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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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Spring Bike Safari – Made U.P. Lake Ehfect

I’ve had a plan to get up to the UP to ride for at least a couple of years. Ever since Jason at Bearclaw Bikes announced their drop-bar fatty called the TOWMAK I dreamt about returning to the vast Huron National Forest and its hundreds of miles of rustic roads, trails, and beaches. So when […]

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Foto Gordo – Arbor Day

Happy Arbor Day amigos! I’m back at the test bunker after a few days in da’UP and I thought that I’d take a peek at some of the pixels that I collected. This one seemed to jump off the camera!

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Mackinac Island Ice Bridge by Dan Fedewa

Dan Fedewa sent in this shot, which piqued my curiosity, so I asked him if he could tell us a little bit more about his photo. This is what Dan shared. Sure….crossing the “ice bridge” from St. Ignace Michigan to Mackinac island (British Landing) on February 5th 2022. We rode around the island. The picture […]

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Made U.P. Lake Ehfect

You all should be familiar with the name Todd Poquette. He’s the cat behind the 906 Adventure Team and the race director of the Polar Roll, The Marji Gesick, and the Crusher bike races. He’s kind of a big deal. Well now, Todd is also the man behind something called Made UP. As far as […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Hickory Glen Park

Will Guarino sent in this week’s Wallpaper Wednesday feature photo. I like it when our readers send in a photo with a description in their own vernacular. Here’s what Will shared about his photo. Enjoying your site ever since I test rode an old Beargrease and realized I HAD to have a fatbike of my […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Unforgettable

Todd Poquette Facebook messengered me a link to this week’s Fat (Tuesday) Video. It’s a trailer for the movie, Unforgettable. The movie is about a bicycle tour around the outer perimeter of the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. They claim that the UP has been left off of a bunch of maps. I say that they’ve […]

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Polar Roll Recap by Greg Gentle

The Polar Roll 2022: Year of the Mullet The Polar Roll Fat Bike Race takes place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every February. It has taken up space on my race calendar for years due in part to my belief in the 906 Adventure Club’s mission, but also for the challenge. My first crack at The […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Mosquito Creek Freshies

Today’s Wallpaper Wednesday comes to us from Derek McClain. Derek’s a veteran of the WW photo feature bag. The picture, taken by a gnome, shows Derek shredding some powder and packing the line at Mosquito Creek Trails in Muskegon, Michigan after a fresh dump of snow early January 2022. #giddyup Feel free to download this image and use […]

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Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series (MI)

http://www.sbfbs.com/ The Shorts Brewing Fat Bike Series has been around since day one up in the Northern Mitten of Michigan. How can you go wrong with races that rock names like ‘Fat & Fluroius’, ‘Dogman’, or my favorite, ‘Huma Loopa Licious’? Way back in the day, Dave Lunz and I took second place (also DFL) […]

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Third Coast Beach Safari

One of our Grand Rapids amigos, Thom Goodyke gave me the thumbs up, when I asked him about beach riding conditions on the Michigan side of the Great Lake with the same name. That set my imagination on fire with fat-bike-beach images from the past. I cut my teeth riding mountain bikes in the Wolverine […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Swamp Cat

This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday hits Spring like a hammer and a nail. Late March and early April are mud season up north. Sometimes it’s so bad the only option is to become a roadie! Other times your can explore places that no other bicycle dare roam. This is Kyle Ocho’s first WW feature, but I […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Double-Wide

This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday is Brandon Bender’s sophomore feature and is what you’d call a ‘double-wide trailer’ sort of opus. Brandon sized and cropped the photo such that it will perfectly fill dual 1920×1080 monitors side by side. The location of the shot is one of my favorite beach towns on the other side of the […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Grand Haven

This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday comes to us from Brandon Bender from over in Michigan. This is what Brandon shared about his photo. Ayyye.  Attached are a few pictures I took on the Lake Michigan shore near Grand Haven, MI..  When the trails are trashed here in west Michigan, the beach is the next go-to when […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Cole House

This Fat Tuesday video comes to us from our amigo Cole House. Cole has been on our podcast a couple of times and I knew that this cat can fly on any bicycle but I never knew that he was such an accomplished videographer! Check out the trails in Marquette Michigan and ring your cowbell […]

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Fat-Tribe Thursday (WI-Italy-MI-India)

Fat-Tribe Thursday is a distant cousin of Throwback Thursday. Back in the day, we used to share photos from fat-bikers from around the world under the byline ‘Fat-Tribe Thursday’. It’s sort of like a modernized version of the “Magic Mirror” bit at the end of Romper Room. I don’t remember why we picked Thursday, but […]

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Quiring Rhymes with Bike Bling

Editor’s Note:  There are so many builders of exquisite bicycles located all over the US that can’t take the time or expense to hit NAHBS every year. Other shows like the one in Philly draw regional builders. The great lakes or the mid-west area doesn’t have a regional handbuilt show and it’s been a while […]

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Afterglow Lake Resort – Phelps WI – Northwoods Paradise

I was drawn to Afterglow Lake Resort by their incredible social media photo-stream. The intense sunset photography made me think back to shooting Kodachrome slide film and spoke to one of my life-long passions (photography). And it didn’t hurt that their photos feature two Bernese Mountain Dogs along with a Golden Retriever at the lodge to […]

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Upcoming Events – JAN-FEB ’19

  Looks like everyone got the memo to run their Fat-Bike event on February 2nd this winter. I don’t know how things are percolating in your neck of the woods, but here in the big whiskey, we have a nice layer of powdery snow and I’ve been going out to play bikes every freak’n day! Here’s […]

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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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Foto Gordo Prize Winner!

A couple of weeks ago we launched a little foto gordo contest and we’re here to thank everyone that entered and announce the winner! David Lieble sent us this shot taken at the 2018 Polar Roll up in Marquette. Everyone that entered the contest is getting a sticker pack sent out to them and David wins […]

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Coast to Coast Bikepacking Michigan’s Mitten – By Andy Amstutz

Not many people drive across Michigan.  It’s not on the way to anywhere. It’s the anti-Iowa in the way that I’ve driven through Iowa a dozen times to get to a destination but never had the pleasure of staying overnight.  Michigan, like Florida and Maine, is a destination location, unless one is driving to Cuba, New […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – USA Cycling Fat-Bike National Championships

This week’s video comes to us from the talented specialists at Superior Social Mgmt. The clip really captures a truly great day of racing. The video combines scenes and interviews from the USA Cycling Fat-Bike National Championships at the Cannonsburg Ski Area just outside of Grand Rapids Michigan. Management and Distribution: Austen Reno www.superiorsocialmgmt.com contact@superiorsocialmgmt.com Video […]

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2018 Fat-Bike National Championships – Race Report

I spent the weekend over in Michigan at the USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships at the Cannonsburg Ski Hill near Grand Rapids. The race was run by our long-time amigo and all-around cool cat, Nate Phelps with the help of the Westen Michigan Sports Commision. The Cannonsburg Venue was quite a nice upgrade from last […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Big M by KBS

  This week’s WW really ties the whole room together, man…..if you’re into what we have coming up later this week. Our longtime Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot and the C0-Host of the Fat Camp Podcast, Ken Blakey-Shell, is also a member of the crew at the Big M Groomed Fat-Bike Trails, where another of our Michigan […]

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Tribal Thursday – Reader’s Rigs

The dog days of summer brings the return of Fat-Tribe Thursday. This is where we like to show off some of the photos sent to us by our readers. We’ve been getting so many great photos in from out in the field that we thought we should go ‘old school’ and share a few. Let’s […]

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Stuart & House Win at Fat Bike Nats

Congratulations to all of the new Fat-Bike National Champions! Both the men’s and women’s Pro/Elite Champions, Amy Stuart and Cole House will be guests on Fat-Bike Radio and….you can check out all of the results and all of the new National Champions here – https://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?year=2017&id=3

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First Look – Otso Voytek

It is kind of funny, last year/season we saw a flood of similar “me-to” fat bikes from manufacturers trying to jump on the fat bike bandwagon. Everyone seemed to want to pile on the fat bike craze. From those heady times, we have seen some really interesting and fresh bikes emerge for the 2017 season. […]

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