The Midnight Dose of Fat – Gone Riding

Lo siento amigos…it was so nice out today…I went riding most of the afternoon out at Kettle. So we’re burning the midnight oil listening to some tunes getting set to share some stuff that caught our eye of late. First, let’s wish everyone headed out to ride the Dirty Kanza – ¡Buena Suerte! Drop in at Gravel City Adventure and tell mi hermano, Adam Blake that he’s handsome, while you’re in town.

The picture up at the top of the page is from a cat that goes by the handle Leopold Pornstacker. This is a little sliver of fat-bike culture that I post for my amigo Spinner, who thinks suspension forks on fat-bikes are silly (I’m paraphrasing). This is what Mr. Porstacker shared about his #stickerboondoggle photo.

Greetings fine fellow fat-riding friend!

I have attached a picture of my 2015 Whiteout 9:zero:7 bike which until two weeks ago spent it’s life as a Cat1 singlespeed racer, in fully-rigid fashion… a mere 26 pounds thanks in part to the carbon Nextie-Bike rims and carbon 9:zero:7 fork. I decided I wanted to try to things with this bike: go big on suspension (120mm Rockshox Bluto fork) and also try out plaftorms for the first time in my 30+ years of cycling whilst clipped in. Not surprisingly the front end is much slacker now, inducing confidence on otherwise “butthole pucker factor” DH sections over technical stuff.
I took the bike out to my local technical rockgarden trails at Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose, CA. The two trails I chose for their rocky and technical nature are Stile Ranch Trail, and Rocky Ridge Trail (Rocky Ridge is in the photo). Not suprising that on the downhill sections of Rocky Ridge I got PRs… however, very surprisingly on the uphill of Stile Ranch Trail I came within seven seconds (4:56) of my PR (which is still on the Strava leaderboards to this day – 4:49) whilst on platforms?!!?!? This confuses me but I think that for certain sections of technical climbing the platforms are succeeding in the confidence department.
Anyway, enough blah blah blah Strava crap. On with the picture!
Thanks for keeping consistently informative and awesome!!!
Leopold Porkstacker
Thanks for the photo Leopold!

Sunday is the United Nations World Bicycle Day

On June 3, 2018, the first official World Bicycle Day will be celebrated.

Why celebrate the bicycle?

  • The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation;
  • The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport;
  • The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment;
  • The bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate.

World Bicycle Day:

  • Encourages Member States to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes;
  • Encourages Member States to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design, in particular through policies and measures to actively protect and promote pedestrian safety and cycling mobility, with a view to broader health outcomes, particularly the prevention of injuries and non-communicable diseases;
  • Encourages stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace;
  • Encourages Member States to adopt best practices and means to promote the bicycle among all members of society, and in this regard welcomes initiatives to organize bicycle rides at the national and local levels as a means of strengthening physical and mental health and well-being and developing a culture of cycling in society.

So tag your photos with #dirtchurch and #fatbikedotcom along with #june3worldbicycleday to share your ride with the world!

Fat Camp Podcast #fatcamppodcasters

Ken and Andy are work’n on a new show. They keep things pretty ‘hush-hush’ up there in Free Soil but I know that there’s a pretty good chance of an Adam Miller Interview coming up sometime later this month.

Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee 2018 June 16th

Only a week left to register for one of the best rides of the year! Click the link for more information.

Klunker Ride June 23rd

Everyone is invited –  It ain’t nuth’n but a bike ride and a BBQ…..but if the ranger asks how you found out about this…act nonchalant. More info –

Is 2.6 #notplusenough?

Photo Courtesy of Terrene Tires

Our friends at Terrene Tires came out with a 2.6 inch chunk in 27.5 and 29 almost not quite plus size. The Chunk is also available in 2.3 and 3.0 in both 27.5 and 29. Here’s a link to all the giddyup your bike’ll ever need –


Stolen Bicycle Redemption –
Yeti Cycles plans to move headquarters to proposed outdoor industry campus – – Yeti Cycles hopes to anchor an “outdoor lifestyle campus” a few miles from the bike maker’s current headquarters. Yeti and a Fort Collins developer envision a 25-acre campus that would include Yeti’s headquarters and warehouse with space available for other outdoor brands and retail businesses, such as a restaurant or brewery. MORE

Bivvy a Month Challenge

Jeff just finished his May Bivvy. He sent us a few shots from Scotland. His story and video will be up on the site next week.

Tom Ice sent us a few shots from his April bivvy. Check out that rainbow! Send your bivvy shots to

Next Week on

Teravail Coronado Review

Surly Midnight Special Review

Top 5 tips to Smurf up your Fat-bike for Summer


One Response to The Midnight Dose of Fat – Gone Riding

  1. Allroy June 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    Very interesting that united nation bicycle day is on Sunday. Should make it a national holiday!

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