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  1. #1
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    Any Fat bikers out there???

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    Hey ladies,

    I am interested in getting a fat bike but do not really see any reviews by women online anywhere. I first saw some fat bike races when I was skiing up north in MI at Crystal Mountain, and have been curious ever since. I would like to add one to my stable in the near future. I feel it may be a good option since I live in a place where Winter can seem quite long and, it may be nice to take a break from the trainer and actually have a dedicated winter bike.

    Please let me know if you have a fat bike and which one you have...also how do you like it???
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    I've only put a few miles on one and will say FUN! But also (the reason for only a couple of miles) you need to have good knees, the rolling resistance is really noticeable if you have cruddy knees.

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    Good to know...I found one I want to try out in my size but it is 1.5 hours away. May try to talk the hubby into taking a drive up North this weekend. I have heard they are tons of fun
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    I've seen them in action on local trails and they look like so much fun! No helpful information there...(pst, just get one already) There is a local bike shop that keeps posting an ad on craig's list for a fat bike TRIKE and my desire to buy it is only slightly less than my fear of the consequences (i.e. spousal wrath, ridicule of friends who think I have too many bikes...).

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    LOL yes the N+1 is strong with us....

    I do not need another bike just want a fat bike so bad.
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    We've been thinking about it, too. I was a terrible mountain biker, but I think I could handle snow better than rocks and roots. And, I might not be adverse to riding one on the crappy roads, after a storm.
    There don't seem to be many options for short people, though. I found a junior fat bike that did meet my measurement requirements. The smallest woman's fat bike I've seen is 15 inches, which is the size of my mountain bike, which was too big.
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  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    We've been thinking about it, too. I was a terrible mountain biker, but I think I could handle snow better than rocks and roots. And, I might not be adverse to riding one on the crappy roads, after a storm.
    There don't seem to be many options for short people, though. I found a junior fat bike that did meet my measurement requirements. The smallest woman's fat bike I've seen is 15 inches, which is the size of my mountain bike, which was too big.

    The smallest Pugsley from Surly might work, Crankin. I saw someone talking about it on the mountain biker forums recently. She was 5'1" on a size 14.

    Here it is. The measurements are certainly smaller than their other options.

    http://surlybikes.com/bikes/pugsley/geometry

    My Surly Krampus is a mid-fat bike. Love it! We don't have snow, but I like it at the beach and adjacent trails at a local state park.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 01-05-2016 at 04:16 PM.
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    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Thank you!
    After looking, the Surly ECR is also available in that size. It's a mid-fat bike, tires up to 3 inches (like my Krampus). Advantage is in weight. Should be a much lighter build than a full fat bike. My Krampus has 35 mm wheels and 2.4 inch tires, but it can take up to 50 mm with 3 inch.

    Just a thought. Sky king loves her ECR. The Krampus is much bigger. My size small fits, and I'm 5'7" (could probably ride a medium, too).

    Guess now I should point out to everyone in this thread that mid fat (or 29+, same thing) is a great option.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 01-05-2016 at 06:02 PM.
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    Is it harder to pedal on a fat bike? Just wondering with all that tire tread if it makes for a more challenging ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeganBikeChick View Post
    Is it harder to pedal on a fat bike? Just wondering with all that tire tread if it makes for a more challenging ride.
    Wider tires definitely have more rolling resistance. I'd be well-geared if I lived where it is hilly, but I'm at sea-level, and enjoy my single speed mid-fat bike.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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  12. #12
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    I found both of these bikes at a large bike shop in the Boston area. Not a shop I like (they treated me horribly when I bought my mtb there, in 2004).
    Not sure if we will bite the bullet on the fatties this year or next. I also want to get a mixte, for when we move to the condo, to ride into town... and maybe a gravel bike, too. No!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    I found both of these bikes at a large bike shop in the Boston area. Not a shop I like (they treated me horribly when I bought my mtb there, in 2004).
    Not sure if we will bite the bullet on the fatties this year or next. I also want to get a mixte, for when we move to the condo, to ride into town... and maybe a gravel bike, too. No!!!!!
    Salsa Vaya in Ti.

    You could order a frame set, and have it built elsewhere. Or go to another shop entirely and do the same. I assume there is more than one Surly dealer in your area.

    Choosing parts makes it weight less. I'm not a weight weenie, but I think it made a big difference in my Krampus. Big bikes weigh more.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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  14. #14
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    Eh, one ti bike is enough! The only other shop that I know sells Surly is Harris Cyclery and they s**k for other reasons. I went there once to look at a touring bike and the guy treated us like lepers when we told them what kind of road bikes we had. It was like reverse snobbism. Yeah, I know Sheldon is rolling in his grave. But, it was not fun for me to go there. Plus, he knew nothing about fitting. And, yes,, I am picky, especially if I feel a whiff of sexism. I would be willing to go to the shop that has the Surlys, as they are large and have a good inventory. Plus, I was a cycling newbie (about 4 years) when I bought my mtb. I depended totally on my DH.
    We have a lot going on, and building up a bike is not in the cards right now. If I buy it, I'll buy the total package.
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    So, a fatbike, gravel, and mixte. Yep. That sounds busy! (Just kidding).

    Are you thinking steel for all of them? Any idea about the gravel and mite?

    The Vaya with 105 in blue is very pretty. I like the Vaya, though it's not a bike that really suites me.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    Surly Krampus!

 

 

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