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    First Look – Otso Voytek – Plus/Fat – By Seth Bell

    Otso Cycles hails from Burnsville, MN., which is a long ways from where the brand’s identity is rooted.  In Finnish mythology, Otso is the Spirit of the Bear; the noble ...

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Drop Bars Not Bombs By JP & Seth Bell

Editor’s Note: We solicited ideas from the ranks of the bike black ribbon test pilots and we’ve posted quite a few of their suggested topics here over the last couple of months. We actually had two of our testers step up to the plate to explain how to set your regular normal fat-bike up with […]

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The Weekly Dose of Fat 8/10/2018

I was talking to Steve Meurette the last time I was up at Levis and since he’s been the trail steward there since I met him somewhere back in the 90’s our conversation naturally turned to trail building. He mentioned that the Levis crew recently started benching and de-berming singletrack with a small (2 tine) gas-powered […]

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Salsa’s 2019 Fat-Bikes Released

  The new Salsa Fat-Bikes have arrived! Today we’re here to share what will likely be, a hot ticket come this holiday shopping season….the 2019 Salsa Fat-Bikes. BEARGREASE – completely redesigned for 2019 The Geometry of the 2019 Beargrease gets a subtle tweak with the goal of not turning off any of the folks that already know […]

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Moons Over My Chamois – July

We premiered the Moons Over My Chamois series last month and we’re back with episode deux.  We asked our crew of twenty-some bike black ribbon test pilots two questions. This way, when you read a review written by one of these rugged individualists, you’ll know a little bit more about what makes them tick. So […]

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PDW Fatty Object Review

A few months back I started a review of the Portland design works Fatty Object thing and did a bench test to see if the 38 g CO2 cartridges would fill a 4-inch fat bike tire.  You can see that report here. Over the last few months, I’ve done some testing out in the field with […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ♦ 7/25/18

  Betsy Williford shared this week’s Wallpaper with us from Colorado and here’s a little bit about this week’s photo. Freshly into bikepacking I loaded up my fatty to test out my setup on what planned to be a daytrip only. I set out from Frisco, Colorado and rode the Ten Mile Creek bike pathway […]

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Fourmile Travel Management Area – Colorado – By Scott & Nancy Anderson

  Fourmile Travel Management Area: 100,000 acres of “spaghetti-western” scenery plus over 100 miles of dirt roads and trail equals fat biking paradise! Words: Nancy Anderson Photos: Scott Anderson Fourmile is located east of the Arkansas River and stretches north of Buena Vista, south of Johnson Village and up to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, smack […]

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Fat Camp Podcast #33 – July 2018

  Back from sabbatical, Ken and Andy present Fat Camp #33 here mid-summer, with a plethora of fat and plus bike talk to tickle your fancies.  Inbetween a bunch of blah, blah, blah, they talk not only technical aspects of the bikes we love to ride, but also what they been up to and have […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Wawayanda Park

  Peter Warwick sent us this pastoral landscape with ‘black fat-bike’ and stepping stones along with a babbling brook. Here’s what Peter shared with us about his photograph. Are we still doing Wallpaper Wednesday? If so here’s a photo of my 2014 Farley in Wawayanda Park ,  in Northern New Jersey. This is the stone […]

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Comparison of Four 29×2.6″ Tires

If you follow bike media you will know that at one point not that long ago 2.8-3″ plus tires were the greatest thing ever. Now the talk is that they are too squishy and vague but 2.6″ tires are the goldilocks size, splitting the difference between traditional MTB tires and “full” plus tires. Personally, 2.6″ […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ OMFB – Flat Creek

Is it to soon to dip back into the OMFB catalog? Well, it’s the day before ‘Merica’s Birffday’ and there’s nothing more ‘Merican than fat-bike funskies under the directorial supervision of Old Man Fat Bike. I’m beginning to be an OMFB fan. Maybe we should start the OMFB fan club. They have stickers for sale here. Would […]

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Coast to Coast Bikepacking Michigan’s Mitten – By Andy Amstutz

Not many people drive across Michigan.  It’s not on the way to anywhere. It’s the anti-Iowa in the way that I’ve driven through Iowa a dozen times to get to a destination but never had the pleasure of staying overnight.  Michigan, like Florida and Maine, is a destination location, unless one is driving to Cuba, New […]

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Moons Over My Chamois – June 2018

We asked our crew of contributors and product testers aka: the Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots a couple of questions about their fantasy bicycle lifestyles and we’re going to share their answers in a new series that premiers, well…today! We asked three questions and asked everyone to send a photo, but nobody sent a photo, […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ Mr. Pat Smage

It’s not often that you can say honestly that someone that you know, deserves their own action figure, but Pat Smage is an expert at turning what looks to be impossible into buttery smooth transitions, where man & bike act as one in perhaps, what one might call an alternate category of dirty dancing…and for […]

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The Weekly Dose of Fat – Solstice +1 – 2018

The first full day of Summer and there are literally scads of things happening in the Plus and Fat bike lanes these days. But…one thing that’s not happening is a dose of fat podcast. At least not this month. The next episode of the dose will happen in July. Kristie Fore took the photo above at Bishop’s […]

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Northshore Rack NSR-4 Review

I first came across the unique verticle Northshore hitch-style rack out in Long Beach, Washington back in the autumn of 2015. I rented a Salsa Mukluk from Northwest Bicycle Improvement out of Roslyn Washington and they had one of these kick-ass racks on the back of the shop van. (photo below) Since then we’ve tested and highlighted […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Aussie Series No. 6

  Our amigo from Australia, Eckart Altenkamp is back for his sixth Wallpaper Wednesday in our monthly Aussie Wallpaper Series. This what Eckart shared about this month’s image. This picture was taken riding the “Sky Trek” in a 270 square km farm in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. We encountered many Emus and kangaroos, but […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ Old Man ~ Fat Bike

  Today’s feature on Fat Video Tuesday comes to us from a cat that calls hizself ‘Old Man Fat Bike’.  This is from a warm snap from back in January, down in Missouri. More of that #fourseasonfatbikes campaign that we mention (constantly). I wonder if Old Man Fat Bike knows Old Bear? Missouri has some gorgeous freshwater […]

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Event Spotlight – Wausau 24 – July 28-29, 2018

Here’s an event for our fat-bike readers! The Wausau 24 at Nine Mile County Forest! Check out all of the Fat-Bike Categories!   6 Hour Racing Categories Solo Male Fat Bike Solo Women Fat Bike Solo Female Fat Bike Junior Solo Male Fat Bike Junior 12 Hour Categories Solo Male Fat Bike Solo Women Fat […]

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Fat Fish 40 Race Report

Late last winter, the Fat Fish 40 Race Director, Alan Hane, listed their event on our fat-bike.com event calendar. The first thing that caught my eye was the aquatic name and then the fact that the race venue was in Wisconsin. (I thought to myself) Where the heck is Webster, Wisconsin? I hit up google maps and […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Le Grand Teton

  Over the years, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to meet folks from all over the world that share our passion for plus and fat-bikes. More recently (about a year ago) I was introduced to Becky & Byron Vordemann and their Wee Lass April through Black Ribbon (Plus-Bike) Test Pilot, Bruce (best name ever) Smithhammer. Last winter […]

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Fat Video Tuesday – Fatbike Touring Southwestern USA

Fat (video) Tuesday returns with the new live double album from ForestyForest recorded on his tour of the Southwestern US. This one sort of grabs you and pulls you in with poignant quotes and beautiful imagery. Check out the Route: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Rzm… Follow ForestyForest on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forestyforest/ Share your Plus or Fat Pixels Give us your tired, your […]

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