Reid sent in the first image of this story as a Wallpaper Wednesday but when I sent him a request for a bit more info on his Mongoose Dolomite i realized there is a Reader’s Ride(s) story here.
A lot of times I think of Reader’s Ride(s) stories as seeing all the high-end, blingy things fat-biker can do if they have the resources but that most of us can’t, or don’t want to, afford and believe me, I love those high-end bikes but Reid’s story about his Mongoose Dolomite reminds me that a lot fat-bikers out there are just getting their feet wet in the fat-biking community and are just beginning their journey. Fat-biking is about getting out there no matter what steed you ride! Take it away Reid
This is my Mongoose Dolomite in the Santa Maria, CA riverbed, under the Hwy 101 bridge
The Dolomite was an impulse buy online after seeing a single-speed coaster Mongoose in a Walmart market. Hadn’t even seen a fat-tire bike before and hadn’t even ridden a bike in 20 years. Yes, it’s heavy, but it’s good exercise for a senior to build the quads.
It also gave me some bike mechanic practice since it arrived with almost no grease, and a number parts needed to be upgraded.
I knew that I couldn’t expect much for $212 and free shipping. I didn’t bother to read reviews and wasn’t ready to spend a lot more, not knowing if I would even like riding one.
The first thing I noticed was that braking pulsed because the rotors were not ground properly. I put up with that for a while. When break-in didn’t help, I installed Shimano SM-RT56 Disc Brake Rotors (6-Bolt, 160mm) and Shimano BR-M375 Disc Brake Calipers. Was tempted to go hydraulic, but didn’t want to spend the money for possible over-kill. Mechanical works fine for my riding.
After the first ride, the seat had to go. Replaced it with a Sunlite Cloud-9, Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle, Cruiser Gel that you can see in the first photo.
Other things that went bad quickly is that trail grit got into the BB, so I installed YST Sealed BSA Cupset w/Bearings (English Threads). Pedals also got gritty, and replaced those with RockBros MTB BMX pedals. (Had to replace the left crank arm after rounding it out because I didn’t tighten the nut enough when putting things back together!)
Shifting was OK at first, but the twist shifter became a pain (literally), so next upgrades were a Shimano Acera SL-M310 Rapid Fire Shifter and Shimano RD-M410 Alivio SGS Rear Derailleur (7/8-Speed, Long Cage). The original chain was worn out by that time, so I replaced it with a KMC Z-72 7-8sp.
I got hand numbness with the original grips. Weanas® 2X New Generation Gel Inserts Shock Resistance Ergonomics Comfort Design Bicycle MTB XC FR Handlebar Grip with G2 Screw Lock took care of that.
The latest mod was a SHIMANO MF-T31 MegaRange 7 Speed Freewheel 14-34t, to give me a better low for going up the levee trail ramps.
I can’t think of anything else to hang on the handlebars of my “clown bike”! ?
All that has probably added up to near, if not over, the cost of the bike. 😉 It gave me another hobby in retirement and I am happy with the end result. Yes, it’s still way too heavy, of course, but that adds to the workout that I get. :). Plus, a fat-bike is a good conversation topic when I meet people on the levee.
Thanks a lot Reid!
If you have a fat-bike that you modified or built up yourself that you are proud of, let me know. Just shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org! You may see your rig in a Reader’s Ride(s) feature!