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    Buckwallow: warning-high fat content [o]

    Closing day at Buckwallow Cycling Centre and riders of all ages were out en masse, including several fatbikers. In just over a year fatbikers in this area have increased from one (yours truly) to eleven at last count! Starting with a log ride standoff...






















































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    Thanks for another great season of MTB pictures from Buckwallow.
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    These pictures are better than the ones from NJ...

    Though you do have snow bikes

    London knights, nice job rolling that steep! Workin' it..

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    Great day for it! Awesome pictures as well.

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    It was a bit slow when we got there, but as it warmed up the parking filled up. busy day, great trails,and sunshine, And a few fat bikes too! It doesn't get a lot better

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    Looks like everyone (including the dog!) enjoyed themselves.
    Nice pics.
    We had similar weather on our Inglewood ride

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    Great pics once again. A couple of questions on the fat tires: I thought those were for snow. Maybe you can explain the concept behind these. I am not sure I understand the whole deal. I see you are riding rigid. Are the big tires supposed to act as suspension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    Great pics once again. A couple of questions on the fat tires: I thought those were for snow. Maybe you can explain the concept behind these. I am not sure I understand the whole deal. I see you are riding rigid. Are the big tires supposed to act as suspension?
    Yes, the concept is for sand (beaches, dunes) & snow (mostly sled trails) riding. But these bikes are also very good on rooty & rocky trails, Buckwallow being a good example. We run the tires at 8 ~10psi and they just float over gnarly roots & rocks...so you have a lot more leeway in "choosing your line". Also the bike feels very stable under you...hell they practically track stand themselves lol. So again, not fast (at least not with me on it)but very solid and confidence inspiring in technical terrain. And the grip is amazing, both on rock and soil so one can also climb very well. And they are just plain and simple FUN to ride, which is what it's all about right??!
    I probably wouldn't want it to be my only bike, but I would also hate to be without it. I would rather have a Pugs than a road bike for example.
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    thanks for sharing again BCD. Was up on Sat and got in our ride before the rain hit. Sat around and met Donnie and his buddy with the green fatbike. Donnie offered up a ride on his and was an eye opener, nothing like you would expect.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmto View Post
    thanks for sharing again BCD. Was up on Sat and got in our ride before the rain hit. Sat around and met Donnie and his buddy with the green fatbike. Donnie offered up a ride on his and was an eye opener, nothing like you would expect.
    cheers
    I offered to a fellow to try my Pugs while at Buckwallow on Sun Oct 16th. He emailed me the following Friday to thank me and to say he had just purchased his own and was picking it up on the Tuesday!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    I offered to a fellow to try my Pugs while at Buckwallow on Sun Oct 16th. He emailed me the following Friday to thank me and to say he had just purchased his own and was picking it up on the Tuesday!!
    too funny, my son was with me also and it's all we've been talking about since. we might be up for one in the near future...

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    I am going to check out a set of these and see if they will fit in my winter bike. It's a Kona Stuff that I sacrifice to the salt and sand, but also ride in a couple of local trails. I'll see if Cycle Solutions carry them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I am going to check out a set of these and see if they will fit in my winter bike. It's a Kona Stuff that I sacrifice to the salt and sand, but also ride in a couple of local trails. I'll see if Cycle Solutions carry them.
    I believe Cycle Solutions does deal in Surly, but those wheels/tires ( Large Marge wheels/ Endomorph tires) are not going to fit into your frame. The entire bike & drive configuration is built up around these oversize and offset wheels...
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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I am going to check out a set of these and see if they will fit in my winter bike. It's a Kona Stuff that I sacrifice to the salt and sand, but also ride in a couple of local trails. I'll see if Cycle Solutions carry them.
    Yes CS carries Surly

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    Image 12 - what trail is that taken on?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheelboy_490 View Post
    Image 12 - what trail is that taken on?

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    West D'Nile. Much easier on a fat bike!!
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    Hmmm.....can't say I've ever found West D hard on a 26 or a 29er, not one narrow log or bridge in it?
    Someday they will make one with 5 1/2 " or more of travel and it will catch my eye then I'll be a fat tire guy just like B and the boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Near north View Post
    Hmmm.....can't say I've ever found West D hard on a 26 or a 29er, not one narrow log or bridge in it?
    Someday they will make one with 5 1/2 " or more of travel and it will catch my eye then I'll be a fat tire guy just like B and the boys.
    I'm using my own mediocre skills as a reference point. That said I think it has it's fair share of pop up ledges with short transitions into turns to keep it challenging and I see enough other riders bumbling and fumbling their way through also to know I'm not alone in finding that trail hard to ride clean! My 5.5" travel Altitude makes it easier than my Devinci Moonracer was, and the Pugs is at least as easy as the trail bike if not more so for all the reasons I listed above.
    The riders that impressed me most were riding 29er Misfit single speeds and cleaning that rocky climb about 2/3 through...they had video clips of it on here I think 2 summers ago!
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    I'm of course pulling your leg or fat back tire B.
    It has some spots that catch many and I never ride it thinking I couldn't get caught by something.
    A fun rocky trail but no Weasel

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    Anyone riding a moonlander up there yet??

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    Choose the form of your trail destructor..

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    Quote Originally Posted by egggman View Post
    Anyone riding a moonlander up there yet??
    Funny you should ask!! It so happens a young lad has one on order thru The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst. Matter of fact it's due in this week, probably Friday. Everyone is keen to see it, and brings the local fatbike count up to 12. Should make for an interesting winter
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    These pictures are better than the ones from NJ...

    Though you do have snow bikes

    London knights, nice job rolling that steep! Workin' it..
    Awesome video... loved it, thanks!
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    I really like the Fatbacks that were just heading out when you guys came back. The other B said it would take the new 5 " wheel as well and the anodized aluminum frames looked very nice.

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    Great pics as always B, weather was perfect for a big group ride and trails were in great shape.

    If you haven't yet tried riding a fatbike, it's definitely worth throwing a leg over. I was surprised at how muted the trail felt (West D), I guess running 4-5psi will have that affect...but still, the Pugs felt like a magic carpet ride.

    Amazing to think that the fatbike count is the area was ZERO only a couple of years ago!
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