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First Look – Switchback Bike Bags

  In the echo of the fat-bike market exploding, there’s been an after-shock of small bag makers that have taken to their sewing machines to outfit the thousands of new bikes that have entered the market over the past couple of seasons. Even if you’ll never plan to take your bike on an overnight bike-packing trip, frame bags […]

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The Boo Review – An Alubooyah at Levis

Alubooyah Review: by Steve Meurett “Iron bamboo”-tam vong, as it’s known in Viet Nam where it’s sourced-perfectly suited and strong enough to yield excellent bike frames.  Who’d have thought?  Bamboo? Apparently bamboo has been used for many years as a frame material, but for myself, it’s a totally new beast.  More durable than carbon fiber, […]

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FRAMED! – Best Radio Promo Contest!

A few years back we ran a Pimp my Pugs contest, where we took the winner’s snow white pugs and made it blanca de blingy! That was back when there were only 4 or 5 fat-bikes to choose from, so for our spring contest, we’re going to turn the tables and pimp your parts with […]

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Product Spotlight – Big Fat Knards

Look what just came into the Colonel Steve Austin, Fat-Bike test labs nestled here in America’s Dairyland. The great and powerful Surly Knard, super-sized to a full 4.8 inches wide. This is a tire that spent considerable time in development, which makes their arrival to us all the more special! The photo above shows one […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ Low Tide Tour

  Our amigo Jeff Price is back with a beach cruise that’s practically in his back yard! We’ll let Jeff tell you all about it! Since it’s been nearly 3 months since my last video I thought I’d take full advantage of the spring low tide and head for the beach 3 miles from home. With a […]

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Yeti-Fest (Two Reports in One)

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 boss dictates keeping the ducks in a row, “i’s” dotted and “t’s” crossed while the rookie brings unbounded enthusiasm to a race that could be […]

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Saturday Video!

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. […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ♦ Iditirod Trail

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 […]

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Salsa Anything Cage New vs. Old

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 […]

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REEB – Donk Review

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 […]

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Foto Gordo ♦ Ice Cream in the Desert

  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! […]

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2015 Fat Bike Birkie Video by Fresh Sights Digital Media

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 & […]

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Did someone say STICKERS?

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 […]

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Event Spotlight ♦ Talkeetna Trio WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!

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 […]

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Fat Bike Sandy – March 21st, 2015 – East Texas

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 fatbikesandy@gmail.com for more info. To sign up visit: bikereg.com/the-fatbike-sandy […]

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NAHBS 2015 – Louisville Kentucky

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 […]

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Event Spotlight ♦ Pugsley World Championships

  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 […]

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Product Spotlight – Alubooyah 2015

  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 […]

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The ITI from Kathi Merchant, race director Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska

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 […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ♦ Newfoundland Sploosh

  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 […]

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Fattest Frostbike Ever!

  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 […]

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Foto Gordo – Fat-Bike Friday

  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 […]

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USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships – Race Report

    When USA Cycling announced the first sanctioned Fat Bike National Championship, Sven and I decided that we would send someone there to cover the event, because it’s a significant milestone for fat-bike racing. We try to bring the coolest and most interesting fat-bike news, reviews, culture and events to our readers and both […]

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FAT TUESDAY VIDEO! ♦ Pat Smage – Out West Edit

Pat Smage is a Geneva Lakes Homie and a Fatback Ambassador! Oh and did we mention, seven time AMA Moto Trials National Champion! So for Fat Tuesday we’re going to humbley suggest ~  Laissez les bons temps rouler! (and Read what Pat shared about his edit!) This video showcases my first couple weeks on the […]

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VMBA – Krampus Raffle

    The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) has partnered with Surly and The Old Spokes Home, to put on a bike raffle to raise money for trail grants and advocacy in Vermont.  VMBA is working hard at expanding FAT bike access on state and federal land and this raffle is key to that effort. “Donate 5 […]

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Photo Gordo ♦ Beach Spiral

Our amigo Jason from the UK took this hypnotic shot of his fatty out on the sand. I wonder where his footprints are? You can see more of Jason’s photos at www.flickr.com/jason-l Share Your Local Stoke! Send us your photos or hosted video so we can send that stoke to riders that haven’t discovered the pure unbridled […]

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Reader’s Ride(s) ♦ Fraser’s Custom Ti Fatty

  Fraser Kennedy lives in Hampshire, England about 30 miles southwest of London. The rolling hills of southern England might not be very big, but with a network of ancient paths and trails often through ancient woodland there’s no shortage of great riding right on his doorstep and Fraser can ride the 50 miles to the […]

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Foto Gordo ♦ Montana Beach

  Mark Christensen sent us some great shots of his girlfriend, Amber Steed, riding her fat-bike on the north beach of Flathead Lake in Kalispell, Montana. I can’t get enough of winter beach riding! How ’bout you? Share Your Local Beach! Send us your photos or hosted video so we can send that stoke to riders […]

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Otis Gets Pimped (Part One) #otisgetspimped

As some of you might remember, I have a bike named, Otis, that just recently celebrated its first birthday! Back around x-mas time we ran a long term review of Otis where we mentioned that we’ve been working on a little project to upgrade Otis’s wardrobe. We code named this operation #otisgetspimped. In other words, we’re going to take […]

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Wanderlust Monida Insulated Bag

  I’ve been lucky enough to test some of the best bike bags made, over the last few years, but this is the first time that I’ve laid my grubby paws onto a bag made by Wanderlust. About six weeks ago, Paul fom Wanderlust sent us one of their Monida Insulated Bags, for testing, just in time for […]

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Event Spotlight ♦ Yeti-Fest ♦ 2/28/15

  One of our favorite trail systems in Wisconsin is hosting one of our favorite events! Long time amigo and Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Steve Meurett, is your host for all things fat-bike fun at Yeti-Fest – February 28th, 2015. You can get more information by clicking on the race flyer or visit www.yeti-fest.com! Send us […]

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First Look – Specialized Fatboy SL

2015 Fatboy SL Complete size medium bike weight:  approx. 24 lbs w/ Stan’s (I believe it was 24.1 lbs) Same frame as the other Fatboy models, but with the following modifications: 27.2mm seat post-compatible seat tube (instead of 30.9) Dedicated 1x drivetrain (removed the welded direct mount FD mount that’s on the other models) Anodized […]

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Fat-Bike Birkie – Register Now!

It’s snowing in Hayward, and it’s getting that much closer to the Fat Bike Birkie! The next fee deadline is also coming up on February 1. They’re at just over 600 participants already signed up and with a cap of 750 this year, it looks like it’s going to sell out soon. If you haven’t signed […]

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BOOLOSSAL – First Look!

    Our amigo, Adam Blake, from Boo Bicycles, came out to the Fat-Bike ranch to visit us on our radio show and give us a sneak peak of the new Boolossal. Adam and I have been talking about the Boolossal for the last six months, so when he built up their  first production bike, he […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ♦ Downhill Fast

  The rider is Chaisson Sisson. He’s a 12 year old riding an 11nine DH Hemicyon (150mm travel). Chaisson is an 11nine Factory Rider sponsored by Kali Protectives. He’s racing Sport Beginner in the Downhill Race at the Southridge USA 2015 – KMC Chain Winter Race Series in Fontana, California Photo by Marcelo Riveros – www.stillmrgphotography.com Spread the Stoke! Send us your photos or […]

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45NRTH Sturmfist Review

  By Andy Oleson Christmas came a little early this year in the form of some sweet 45NRTH Gloves showing up on my door step.  I knew they were heading my way, but just like a kid at Christmas I tore the box open to check out the contents.  To my surprise two pairs of […]

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NEW! Revelate Designs ♦ Powerline Hoodie

Our amigo Eric from Revelate Designs has just introduced their first foray into cycling apparel. This is something that Eric has developed and tested for his own personal use. He likes his Powerline Hoodie, so much, he partnered with a clothing manufacturer and is offering them for sale in Revelate’s online store. Eric shared a […]

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