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Waiting for my Fat Bike and Cool Video

Monday, January 21, 2013

PART 1: Waiting Patiently For My Fat Bike

When I put a deposit down on a 907 Fat Bike, I knew it would take a few weeks to get all the parts and get the bike assembled. The only items that the bike shop had on hand were the Surly Holy Rolling Darryl Rims, Surly Nate Tires, Surly light tubes, and Surly Rim Strips. Every other component had to be ordered. The bike shop started ordering stuff immediately.

A beautiful orange 907 frame arrived from Anchorage, Alaska, in just three days! The Crane Creek headset arrived from North Carolina in four days.

The Hope Evo II hubs were made in Lancashire, United Kingdom, and arrived from the US distributor in Texas in 4 days.

The Race Face Turbine crank, stem and handlebars took a week to arrive from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Shimano XT drivetrain and XT brakes were made in Osaka, Japan, and arrived from the US distributor in Irvine, California, in 5 days.

From all parts of the globe the components for my bike have arrived. Why don't I have my bike yet? The DT Swiss Comp spokes the shop ordered have not shown up yet. Well, DT Swiss is based in Biel, Switzerland, after all.

Here is the ironic part. DT Swiss manufactures all their spokes in Colorado! Not in Switzerland, not in Canada, not in Alaska, not in Japan, not in the UK - the spokes are made here in my home state! The issue is that Fat Bike spokes are just a tad longer than spokes for a regular 26" mountain bike. The hubs on a fat bike are very wide and the rim is flattened so "normal" spokes won't work.

Rats!

I should get the bike sometime this week. I know it will be worth the wait.




PART 2: Really Cool Fat Bike YouTube Video

The guys at the Golden Bike Shop made a fat bike video. Fat bikes are not slow bikes.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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The music is by a local guy that is a pretty fair singer and guitar player.

I have done a lot of riding at Elk Meadow. This video shows a typical mountain bike trail in Colorado. The bikes in this video both have Surly Nate tires, which I have found to be the best for Colorado winter trail conditions.

The guy standing on the side of the trail that looks like a lycra death sausage is not having fun on his cross bike. I have ridden a normal tired bike on this type of stuff and had to go slowly. I also had to push the bike when the snow got too deep.

PART 3: Riding Anyway

I took my hardtail cross-country bike, Little Stumpy, out for a ride yesterday. There were some pretty tense moment on some icy sections. I took Little Stumpy because is has the stickiest tires of all my bikes.

This is a Maxxis Minion DHF. This is a very aggressive tire but no match for snow.

My 2006 Stumpjumper Pro is a pretty capable bike.

I averaged 9 mph and hit a top speed 24.6 mph, which I guess is not bad for a white knuckle ride on a pretty slippery trail.

I still want to get my fat bike soon.

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LINDAKAY228 1/22/2013 7:29PM

    Waiting is hard, but your patience will be rewarded when it's all put together and you get to take it out on the snowy trails. The video was really cool. The first part reminded me of a lot of areas around here in southern New Mexico. Some trails have snow right now, higher up in the mountains. But we don't have the meadows near here like those. Anyway, soon you're going to be having a blast out there!

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KA_JUN 1/21/2013 9:39PM

    I bet the wrenches at the shop are going to have a fun time putting your rig together! Nice video, you have some nice trails out there, a mix of groomed track and some nice technical singletrack...I was surprised at how those riders were railing the trail on that snow, didn't occur to me that you could haul the mail on a fatbike like that, way fast, for sure!

Fat bikes are becoming more mainstream. Heard this on NPR just the other day.

http://www.npr.org/2013
/01/20/169814506/welcome-to-ala
ska-where-winter-is-cold-and-bi
kes-are-fat

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LUVS2BIKE101 1/21/2013 6:31PM

    the bike will be ready before you know it! Plan/map out your first ride.
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NWFL59 1/21/2013 2:24PM

    Excellent info about your new bike coming together. I hope its performance will be all that you expect and more! emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 1/21/2013 11:05AM

    You have an international bike :-) I do so admire your enthusiasm. I'm sure you'll post pics of the bike and your first ride. You need to make a video!!

BTW... are you still running?

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JACKIE542 1/21/2013 10:58AM

    Oh boy, can't wait too see. I bet you will be out as soon as you get it. Have a great day. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/21/2013 10:51AM

    I think you'll be able to survive for a few more days.
Fat bikes are definitely not slow....maybe a bit too fast for me, though...I'm a fraidy cat.
Yikes....that was quite the ride on Little Stumpy....glad there were no mishaps.

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