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Foto Gordo – Big Diesel

Nick Matias sent us this shot from California. This is what he shared… “This was taken in Menifee, CA. When: July 16th, 2023 in the morning just before it got scorching hot. This is at a construction site, but it’s like a dirt playground for me. I like to go down these two hills and […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – 48 State Fat Bike Tour

Congratulations to William Martin for completing his 48-state fat bike tour! Today’s video is from Northern California, but you should check out all his videos. William was a guest on the Danger Gnome Podcast from last August. William’s Instagram – @therealadventureseeker The Adventure Seeker YouTube Channel – Would you share your Plus or Fat Pixels? Give […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Fatbikes for Breakfast

Our long-time amigo and fat-biker, Eric Hunter captured some sweet fat bike breakfast vibes out in the High Sierras! The crisp fall air has me thinking about riding in the snow and this video brought me right back to the thing that we all universally love! The crunch of snow under our tires, zooming along […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Oregon Timber Trail

Jeff Shamansky sent in a shot of his singlespeed Fatback set up for some bikepacking on the Oregon Timber Trail. Jeff runs 4.5 Juggernauts on Atomik Patty’s rims in the summer. The gnomes down in the mailroom sent Jeff a fist full of stickers and if you play your pixels correctly, you could be next. […]

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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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Wallpaper Wednesday – The Return of the Snake

Jake the Snake is back with a Wallpaper Wednesday for fans of Corvus Cycles and Hed Wheels. The snake even captured the sparkling Aurora Borealis effects on the Onyx Racing Hubs! Here’s what he shared along with his photos. Jake the Snake here. I think it’s time for another one of my bikes on wallpaper […]

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2018 Sea Otter Classic – Special Report

In addition to hosting every denomination of bicycle racing, the 2018 Sea Otter Classic has become the best bicycle industry trade show in these United States. Even the corporate giants of the industry come out and show their wares and simultaneously support their race teams. Along with the big boys, the Sea Otter expo area features […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ♦ Inspiration Wash

  Our long time amigo, Tom McDonald, is an award winning photographer and Fat-Biker from Southern California. This is a shot of Inspiration Wash near Borrego Springs. You should check out all of Tom’s work at The Doughboy Chronicles. We kept this week’s image in the original format to preserve the photographer’s vision! Just click on […]

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California Fresh B+ Blingage from Retrotec

  Curtis from Retrotec sent me some shots of one of his latest hand made, custom builds rock’n the new B+ wheel size. This particular build was built to accommodate both 29r and 27.5 + wheels. Fox’s new B+ fork and a dropper post along with the brand new XTR 1 x 11 drive train round out the build. This […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ♦ Downhill Fast

  The rider is Chaisson Sisson. He’s a 12 year old riding an 11nine DH Hemicyon (150mm travel). Chaisson is an 11nine Factory Rider sponsored by Kali Protectives. He’s racing Sport Beginner in the Downhill Race at the Southridge USA 2015 – KMC Chain Winter Race Series in Fontana, California Photo by Marcelo Riveros – Spread the Stoke! Send us your photos or […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ♦ Sierra Sunrise

Our long time amigo, Tom Mcdonald, is an award winning photographer and Fat-Biker from Southern California. This is a shot of the Long Valley Caldera and the escarpment of the Sherwin Range where Tom spends much of his time exploring and capturing some incredible images. Tom’s blog has the whole story of this and many other trips. […]

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Foes Racing – Fat Prototype

  I talked with Daniel Burt from Foes Racing about their new Fat-Bike Prototype that they showed at the Kamikaze Games out in Mammoth. He told me that they’re not calling this a fat-bike as much as they envision it as a mountain bike. It’s starting to become a common theme that we’re hearing as we start to talk […]

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Soma Fabrications – Fat Prototype

I talked to Evan Baird from Soma Fabrications last week about Soma’s new steel prototype pictured above. Soma’s been making steel bikes for years. My amigo Julio has a Soma twenty-six inch singlespeed lurking in the rafters of his garage…..or maybe it’s bolted to the extra-cycle I sold him. The new Soma frame will feature Tange Infinity tubing and have […]

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First Look – Ventana’s El Gordo

From the moment that I laid eyes on Ventana’s new El Gordo fat bike, I knew that we had to find a way to test one of them. I first discovered Ventana way back in the 90’s when a friend of mine lived out in Sacramento, CA. I stumbled into a local bike shop and […]

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New Product Spotlight – Ventana Gordo

We interviewed, Sherwood Gibson, co-founder of Ventana Mountain Bikes USA, last week about their entry into the fat-bike market and el bici gordo, neuevo. I started by complimenting him on the name that they had chosen for their bike. This is not the first Ventana model that carries a latin name, but los bicis gordas […]

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Triple F ♦ Upper Chilao

      John Watson shot his friend Ty Hathaway taking his Oh-Dee Pug, airborne out in the Upper Chilao in the Angeles Forest in Southern California. I hope we can get the opportunity to see Ty flying over all sorts earthbound terrain in 2014! You can see more of the fun at Thanks to our […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Fat-bike Dual Slalom

This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday photo from the Kamikaze Games at Mammoth Mountain is by Long Nguyen / Pinkbike  – You can view more of Long’s photos at at This week we are keeping the photo in the original format submitted by the photographer. Just click on the link below to open the full-sized version which you can […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ Mammoth Lakes

Dan McConnell shot this video of Jodi Melton, Eric Hunter, and Alan Jacoby for The Mammoth Channel 72 (local tv channel in Mammoth).  Alan Jacoby shot the GoPro footage of his purple Mukluk.  The video was filmed around the Mammoth Lakes area on legal trails and roads (Sherwin Creek Rd., Antelope Valley Rd, and the […]

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Fat Foto Friday ♦ Sandstone Wash

      Tom McDonald takes magnificent photographs.  He had this to say about the photo (above). “This was taken in an area of Anza-Borrego State Park known as Sandstone Wash.  You don’t really need a fat bike to get to this place but it sure beats pushing your skinny tire bike through the sandiest […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday ~ Photo Contest Countdown #2

For the next few weeks we’ll be featuring the winning photos from our 45NRTH Summer Photo Contest on Wallpaper Wednesday. Tom McDonald of Oceanside California entered this shot that exemplifies 2012’s Summer of drought and took 2nd place in our contest. This one is going to drive Sven nuts, because it’s not a landscape format. Tom’s original […]

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Fatty on the Flume – (Lake Tahoe)

  Here’s a ride report from Craig Ward out in Lake Tahoe! Until this weekend my fat bike experience was limited to some beach riding along a local reservoir in Folsom, California. My new Pugs had performed beyond my expectations in that arena. But I wondered, what more can it do? Time to find out. […]

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West Coast Beachride Report

Since I’m going to be heading back to the snowy Midwest for a few weeks I figured I’d better get in a nice long warm beachride in before I head back. Sunday turned out to be the prefect day, We had a small Cross race up at UCSD which is only a mile or two […]

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