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SQUIRT! – a Better Beach Lube

If you ever want to spark a lively conversation among cyclists, just ask them what lube they prefer and then be sure to add “for you bike chain”. It must be hard to be a bike lube salesman, because folks tend to be pretty damn loyal, when it comes to what they slather on their chain. […]

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Product Spotlight – Paul Components Light Mounts

Our amigo Paul, the owner of Paul Components, makes a couple of different light – camera – or accessory mounts that I’ve been experimenting with over the past few weeks. The first version that we’d like to share is the Stem Cap Mount. The instructions are pretty simple – just like uncle gomez Successfully Installed A […]

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First Look – Bordo Big 120 Folding Lock

Abus, the German maker of high-quality bike locks, is pretty well known among my messenger buddies and commuter friends. How about an Abus lock specifically for fatbikes? Well, not really but the nickname “Fat Bordo” certainly fits this longer than normal Abus lock that is really called the Bordo Big and the extra length (120cm) […]

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Fat-Bike Travel Case

A few of you have asked us about travel cases for your fatties. This makes perfect sense, because people take bike or ski trips all the time, so why not take a fat-bike trip to an incredible world class destinations like Anchorage? Well that’s where I happened across the only existing solution to putting your […]

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Frostbike 2014

Every February Quality Bicycle Products invites dealers and media representatives up to their Bloomington, Minnesota, world headquarters for Seminars, Social Activities and an Expo. For those of you, that are unfamiliar, Quality (QBP) is the parent company of brands like Surly and 45NRTH (among many others). Frostbike is not open to the general public, so […]

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Otis Got a Brand New Bag

The day that I unpacked our Fatback 190, that we eventually named Otis, I made a template to guide Michigander, Jason Snell, in crafting one of his custom sailcloth Barking Bear Bagworks frame bags. I like to keep a frame bag on my fat-bike to store ride essentials or the ubiquitous puffy jacket. A frame bag […]

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Boombotix Bike Mount 2.0

You may have noticed that we are fond of Boombotix Bluetooth speakers for certain kinds of rides and, in the past, we’ve simply clipped the speaker to our backpack strap but Boombotix figured we need another way to enjoy tunes on the bike so we present the Boombotix Handlebar Mount 2.0. There isn’t much in […]

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Platypus Bite Valve and Drink Tube Insulator Kit

Temps are dropping – here’s a review that’s been rattling around our files since last spring, just waiting for the gales of November!   Along with recently testing Platypus Hydrations’s new Duthie 12 hydration pack, I also got my hands on their Bite Valve and Drink Tube Insulator.  As anyone that rides with a hydration […]

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Fat Tunes – Boombotix Review

A couple of years ago, I spied, ace mechanic, and all around cool cat, James T. Huber, wearing some sort of cartoon alien with a speaker for an eyeball that we all probably now recognize as a Boombotix ultra portable speaker. After I heard the sound that came out of the boombotix, I ordered a Boombot […]

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New Pogies and Gaiters from 45NRTH

David Gabrys from 45NRTH shared two new products with us that are both tailor made for fat-bikers. The new Bergraven Technical Gaiters and Cobrafist Pogies are everything that we’ve come to expect, from 45NRTH. That means the very best, high tech materials are utilized coupled with well thought out and innovative design. We believe that […]

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Platypus Duthie AM 12 Hydration Pack

Platypus has recently revamped their hydration pack lineup, which now includes five packs (3 classified as XC and 2 classified as AM).  The Duthie AM 12 is the second largest pack that Platypus makes (the 12 designation an indicator of its total volume – 12 liters).  It has a bladder capacity of 3 liters and […]

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First Look ♦ Brooks Cambium C17 Saddle

I remember the first time I rode a ‘broken in’ Brooks saddle. I had borrowed Jerry Wolf’s custom Edge Cycles steel 29r single speed to ride the Book Cliffs and in addition to the sweet riding that Fruita offers, I was treated to the ‘hammock’ feel that Brooks riders, know and love. As soon as […]

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New Product Spotlight ♦ Growler Cage

As soon as I saw the Growler Cage, I thought of our test pilot, Colin. He works all day brewing delicious craft brewed beer for Lakefront Brewing in Milwaukee (The Beer City) and rides his Gravedigger Pugs from ‘where his crib be’ in River West, along the Milwaukee River, on the newly gentrified “river-trails” – back and forth, commuting on […]

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45NRTH Dillinger Review

By: Chris Zito    The puppeteers at Black Ribbon HQ, delivered a set of 45NRTH Dillingers to me just in time for one of the bigger dumps of the snowy season. In the past I have mostly ridden Endomorphs, well, since the time when they were THE option and gum-walled. Up until recently when I […]

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Trash Bags Face Mask ~ Review

Written and Photographed by : Colin Ford – Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot – Former Undisputed Bantam-Weight Pugsley World Champion   So earlier this winter, some time during January, I ordered a custom Trash Bags Facemask.  It’s made from Polartec Windblock fabric and Cordura, with a awesome fuzzy furry inside. Made for Couriers (by couriers) in the Frozen Northland of MPLS the facemask can be […]

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Sled-X v1.11

Sled-Hed v 1.0 – aka – the widow maker I read a parable on the surly blog the other day about a rope and pvc-pipe fat-bike sled that inspired me to build Sled-Hed v1.0. Noah had his arc and I….well I have a kid’s psychedelic plastic sled that I bought at the local hardware…. which (in […]

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Custom Fat-bike Rim Vinyl

We’ve been messing about with custom-cut Vinyl from our buddy Corey to enhance fat-bike rims and personalize your ride. This Pugsley was built to showcase the rims and so we could get some good photos of the concept and to test the durability. More on the long-term prospects down the road. This is still largely […]

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White Lightning Easy Clean Tire Brush

Around these parts we ride fat-bikes on the beach a lot and cleaning up the rig after a ride is a chore made easier by the White Lightning Easy Clean Tire Brush. Easily adjustable to fit even the biggest fat tires like the Big Fat Larry on a Rolling Darryl rim shown below, I’ve found […]

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Old Man Mountain Sherpa Rear Rack

I’ve wanted a great rear rack solution for my Nuvinci N360-equipped Schlick Northpaw for some time and had previously used a Planet Bike Versarack. While I got the Versarack to work OK, it was not ideal for the Seattle Sports Rain Rider panniers I have. The main issue was that the effective straight rail on […]

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Product Review ~ Salsa Anything Cage

I’ve been using a pair of Salsa Anything Cages on my Moonlander for the last few months for fat-packing trips and I plan on using them full time, this winter to carry liquid assets inside a water bottle koozie. The anything cages are designed to mount onto Enabler Forks that come standard on some Salsa […]

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New Product Spotlight! – TufRack ‘Fat-Rack’

  TufRack of Ontario, Canada has announced a new version of their proven, off-road, MTB hitch-rack tray, that will accommodate a BigFatLarry. The rack above is their final prototype, before powder-coating. The fat rack will come powder-coated in either Black or (Hi-Viz) Yellow. The hi-viz yellow is designed to assist motorists see your precious cargo and avoid […]

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Interbike 2012 – More Fat from Vegas

Here’s the rest of what I collected, while working the show today. Surly Rubber Tree I revisited the production sample of the new Krampus and took some detailed shots for y’all. The Krampus demo fleet is rocking a 3rd generation prototype yolk, so all of the photos that you’ve seen before this are not exactly what you’ll […]

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Interbike 2012 – Live from the Show Floor

Sven has been here before, but today was my first time in the maze called Interbike. We popped my interbike cherry today, to bring you all of the fat…all of the time! Just like we promised!  Phil Wood fat-bike design exercise! Custom Fork crowns on the Manitou Fork. 185mm Cassette Hub. Also available in lower […]

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Carver O’Beast Carbon Fork Review

Carver O’Beast Carbon Fork Written and photographed by Porter Million Specs: Full carbon 3K weave 570 grams uncut 1-1/8″ x 300mm carbon steerer 135mm hub spacing Front disc offset (spacers included upon request) 45mm fork rake 465mm axle-to-crown Post mount disc caliper mount Clearance for 4.7 inch tires Retail $299  Purchased at: I won the fork […]

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Oveja Negra Threadworks ~ Review

Our amigo James Healy of Snow Frog Design and Crutchbuddies tested out a full set of Oveja Negra’s bags on our recent fat-packing trip along las orillas del Lago Superior. Oveja Negra Threadworks – Bike Bags by James Healy When Gomez proposed I join him on the super sweet beach ride in the UP from Whitefish […]

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Portland Design Works Fat-bike Fenders

Portland Design Works has introduced two fenders designed specifically for fat-bikes. The Dave’s Mud Shovel™ front and rear fenders feature an extra long, wide design to block snow, water, and sand. The front fender attaches to the downtube of your fat-bike and is: 6.5″ (165mm) wide 19.5″ (495mm) long While the rear fender attaches to […]

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Revelate Gas Tank Top Tube Bag

The Revelate Gas Tank Top Tube bag is one of my favorite ways to carry my camera on all our fat-bike rides, especially beach rides. It is easy to grab my Canon S95 out of the bag while riding for impromptu shots of riding mates. The Gas Tank mounts high on the top tube of […]

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