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Thule Classic Hitch Rack Review

  Who likes putting a bike on the roof of their car?  Not this guy.  I usually just chuck my old Surly in the back of my pick’em up truck and haul ass to the liquor store on the way to the trail head.  If you haven’t noticed, Surly has started making their newer bikes […]

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Saris Fat Bike Trac Parking System

Saris recently introduced the Fat Bike Trac Parking System (FBTPS) and since my wife & I, our 2 dogs (Cecil & Cowboy) and our rather copious, collection of toys recently moved, all of our bikes needed to find parking spots at the new treehouse. Down in the basement I’ve been working on getting the bike shop appointed […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – Triple Aught Designs Artemis Hoodie – Voile Ski Straps – Lifeproof FRE Case

We launched our Gnome-Proof Gear series last month and this particular edition is a compilation from our Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots of the female persuasion. The Gnome-Proof Seal of Approval is awarded to gear that our product testers, have found to be the ‘Best of the Best’ in field tested, fat-bike accessories. Triple Aught Designs […]

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New Product Spotlight – Fatdapter – Fatbike Rack Adapter

If you’re looking to utilise your standard roof rack’s fork mount for your fat-bike, you’ll need an adapter. (thanks captain obvious) Our Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Spinner Ryerson, introduced me to a brand new player in the fork adapter market called Fatdapter. Chunky machined, anodized aluminum lends the heft of a fine bicycle component, to the […]

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Blackburn Chamber HV Floor Pump

Blackburn’s new Chamber HV floor pump is purpose-built for lower pressure applications like mountain bike and fat-bike use. It has an high-volume, oversized, steel barrel for quick fills of the fatter tires popular today and a HUGE 4-inch-diameter gauge that reads to 50 psi maximum in the Chamber HV’s steel base. Attached to the 28 […]

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ABUS Bordo Centium Folding Lock

We took a look at German lock maker ABUS’s Bordo Big a couple of years ago and were now we are looking at the Bordo Centium, a new lock in the Bordo line that in Abus’s words “goes beyond offering city level security and strives to be the most beautiful bike lock on the market. […]

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1UpUSA Factory Tour

I dropped in on our Amigos at 1UpUSA on my way out to Decorah for the Time Trials earlier this spring. 1UpUSA is in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. 1Up USA makes bike and cargo racks along with rollers and trainers. The Quik Rack won our hitch rack shootout, last summer, as the best fat-bike rack in the universe! […]

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Beaver Guard Fat-bike Mudguards

We first took a look at the formable, flexible, plastic Beaver Guard Mudguards last year when owner Christian LaLonde first offered the product and now, after a year on several different bikes, let’s see what’s up! Changes to the original product are both functional, with a new updated hole pattern for even better fit on the […]

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The World Wide Sticker-Pack Offer!

Buy Fat-bike.com Sticker Pack The Circle, Moonman and Yeti are printed on premium white vinyl and the Gnome-Fink is printed on Clear Vinyl. Each sticker pack contains 4 stickers as pictured above! 4 Sickers for $6 Bucks anywhere in the US 4 Stickers for $7.50 anywhere in the World

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Surly 24-Pack Rack Review By: LT LarSSon

With a name that says it all, the Surly 24-Pack Rack has moved the proverbial bar up a notch. After opening up the package, I immediately could see the fine craftsmanship in each weld. Coated in all black, including a stylish Surly sticker on the top, this rack is butter smooth (black gold ~ texas tea). […]

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Wolftooth Components Singletrack Pogies Review

  We spotlighted the new Wolftooth Components Singletrack Pogies (WCSP) back in November. That story featured a really nice video that Wolftooth put together. We’ve shared it again below because it highlights the unique features of this Gnomie Award winning accessory. You read that correctly, just last month, the (WCSP) won the Gnomie for the […]

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Product Spotlight – Ultimate Ears Roll

I love music. I usually have it playing most of the time from when I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed. Except when I ride. I hate riding with headphones. I’ve tried but whether it’s the sound of the woods or gravel under my tires, cutting off the outside […]

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Product Preview – Revelate Designs Wampak

We got our first look at an early prototype of the new Wampak, back in February 2015, during a visit to Revelate Designs headquarters in Anchorage. I thought the Wampak was a great idea that addressed cold weather hydration challenges, that anyone that’s ever tried to use a traditional hydration pack, in cold weather, is familiar with. Traditional hydration […]

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Enter Today – Win a Becker 40 Below Bag!

Weekly (Dose of Fat) Contest! Wanna win a Becker Sewing and Design 40 Below Bag? For the next 3 shows we’ll be awarding one lucky winner a week a fabulous becker sewing 40 below down tube bag. The first week we’re going to award the bag to the best photo from GFBD 2015. Tupper’s gonna look […]

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Product Spotlight – Wolftooth Singletrack Pogies

You may remember Brendan Moore from our coverage of the Fat Bike Birkie over the last few years. Brendan is one of the fastest racers in the Men’s elite fat-bike rodeo circuit! Brendan showed Sven and I these new Singletrack Pogies after Interbike and then shared this nice little video (above) that introduces the features of […]

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Becker Sewing and Design Beerpacking Bag

Bruce sent in this mini-review of the Becker Sewing and Design Beerpacking Bag for your perusal. Tupp Becker at Becker Sewing and Design recently began offering a new and unique bag to round out your bikepacking setup, dubbed the “Beerpacking Bag.” The Beerpacker takes advantage of the often unused real estate on the underside of the […]

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Hitch Rack Shootout – The Final Showdown

Here’s the moment that we’ve all been waiting for….the Hitch Rack Shootout – by the numbers! First we’ll see how our 4 testers rated eack rack for quality of Construction. Looks like the 1 Up wins this category, but the yakima held up pretty well against the more expensive Saris. Next up is Stability with […]

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Hitch Rack Shootout – Küat NV

Our video of bikes being loaded on the Küat NV , stars our long time amigo and fellow hoosier, #Juliodotcom. It only makes sense, because the Kuat rack that we all tested, is his personal rack that he has owned for the last 4 years. Julio wrote a review of the Küat NV back in 2011 […]

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Hitch Rack Shootout – Saris Freedom Superclamp 2

Sven and I present our 3rd video of the assembly and mounting bikes on the Saris Freedom Superclamp, for the Fat Hitch Rack Shootout. All of our testers have chimed in with their impressions of how each rack performed. As you may have gathered, this is all leading up to Saturday, when we reveal how each of our 4 […]

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Hitch Rack Shootout – Yakima TwoTimer

Sven and I shot this I-Phone video of the assembly and mounting bikes on the second test subject, in our Fat Hitch Rack Shootout, All of our testers have chimed in with their impressions of how each rack performed. Of course, this is all leading up to Saturday, when we reveal how each of our 4 racks stacked up […]

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Hitch Rack Shootout – 1Up USA

  Sven and I took some time lapse video of the assembly and mounting bikes on the first contestant in our Fat Hitch Rack Shootout and all of our testers have chimed in with their impressions of how each rack performed. Of course, this is all leading up to Saturday, when we reveal how each of our […]

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The Fat-Bike Hitch Rack Shootout Intro

Way back in February of this year, Sven and I attended Frostbike up at the QBP Mother-ship in MPLS and it was there that we came up with the idea for a hitch rack shootout. We saw some new racks at Frostbike from very familiar brand names. Saris and Yakima entered the fat-rack market and […]

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PDW Kickstarter for the Fat Stevens Pump

This is what Eric Parsons from Revelate Designs said about the new PDW Fat Stevens on Facebook today. Our Friends at PDW are kickstarting their new massive fatbike pump. Check it out. Finally a practical fat bike accessory that will encourage riders to air down / air up for changing conditions instead of slogging it […]

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Trail Pump Shootout

Welcome to our very first shootout. A few years back, Sven put together a Fat-Bike 101 series and one of the articles dealt with pumps. Here’s a link – fat-bike-101-pumps. So here we are 2 years later and the Lezyne and Topeak, that were featured in the 101 article, are the two pumps that most of […]

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Barfly Bags – Banana Hammock

By Michael McColgan   I’m a big fan of the Jones Loop bar, there’s one on my Krampus and my Pugsley.  And whenever I’m fortunate enough to abuse, I mean test, a new fatty I end up putting on that bike too, since I’d rather focus on the bike and not be distracted by “normal” […]

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First Look – Switchback Bike Bags

  In the echo of the fat-bike market exploding, there’s been an after-shock of small bag makers that have taken to their sewing machines to outfit the thousands of new bikes that have entered the market over the past couple of seasons. Even if you’ll never plan to take your bike on an overnight bike-packing trip, frame bags […]

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Apidura bike bags – Review

Bike-packing is growing in popularity and the bike bag market is exploding. There are loads of brands to choose from and many of them are custom-fit so they can work on all kinds of bikes. The last few months, I’ve had the pleasure to test a few bags from UK bike/packing suppliers Apidura. I received […]

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Salsa Anything Cage New vs. Old

ad   The folks up at Salsa sent Sven one of their new fangled plastic Anything Cages, but he doesn’t own a fork with braze-ons to accept cargo cages, so it fell to me. Come to think of it, Sven is testing one of those sassy Salsa Blackborrow’s that has the appropriately ventilated fork made […]

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