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Old 05-13-14, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by GetOuttaMyWay
I find all of this 'interest' in a Fat Bike forum kinda funny, given:

- A thread was started by another in Forum Suggestions & User Assistance roughly 19 months ago, it had one reply... and sat there until the OP of this thread bumped it a few days ago. Since then, that thread has been a back and forth between him and the Site Admin.

-The OP of this thread also went and started a thread in Commuting attempting to garner support for a new forum. It lost traction after an hour, has a total of 8 posts... and half of those are from the OP.

- The OP of this thread also started yet another thread in Utility Cycling, which has a single reply.

And this thread has a bunch of comments that could be construed as snarky or derogatory towards another forum/discipline.

@GTryder- While you may feel that lumping Fat Bikes in with Beach Cruisers would be a disservice to the 'fatties', you should at least follow the precedent that the Cruisers set.

Before there was a Cruiser forum, there was a sticky here in General Cycling dedicated to Cruisers. You should do the same and then that becomes the 'go to' thread for pictures, links to rides/events, sources for the best deals on parts (especially those stupidly expen$ive tires).

Just my $0.02...
Wasn't aware of the process that Cruisers went about to get their forum; even the Site Admin didn't mention it.
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Old 05-14-14, 08:46 AM
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Fat tires offer flotation over soft terrain like sand, mud, snow... They also offer some cushioning over rough terrain. Tire pressures are usually under 10 psi. For these reasons some people use them to tour cross/country off-trail and in remote areas...etc...

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Old 06-10-14, 05:48 AM
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I've seen a fat bike or two used along my local trails and found them intriguing. I didn't come to the forums specifically looking for them, but while I was here I thought to see if there was a forum of sorts for them, just to read over general comments and opinions. I suppose that makes me someone with interest, so I'll add my support to the request.
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Old 06-10-14, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
Are fat bikes really that different from mountain bikes? I mean, there's a danger in splintering the forums too much. Mountain bikes could, some might say, be split into downhill, x-c, fat, and regular. But you'd cut the potential audience with each new group. I'm neither for nor against; but think about how it'll affect the overall traffic on the site.
Nope. They're pretty much mountain bikes. Ever since the late 80s when those guys in Alaska were welding two rims together to make a fat bike wheel. Will there be yet another subforum for ultra fatbikes, like the Hanebrink?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Nope. They're pretty much mountain bikes. Ever since the late 80s when those guys in Alaska were welding two rims together to make a fat bike wheel. Will there be yet another subforum for ultra fatbikes, like the Hanebrink?
Sure. And why stop there. I think they should put all DF bikes in a single subforum, because, really, they're pretty much the same. You look at different types of recumbents and now we're talking...

We've got a subforum (or two) for fixies. One for beach cruisers. I don't think it's really a question of whether or not fat bikes get their own, but rather when.
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I have seen a lot of these fat bikes in the shops in OKC. I am interested but don't think I'd buy one. I rode a mountain bike for nearly 14 years and wonder how they compare. Last MTB I found myself riding mostly on road abandoning off road stuff so I put road tires on it. The fat bikes seem like they would require a lot more effort to ride.
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Originally Posted by Walpurgisnacht
I've seen a fat bike or two used along my local trails and found them intriguing. I didn't come to the forums specifically looking for them, but while I was here I thought to see if there was a forum of sorts for them, just to read over general comments and opinions. I suppose that makes me someone with interest, so I'll add my support to the request.
You'll find lots of info on the Fat Bike forum @ MTBR.com or the Fat Bike Group on Facebook.
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Originally Posted by Shadow722
I have seen a lot of these fat bikes in the shops in OKC. I am interested but don't think I'd buy one. I rode a mountain bike for nearly 14 years and wonder how they compare. Last MTB I found myself riding mostly on road abandoning off road stuff so I put road tires on it. The fat bikes seem like they would require a lot more effort to ride.
Riding effort is very dependent on tire size/ tread pattern and amount of inflation. While most Fat Bikes are generally heavier than modern mountain bikes, they have a rolling diameter similar to a road bike or 29er, so some efficiency is gained in that respect.

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Originally Posted by GTryder
Riding effort is very dependent on tire size/ tread pattern and amount of inflation.


Yes. And (very importantly) tire construction.

Originally Posted by GTryder
While most Fat Bikes are generally heavier than modern mountain bikes, they have a rolling diameter similar to a road bike or 29er, so some efficiency is gained in that respect.
Diameter of wheel determines very little about rolling except on off-road surfaces over obstacles. Low rolling resistance 20" tires will roll better than any fat bike tires.
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Originally Posted by cplager


Yes. And (very importantly) tire construction.



Diameter of wheel determines very little about rolling except on off-road surfaces over obstacles. Low rolling resistance 20" tires will roll better than any fat bike tires.
Good points and to clarify my reference to efficiency - I was alluding to gearing and momentum. The larger diameter (and obviously heavier) wheel takes a bit of effort to get rolling but once at a comfortable cadence on a flat hard surface and no wind resistance it is enjoyable to ride a reasonable speed (similar to riding my single speed with 46/16 and 700x 35's).
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Originally Posted by cplager


Yes. And (very importantly) tire construction.



Diameter of wheel determines very little about rolling except on off-road surfaces over obstacles. Low rolling resistance 20" tires will roll better than any fat bike tires.
20" tires? What? The idea of a fat bike is for loose, soft, off road surfaces like sand, mud and snow. 4-5" wide. The fat bike tires fit on a 26" rim.
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Originally Posted by Leebo
20" tires? What? The idea of a fat bike is for loose, soft, off road surfaces like sand, mud and snow. 4-5" wide. The fat bike tires fit on a 26" rim.
cplager was kinda making comparison to rolling resistance.

On the other hand I've seen pictures of very specialized winter bikes with smaller "Argo or ATV" type wheels. Guessing Antarctic snow is flat and hard packed. Besides the rider appears to be making more or a fashion statement than dressing appropriately for winter cycling. LOL
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Originally Posted by GTryder
cplager was kinda making comparison to rolling resistance.
What he said.
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