf blower mounted to it for clearing the local MUP

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Old 10-05-10, 04:12 PM
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That looks like some wicked fun!
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Old 10-22-10, 04:46 PM
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Fat tire bikes rock! I love riding my TommiSea Terrain Destroyer on the beach. The 8 speed IGH drivetrain provides a great range of gearing, but on the beach I am usually in gear 1, 2 or 3.
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Old 10-22-10, 05:03 PM
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The bikepacking crowd has been going ga-ga over these guys for a while now. Expedition bikes par-excellence! And honestly, not much more than a quality touring bike. I'd just have to climb the NC Blue Ridge Parkway on one of these. It hurts just to think about it.
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Old 10-28-10, 07:07 AM
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Great fun! They are an incredible workout in soft sand and snow but with the right tire pressure they do plow right through it. Rides like a normal mountain bike on the trails although due to the fat tires and extra weight, they have a strange feel at first at lower speeds. Don't take one out where there are a lot of people unless you are prepared to stop and answer lots of questions.
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Old 10-28-10, 05:42 PM
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One of those would be AWESOME for winter rides with my club! Question - if it's a problem getting the chain to clear the tire, why is the bottom bracket so short (100 mm?)
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