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UP Field Trip – Bearclaw Bikes TŌWMAK

The second leg of my recent trip to the Upper Penninsula of Michigan took me to the east side and the tiny hamlet of Moran, home of Bearclaw Bikes. Moran is near the gateway to the Eastern UP not too far from Mackinac Island Ferry but far enough away to fly completely under the radar […]

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2022 Sea Otter Classic Bike Expo (Part 3)

We’re back with Part 3 of our coverage of the 2022 Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental. The bike industry came out of hiding and brought out all of the new toys for all of the girls and boys! #alicecooper Surly Bicycles wove themselves into a new taller tent during the pandemic. They […]

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2022 Sea Otter Bike Expo (Part 2)

We’re back with part 2 of our coverage of the 2022 Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental. Let’s get right back to the parade of cool bike schwag. Our friends from Corvus Cycles made the trip down the coast to Sea Otter to show their wares. I got to ride the new Ti […]

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2022 Sea Otter Classic Bike Expo (Part 1)

The 2022 Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental was last week. Racers, fans, and our favorite brands gathered at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey California! I walked the aisles of the expo to bring you the latest and greatest products coming to the US market from all of the best companies. It […]

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Titan Bikes

Editor – Titan Bikes is a small company in Denmark that makes beautiful handmade titanium frames and bicycle components. Thomas Skou is the man at the helm of the starship Titan and the man with the plan because he’s an engineer. Thomas not only designs and builds bikes. He’s also a trail builder and mountain […]

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Borealis to Sell Direct to Consumer on eBay & Amazon!

Borealis to Sell Direct to Consumer on eBay & Amazon! COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.,  Jul. 19, 2019 – Steve Kaczmarek, owner of Springs-based Borealis Fat Bikes announced today “Borealis will begin selling direct to consumers on eBay, Amazon and other social media platforms.”   “With the recent tariff increases, continued pressure on our dealer network by the […]

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Business Spotlight – Bearclaw Bicycle Co. – Michigan

The final stop of my December trip to visit three Michigan bicycle companies landed me in Traverse City, Michigan. I made arrangements to meet at Einstein Cycles with both Keith Conway, who manages the shop and Jason Lowetz who owns both Einstein Cycles and the Bearclaw Bicycle Company. Einstein Cycles (Jason) launched the Bearclaw Bicycle Co. […]

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Builder Profile – RAD Bicycle Co.

  Earlier in December, I visited three Michigan bicycle companies on a short press junket and this is the first story that I’ll write from those travels. My first stop on the trip was to RAD Bicycle Company which is run by Matt Craig and Mark Major in Pinckney Michigan. RAD is focused on making handmade steel plus […]

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Road Trip 2018 – Visit to Borealis Fat Bikes

After a failed launch attempt in August, Road Trip 2018 blasted off from the Colonel Steve Austin pedal powered proving grounds in central ‘sconsin at the beginning of Rocktober. My initial stop was in Emporia, Kansas to attend mi hermano de otra madre, Adam Blake’s Wedding. Which meant that I was already halfway to Colorado […]

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Field Trip to the West – Chapter Two – REEB

Chapter 2 – REEB Cycles – Longmont Colorado While I was visiting Boo up in Fort Collins, our compadre, Chris Reichel, (aka Dirty Biker) was down at REEB Cycles in Longmont (about a half hour south of FoCo) getting ready to lauunnch the #greatwhitebuffalo tour from the Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado to the O.B. Brewery in Asheville […]

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Builder Profile – Ellis Cycles

The Neve at the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show We featured Dave Wage’s NAHBS, Award Winning, Neve, fat-bike in a story written by mi primo, Sven, last month. You can check out more shots of this beautiful frame, before it was powdercoated there – http://fat-bike.com/2014/03/seen-at-nahbs-ellis-fillet-brazed-fat-bike/. Fat-Bike’s home base, here on earth, is located in South Eastern […]

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Alaska Episode Two – 9:Zero:7

My trip to Anchorage probably would have not happened without Bill Fleming’s invitation to come and spend a week, to check out 9:Zero:7’s operation. Bill is one of the founders of 9:Zero:7 and during my trip, I stayed with Bill and his wife Sheryl. They even set me up with one of their gorgeous carbon […]

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Shop Profile – Zion Cyclery

With the current expansion of fat bike brands available to consumers, now, more than ever, it’s important to work with a bike shop that knows fat-bikes from the inside out. In a good fat-bike shop, the owner or staff actually ride fat bikes. That way they know, through practical experience, what works and what accessories to […]

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A visit to Backyard Bikes (La Grange, WI)

Anyone that’s been to the mountain bike trails of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in SE Wisconsin has at the very least driven by Backyard Bikes or they might  have even stopped, next door, at the LaGrange General Store for one of their delicious homemade sandwiches. The Bettinger family has been slinging snacks and bikes […]

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Shop Profile – Schwag – Appleton, Wisconsin

Schwag has been selling bikes in the Appleton, WI area since 2007 and has a very fat-bike friendly manager in the person of Shane Veldhuizen. When Shane isn’t racing, and often winning, on his 38 Frameworks fat-bike in the Wisconsin Off Road Racing Series (WORS for short and America’s largest state mountain bike racing series) […]

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Name That Bike!

Lynskey Performance Designs – Tennessee based, Ti Bicycle maker – One time, fabricator of Fat-Bike frames for Fatback and Salsa – is looking for suggestions on what to re-name their new entry into the fat-bike arena. It seems that the name that you see on the top tube of the bicycle (pictured above) already graces […]

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Builder Profile – Bob Keller Frameworks

With just a few days until the North American Hand-built Bike Show, Bob Keller, from Bob Keller Frameworks answered a few questions about his fillet brazed, steel fat-bikes. He will be attending the show with a super looking fat-bike design that highlights his construction techniques with a cool paint scheme that shows a fine red […]

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New Aussie Fat Bike Brand – MURU Cycles

16″ (small) – 18″ (medium) – 20″ (large) –14″ and 22″ are also available. I’ve been trading emails with my Aussie amigos for the last 5 or 6 months about their new Fat-Bike company called MURU Cycles. “Muru” means, “the path”. Muru cycles plans to embrace the feeling of freedom and adventure, that ‘the path’ invokes, with […]

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Builder Profile ~ 44 Bikes

We always keep our eyes peeled for new and emerging talent in the industry. In the case of Kristofer Henry and 44 Bikes, it was Kristofer’s graphic design work that led us to this incredible story of how his custom bicycle fabrication shop was born. Graphic and industrial design talent, combined in balance, is a rare […]

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