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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 – 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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Chilly Blues Challenge ♦ Beach Race ♦ 4/20/13

FAT SAND RACING comes to South West Michigan! The start time is 1:00 P.M. You have two hours to finish an 18 mile route directly along the shore of Lake Michigan. (South from Grand Haven to Port Sheldon and back) Successful completion of the challenge puts you in the running for fab prizes! You must check-in at […]

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Barry Roubaix ♦ Fat-Bike Podium

  I took a quick trip around to the other side of Lake Michigan to shoot pictures at the Barry Roubaix last Saturday. I saw a lot of our fat-bike friends over in Michigan and you may have seen Danielle Musto’s recount of the race that we published on Monday. I wanted to share the […]

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~ Stainless ~ Quiring ~ Blingage ~

Our neighbor, from across Lake Michigan, Mr. Scott Quiring of Quiring Cycles just finished up this whee KVA stainless, Gates belt drive fat bike with a NuVinci n 360 hub in his Free Soil, Michigan, bicycle laboratory.   Scott machined a 35 mm spacer on the non-drive side to convert the frame spacing from 170 […]

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Danielle Musto reports on the Barry Roubaix!

Written by: Danielle Musto The Great Lakes Fat Bike Series wrapped up this past Saturday with the Barry-Roubaix, a “killer gravel road race” in Hastings, Michigan. Racers had the option of racing 24, 36 or 62 miles. The fat bike category was in the 36-mile division. I felt very relaxed going into this race.  I had […]

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Event Spotlight – St. Fatty’s Day

  Sven, Puck and I went to this last year and had an absolute blast! Shorts Brewing makes some delicious craft ale and the cat that runs this race Casey Buckleitner, knows how to throw a race party! We saw bikes from Bob Keller, Scott Quiring and 616 at the race last year. Crazy Good-Times! […]

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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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Grip Studs – Mid Season Report

Back in November we sent avid Detroit commuter and all-season cyclist, Chris Cunnington, a set of Grip Studs to test out and here is what he has to report so far. Thanks to the guys at I was sent some Grip Studs traction studs to evaluate. I have previous experience with 26×2.25 mountain bike […]

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FAT-TRIBE Thursday

All of you have been so great at sending us photos and videos of your fat-bike fun that we decided to create a spot on our calendar, where we can share them with everyone! Every week or two, on Thursday, we’ll share  contributions from the World Wide Fat-Bike Tribe. Please feel free to exercise your […]

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Bring the Fat-Bling ~ Custom Quiring Titanium!

It was just during the recent holidays that we promised to share some Titanium Quiring Cycles Fatness with y’all and today is your lucky day! Especially if you like a gorgeously lean, stiff and clean – custom Ti Fat-Bike as much as we do. Scott just finished the first of two custom Ti Fatties that […]

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Quiring Eye Candy!

We received some Holiday Greetings from our amigo, Scott Quiring along with some pictures of a couple of fat-bikes that he’s been working on in December. We featured a Builder Profile on Quiring Cycles last April. Here’s some great news for you Ti fans out there, Scott tells us that he’s currently working on creating […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Moon Safari

Moon Safari – written by Cody Sovis As an exceedingly average bike racer, cycling is often about hitting intervals, obsessively checking my heart rate and stressing out about each and every minute detail of every single ride. (and yet) Somehow, it’s an awful lot of fun. But after months of racing and training, and more […]

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NEW! Michigan FatBike Series

Visit for more information   For more races, demos and festivals, visit our Event Calendar sponsored by 45NRTH for more Fat-Bike Fun!     Do you know about a fat-bike event in your area? Send us your event info and we’ll add it to our Event Calendar. Email the event information to

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True Confessions of Two Fat-Bike-Beach-Rats

Ecrito y fotografiado por Julio y Gomez Julio caught ‘beach-fever’ sometime last year and he’s been planning a fat-pack ever since. Somewhere along the line this summer, we agreed to take a little fat-bike adventure together and this is our beach-rat, ride report. We figured the weather could get dicey in late October, so we kept […]

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Lake Superior Fat-Pack ~ Part Two

…continued from part one  DAY TWO We awoke to a sunrise that looked remarkably similar to the hazey Mars sunset from the previous evening. After some oatmeal for breakfast, we loaded our packs and headed out under beautiful azure skies. We also had a nice tail wind blowing at about ten miles per hour that […]

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Lake Superior Fat-Pack ~ Part One

About a year ago, I started to dream about a multi-day beach riding trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Someone from my past life had told me tales of how Lake Michigan ended as a shallow whisper against the southern edge of the deliciously underpopulated U.P. I hatched a plan, where four or five riders would tag […]

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