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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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Event Spotlight – St Fattys Day – March 18-20

Today Sherman, we set the way-back machine to: March 17th of Two Thousand and Twelve – Destination: Gaylord Michigan! Yes – St Fattys Day returns to the fat-bike event radar screen to punctuate the end of the winter (that wasn’t) of sixteen/seventeen.   Coming Next Week – It’s Spring!  

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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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Terrene Wazia – First Look!

Terrene is a new name on the fat bike block but is a company that brings some street cred to the neighborhood. Terrene is managed by Tim Krueger who previously worked as a brand manager for Salsa Cycles and is the founder of Advocate Cycles. Terrene recently came out with three tires: the Wazia which […]

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RAD Bicycle Company – Grizz

  RAD Bicycle Company is a small, one-man (Matt Craig) frame builder operation out of SE Michigan.  RAD’s stated mission is  “I want to put people on a USA made product with above over-seas quality at a fair competitive price. Something an Average Joe can afford and ride.  Something light enough and strong enough for […]

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Framed Alaskan Alloy Product Preview by Andy Amstutz

    Just when you start doubting the inevitables as inevitables, they inevitably happen.  Winter did finally arrive to northwest lower Michigan and Uncle Gomez hooked me up with another sweet fat-bike to test.  It’s been quite some time since a big bike box was pulled off the little brown truck at the end of […]

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BBR Test Pilot(s) – Global Fat-Bike Day – Sit/Rep

  We asked our crew of test pilots to send us a report of their GFBD celebrations to share with all of you out there in the big fat world. So without further adieu, here’s a glimpse into how some of the Bike Black Ribbon Society celebrated Global Fat-Bike Day Two Thousand and Fifteen! Dave Krueger – […]

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Quiring Triple B – Complete Build

  It all started when we first got a glimpse of Vee Tire Co’s 2XL Monster Fat 5.05 inch tire last winter. The tire that launched the dream of designing and hand fabricating the biggest…fattest…… “Monster-Fat” bike of the current, modern, cycling world. Yes…..dare I say? The fattest fat-bike in the (blankity-blank) WORLD! We previewed the […]

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Framed Minnesota 2.0 Womens Full Review

My goal for this holiday season is to make sure more women get Fat…seriously, we need more women riding Fatbikes, and the Framed Minnesota 2.0 Women’s Fatbike is just the Fatty to do so, at a darn great price. For only one easy payment of $899 you too can get this sweetly equipped beauty, and […]

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The Sram Ice Cycle Expo at The Iceman Cometh Challenge

Before Fat-Bikes were around, the Iceman Cometh Challenge was the culmination of each year’s mountain bike race season around the Great Lakes. Now that (midwest) fat-bike racing is in it’s 4th season, the Iceman has become the pivot point between mountain bike race season and fat-bike race season. (Even though Fat-Bikes are Mountain Bikes). Located in the beautiful […]

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Fatty Quiring Tandem

I recently had the pleasure of stopping by Quiring Cycles World Headquarters in Freesoil, MI and picking up our new fat tandem. We asked Scott to build up the frame to fit the widest tires and rims available because Wifey and I are planning to play on this beasty during all four seasons. On a […]

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First Look – The Sarma Shaman

We reached out to our amigos at Sarma and asked if I could come and ride their new Shaman Carbon Fat-Bike. I got a reply from the co-founder of Sarma’s US division, Steve Chaffee, with a big ole’ red carpet attached. Steve asked me where, I’d like to ride and I said that I’ve always […]

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NEW – Jade Cycles Fat Rim & Hub

One of our readers sent me a shot of his Jade Cycles Ti Fat-bike last month. To get some background on the bike, I contacted the owner of Jade Cycles, Jim Degracia and found out that they had lots of new fat-bike goodies in the pipeline. Jade is located in Holland Michigan, right across the big […]

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Event Spotlight – St Fattys Day 3 – Mackinac Island

ST FATTY’S DAY GROUP BIKE RIDE MACKINAC ISLAND April 12, 2014 April 12, 2014 marks the 3rd St Fattys Day. One of the very first Fatbike Events in the midwest, St Fattys Day has always been a participant-first and fun-focused event. This year, They’re switching it up a little bit.  It’s a ride, a party, […]

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Otis Got a Brand New Bag

The day that I unpacked our Fatback 190, that we eventually named Otis, I made a template to guide Michigander, Jason Snell, in crafting one of his custom sailcloth Barking Bear Bagworks frame bags. I like to keep a frame bag on my fat-bike to store ride essentials or the ubiquitous puffy jacket. A frame bag […]

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Great Lakes Fat Bike Series Champion – Jorden Wakeley’s 616 Race Bike

Jorden Wakeley won the GreatLakes Fat Bike Race Series last year and looks like a favorite to repeat. On his way to the Series Championship, Jorden won the coveted Noquemanon race in Marquette, MI that is the ‘self proclaimed’ World Fat-Bike Championship. In just a few days he’ll defend that ‘World Championship’ on a new steel, Six-1-Six […]

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New Year’s Day Ride Report – MI

By – Cody Sovis   The 3rd Annual New Year’s Day Ride took on a bigger, better, more deadly adventure than ever before to kick off 2014 in seriously audacious style. That might be slightly exaggerated, but the thirty-five folks who braved the frigid temperatures, which sniffed 15 degrees but never any higher, to try […]

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Event Spotlight – GRR Race Series & Michigan State Games

  Our amigos from Grand Rapids are back with the GRR Fatbike Race Series. There are six races in the series that culminates with the Meijer State Games of Michigan Fatbike Race in February. For more information visit – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter-Rush/286421224724526 Race Promoters – If you’d like to see your race or festival featured in an […]

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Achieving Fat-bike Versatility

Please welcome one of our newest Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots, Ken Blakey-Shell. Ken will be testing gear and sharing his adventures and racing from the fat-bike paradise of Northern Michigan and beyond! Written and photographed by :  Ken Blakey-Shell Right now in fatty world, options are one of the biggest “issues” a fat biker […]

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Great Lakes Fat Bike Series – Sponsors Announced

45NRTH, a leader in winter cycling gear, has become the title sponsor of the 2014 Great Lakes Fatbike Series. The company, based in Minneapolis, has created award-winning products that provide enhanced comfort and control for the fast-growing sport of winter fatbiking. “The number of people riding fatbikes in the winter is rising at an unbelieveable […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ Manistee

Ken Blakey-Shell and Scott Quiring, of Quiring Cycles, have been exploring some local Off Road Vehicle (ORV) trails on their fat bikes and it turns out they are really, really fun. Ken shared the following description of what the Manistee National Forest, in Northern Michigan, has to offer. “This video was taken on one of the […]

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Fat-Tribe Thursday is BACK!

Aileen Frey caught her husband, Scott, admiring a Vibe Cycles, Copper masterpiece, at the (South Western Idaho Mountain Bike Association) SWIMBA rendezvous this weekend. Vibe had three custom fat bikes available to demo on the trails at Eagle Bike Park. Aileen tried out a Vibe Frozen Bitch fatty and was impressed. She added “We learned […]

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Race Report – 8 Hours of Cannonsburg

Written by:  Ken Blakey-Shell Race promoter: Fun Promotions When: June 8th, 2013 Where: Cannonsburg Ski Area A couple weeks ago a friend and riding partner named James Gomez tossed out the idea of riding the 8 Hours of Cannonsburg to Scott Quiring and I. The race is held at the Cannonsburg Ski Area by Grand […]

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Fat Foto Friday ♦ HGT!

A couple of weeks ago I was in South Haven, Michigan and saw this vivid mural and made a point of riding by to take a picture. I also saw a lady out in her front yard with no pants. (sorry no picture) I leaned Thparkle up against the curb and took a few snaps […]

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