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    Things people say about your fat bike

    I always get comments when I'm out on the trail with my fat bike, I know I'm not the only one.

    The top I've heard so far:

    "Those tires must not hit any rocks" (huh? gravity still exists)
    "Those tires must never wear out" (they're not solid!)
    "You must be able to ride over anything" (yep, they're magic!)
    "How do you pedal that bike?"

    What have you heard?
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    Wow! Those tires are fat...is it hard to ride/pedal
    Bet you have fun going into sand/snow
    Looking Good!

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    "How did you fit motorcycle tires in it?"
    "Can you ride it on water?"
    "why did you take the engine out?"
    my three favorites so far.....
    HIT IT & QUIT IT

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    Where not close to the beach, why you riding that?
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    Oh Yeah! Forgot one

    Does it float...lmao!

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    "I see you brought the skinny tire bike"
    "Circus in town?"
    "Fat Boyeeeeee!!!"

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    Q. "Where do you ride that?!"
    A. "Anywhere i want."
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    Re: Things people say about your fat bike

    Is that a race bike? ( from a non rider, older woman, in a car. I had to pause a moment to fully appreciate that question before answering)

    You gotta be shitting me! ( redneck ice fisherman, on the river. Gotta appreciate the eloquence.)

    I don't get too many comments at bike events anymore. But at public events, like for example, the 4th of July fireworks, you can't make it more than 15 or 20 seconds between fat tire comments.

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    My shop has a Mukluk on the floor and we get all kinds of incredulous comments about it.

    The most common is "What is THAT for?" To which we occasionally reply deadpan, "Riding on water." We like to see their progression from amazement to realizing we are joking.

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    Wow those tyres are fat
    It looks like you've pumped your tyres up too much(this is the most common)
    Did you put motorbike tyres on your bike
    Wow I've never seen a bike like that
    Cann you pedal that uphill?(this is a funny one as my fatty usually weighs less than the bike they are riding)

    Everywhere I ride people just stop and stare as I ride past, it's a very strange feeling to get used too
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    From co-worker when I brought the wheels into the office:
    "What are those for?"
    My bike.
    "NOOOOOO!!~!shift1 That's impossible! Those have to be for a car or something!"

    I swear he was going to have an aneurysm or something...

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    question," what's that bike for".. my answer.."getting smiles and exercise"..
    we don't have fat bikes here in san diego.. i get smiles riding my fatboy everywhere..

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    "those tires are HUGE!"

    "can you ride that on the road?"
    - I want to say "NO! It will spontaneously combust into a ball of fire! DO NOT EVER ride it on the road!" I think I will actually say that the next time somebody asks me :-D

    "is that a Down Hill bike?"
    - Really? Look at it... a full rigid, Down Hill bike... make sure the life insurance policy is up to date the next time I'm out down hill riding, or road riding for that matter... lol

    "that thing got a motor in it??"

    I had a snowmobiler ask if I had a diesel in it, I said "NO 2-stroke!" (point at legs)

    "are those motorcycle/dirtbike tires?"

    then there's gawkers, and people yelling "look at that bike!"

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    DRIFT warning - no pun intended
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    Oh Yeah! Forgot one
    Does it float...lmao!
    I take it you've not heard of river/raft biking with fat bikes.
    Put your gear in a bag and throw yourself and your bike into the river. Float downstream. Or just get around an obstacle on the shore.

    here's a pugsley test
    surly pugsley floatation test - YouTube


    Gawkers - "Bobby, look look. That bike has huge tires!" Little kid with mouth hanging open...

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    all of the above! took it to hawaii and people went bananas over it. it was just too funny. had a guy in a truck slow down to my speed and he asked me a ton of questions about it holding up traffic and all. i don't know how many pictures i was asked to be in because of that thing. ran into so many people from ak because the bikes a 9zero7 of course. met a bunch of true bike geeks like myself and had so many conversations about biking. good tmes!
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    [QUOTE=TrailCrawler;114199]

    I had a snowmobiler ask if I had a diesel in it, I said "NO 2-stroke!" (point at legs)

    LOL; need a sticker: Two Stroke Powered - engine removed when not in use

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    I just got ome from a week long vacation in ocean city Maryland. I rode the boardwalk and beach everyday. I heard every comment and question you can imagine. I'll list a few funny standouts
    I ride out to the ocean over the sand. Guy says can you ride that on the beach!? I just did!

    How much does that cost? Asked about 1000 times. My reply, a lot (fatboy/bluto/full XT) they have no idea.

    Can I ride that? No
    Can I ride that just over the sand? Still NO.

    Not a question but some camoed out redneck in redneck speak goes something like "god damn look at the tire on that mother f#%$er. Now I have seen it all" extremely excited and obviously the owner of a big tired lifted truck.

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    I get mostly that's cool, or awesome bike, it has been all positive so far.

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    Those tires are huge!

    Look at the beach bike (while on a single track trail in the mountains).
    I can't think of anything witty.

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    The kid had to have been no older than 5 and he stopped dead in his tracks, and screamed MUD TIRES!

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    Wow that is the coolest thing I've even seen, is by far the most common comment I get
    Cheers
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    Was in the train with my bike, on my way to the local trail. In Denmark it's not allowed to have motorized vehicles in the train. A couple of stewards showed up to check on peoples tickets, and i'm not shitting you here, on of them asked me ''It is a bike, right?''

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    I was testing out my tire/rim combo on secondary wheelset before the first cold nights. I had just swapped studded tires on and didn't want to mess them up on asphalt so I was riding gravel and grass.
    This older lady, probably over 65 years old rode up on her town bike and kept pace with me on the gravel and started asking me if my bike was heavy to ride.
    I looked at her and told her that my bike weighed way less than hers and that I'm not even putting much effort into riding along side her townie.

    She couldn't believe that my bike (alu Beargrease in winter setup with XX1, clownshoes and 4" escalators) could possibly be lighter to ride than her townbike. And obviously we went over the regular "what is this bike for" stuff.
    I asked if she wanted to try my bike and she immediately jumped off her townie and started lifting up my bike to feel the weight. The expression on her face was priceless when she realized the bike indeed was lighter than her 20+ kg townie.

    She took the bike for a short test spin and immediately drove over an uneven grass field with hidden potholes under the grass.
    I just kept telling her to watch out for my brakes because they would stop her way sooner than her coaster brake on her townie.
    She was all smiles and luckily didn't OTB even though she stopped suddenly via grabbing a handful of front brake, haha

    Right as we were parting ways an elderly couple came over and I had to give them a presentation of what the bike was for...

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    Re: Things people say about your fat bike

    It's only fun explaining it the first dozen times. After that, you're like "Yes, yes, I'm riding a bicycle with big tires. Get over it."

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    Q Where did you get that bike?
    A I built it in my basement.
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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