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Old 05-10-14, 05:25 AM
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Forum Suggestion - Fat Bikes

I recently bought a Fat Bike (mostly) for winter riding/commuting/cargo hauling.
After 2 years of looking researching and waiting I found something in my budget.

Now trying to create enough interest for a Fat Bike Forum.

Please reply if:
You Ride a Fat Bike
Are Interested in learning more about Fat Bikes
Would like to see a forum dedicated to Fat Bikes
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We do have a Beach Cruiser forum ...
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& Winter cycling Winter Cycling more the application than the bike ..

We have a few people using them to stalk the mighty Razor Clam on the beach , and haul 'clam-"Tube thingie"* ' and shovel, along.

*since the references to "bang sticks" gets an *** substitution

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+1 on a fatbike forum. Definitely not beach cruisers, not limited to winter cycling, and not utility cycling.
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Old 05-10-14, 10:06 AM
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Thanks for all the replies.
Fat Bikes are definitely multi-purpose and multi-terrain machines - enough so to warrant a Forum?
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Originally Posted by Looigi
+1 on a fatbike forum. Definitely not beach cruisers, not limited to winter cycling, and not utility cycling.
Agreed. It's really only a question of time...
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I don't think I will ever own one, although they intrigue me... I think that there is enough general interest in them, and there are aspects that are unique to fat bikes, such as components at a minimum, that a distinct subforum seems reasonable.
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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.
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aren't fatbikes just a temporary fad? why bother making a forum that'll be underused

also there's already a MTB forum , as well as a (let's quit deluding ourselves on actual fatbike usage) Cruisers forum
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Originally Posted by xenologer
aren't fatbikes just a temporary fad? why bother making a forum that'll be underused
Good point. It would be really embarrassing if they had given fixed gear bikes their own sub forum...
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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.
I guess we just let the potential new traffic go elsewhere....MTBR perhaps. They have a Fat Bike forum - its interesting but definitely slanted towards off road use.
Its only got about 8,000 threads with over 150,000 posts...
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Originally Posted by xenologer
aren't fatbikes just a temporary fad? why bother making a forum that'll be underused
So what? Where's the downside? If there are few or no participants, it could always be discontinued at some point.

And people call me the "Retro Grouch".
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I think a fat bike forum makes at least as much sense as a BMX forum. Some components are unique to the class due to the need for extra wide hubs and bottom brackets, not to mention tires and rims.
If someone is thinking about fat bikes, I think it would be worth while to have a place to go where others have shared their experience, and one could ask questions without fear of so many irrelevant answers from people who have no interest or knowledge of the genre.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
I think a fat bike forum makes at least as much sense as a BMX forum. Some components are unique to the class due to the need for extra wide hubs and bottom brackets, not to mention tires and rims.
If someone is thinking about fat bikes, I think it would be worth while to have a place to go where others have shared their experience, and one could ask questions without fear of so many irrelevant answers from people who have no interest or knowledge of the genre.
Thanks Dan. This exactly where I was coming from.
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Originally Posted by cplager
Good point. It would be really embarrassing if they had given fixed gear bikes their own sub forum...
Glad someone gets it. We should petition to get that embarrasing sub forum removed.
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Keen as anything for a fat sub. They are no fad, not like 29ers anyway....
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Originally Posted by xenologer
Glad someone gets it. We should petition to get that embarrasing sub forum removed.
Let's not get it removed, let's just have it combined with Single Speeds.

I'll just betcha that a "Fat Bikes" forum would have way more traffic than that "Fixed Gear" forum.
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Reports are the bike racks in Alaska have a lot of fat bikes now .. so, once again .. what you see depends on where you Look..
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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...

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The snarky stuff is almost certainly people being funny, but maybe this does not translate very well depending on where you are from...?

And perhaps 19 months ago fatties were very fringe, and now they are everywhere. I live in the south island of New Zealand and just in my city I personally know about 10 people with fatbikes...

What does it matter anyway if a new sub is created - there appears to be an extraordinary number of bike type specific subs anyway.
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People seem to love their fat bikes. What is the upside that makes up for all that weight?
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They just are not that heavy, there are plenty of standard mountainbikes way chunkier. They just look like they are heavy...

You really have to try one to understand just how appealing they are, but trust me, they are great fun. I use mine for everything off road, singletrack/DH/bmx track. It doesn't like big drops and tends to bounce over rutty/stony stuff, but there is so much grip and compliance in the tyres that you can forgive it that.
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Originally Posted by eastbay71
People seem to love their fat bikes. What is the upside that makes up for all that weight?
The weight is mostly in the tires. There's something about quite a few cyclists (mostly guys), who find huge tires attractive and more desirable. I personally like big tires! I also like tanks and monster trucks, too!
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