Bike-packing is growing in popularity and the bike bag market is exploding. There are loads of brands to choose from and many of them are custom-fit so they can work ...
Dave Schlabowske from the Wisconsin Bike Fed caught this dramatic shot at Milwaukee’s McKinley Marina Pier on a frozen March morning just days before the big thaw began! Download the ...
Fat-bike.com field correspondent and bad-ass rider, Andrea Cohen, has had our test set of the Bontrager jackalope TLR wheelset for several weeks now. Here is her review! I have been ...
By Steve Meurett and Evan Larsson The rookie and the race director. Two essential partners to make any race a success. You can’t have one without the other. The race ...
Our amigo, Eric Parsons (from Revelate Designs) and some of his amigos took a trip on the ITI route, but the opposite direction that the racers were going. This is a cool little edit from that trip. If this doesn’t get your motor running, you might, just be wired wrong or have iron poor blood. […]
Weekly Dose of Fat – Show Number 48 – Pugsley World Champion – Jeff O’Gara Sven and Gomez are joined by J.K. Livin in the studio for this show. Our show is sponsored by Surly. You know Surly makes cool steel bikes, but did you know that you could save a hundred and fifty dollars […]
The following story is an accumulated experience of now over six months of riding on the Framed Alaskan Carbon X1. The purpose of this extended test ride was to formulate a ride experience in both seasons. The red dirt of summer, the white snow of winter. All riding was conducted on Cuyuna’s summer dirt and […]
Salsa was kind enough to send us over one of their Blackborow 1, 5.0″-class fat-bikes for some extended testing. We had it for a couple of months and no less than 4 of our test riders have had at least some time on the Blackborow and all came away impressed. Plus, we’ve had a few friends […]
Frank Janssens shot my amigo Morris during the ITI this year, with spectacular results! We kept this week’s image in the original format to preserve the photographer’s vision! Just click on the image above to open the full-sized version which you can right-click to save. Got your own Wallpaper Worthy Photo? We’d like to feature fat-bikes from around the […]
ad The folks up at Salsa sent Sven one of their new fangled plastic Anything Cages, but he doesn’t own a fork with braze-ons to accept cargo cages, so it fell to me. Come to think of it, Sven is testing one of those sassy Salsa Blackborrow’s that has the appropriately ventilated fork made […]
Guest writer Dave Lunz, AKA “Puck”, wrote this account of the 906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race which was Race 7 in the Great Lakes FatBike Series. Not your typical “this guy won the race and here is his cool bike” type-story, Puck takes us to the back of the pack where the event is all about […]
Reebdonkadonk – By – Steve Meurett The days are getting ever so slightly longer, which also (usually) translates into more white on the ground here in the Midwest. This “winter” has been anything but. We’re teased with deep snow in November, lose it-gain it back, gone again, and just now, post holidays, we’re back riding ribbons […]
I think this is the official debut of the good work that our amigo David Glover has been sharing with us over the last couple of months! Glover works out at Moab Cyclery and sometimes at Keweenaw Adventure Company up in Copper Harbor, so he’s always surrounded by big slabs of fat-bike heaven! Happy Friday Amigos! […]
Weekly Dose of Fat – Show Number 47 – Friday March 13th 2015 – Fat Bike Birkie Winner Will Ross! Sven, Gomez and JK are in the studio for this episode and we are joined by the 2015 Fat Bike Birkie Champ, Will Ross. Our show is sponsored by Surly – Learn more about all […]
Readers have been emailing me about the bike setups used at the Fat Bike Birkie so I shot an email to Ned Overend to ask him about his Fat Bike Birkie ride! Ned was the Fat Bike Birkie runner up this year and won the whole shebang last year. Let’s take a look at his […]
My old gnome-fest cousins Joe and Renee from Fresh Sights Digital Media were up at the Birkie National Championships with their drones and cameras and captured this grand and sweeping view of the largest fat-bike race that we know of….dare we say the largest fat-bike race in the world? Thanks for sharing this with us Joe & […]
STICKERS! – (¡Pegatinas!) I’m what you might call a sticker whore…. When I go to trade shows, I collect stickers and then we find a way to give them out to our audience. Since the very beginning – we’ve also made stickers and given them away to our readers and cool cats, that we’ve met along the […]
Duluth is the new epicenter of getting rad in the upper Midwest, and the upper Midwest is the epicenter of progressive fatbike use. So naturally, the first downhill/enduro specifically for fatbikes took place at the city-owned Spirit Mountain, side by side on the ski hill with the regular crowd of knee droppers and knuckle draggers. […]
Last week was the Pugsley Fat-Bike World Championships, so in the year that we enjoyed two US National Fat-Bike Championships, it only makes perfectly logical sense that we should also enjoy two World Championships! This one is run by our amigos at Speedway Cycles and is Sponsored by Denali Brewing, so get ready for some […]
This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday comes from Drew. He says: Even thought the Mid-Atlantics snow pales in comparison to much of the country, we still take advantage of what snow we do get. Here a photo from a couple of week’s ago when we got around 8-12 inches. That is a lot for us so one […]
The Fat Bike Birkie held annually in Cable, Wisconsin is, by far, the largest fat bike event in the world with over 800 entrants participating in the 2015 edition. More than just a race, the Fat Bike Birkie is a happening that, for many participants, covers several days with rides, camaraderie and fun on not […]
Our Amigos from Chumba USA are hosting the first fat-bike race Texas has ever seen! Benefiting: Sam Houston Trails Coalition and Erik’s Ride: Racing the Tour Divide for the Gift of Hearing Event details can be found on the Facebook Event Page (facebook.com/events/855121037873871/?fref=ts) or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. To sign up visit: bikereg.com/the-fatbike-sandy […]
Buck rips the New Theo Trail in Minneapolis on his fat-bike.
The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show is sort of like ‘Fashion Week’ for bicycles. All of the newest and wildest, bike couture assemble in one exhibit hall and work the cat-walk like the supermodels of the two wheeled fashion universe. There’s something for every sort of bike-nut at the show, from outlandish modernity to stodgy old […]
The start of the Fat Bike Birkie rolls out with some formidable competitors gunning for the title of Fat Bike Birkie Champion. The official Fat Bike Birkie announcement is included below. Look for more Fat Bike Birkie coverage coming up this week as well as Gomez’s coverage of the NAHBS show in Louisville, KY! Will […]
This is Adam Denton’s Rocky Mountain Blizzard with the Surly Lou’s and Clownshoes that he won in the fat-bike radio Snow Dance Contest last month. That totally kicks all forms of ass. Adam Denton! Weekly Dose of Fat – Show Number 46 – Friday March 6th 2015 Sven, Gomez and J.K welcome Rich Travis from […]
Having tested the Bontrager Hodag on Cuyuna‘s red dirt single track, I was excited to experience first-hand how these 3.8″ tires perform on our groomed single track. This follow-up story was delayed as central Minnesota didn’t receive snow until the end of February. We were instead blessed with months of iced single track. Ice so […]
Orange is the new FAT! I recently received the colorful Jagamoasta from the German based custom bike builders MAXX. This beauty is equipped with 14-speed Rohloff XL hub and carbon drive. 4.8 Schwalbe Jumbo Jim tubeless. Shimano XT breaks and Saint Pedals. Frame and fork made of Superlite Triple Butted” 6000-T6 Aluminium. Ready for Bluto with […]
Download the appropriate size and use it as your own wallpaper. Just click on the link below to open the full-sized version which you can right-click to save. 1920 x 1440 (4:3) 1920 x 1200 Got your own Wallpaper Worthy Photo? We’d like to feature fat-bikes from around the world! If you’ve got a fat-bike related image […]
HAYWARD, Wisconsin (March 2, 2015) – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is proud to announce its ongoing relationship with Freewheel Bike as Title Sponsor of the Fat Bike Birkie on March 7, 2015. Now, in its third year, the Fat Bike Birkie event was launched in 2013 with input from Freewheel Bike and a […]
In addition to the prizes on the poster we’ve got a bunch of other prizes that will be part of a “Bucket Raffle” at the After Party at the Sawmill in Seely including: A complete set of Schlick Cycles Northpaw wheels ready to ride – $599.99 retail. A pair of Surly Clown Shoe rims – […]
Wanna know where Sven and I might rather be this weekend? PWC in Decorah is where all the action is… Click the flyer to find out all of the details that can be explained and then get ready for some old school, fat-bike FUN! Send us a race Flyer! Register your Race. Festival, Demo or Group […]
Kiwi Enduro racer Eddie Masters taunts and then shreds a Specialized Fatboy in this entertaining video!
We’ve been teasing this for a couple of weeks on the Weekly Dose of Fat Radio Show so it should be no surprise that we at Fat-bike.com love contests and we love beards! With the cold upon us in most of the country it is time for an IceBeard Contest! The good and kind folks […]
By Steve Meurett Bamboo? Seriously? Yes, I’d seen a smattering of Boo bikes on the web and was aware there must be something to them, considering the company managed to scoop up Adam Blake- (all things fat-bike) sage and consummate, cycling guru. Not just bamboo, but tam vong bamboo- “iron bamboo” which is particularly […]
The first US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships are set to go off at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC on Saturday, March 14th, 2015. What: A weekend of Fat Bike Riding and racing on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Three different divisions for the races, Beginner, Sport, Expert. Prizes for each age group in […]
Weekly Dose of Fat – Show Number 45 – Friday February 27th 2015 Sven and Gomez are hosting this show have got JK Livin in the studio. JK – This show is sponsored by the Surly. Get some at http://surlybikes.com On this week’s show Beards and Beer Wiseman or Wiseguy? Chewie is our special guest […]
Steven from Saris demonstrates the fat-bike features of the Freedom Superclamp 2 hitch rack at Frostbike 2015.
Written by Kathi Merchant, Race Director, Iditarod Trail Invitational The Iditarod Trail Invitational race, the qualifiers to get into this by invitation only race and the annual ITI winter training camps in Alaska. When I moved to Alaska in 2002 from Germany I did not know that a decade later fat biking as well as […]
We have a little radio show that we record on Wednesday nights called the Weekly Dose of Fat. Every episode, we have a Special Guest on the show. We’ve had incredible guests like Ned Overend, Rebecca Rusch, Heather Best and Travis Brown from the racing side of things and Greg Matyas, Bill Fleming and Eric […]
Malcom Simpson sent us this great capture taken while he was crossing some open water on the trail to Witless Bay up there in Newfoundland Canada. You can read more about his fatventures on his blog. We kept this week’s image in the original format to preserve the photographer’s vision! Just click on the image above to […]
Sov and Charlie The Bikemonger Talk Surly and Fat-bikes at Frostbike 2015.
With Minnesota temps hovering just above or just below 0 degrees Fahrenheit during the run of Frostbike 2015, held this past weekend in both Downtown Minneapolis and at the QBP Campus in Bloomington, there were beards-a-plenty protecting the tender faces of show attendees and seasoned QBP regulars alike! #frostbeard
Every February Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) invites their dealers and media-volken, like Sven & I, up to their Bloomington, Minnesota, headquarters for Social Activities, Seminars and an Expo. It’s an event where ‘historically‘ some of their brands, have launched new product. QBP is the parent company of brands like Salsa, Surly and 45NRTH (among many others). Frostbike […]
Our amigos at 45nrth sent us a set of these beauties just in time for a big old fat snow storm that dumped a foot of snow on the gnome-lands about a month ago. I took them on a few rides from busting fresh powder during the storm to riding some grooming that I had done at […]
Not every fat-bike adventure involves racing or getting fat air off’a boot’r or even singletrack. Next time it snows, just ride down your driveway and go play bikes, like we all did when we were kids. Take along the dog, or teach your kids how to play bikes…..or bikes and sleds! This week’s foto stoke comes […]
Weekly Dose of Fat – Show Number 44 for Friday, February 20th 2015 – Heather Best Interview Sven and Gomez are in the studio and joining us is today is that J.K Cat! This show is sponsored by Surly – Learn more at http://surlybikes.com On the show this week Stuff Special Guest and ITI World Record […]
Our Reader’s Ride(s) articles are always more than just a story about a bicycle. There’s always a back story about the people and the places that the bikes gets ridden. Today we get to introduce you to a pretty spectacular bike with any equally interesting story about the rider and the race series that the bike […]