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2014: Year of the Fat Bike

(updated: Jan 15, 2014)

Six years ago I test rode a Surly Pugsley at Interbike. The rest is history. I'm still riding that bike, but today the market is now full of fat bikes. Now everyone has to have one. There's even carbon fiber fat bikes ... you know, for racing. OMG what's next, carbon fiber fat bike wheels? Holy shit they have those too! That's it. I've seen too much. Why does everything have to get to ridiculous levels?

Speaking of ridiculous, I am still using aero bars on my Pugsley. And they still look stupid. But man do they come in handy on two plus hour beach rides into the wind. This year I am going to try a kayak sail. Yes, I'm taking it to ridiculous levels ... doing my part to push the envelope.

What's next? Super lightweight full-suspension fat bikes? Maybe. Just check this site every so often; you may get a glimpse.

So here's the year 2013 in review, as seen from my Pugsley, in no particular order, just a bunch of images.

2014 will be the year of the fat bike.

-SBA

Sunset at Topsail:
Topsail Island

Wrightsville Beach:
Wrightsville Beach

Topsail:
Topsail

Figure 8 Island at sunset:
Figure 8 Island

Figure 8 Island

Figure 8. Ed's dog is so mean it even attacks my shadow:
Figure 8 Island

Ed's boat:
Ed\'s boat

Ed\'s boat

Surfing the sand:




Where'd my tracks go?


Back to Topsail. Not every picture has to have a bike in it, see?
Topsail Island

Dolphins at Wrightsville Beach. They sometimes surf the waves and jump out of the water and play. Because fuck Sea World.
Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach in the morning:
Wrightsville Beach

In two hours you can ride 25 miles on Topsail and only do half of it. That and Outlaw Josey Wales, motherfucker.
Topsail ride

Sunset at Topsail:
Topsail ride

Halfway and running out of daylight:
Topsail ride

Because NOBODY would put a dropper post and aero bars on the same bike. That shit's just crazy.
Topsail ride

Because nobody ever thought of taking a photo like this before. The sun through the wheel? Man that's just out-of-the-box photography.
Topsail ride

You can see one of those old towers from WWII:
Topsail ride

Goodbye 2013, hello 2014:
Topsail ride

-SBA



Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington



2 COMMENTS:

1. Reno said...

any suggestions on good fat tire starter bike and where to get/what to look for, etc? Looks like a blast and I would love to take one over to masonboro

Jan 20, 2014 @ 11:38 AM


2. SBA said...

Ed has an Origin 8. It comes with an internal hub with continuously variable gearing. Price is reasonable too. Heavy, but they all weigh a lot. I'd look for something that sticks close to mountain bike geometry -- 70 deg HA, 73 SA, long top tube, short wheelbase. You don't want a fat cruiser bike with a really long wheelbase.

Jan 21, 2014 @ 7:56 PM


 

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