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Fat Bike Commute in the snow

Old 02-18-16, 01:14 PM
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Fat Bike Commute in the snow

As a followup to one of my earlier questions and similar to other questions I have seen posted in these forums, I am reporting how a fat bike performs as a commuter in the snow.

Itís really good. I did have to change from the ChaoYang Big Daddy tires the bike came with to Dillinger 4s. Before the tire change, I took a ride on New Years Day and I did slip and fall on some ice. Luckily that was in the trail where I normally use to commute and not on the street. I was also mulling over if I really should spend almost $500 for the set of Dillingers or just get some chains from SlipNot for just over $100. Iím glad I got the Dillingers. Bud and Lou was also considered but I needed something good on ice.

At first I had released a lot of pressure from the tires to minimize the bouncing of the rear but when the snow came, the rolling resistance was so tiring I pumped them back up. I have a CCM floor pump that doesnít read the low pressures precisely but at least I know the pressure is still not over 15psi.

These last few days had fairly decent snowfall. The accumulation was 2 Ĺ to 3 inches.
Biking through thick snow is a lot better than what I was experiencing last winter using a mountain bike and 2 inch wide tires. This winter I am going through un-maintained park trails while last winter with the mountain bike, I rode on the sidewalk and through the city streets.

The big test for the fat bike was climbing the final hill of the park trail. You need momentum to keep moving. If the snow and gravity stops you, youíll have to walk the rest of the way up. The rear tire slips on low gear. So shift to a higher gear that gives you momentum and lets your legs push down on the pedals as you climb. You donít need to pedal wildly as you would on dry pavement. You will get tired with heavy panting but with a fat bike you will conquer that snow covered hill.
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Old 02-18-16, 02:54 PM
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Cool! Good to know, thanks!
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