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    Case with a fat bike

    I spent the week cooped up in a conference center in Florida, sometimes those things are OK for a break from work, but its quite another story when you're one of the presenters. I did seven presentations in 4 days and countless meetings. By the time departure time rolled around last night I was sleep deprived, protein deficient (I'm a vegetarian and while there was plenty of food without meat there was very little with protein!) and bloated. Free beer is great, until its not, I'm not much of a drinker so even having 2 or 3 beers for four nights in a row is radically different than my normal intake.

    I took Friday off, and pretty quickly got crabby at my wife, it didn't take long for her to insist I get outside and get the cure for my surliness.

    I have this new Fatboy and it was time for a proper ride.

    I had heard via various social media that conditions were getting really good, so I was psyched to get out on the trail and see for myself. We have about 8" of hard, compact and frozen snow on the ground, you can ride just about anywhere, even where no one has packed it down. In fact most of the packed down trails are so post-holed that riding them is a filling loosening experience.

    I did 11 miles of goodness today - about 80% of it was off trail, today the woods were my skate park.


    There were a few places that were just plain ice, but not many and it was pretty easy to spot them (I only went down twice). This was one icy spot, but with a straight on approach it wasn't bad at all. For reference in the summer this is a pretty intense roller - less than half the riders I ride with will ride it. The snow makes it a lot more benign, though the ice added a little difficulty to it.


    A little shadow play


    I had planned on taking a lot more pictures, but I forgot to charge the camera and with half charged batteries, it didn't last long in the cold temps.


    I'm getting more medicine tomorrow morning, I can only remember 3 or 4 times in the last 25 years of riding where we have snow you can ride on top like this, its really fun. About 30% of the time I was zippering through the top layer, meaning a regular bike probably wouldn't be able to sit on top at all. I only spun through the top layer 3 or 4 times in 11 miles of riding.
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    Thats awesome riding, i ride case a few times a week however due to the deep snow i havent had a chance to get back up there, but things are changing as i just purchase a fatboy comp yesterday (med) from my LBS i pick it up tomorrow and can not wait, ive been wanting a fatboy since i saw the prototypes last year, looks like were gonna get some snow later today and into tonight so hopefully ill get a chance to go out maybe this week.

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    Yesterday the awesome crust was mostly gone and we broke through, making for a very long 11 mile ride. I haven't tried it yet, but perhaps the return of the cold weather will mean more riding on top.

    You'll love the Fatboy - great bike that's a lot of fun to ride. I put on riser bars and a stem with some rise to bring the handlebars up. I did that to improve my riding position, but it also means the handlebars clear the top tube. They didn't before and I have the chips in the top tube to prove it - protect that area of the top tube if you're not going to raise the bars up (or just don't crash, which is a good plan that rarely works out in the end).

    Out of curiosity where did you get yours? If anyone is looking for one I think Tolland Bike still has a medium Comp in stock (unless that's where you're getting yours!).
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    Im so stoked to ride it, i actually did get it from tolland bike i was initially dealing with another shop since december and they still have not had one come through, well maybe ill see you out there

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    I talked to Dave in the fall about getting one, he called me when he got that one, but I can't fit on a medium. Let us know how you like it!
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    I was on the border with the medium seems to fit well aside i feel a little cramped sitting on it, like you i will change out the stem and rise the handle bars. Where did you end up finding your large fatboy

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    I got it from Family Bike in Agawam, MA. They got a call saying the bike was on the way to their store right before I called them looking for one. The amazing thing is that there are still a lot of people waiting for bikes that put deposits down! I guess I got lucky (and I have an awesome wife).
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