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Goodbye Winter – Hello Spring

 

shelltrack 2017 (12 of 1)

photo by ~gomez~

Here’s a snapshot that captures the spring-like winter that sputtered along and laid waste to this year’s fat-bike race schedule. This particular photo was shot at the Shell Track Race up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Michigan. Well, now Spring is here, and if you rode all (cough) Winter, your bike probably deserves a hug and some tender loving care from you or your favorite bike mechanic, down at the ole bike shop. How will spring affect your bicycle life style?

Spring 2017 Pop Quiz? (Please Comment Below)

A) Do you hang up the fatty and ride something completely different?

B) Do you throw 27.5 or 29 plus wheels on your fat-bike?

C) Do you ride the fatty with fat wheels and tires, all year long?

D) Do you switch over to a plus-bike?

E) All of the Above

F) None of the Above (please explain)

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8 Responses to Goodbye Winter – Hello Spring

  1. Mike Williams March 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    F) I switch my fat bike to a summer fat tire (currently Maxxis Mammoth 26×4’s) and alternate between my fat bike and road bike (pretty well equal number of hours just more miles on the road bike)

  2. Erv Spanks March 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    A) Do you hang up the fatty and ride something completely different?

    Nope I ride my fatty year round.

    B) Do you throw 27.5 or 29 plus wheels on your fat-bike?

    Nope, don’t have the $, but I’d like to throw 27.5+ on my ICT, could be fun.

    C) Do you ride the fatty with fat wheels and tires, all year long?

    Yes, ‘cuz that’s what I got.

    D) Do you switch over to a plus-bike?

    Nope, but my Karate Monkey with 2.4’s comes out of hibernation and I switch hit some, but the fatty gets to have most of the fun.

    E) All of the Above

    Nope

    F) None of the Above (please explain)

    I think I did?

    Fat bikes = FUN all the time!!!

  3. Bret Detrick March 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    My Framed Alaskan came with 26×4 and 29×2. I switch to the slims in summer. They accelerate a bit faster, but corner a bit slower. I would like to try plus someday.

  4. Allroy March 21, 2017 at 4:50 am #

    1-I have other bikes but why would you want to ride anything else other than FAT?
    2-it’s called a fat bike, leave the fat tires on you babies.
    3-What’s a “road bike “? Riding road after riding fat would be like riding skis after riding a snowboard or trading my skateboard for rollerblades.

  5. thub March 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    A) I don’t hang the up the fatty, it shares ride time with my squish.

    B) Just acquired a set of 27.5 plus wheels, will be trying it out when the snow is gone.

    C) Still ride fat in the summer but slap on the Husker Du’s.

    D) Plus wheel experiment in progress.

    E) All of the above with the plus experiment just beginning. Stoked to try it out. I scored some Race Face Arc 35’s with DT Swiss Big Ride Hubs. I’m thinking Rekon on the rear and High Roller on the front.

  6. Kory March 22, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    A) Do you hang up the fatty and ride something completely different?
    No, fat stays in the rotation

    B) Do you throw 27.5 or 29 plus wheels on your fat-bike?
    just picked up a set of 29+ wheels to throw on the fatty

    C) Do you ride the fatty with fat wheels and tires, all year long?
    will still ride it with my fat minions and alternate plus and fat on the fatty for summer

    D) Do you switch over to a plus-bike?
    converted my enduro 29 to a 27.5+ as my FS bike

    E) All of the Above
    Yes

    F) None of the Above (please explain)

  7. Matt March 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    A) Do you hang up the fatty and ride something completely different? No

    My full sus Trek top fuel 69’er sits in the basement. it’s for sale. My Gunnar Rockhound 29er is now the world most expensive city errand bike.
    My wife is going to kill me. “you should have bought the fat bike in the first place!”

    B) Do you throw 27.5 or 29 plus wheels on your fat-bike?
    No. Defeats the purpose. Is there any such thing as a “not very fat bike” ?

    C) Do you ride the fatty with fat wheels and tires, all year long?
    Yes.The Farley runs Barbagazi 4.7″ Nov-April, then Schwalbe Jumbo Jims 4″ May -Oct and is used to humiliate far younger people on regular mountain bikes in the Cheq short and fat. I crush them, see them fall behind me and hear the lamentations of their women.

    D) Do you switch over to a plus-bike? Plus what?

    E) All of the Above

    F) None of the Above (please explain)

  8. Mike March 26, 2017 at 6:37 am #

    A) No my Pugsley is pretty much my every day bike, commute and trail!
    B) I would like to try 27.5 but honestly I’m happy with the 26 x 4 knards.
    C) yes all year long with knards for commuting and trail. It’s a fat bike not a fast bike! My fitness levels have seriously improved.
    D) I do not switch over but I do have an old gt commuter with fenders when it’s raining out.

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