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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby BillP » Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:37 am

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Xplora » Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:46 pm

AUbicycles wrote:Thanks for sharing all the pics - makes me curious

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby jet-ski » Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:37 pm

oh man, how I wish I had one of those when I lived out in the desert - would have been great for mud riding, the 2.35s on my STP were not quite fat enough to stop me sinking :shock: can't really justify one now
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:27 pm

jet-ski wrote:oh man, how I wish I had one of those when I lived out in the desert - would have been great for mud riding, the 2.35s on my STP were not quite fat enough to stop me sinking :shock: can't really justify one now


I'm disappointed that I didn't get onto a fat bikes years ago for desert travel. In the past we used to head out with regular MTB fitted with 2.5" tyres (which were about the biggest to fit the frame) and the moment we would hit softer sand then that's when the fun stopped. I remember one ride where we had some 20km to go on relatively hard pack sand and clay but the prevailing winds had dumped a layer of live sand over the track and it made riding so very very hard. You could just ride it but it sapped all of your energy especially if you became sloppy with balance and had to correct the steering (where the front end would push into the sand). To make it worse, you couldn't really tell if the surface that the tyre was about to roll over was soft or hard. It was so very very difficult to ride.

On a fat bike those conditions would have been a breeze and a heck of a lot of fun.

On the flip side, if I had been on a fat bike I most probably would not remember that ride as anything special.

Fat is not good at all in mud. There's no lateral stability because the tyre is free to slide wherever it wants to. I think that you're better off with narrow open void tyres so that they can cut through the mud and bit into the hard. That said, fat in mud is great training to refine body positioning and where to put pressure on the bike. Be repared to taste dirt taste dirt though.....
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby PJZap » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:53 am

Does anyone know if there is an Australian distributor for Fatback bikes http://fatbackbikes.com/home.php
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby saronmcm1 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:31 pm

Hi,
I just picked up the Pugsley from TBE Willeton.
I was really surprised at the weight no where near as bad as I thought.
Now the fun part, to ride one of these bikes is like a kid in a candy shop.
It is so much fun, I am going to take it to the hills for a ride later in the week.

Cheers
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Xplora » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:49 pm

saronmcm1 wrote:Hi,
I just picked up the Pugsley from TBE Willeton.
I was really surprised at the weight no where near as bad as I thought.
Now the fun part, to ride one of these bikes is like a kid in a candy shop.
It is so much fun, I am going to take it to the hills for a ride later in the week.

Cheers
Ron

Congrats!
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:49 pm

saronmcm1 wrote:Hi,
I just picked up the Pugsley from TBE Willeton.
I was really surprised at the weight no where near as bad as I thought.
Now the fun part, to ride one of these bikes is like a kid in a candy shop.
It is so much fun, I am going to take it to the hills for a ride later in the week.

Cheers
Ron


Oh how exciting for you! You'll come across plenty of people who pick the bike up and will make that same comment about the weight. The more you ride it, the more you will seek adventure! Fantastic fun!
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby saronmcm1 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:12 am

Hi, I have now done a couple of rides at the beach and have really noticed tyre pressure is crucial in improving rideability.
What I am after if anyone has a cro mo bike and what they use to prevent rust.
I went for a ride yesterday on some mtb trails and the bike did not ride to bad.
Uphills you feel the weight but I could always lose some weight.

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby mitzikatzi » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:47 pm

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Boiled Linseed oil apparently
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:48 pm

saronmcm1 wrote:What I am after if anyone has a cro mo bike and what they use to prevent rust.


Ron, on any exposed surfaces and those that require no lubricant use pure carnuba wax. At least this won't attract dust and sand. Oh, make sure that the surfaces are spotless before applying. Buff to a mirror finish and then stand back and admire your work.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Nobody » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:00 pm

Also make sure you grease the outside of your steerer tube with marine grease. Probably a good idea to do the bottom of inside as well. I was surprised how quickly my Surly steerer started to rust. And that was on a normal MTB, not a beach goer.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:14 pm

Nobody wrote:Also make sure you grease the outside of your steerer tube with marine grease. Probably a good idea to do the bottom of inside as well. I was surprised how quickly my Surly steerer started to rust. And that was on a normal MTB, not a beach goer.


I bought a tube of really sticky grease some years ago for this sort of thing. Made by Morry's. Sensationaly stuff. Really sticky, water proof and you can hit it with the hose without it moving. A smear goes a long way.....The label has long gone and I suspect that the grease colour isn't as bright red as it was when new, but it really has been sensational.

Fat lot of use this post is without knowing the name of the product. :roll:
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Mugglechops » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:44 pm

Here isd a fatbike for those who can't balance :D lightfoot cycles

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby aeroslave » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:38 pm

I had one about a year and a half ago. It was fun. it ran on almost everything. It was like an MTB on steriods. Or a BMX injected with Human Growth Hormone. FUN FUN FUN!

BUT.....expensive tyres, tubes......I decided a Ti HT XC is all I need for the occasional XC riding. It depends really to what you will use it for. I ride mostly on road.

If it becomes mainstream and the prices goes down again...I will buy one again...
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Nobody » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:41 am

Appears to be a tyre monopoly at this stage with up to $140 a tyre.
http://aebike.com/parts-accessories-cat ... rch=Search

The bike's Q Factor/tread appears to be fairly wide too. Could be a problem for some. Has anyone measured their Q Factor? If so, could you please post the result?
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Xplora » Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:51 am

Would you expect to get three times the life out of the tyre as a Gatorskin on a road bike? I do agree that it a silly amount of money for the tyres... makes it seem like the Pugsley/Moonlander/Mukluk type bikes are just cheap 1000 dollar MTBs with specialist parts, instead of genuine quality 2000 dollar bikes. :(
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Mugglechops » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:39 pm

Do you think I would have made it on a Fat Bike :D

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby trailgumby » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:44 pm

I'd say on a fatbike with cleats you'd be pedalling underwater upside down suspended from your bike as you float out to sea! :lol:

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby saronmcm1 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:12 pm

Hi,
I have just Fish oiled internal parts of frame, thanks for the advice.
Bike is going well, I am riding at the beach and also the hills around Perth.
Does anyone use a 26 inch trailer with thier bike.
Does anyone know of any 3 inch MTB tyre availability, the surly tyres are little on the expensive side for general use.

Cheers
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:29 am

saronmcm1 wrote:Hi,
I have just Fish oiled internal parts of frame, thanks for the advice.
Bike is going well, I am riding at the beach and also the hills around Perth.
Does anyone use a 26 inch trailer with thier bike.
Does anyone know of any 3 inch MTB tyre availability, the surly tyres are little on the expensive side for general use.

Cheers
Ron


I still have three brand new Endomorph tyres sitting in their box. Left overs from the desert race spares supply. If you're going to ride fat then make it fat. $99 each if you're interested - though postage to Perth will be the killer.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby saronmcm1 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:13 pm

Hi George,
Thanks for the offer, have you tried the Nates tyre.
I am trying to get info on how to go tubeless, I had my first puncture the other day from thorns.
You might need your tyres if you do the Simpson ride this year.
I am trying to find a trailer for the Pug as I would like to do some bike touring if anyone knows someone who is selling a trailer setup for Pug I would be keen.
Bike is great fun in all terrains, I have a loop around Fremantle, includes Beach and some trail riding. It is incredible how the bike gets traction on steep uphills.

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:40 pm

saronmcm1 wrote:Hi George,
Thanks for the offer, have you tried the Nates tyre.
I am trying to get info on how to go tubeless, I had my first puncture the other day from thorns.


No never considered the Nates because I have never really needed the tread. Might for some winter snow trekking though.

Tubeless conversion is easy and very successful with the right gear. I can help if you need.

We just returned from a trip where we spent a few days in civilisation at a camp ground. We rarely do this because we like our space. I really struggled with the attention that the fat bike attracted. It's not so bad out on the trails because fellow cyclists are of a like mind but I just couldn't deal with every man, woman and child we came across who felt the need to comment or express an opinion on the size of the tyres. In the end I swapped bikes with my wife who was riding a Trance and whilst the fat bike continued to get looks, people were less inclined to talk to a woman on a bike. Mind you she was decked out in black, black and black - and on the fat bike, made even me feel inadequate.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby cowskinpug » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:24 pm

Hey George,
I've only just joined the thread because I saw you might want to unload some endomorphs - I probably only need one, but if you are still interested I'd be keen - I'm running them on the back, and my current one is a little worn. Think I will go to Big Fat Larry's for the front, for that little bit more shock absorbtion. Anyway, let me know if there's a deal to be done.

Many thanks,

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:41 pm

cowskinpug wrote:Hey George,
I've only just joined the thread because I saw you might want to unload some endomorphs - I probably only need one, but if you are still interested I'd be keen - I'm running them on the back, and my current one is a little worn. Think I will go to Big Fat Larry's for the front, for that little bit more shock absorbtion. Anyway, let me know if there's a deal to be done.


Yea no problem Euan. They are sitting in their box in the mezzanine storage level at the factory.

Though Euan if you've worn an endo then it's probably not the best tyre choice. I reckon that they are for sand only and just about anything else, a Larry will drive, ride and roll better. Mind you, the endomorph is a good deal lighter.

Do you reckon that a BFL is going to be softer on the hands and arms? I'm not convinced because you still have to run a bit of pressure to have them steer okay. Try running your current front at 5 - 8 psi and see what you think it feels like.

If you do want the endo, pm me and drop around if like. We're in Templestowe. Bring the bike for a ride too - a pair of fatties around the Yarra trail network will cause a stir!
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