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The Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series – Starts October 7th!

I know the frost is barely on the pumpkin, but that isn’t putting a dent is the enthusiasm for fat-bike racing here in America’s Dairyland. Our friends over at Wheel and Sprocket just announced their 2017/18 schedule for the the Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race Seiries. The First race is on October 7th, 2017 and […]

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509 Cycles – Green Bay Wisconsin

There’s a fine history of of Independent Bicycle Dealers – aka : ‘Bike Shops’ creating their own fat-bike brands. Both Fatback and 9:Zero:7 were created by two enterprising bike shops in Anchorage Alaska and Bear Claw Bikes is a relatively new brand that is the creation of Einstein Cycles over in Traverse City, Michigan. Today […]

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Foto Gordo – Gnome-Fest Flashback

One of my oldest riding amigos, that I’ve known, all the way back to the 1980’s, sent in this flashback to Gnomefest 9 at Nine Mile County Forest, near Wausau, Wisconsin. Andy gives credit to Marty as the photographer and the rider is his own bad self…..Andy Oleson; aka – Angry Andy. He’s riding his […]

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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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Fatback Corvus Review

I’ve been riding a Fatback Corvus for the last few months and it’s ‘high time’ for me to put into words, the way I feel about the fourth carbon fat bike that I’ve reviewed over the last couple of years. You can read my initial impressions and review this bike’s impeccable racing pedigree here – https://fat-bike.com/2017/04/product-spotlight-2017-fatback-corvus/ In […]

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Foto Gordo – The Green Tunnel

This week’s desktop wallpaper comes to us directly from my hard drive. You just never know what you’ll find out there in the woods. I’ve been a long time fan of utilizing bicycles for recreational exploration and possess a long time passion for photography that’s almost as old as my passion for bicycles! I used to […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Snafu

On my way back from a recent over-night camping trip, I decided to take the scenic route, through the local rail yard, art gallery. They get some incredible artists and it changes all of the time. It seems appropriate, that during the chaos that defines “life in the year 2017” that I found this particular […]

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Event Spotlight – Summer Squatch- July 1st – Neillsville, Wisconsin

Thaw your inner Yeti at the Summer Squatch. non-race weekend! Proceeds to the chalet re-build. Info here:https://summersquatch.blogspot.com/ Summer Squatch UPDATE: The SS category is now changed from race to “Social weekend” Rides, (womens, fast, slow, photo tours, guided, night etc) camping, Sand Creek Brewing Co. Brew, Pints for the first registered, Hanging out in a […]

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RSD Ti Mayor Mid Term Review

People love to complain about the weather and the last couple of winter’s around the midsection of the Great Lakes have been pretty shy on sustainable snow-pack. As I write this (Late February) , my local temperature is forecast to be nearly 70 degrees and we’ve completely lost our base down to the bare dirt. […]

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Event Spotlight – Sweaty Yeti

  Race the best groomed fat-bike trails in Wisconsin, Levis Mounds! According to the race flyer, this is the Premier Midwest Fatbike Race (even though they misspelled Fat-Bike). You can click the race flyer to go to the event web page or visit Bike Reg to go directly to register for the event and, possibly, star in […]

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Event Spotlight – Big Fat Race – 1/22/17

  Up North in the Chequamegon National Forest, there’s a race coming up that sez it’s a different kind of race. You can click the race flyer to go to the event web page or click HERE to go directly to register for the event. If you go, let us know what was different and stuff. The Event Calendar […]

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Vee Tire Co. Apache Fatty Slick Ridden

  From the moment that I got my first glimpse of the Apache Fatty Slick from Vee Tire, it grabbed my attention as something that might work well for beach riding. Some of my Pac/West amigos have been experimenting with tire shaving on everything from Endomorphs to Snowshow 2XL’s to create the ultimate tire for beach […]

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New Product Spotlight – Fatdapter – Fatbike Rack Adapter

If you’re looking to utilise your standard roof rack’s fork mount for your fat-bike, you’ll need an adapter. (thanks captain obvious) Our Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Spinner Ryerson, introduced me to a brand new player in the fork adapter market called Fatdapter. Chunky machined, anodized aluminum lends the heft of a fine bicycle component, to the […]

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First Look – Fate from Blackjack Bikes

  The man behind Blackjack Bikes, Jack Neilsen, and I, go way back to the 90’s. I met Jack at the 24 Hours of Nine Mile up in Wausau. Jack was recovering from a broken collar bone and was helping out as the pit crew for a solo 24 hour racer. Jack followed the BMX pathway to […]

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1UpUSA Factory Tour

I dropped in on our Amigos at 1UpUSA on my way out to Decorah for the Time Trials earlier this spring. 1UpUSA is in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. 1Up USA makes bike and cargo racks along with rollers and trainers. The Quik Rack won our hitch rack shootout, last summer, as the best fat-bike rack in the universe! […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – from Good Friday

Frequent site visitor, Gomez, took this shot last week after a spring snow storm flocked the local landscape in a thin layer of snow. This is what g-mez shared about his picture postcard. The snow that fell, was predicted to have a very short shelf-life, so for a few hours on Good Friday morning, Otis and I, celebrated […]

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Fat Bike Birkie After Party – FATurday Night FEVER!!!

It says on the Fat Bike Birkie website that we’re sponsoring the Fat Bike Birkie Post Race Party. It’s gonna be all…FATurday Night Fever with live Gnomes and a Whiskey Sponsor. So, after the race on Saturday, venture over to the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley for an evening of fun, music, gnomes and prizes! The party rages from […]

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Wolftooth Components Singletrack Pogies Review

  We spotlighted the new Wolftooth Components Singletrack Pogies (WCSP) back in November. That story featured a really nice video that Wolftooth put together. We’ve shared it again below because it highlights the unique features of this Gnomie Award winning accessory. You read that correctly, just last month, the (WCSP) won the Gnomie for the […]

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Product Preview – SURLY – Ice Cream Truck Ops

We’re going on a bender with Surly’s Ice Cream Truck Ops, or Iceratops for short. What I’ve always liked about a Surly is that they are simple, solid and reasonably priced. As many of you are aware, they’re now unbelievably priced at a discounted MSRP of only 12 hundred bones. One might argue that Surly isn’t […]

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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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Pat Smage Video – Fatback Rhino – Local Woods

Pat Smage is a Fatback brand ambassador that lives just up the road from us. Pat’s also the current United States NATC Trials Champion and he’s held that title eight times! Pat sent us his latest video of him riding some of his favorite lines out on his local playground in the woods. Get your popcorn ready […]

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Product Spotlight: Farley 9.8 by Trek

Walking into my studio last week I noticed two ginormous boxes. Immediately I thought to myself, “now what did we buy and what is it?” I was relieved to see instead the shipping address coming from Waterloo, Wisconsin and the contents reading Trek Farley 9.8. That’s a good way to start a work day. Over […]

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Hitch Rack Shootout – Saris Freedom Superclamp 2

Sven and I present our 3rd video of the assembly and mounting bikes on the Saris Freedom Superclamp, for the Fat Hitch Rack Shootout. All of our testers have chimed in with their impressions of how each rack performed. As you may have gathered, this is all leading up to Saturday, when we reveal how each of our 4 […]

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Hitch Rack Shootout – 1Up USA

  Sven and I took some time lapse video of the assembly and mounting bikes on the first contestant in our Fat Hitch Rack Shootout and all of our testers have chimed in with their impressions of how each rack performed. Of course, this is all leading up to Saturday, when we reveal how each of our […]

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Fat & Single – The Fat-Bikes of SSUSA

Last weekend, I sidled my way into an invitation to this year’s edition of Singlespeed USA (SSUSA) up at one of my favorite trail systems, Levis-Trow. It wasn’t too hard to do, since our amigos and gnome-fest cousins, Brett, Spinner & Chewey were running the show. It was a perfect opportunity to hang out with […]

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Foto Gordo ♦ Sea of Grass

When I go riding, I see pictures that I can’t always capture, because I need someone to go out and ride across a sea of grass for the camera. Our hitch rack shootout has gotten me some visitors that have come out to the Colonel Steve Austin Test Bunker over the last couple of weeks […]

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Foto Gordo ♦ Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Our amigo Nathan Long from over there in the Chippewa River Valley of Wisconsin sent us this psychedelic spring explosion of color that he entitled ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’. Nathan shot this at Northwest Park in Eau Claire, WI and you can see more of his work at www.longphotoandvideo.com Have a Great Weekend! Give me your […]

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Yeti-Fest (Two Reports in One)

By Steve Meurett and Evan Larsson The rookie and the race director.  Two essential partners to make any race a success.  You can’t have one without the other. The race boss dictates keeping the ducks in a row, “i’s” dotted and “t’s” crossed while the rookie brings unbounded enthusiasm to a race that could be […]

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2015 Fat Bike Birkie Video by Fresh Sights Digital Media

My old gnome-fest cousins Joe and Renee from Fresh Sights Digital Media were up at the Birkie National Championships with their drones and cameras and captured this grand and sweeping view of the largest fat-bike race that we know of….dare we say the largest fat-bike race in the world? Thanks for sharing this with us Joe & […]

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Product Spotlight – Alubooyah 2015

  By Steve Meurett Bamboo? Seriously? Yes, I’d seen a smattering of Boo bikes on the web and was aware there must be something to them, considering the company managed to scoop up Adam Blake- (all things fat-bike) sage and consummate, cycling guru.   Not just bamboo, but tam vong bamboo- “iron bamboo” which is particularly […]

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Event Spotlight ♦ Yeti-Fest ♦ 2/28/15

  One of our favorite trail systems in Wisconsin is hosting one of our favorite events! Long time amigo and Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Steve Meurett, is your host for all things fat-bike fun at Yeti-Fest – February 28th, 2015. You can get more information by clicking on the race flyer or visit www.yeti-fest.com! Send us […]

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Fat-Bike Birkie – Register Now!

It’s snowing in Hayward, and it’s getting that much closer to the Fat Bike Birkie! The next fee deadline is also coming up on February 1. They’re at just over 600 participants already signed up and with a cap of 750 this year, it looks like it’s going to sell out soon. If you haven’t signed […]

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