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    Minimum number of riders in Floatilla?

    I am going riding this afternoon with another fatbiker but am not sure if that qualifys as a Floatilla. Do you have to have three or four riders for a floatilla or is it just two? Two seems too low a number to qualify for Floatilla status. If this is true, might there be another term for this size group? Would groups of two and three be Flootillas and Fleetillas respectivly?
    Also, another pressing issue is to determine a name for a group of Floatilas. I am assuming there is a max number in a Floatilla before another Floatilla forms. I propose Floatada like armada. Thanks for the help, I dont know how I could ever hope to ride in peace without knowing what to call my group.

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    Been thinking the exact same thing.

    Here are my thoughts, my favorite two titles are Fat Pack and Floatilla, so I have combined
    them. A single rider is a FatPacker, because he is packing fat.(riding a fat bike)

    It did not seem quite proper to call a group of two or three a Floatilla, because Floatilla brings to
    mind...Godzilla. So does the term 'Float' seem proper for a small group? saving Floatilla for a
    group of 4 or more?

    As a side thought, on the other thread, someone made reference to a group of Roadies as having
    its own term. This brought up a nightmare thought of the future for fat bikers, er...FatPackers...

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    Dude(s)!

    Learn spanglish! Let's start:

    A flotilla: from Spanish, meaning a small flota (fleet) of ships

    In spanish, the smallest diminuitive ending is 'ita.

    Therefore, one member of a Floatilla would be a floatita.

    In spanish, the ending for "the largest" is 'issimo

    Therefore a very large Floatilla would be a FLOATISSIMO!

    Also, a medium group would be a Floata
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    Floatilla: Floatita, Floata, Floatissimo
    Fat-pack, Fat-packer

    Man, I have a hard enough time remembering correct English grammar & spelling, now I've got to start remembering made-up bastardized hybrids. You ask a lot.

    Because it's easy to use, I expect we'll see:
    1 > fat bike, fat biker
    2 > a duo of fat bikes
    3 > a trio of fat bikes
    4 > possibly, but far less frequently, a quad of fat bikes
    5 or more, definitely getting floatilla or fat-pack
    but I suspect as few as three would still feel like a fat-pack, but not feel like a floatilla

    Perhaps we'll see fat-pack used for smaller numbers, but if a whole whack of fat bikes getting together somewhere where it seems like, well, a whole whack of fat bikes, then we'd see the extra special Floatilla for the extra emphasis as fat-pack doesn't sound grand enough.

    Just an ideita...

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    Wadester

    Proper grammar aside, I find myself resistant to the prospect as a single member of a Floatilla,
    to the term, Floatita. And yes, I was unaware of the proper term, so thanks for the correction.

    Got to admit though, that the instincts of Lone Desert Walker and myself were looking in the
    proper direction, just not a bulls-eye.

    If you were not the type of person to take note of these things, I doubt that this forum would be
    reaping the rewards of your efforts in tabulating the on going results.

    With that in mind...you seem the proper person to ask...What does BTW stand for? Back To
    Whatever?

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    I think you need 3 or more...

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    All jest aside, the point is to find one group word. Per Merriam Webster dictionary: a group is 2 or more things forming a complete unit.

    So, whatever word is used - when you've got more than one - you're a group, and the word is valid.

    Also per M-W, a Flotilla is an organizational unit consisting of 2 or more Squadrons. So it's a group of groups, actually. If I consider each of my tires as a float, each bike is a minimal group of floatation, and 2 fatbikers qualify as a Floatilla.

    Pack is not so clear. It takes 2 wolves to start a pack - but it's not really a pack til you've got some pack members.

    Hmmm. If I'm in a fatpack, I'm a member? To paraphrase firesign theatre "Oh, Nicky. You're such a Member".
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    Fatpack of Fatbacks out putting their fat back until they fall flat on their back and then put back a six pack.
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    Wink

    After reading this thread I think I'm just going to start in on that sixpack
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    Excuse my french.

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    Sorry Atom29 that's not French!


    So which one is this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by atom29 View Post
    Excuse my french.
    Nooooo! Not another language!


    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Fatpack of Fatbacks out putting their fat back until they fall flat on their back and then put back a six pack.
    That should be worth a prize of some sort!

    So what's the definition for the Alpha Fat-packer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadester View Post
    Dude(s)!

    Learn spanglish! Let's start:

    A flotilla: from Spanish, meaning a small flota (fleet) of ships

    In spanish, the smallest diminuitive ending is 'ita.

    Therefore, one member of a Floatilla would be a floatita.

    In spanish, the ending for "the largest" is 'issimo

    Therefore a very large Floatilla would be a FLOATISSIMO!

    Also, a medium group would be a Floata
    I like it, great stuff I will indoctrinate I mean educated my third grade class so they are aware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post

    So what's the definition for the Alpha Fat-packer?
    Bowman; for the bow of the ship leads and breaks water, or in this reference, trail.

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