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    Fat Biking and health

    I am starting this thread to allow some of us a way to share our rides and the benefits we gain from our rides healthwise. I am a 62 yr old cyclist that has weighjt and health issues. I ride a bout six days a week on local bike paths and trails . I have congestive heart failure (chf), diabetes type 2 and arthritis. When I first got back into cycling I weighed 329 lbs. Currently (3 months later) I am down to 289 lbs and My health has shown marked improvement. My bike that I ride currently is a Mongoose Dolomite. I used to ride a Marlin singlespeed but I need more a wider range of gears for my arthritic knees. Being on a fixed income I couldn't afford an expensive fat bike so I swallowed my pride and bought a big box store bike.

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    Welcome OB52

    Sounds like you are having fun and getting healthy, an awesome combo !

    Fat bikes ironically have the opposite effect on their riders ....... they also lead to over developed 'smile' muscles

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    We have found that If we ride one to two hours we recover quickly compared to some of the one hour rides we did on 26" x 2,0" hardtails. We ride three different trails that our in our area. All have varying difficulties.
    My background in cycling in the dirt goes back to The Mid 60's when our subdivision near Chicago Illinois had some undeveloped tracts of land. like a lot of guys in the era we used bikes to get around and while most of them used 20" bike I decided to try an old Phantom. Fast forward to 1983. I discovered Mt. Bikes and I was hooked.
    I have ridden ever since except for two years after om first heart attack. I have found that riding helps me recover much faster now. My recovery after a ride takes fifteen to twenty minutes. -and my resting heart rate is around 56-60 bpm compared to 75-78 bpm.

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    Way to go old bear. I'm an old guy too. Biking, along with healthy eating, is a great way to get back in shape. Good luck reaching your goals. If that's all you can afford, ride that dolomite with pride and give yourself credit for getting off the couch.
    The older I get the better I was...

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    I hope to keep riding in my 60s like you. Keep it up!

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    Thanks Guys for all the encouragement! I just checked my blood pressure and pulse rate and at three in the morning it is 115/67 rate is 54. The reason I'm up so early is that my hand is throbbing. I have a pacemaker/defibulator unit in my chest and it misread my heart the rhythm of my heart and went off Monday, putting me in the hospital until 4pm Tuesday. seems I have an infection where the IV was pulled out. So I just soaked the hand in hot5 water and now the throbbing is subsiding. the neat thing is that with my new bike I don't feel the pain as much when I ride.
    Adventure Rider; you will discover that no matter how old you are never to old to ride. My great uncle rode until he was 83. He raced in the 'old days' 1911 to 1925 on an old BSA fixed gear bike with no brakes! he was doing the Olympic trials back in the 20's and got the flu and missed his chance. could true wheel just by spinning them in his hands. He is the reason I ride today. He helped me strip down my '47 Schwinn and even put a 20's Brooks saddle on it. My sister has his 1913 BSA road bike with wheels he built6 and She doesn't know what to do with it. All it needs is a good cleaning and new tires. the only reason he quit riding because the streets in Chicago were getting a little hairy. Annnd i bet if he was alive today he'd be riding a Fat Bike.

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    40 lbs in 3 months is an incredible accomplishment!!! Keep up the hard work and keep us updated!!

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    Thanks thunderzy!
    Due to the fact that I have some restrictions due to to hot and cold temperatures, (no riding outside above 93 and below 25 before wind chill).I was wondering if anyone has heard of a wind trainer that could fir the Dolomite's tire? I wan to use the same tire and gearing indoors as I use outdoors. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    We went riding at 6:30am and put in around four miles on a trail close to the house. my pulse before riding was 59 and my blood pressure was 112/78. at midpoint the heart rate had hit 110 and blood pressure was 130/85 after a half hour of rest my puilse was 60 and the blood pressure was 114/79.
    I am pleasantly surprised bny my recovery rate.

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    That's great! Keep on riding!

    I had to take a physical couple years ago, Doc said "whatever you are doing, just keep doing it!"

    ......sweet.....mountain biking & drinking beer. check! lol. Amazing what regular rides will do for your body. Not only physical though, but mentally as well. My stress levels drop significantly after a good ride. No worries about the usual junk like work & stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    ...Due to the fact that I have some restrictions due to to hot and cold temperatures, (no riding outside above 93 and below 25 before wind chill)....
    I'm curious about those restrictions and the reason for them.

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    alphazz- Only about 45% of my heart beats unassisted. the rest is supporte0d by pacemaker. I was told that extremes of any outside temperature can adversely affect my Pacemaker/defib unit. What I have is referred to "left ventricular bundle damage". Right now we are having weather that is unusually cool for Missouri. the current temperature is 77. The usual temperature is around 80 to 90. It's nicve now but next week we go back into the 90's. So my rides will be early morning or just before sunset.

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    Beer, it does afat biker good

    Shark- Beer is good but unfortunately I have to drink non alcoholic beer. My daughter buys me some and a sixer of bud light for her. I am on so much meds that I can't run the risk of alcohol and drug interaction. lol. Annnnd my biggest worry is makling sure my wife takes her meds. I retired from the radio broadcast industry and now just tinker with our bikes and feed the cats.

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    Good job, oldbear52! I am a few years older than you, with a degenerative joint problem in my hip. My doctor told me to go out and ride to the limits of my pain threshold. He said, "You can't make it worse, unless you fall." I ride three or four times a week, and darned if my hip doesn't feel better after a ride. Fat biking is the fountain of youth!

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    joint problems.

    I too have some joint problems, Mainly my knees and lower back. riding keeps my knees nimble and the upright position of the Dolomite keeps the back pain to a minimum. I used to wear a back brace but as I went down in weight, my heaviest was 345, the need for support disappeared. Plus my Doctor took me off some meds that caused all that weight gain. I was on some anti depressant meds that pile on the weight because it caused me to eat more plus my diet was high in fat. Now we have teflon pans and we use no oil to cook. Eating sensibly really helps. I even cut refined flour and sugar from my diet. We use stevia and when a recipe calls for it raw sugar SPARINGLY. My usual after ride snack is a healthy granola bar and smart water. I do cheat sometiomes and bring along some dark chocolate and peanuts. We usually have a glass of whole milk after the ride or if I can find it Goats milk.

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    I said whole milk because I was raised on raw milk from a farm near our house and I just love the taste. Besides I read in a Goat keeping book that when raw milk goes through pasturization and homoginzationn it releases a substance harmful to the heart. Besides 1% or skim milk tastes like chalk water to me.

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    Re: Fat Biking and health

    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Shark- Beer is good but unfortunately I have to drink non alcoholic beer. My daughter buys me some and a sixer of bud light for her. I am on so much meds that I can't run the risk of alcohol and drug interaction. lol. Annnnd my biggest worry is makling sure my wife takes her meds. I retired from the radio broadcast industry and now just tinker with our bikes and feed the cats.
    All I can say is keep riding when you can. You might want to look into juicing vegetables and fruits. There is a good documentary on Joe cross you might want to watch:

    http://www.rebootwithjoe.com. He used this mean green juice recipe..

    http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/mean-green-juice/

    Ask your doc first though of course. Just something that kind of worked for me for losing some pounds. I just juice once a day though I never tried a juice fast.

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    Great job, keep it up!
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    Nice thread! I was about to ask something similar. I was about to ask if "fat bikes would be okay for persons over 50." I guess now I have my answer. Thanks!

    I have an uncle, used to ride a lot when he was in his 30's... now he's 51, and is sometimes suffering from arthritis. I persuaded him to try out biking again... but seeing that he now lives outside of the city, where there's more dirt roads than paved ones, I thought that a fat bike would be ideal (instead of a regular mtb). So 2 weeks ago, he tried out a surly pugsley, and he was smiling all over the whole day.

    He's now planning to buy his first fat bike. Just undecided at the moment if its going to be steel or aluminum for the frame. (for some reason... he doesn't like carbon).


    cheers!

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    Diffy- At 62 I find that my Fat Bike Rides just as easy as the bikes I rode as a preteen. After you get the psi down to a happy medium to cover the type of terrain you are going to ride. My Dolo seems to function best at 8 to 10 psi on our trails. I think your uncle should enjoy the extra 'cushioning' effect the big tires provide. We have a small compressor that operates off the truck battery and fills the tires pretty quick when I need to go up for pavement. This morning we rode from 6am to 8am and I found all my stats are holding . and my weight is steady at 288. So encourage your uncle to go fat he won't regret is. I enjoy the family aspect of the rides.

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    Reminds me to get out for a pre dawn ride Sunday, for many of the above reasons; good for what ails you.
    "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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    My ride this morning was at a series of trails in the next town over. We rode on some moderate trails staying away from a black diamond that is loaded with rock gardens. My bp at the start was 110/77 and heart rate was 65. mid way my heart rate hit 127 and we couldn't check the bp as we travel 'light'. post ride my bp was 126/79 and recovery heart rate was 80. twenty five minutes later It was back down to 65. had a celebratory meal of bananas over cheerios with some goat milk from a friends herd. annnd I had an eight ounce glass for it to treat myself. My son from Jefferson city is coming down tonight and we plan on taking him on an easy ride on the Lion's club trail. He is 27 and is 'inheriting' my Trek Marlin SS. He wants it to ride to and from work and on trails at Binder Lake. He just quit smoking and tried running to work but his knees can't take it.

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    By 'traveling light ' We carry the bare minimum to keep us moving and a home blood pressure machine is like a luxury. We carry an extra tube, tire irons, small crescent wrench, and a small first aid kit, for hydration we carry a Camelback 70oz pack that doubles for a pack to carry our stuff. on the bike we carry 24oz waterbottles in a alloy cage. We also carry granola bars in case on of us hits 'the wall'. Around town, like for shopping trips, we ditch the pack in favor of the bottle and we have a trailer I bought years ago for $75 at a shop in Utah. we use 26" tires and it has a capacity of 100#. We are beginning to do most of our grocery shopping on a bike. My wife who is disabled rides in her power wheelchair and I ride with her on my Fat Bike. We used our bikes as our primary means of transport when we lived in Price Utah in the early 90's. It was something to see us go to the grocery store. all six of us. My wife on her diamondback, me on my gt, my daughter on her bridgestone, my Middle son on his haro bmx and the other two boys iin the trailer.

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    Just got back from 45 minutes of riding fun. My son came down and picked up the Trek. Then my sister stopped by on her way to Branson and brought me a present the 1913 BSA. I aired up the tires on the steel wheels and rode it around the parking lot. I measured the wheelbase and found it to be 45". it looks long and low compared to a road bike of today. As soon as I find some reproduction sewups it is going to get a good cleaning and will be placed on display in the living room along with the Schwinn Phantom klunker. That means we have to store at least two bikes. That BSA is a piece of cycling art and History. I even got his wool knickers, sweater with the Humbolt Park Cycling Club patch,cap and shoes. I twill be a family memorial to my great uncle and the man that continues to influence me from heaven. I will post sopme pics of that bike as soon as I clean it up. And not only that my brother-in-law who is an avid cyclist too, rode the Dolomite and wants a fatbike too. It's an addiction I love to spread.

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    Hi Fat Bikers!!
    I am new to the forum and new to Fat Tire Biking! I've been Fat Biking in NYC - Manhattan, for nearly two months now. I must tell you that my Fat Bike is Transforming my body!! For over 20 years, my pants waist size has been 36W. My waist is now size 32W. I am blown away. I have had Male Fat Belly Syndrome since I was in my late 30s. I just turned 49 last week and my belly is disappearing. Those fat rolls in my back are no longer rolls. My shirts hang differently now in the front. Last night, I was laying all over my couch watching TV. Wanting to change the channel, I had to raise up a bit to reach the remote control on the coffee table over there....as I raised up my left leg to thrust myself up into a sitting position, I saw all kinds of muscles jump out of my leg that I do not remember seeing there before. I was blown away. Living in NYC, I generally take subways everywhere. In my neighborhood, the subway is elevated and there are three sets of stairs I have to climb to get to the subway platform. Usually, that last set of stairs has me cussing under my breaths because my legs are burning and screaming at me at the same time. At the top of the stairs, I'm usually huffing and puffing like I sprinted a marathon or something. Yesterday, I ran up all three flights of the stairs nonstop, two steps at a time. Once I got to the top, no huffing....no puffing and my legs acted like nothing was going on. I was blown away. This Fat Tire Bike is Transforming my body!! I do not know if I would have achieved the same results had I just bought one of them skinny tire, urban bikes like my LBS was encouraging me to do....maybe....But this Fat Bike is doing stuff to me and I like it!! Did I mention that I am experiencing noticeable changes in my endurance and stamina too? I am blown away.
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    Phil:
    Welcome to the thread! sounds like you are progressing nicely. Keep it up! Seems that Fat Biking isn't just for the young. I hope you keep an eye on that bike. lol
    My doctor this week took me off any oxygen even as an emergency measure. My 02 level holds steady at 98% It only drops two percent when I am riding. (I bought a 02 pulse meter. ) But running up three flights of stairs sounds excellent! And your waist size is a good sign too. Just keep up the good work and ejoy your bike.

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    Thank you oldbear52. I'm so glad I decided on riding a Fat Bike. There are so few of them in Manhattan that I now feel like a Fat Tire Bike Ambassador. I use my bike mainly to commute to and from work. The ride generally takes me 1 hour to complete. I am discovering that I have to leave at least 30 minutes earlier to get anywhere....not because my Fat Bike isn't a "fast bike", but because people stop me to ask all kinds of questions about the bike. Thanks for your encouragement! Just this week, I've added 30 seconds of planking, 10 reps of squatting and 1 rep of 10 push ups prior to getting on my bike. I'm going to do that for one month and then see what my body is going to do in response to it!
    I'm very glad to be apart of this forum and it is so GREAT to read the experiences of other Fat Bikers! I hope that you will Fat Bike your way to fantastic health!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Diffy- At 62 I find that my Fat Bike Rides just as easy as the bikes I rode as a preteen. After you get the psi down to a happy medium to cover the type of terrain you are going to ride. My Dolo seems to function best at 8 to 10 psi on our trails. I think your uncle should enjoy the extra 'cushioning' effect the big tires provide. We have a small compressor that operates off the truck battery and fills the tires pretty quick when I need to go up for pavement. This morning we rode from 6am to 8am and I found all my stats are holding . and my weight is steady at 288. So encourage your uncle to go fat he won't regret is. I enjoy the family aspect of the rides.
    Good to know... that's very inspiring.
    I'll pass this on to my uncle, it will solidify his decision to go fat, thanks!


    cheers!

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    Getting a second fat bike!

    I wound up giving my son from Jefferson City my Dolomite instead of the Trek. My wife says I can spend up to 699 on a new bike so for now I am going to resort to riding the trek until the first so I can order a new one from bikes direct. . I decided on a Gravity Bullseye monster. I am getting so involved in a healthy recreation 'pastime' and it shows. It is weird riding the Trek since for the past month I have mainly ridden fatire. I hope to keep you all posted, Morning ride: 6:30am to 8am. My distance was 4.5 miles and It was beautiful. Went to a dinner last night at a friends house and climbed up three flights of stairs without tiring. Riding a fat bike makes a big difference.

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    Went out to get soda with my daughter. I rode the Trek but it isbn't the same as a Fatbike. I just can't wait until the first. lol. We rode around on the paved bike path to go to the store and while yet is was easier to pedal It didn't turn any heads. My bp at the start was 112/68 heart rate 68. when we got to the store I checked my heart rate it was 100. When we got home the bp was 122/88 heart rate 79. weighed myself and found I was holding at 288.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Another week and another two pounds!

    I went to the cardiologist this morning and found out that my weight has dropped to 86 pounds and that my oxygen level in my blood sits steady at 98%. Today is a 'rest' day, so took an easy ride around the neighborhood with my handicapped son. Maybe fifteen minutes saddle time and a lot of stops to say Hi to the neighbors and pet their dogs. One even asked where my other bike was. He is interested in a fat bike. He is 67 and a retired state trooper. ride putters around on an urban bike and wanted to try the trek. i let him and then the daughter showed up on her dolo and he tooled around the street and says he is going to get a fatty! I told him about bikes direct and he said he'll look them up. His wife rode the dolo too and said that they need to replace thier old beach cruisers anyway. So soon there will be two more 'converts' to the gospel of fatness!

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    I can see how the fat bike helps with weight loss. I too have the mongo dolo. You have to work harder on that bike. Only ridden it twice thus far. Can' ride again until I substantially change handle bar geometry. Then a lot of weight will betaken off my wrists. And it doen' feel good looking up while I am riding either. I look forward to the ride once that is fixed. Continue your great work!

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    Changing the cockpit

    Steve: have you conidered changing bars? something a little more backlswept with a little more rise? It may solve your problem. Maybe some one else a little more informed on physiology and cycling could weigh in here. I am thinking on my new bike of adding some sort of bar-ends. Got them on the Trek and the ability to change hand positions really helps my neck.I have osteo-arthritis in my neck and shoulders. I know Bar-ends are ols school and some might say outmoded but to each their own. Keep on riding everyone!

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    I recently bought myself a Dolomite to have some fun with while I'm getting rid of a few pounds.
    I'm not comfortable with the stock geometry. The bars are lower than I like. (I've grown top heavy and have become less flexible)
    So I ordered a trekking bar,
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    I hope these modifications will increase the level of luxury.

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    I got a stem raiser and short adjustable stem on the way fro amazon. Along with the stock stem this should open up a large variety of bars, including the stock bar. I should be able to ride it in better comfort until I figure out what bar will be best for me. This adjustability will allow many different choices

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    too darn hot

    I slept in this morning and have been rewarded with as no ride day It is 95 with a heat index of 105. maybe tonight. A city ride at dusk. I want the cooler weather to come back!
    Steve: I hope you get your parts soon. I got a phone call from my son< seems his boss wants a Fat Bike! The boss wants to buy David's bike but he won't sell. David Just might sell after he saves enough to get another bike. (possible Gravity Bullseye Monster). I also had a call from my Cardiologist .seems on August 12th they are going to replace my pacemaker battery. That means I have to find a stationary bike or not ride for a week because my left arm will be in a sling. so no t5rails for a week. Maybe I can ride around town?

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    Another Neighbor stopped by to chat and see If I would fix his Huffy 'Mtn Bike'. He needed some minor adjustments and to have it set up properly, if possible, so he could ride better. He notice my trek and had seen the dolo and asked what I paid for them. He said 'whoa that's way too much!'. then I went on comparing my Trek to his BSO. He was open and listened closely and still wouldn't believe the Trek was worth more than his. "mine was only $99 and gots more gears" he stated. He had bought some old Salsa barends at a yard sale and wanted me to install them for him. I put them on and then he said, "no I want them straight up!" I tried to explain that they were not supposed to be like that. I would up trading his an old pair of Bontragers I had because " the Salas's weren't shiny enough"> So I procured the Salas for my new bike and he went out and rode in the heat. Later he asked me if I could install 'ten speed' handle bars so he could ride more upright. I told him no. Thje I looked at his thirty year old girls Huffy and saw that the handle bars were flipped up and all the cables were stretched beyond repair. I told him that they were worthless and that he'd be better oiff leaving it alone. Which he finally agreed on. Tonight he's joining us on our exploration of the bike path the snakes through town. Maybe I will let him ride my son Sean's Beast and maybe that will convince him to get a newer bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Steve: have you conidered changing bars? something a little more backlswept with a little more rise? It may solve your problem. Maybe some one else a little more informed on physiology and cycling could weigh in here. I am thinking on my new bike of adding some sort of bar-ends. Got them on the Trek and the ability to change hand positions really helps my neck.I have osteo-arthritis in my neck and shoulders. I know Bar-ends are ols school and some might say outmoded but to each their own. Keep on riding everyone!
    . OldBear. Plan on new bars after I see what geometry the new parts will provide. I am not tall. With the seat at proper height bars too low. Strains old parts. I think that stem raiser and the short adjustable stem will allow me to look at a lot. I can reverse the stem and maybe even use the stock bars withe the raiser.

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    Also looking forward to new on ones in August. Decreased weight, I hope, will be amazing.

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    Twilight ride.

    I went out tonight and rode a bit of the bikepath here for fortyfive minutes. My daughter loaned the neighbor her dolomite and I rode my trek. my daughter rode her trek and bringing up the rear, at least for the first lap was Sean, on his beast. We went pretty eaasy and the neighbor ju8ust kept saying "wow, this rides different!" My heart rate got up to 110 and I fel;t fine. at home my blood pressure after a gool down was 102/62. annnd no pain. My daughter didn't even go for her after ride smoke. twenty minutes after the ride My heart rate was 61. Not bad recovery for an old Clydesdale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Thanks thunderzy!
    I was wondering if anyone has heard of a wind trainer that could fir the Dolomite's tire? I wan to use the same tire and gearing indoors as I use outdoors. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    I used wind trainers until I was able to convince my wife to gift me a kreitler 4.5 with headwind attachment. I will never use a wind trainer again. Rollers are better trainers as they improve your balance and ability to hold a line, and they are super convenient as there's no setting up the bike each time you want to use them, you just put the bike on and go.

    Kreitler is super not cheap, but there are other brands like TACX, Cyclops, Minoura, Elite, Nashbar, Travel trac, etc, that have models as low as $150. There are also DIY instructables using PVC pipe.

    Being that you're using a fatbike, you might be more interested in a LOG ROLLER, which is apparently a thing. You have to add the word fatbike to google that.
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    [QUOTE=Flamingtaco;11340970]I used wind trainers until I was able to convince my wife to gift me a kreitler 4.5 with headwind attachment. I will never use a wind trainer again. Rollers are better trainers as they improve your balance and ability to hold a line, and they are super convenient as there's no setting up the bike each time you want to use them, you just put the bike on a
    Kreitler is super not cheap, but there are other brands like TACX, Cyclops, Minoura, Elite, Nashbar, Travel trac, etc, that have models as low as $150. There are also DIY instructables using PVC pipe.

    Being that you're using a fatbike, you might be more interested in a LOG ROLLER, which is apparently a thing. You have to add the word fatbike to google that.[/QUote}
    Flamingtaco: I haven't been on rollers since the 70's when I was a road racer in the Chicago area. But that might serve me well.

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    Found used rollers

    I found a set of older rollers for $75. It even has a rest to put the fork into so I won't have to worry about my balance. the only thing it I need to modify the bracket to fit the wider for. Thank goodness I have a friend who has access to the university's machine shop.
    On the ride front, we went out from 6:30 to 9 this morning on a trail in the nat'l forest. And I even looked for a campsite so we could go fishing and enjoy a day or two in the woods. found one on a bank of the creek so we can catch our dinner. (rainbow trout). I check my bp immediately after the ride and my heart rate and the results were good. 112/80 heart rate 80. Pretty good. However I do miss my fat bike. Had to push my 29er ss through some gravel that my daughter rode over on her dolomite. Luckily I didn't have the trailer with that would have made it impossible to go through the garvel towed by the Trek.

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    Hi Ho Neighborinos!

    Beautiful day here in the Ozarks. Just got in from the Kaintuck hollow Trails. did a complete loop with the daughter and a friend who insisted that his sears 'mtn bike" BSO, could keep up with us. this fellow uses a womens bike that has really seen better days.he carried a patch kit with him and strapped a bell floor pump on the rear rack. His bile weighed in probably just shy of sixty pounds. I was on my trek Marlin 29er single speed and my daughter rode her dolomite. We had to stop four times for hime to patch his dry rotted tires and for him to catch his breath. Finally I handed him my tube and a spare presta adapter. He wanted to see the creek and had to carry his bike through a crossing and across a sand bar. We rode across the crossing and I walked about half the sandbar. Even on wet sand our bikes were ridden. He has old I mean old skinny tire 26" X 1.75" which were OK on hardpack but got really squirrely on the technical stuff. My bp post ride: 123/68 heart rate 70. BTW He said he won't ride with us again.

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    I generally feel healther then everyone around me. I kind of contribute that to my riding. I keep hearing people sigh and sound stressed out. Im just relaxed after a ride and usually good for a day or two depending on how hard I ride. It takes the stress out and is mentally toughening too. When you push yourself harder or to go bigger. The mental effect is huge

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    Sounds like you've found the fountain of youth oldbear52.

    I dropped from 335 lbs to 165 over the last couple of years. Cycling has made a huge difference, though haven't gotten a fat bike yet. Picking one up this fall though, can't take another Minnesota winter where I can't ride for months at a time.

    Keep rockin'

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    335 > 165?!! Damn that's amazing. Heh, I dropped 9 pounds after getting my fatty but as my fitness levels got better and I got stronger I replaced it with muscle. I'm climbing things I've never been able to clean before and my average speed has nearly doubled on most of my rides over last year. Now if I could figure out how to breathe better and didn't have to stop to recover at the top of those climbs I'd be all set. I stopped smoking 15 months ago but still feeling the effects...

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    Congrats to you gravity and thanks for the kudos...been a journey for sure. The fear, of course, is backsliding....so easy to slip back into old habits. I probably need to add more muscle and the cycling is helping with that and that's why I'm really wanting to get something for our long winters. Been haunting the forums here looking for advice...hope there are some reps and trial opportunities at Tour De Fat here this weekend.

    Smoking, been there and done that...it will get better but it takes awhile. I quit over 20 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did but I felt the consequences for at east five or six years after....

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    Hi Everyone. glad to see so many newcomers to the thread. I just got weighed today at the clinic. 284lbs! may first I weighed 328. now almost 3 months later zi have lost 44 pounds and feel great. I don't have to walk up stairs one at a time and my oxygen content in my blood is 98%! Let me tell you hoe\w I have done this. Healthy eating, and cycling six days a week for two hours a day. The healthy eating I do is simple cut out fats and sugar and stop drinking non diet soda and tea. I keep water in the fridge and carry two water bottles. My snacks consist of fruits and baked chips. On the trail I eat granola bars and Jerky, ( a guilty pleasure). I allow myself one bowl of no sugar added ice cream a night and eat popcorn. I allow myself two non alcoholic beers a week and no wine. Today we rode two laps of Kaintuck Hollow loop and spent an hour fishing. caught four nice rainbows that we ate for dinner. served with oven baked steak fries and salad. so all of you keep riding. and get healthy.

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    It's great to see others using the fun of cycling to keep us healthy. As I get older, just the dynamics of balance alone has its challenges, and riding on two wheels helps improve psychological balance, too. I'm happy to see that you are using cycling to lose weight, too. Keep up the pumping!

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    I just read through the entire thread. Awesome to see so much enthusiasm for riding and the Fatties. Keep it going!
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