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    Fat Bikes in Houston

    Is there anyone in town that is sporting a Fat Bike? i know there are several vendors for Surly in Houston, but have never seen one on the trails that i have been to.

    If you have one, how often do you ride it compared to your other ponies in the stable?
    Living in Houston makes me more of a Ditch Bike Rider

    Man my bike needs a better motor

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    T Bone at West End commutes on a tricked out Pugs.

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    the new surly krampus 29+ is pretty interesting...ive never seen nor ridden a fatbike here in dfw though

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    So with our trail and weather conditions, i wonder how i could justify (to the wife) the purchase......especially since i have had my current bike for less than a year.

    Clewttu, didn't Dorba temporarily have a fat bike forum?
    Living in Houston makes me more of a Ditch Bike Rider

    Man my bike needs a better motor

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    not that i recall
    tell her you need a beach/sand bike

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    West End Bicycles has a couple fat bikes for sale

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    The mechanic at Bikeland has a Pugsley that he recently acquired. I'd say he rides it half the time he's on the trail. The other half is with a 90s Trek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faulker479 View Post
    So with our trail and weather conditions, i wonder how i could justify (to the wife) the purchase......especially since i have had my current bike for less than a year.

    Clewttu, didn't Dorba temporarily have a fat bike forum?
    Yeah, there was one temporarily. For some reason, it was way up near the top of the list of forums when it should have been down closer to the bottom. It was removed a short time later, though.

    There are 3-4 fat bike owners in DFW that I know of. I have a Pugsley, there are two other Pugsleys that I know of, and there's another rider that has a Salsa, I think.

    I bring my Pugsley out once every couple of weeks these days -- with the heat, it's rough trying to pedal it around on the trails. Once things start to cool down, I expect it'll see more action.

    One thing about a fat bike: they really attract attention. It's not uncommon for people that know I have it to ask me "where's the Pugsley?" when they see me at a trail on another bike.

    I do know of at least one DORBA member that has a Krampus on order already...

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    West End Cycles has the Surly Pugsley & Krampus, Salsa Mukluk and even a Beargrease.

    Performance Bicycle on Westheimer advertises that they sell the Charge Cooker Maxi, but none on site. This bike and the Pugsley are advertised by REI now, but I don't know of one on site anywhere in town.

    I'd go to San Antonio, Austin or DFW if I could take a look at some others. I'd like to see an On One Fatty and a Norco Bigfoot. Someone in town will eventually have a Specialized Fatboy, I'm sure, if for no other reason than show.

    I did like the Mukluk!

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    CycleTX in the Woodlands has Moonlanders. I haven't been up to take a look.

    When asked, several shops said they have no plans to carry either the Fatboy or the Farley. Several employees have tried to discourage me from considering them, but I am not listening.

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    Hopefully, if Bikes Direct's info is accurate, I should have my Motobecane Boris X9 in a couple more weeks.. It's been a long wait since I pre-ordered it in November..

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    fat bike choices in H-Town

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    Hopefully, if Bikes Direct's info is accurate, I should have my Motobecane Boris X9 in a couple more weeks.. It's been a long wait since I pre-ordered it in November..
    CC-John, that would be great if you post what you think of the bike and the process of buying online. I am a little leery of buying a bike I never rode! Choices on fat bikes are limited around here, though. I wish I could look at an On One Fatty, but not likely. Someone posted he bought a Kona Wo in Austin. The Boris sounds like a good deal!

    A friend bought a road bike through BD & was very pleased. I think there was an actual store for BD in the Heights, but I think it closed. He picked it up there.

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    The Boris will be my second Bikes Direct bike, I bought a Gravity 29point4 29er from them in 2011 and have been totally pleased with the bike.. I've rode the snot out of it and it's only required basic maintenance that any bike would require..

    As far as buying online, I don't have any problem with it.. I've been wrenching on my own bikes since the 70's and can assemble and tune my own bike, I have no need for all the "extras" that get built into the price of a bike from the LBS..

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    I ordered an On One Fatty two weeks ago and just got an update that the bike is due to ship end of April from the UK. So far the online purchase process has been a breeze, I'm confident after months of extensive research (obsession) that this will fit my riding style. Fingers crossed that it gets here without much delay. I'll post back once I've had some time with it on H-town trails.

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    Dcass,
    Reviews of the Fatty by very hardcore people have been excellent. It is described as a trail bike design rather than a snow bike - not sure what that really means! Reviews of the wheels and tires don't seem too bad. The same people seem to think only Surly wheels & tires are acceptable. Those are MAJOR expenses. We won't see the snow, so I wonder if other options might be fine around here.

    I have test ridden a Mukluk and a Moonlander, both were very nice. The Pugsley had a slightly unstable feel to the steering, but a very brief test. That is about all we can try out around here!

    Hope you enjoy!

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    I rode this Mukluk that I changed everything except the frame and hubs on for a while last year. I'm doing a LaMere carbon build now. The Muk was 25.4lbs and the LaMere should be 20lbs.

    I got some pretty decent Niners!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcass_mtbeng View Post
    I ordered an On One Fatty two weeks ago and just got an update that the bike is due to ship end of April from the UK. So far the online purchase process has been a breeze, I'm confident after months of extensive research (obsession) that this will fit my riding style. Fingers crossed that it gets here without much delay. I'll post back once I've had some time with it on H-town trails.
    I too live in The Woodlands/Houston... would be nice to see a few fat bike riders around... my On One Fatty is being built up at Planet X USA as we speak...
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    I'd love to hear what you guys think of the On-One Fattys! Sounds like a very cool bike and I like the slightly unusual looks.

    So many new fat bikes coming out in just the last week! Unfortunately prices are going up, not down!

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    I bought a Surly Moonlander from West End before relocating to Kazakhstan. I broke it in riding around Pundt Park near Spring, Woodlands trails and some in the nature center off Riley Fuzzel. Absolutely changes the spectrum of what you can ride when it comes to that powdery, soft wheel sucking sand along bayous. It literally floats over that stuff and with a little momentum you can ride over anything. I diverted off on the horse trails at Pundt (before I knew bikes weren't allowed but not officially banned) and the sand there is several inches thick and churned up by horses. Moonlander rode over it like alpine soil in the Colorado mountains. Here in KZ I'm riding mostly dirt roads but when it gets muddy or several inches of soft powder snow it plows through with no problem. Get a fat bike!

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    I've seen three in the past 10 days @ Double Lake, Cypresswood, and CyCreek
    They're out there...

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    Does anyone know of a shop that carries the KHS 3000?
    Houston, Austin, SA, DFW?

    I tried a Surly ECR and I sure liked it. Just felt right.

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    I found a Charge Cooker Maxi at Performance Bike on 1960W. It was a small, but I wouldn't want a medium. I am 5' 9" and 31" inseam. I liked this bike, it seemed snappy and fast. Vee 8 tires showed a little self steer on pavement, but rolled fairly easy.

    They also have their house brand fat bike, Access Chinook Charlie with Shimano Deore components about $1200. It had the new style Vee Mission tires. Also some self steer on pavement, but also seemed nice. Probably too much for an "off brand." I don't know about the wheels. You would probably would want different tires, although I read the self steer goes away at higher pressure. It might be good for a road tire.

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    Fat Bike Race

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    East side trail head 9am
    More info at "The Fatbike Sandy" Facebook page
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    Found a Kona Wo at Blue Line Bike Labs on Telephone near UH. It seemed like a great bike. Tires had about 25 psi, rolled around the parking lot great! It was a medium and fit me well (5' 9").

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    Shop off of I-10 and Echo Lane had a KHS 1000. Had crummy Innova Spider tires, otherwise it seemed very nice.

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    Found a Minnesota 2.0 at Planetary Cycles on West South Loop 610 in Houston. Only place I have seen them in Houston. Nice looking bike, I would describe it as an aluminum Pugsley! I believe it was an 18" frame size and didn't really have enough standover clearance for me at 5' 9" with a 30.5" inseam.

    I also saw then in Fort Worth at Trinity Cycles downtown and Fort Worth Cycle and Fitness on Cherry Lane. Guess the brand is growing!

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    I had a chance to ride a Chumba Ursa 29+ at a demo in March on the San Houston Forest Trails. Fantastic bike! It rode great on the sandy trails. I tried to ride my 29er with 2" tires, it was near impossible.

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    West End has a bunch of fat bikes in stock for you information...

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    West End is definitely Surly and Salsa headquarters for Houston. They have a Krampus in their rental fleet and I had the impression they recently added a Pugsley. The Krampus is lots of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    West End Bicycles has a couple fat bikes for sale
    Yeah they are nice folks too

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    If anyone is interested in a Pugsley, Bicycle World at Memorial & Dairy Ashford has a 2014 marked down to $1137, I believe.

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    fat bikes in Houston have already jumped the shark

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    Check out the Fatbike Sandy Facebook page for fat bike rides and a really cool race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    fat bikes in Houston have already jumped the shark
    I am not quite sure what you mean by that! To me that means they have become a joke and are not to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, even a lot of shop personnel feel that way.

    Fatbikes have not taken off in the area. I definitely see more in shops, but they do not sell well. Plus bikes may be better suited to our terrain here. I like 29+, but I suspect 27.5+ might be the one that could be best accepted here. It is a little less fat but still fun.

    The area where a fatbike would be a blast is indeed the Big Sandy trails in the Sam Houston forest. I got to ride a Chumba Ursa 29+ at their demo last March. It did incredibly well in the sand and slight mud. I tried riding my 29er up there and quickly gave up! A true fatbike would do even better. A girl at a local shop said you need a "downhill bike" for those conditions. I don't think she gets it.

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    Maybe Hal 9000 has never ridden where fat bikes outperform regular XC bikes (pizza cutters) if this is true then he is out of the loop and would not know any better. The area of the Sam Houston National forest where Fat Bikes ride use to be a well kept secret for Elite XC Racers to train. But as the Fat bikes have caught on in that area some of them racers don't like being passed, so they bought a bike that does very well in that type of terrain. And now as Fat bike racing has begun to develop it's own rules and culture more riders are showing up for rides, in fact TMBRA had two fat bike races in their Spring series this year.
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    So looks like I'll be moving back from Dubai to Houston very soon. I've got a Specialized fatboy with a bit of customization. Should I keep it and rock the h town socks off with it, or sell it here.
    Using it here on some serious sand dunes with very low pressure and I love riding it, it's a perfect training bike.
    I also have a 2011 Gary Fisher Hifi Plus 29er xc full suspension, so letting the fattie go would only decrease my quiver.
    I'm just concerned I won't have much of an area to ride it in around the Houston area.

    As an aside, we did live I Houston from 2006 to 2011, so I am familiar with the area.

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    Keep the Fatbike. I have kept my XC bike for different trails. Sam Houston Nation Forest has 86 miles of trail only rideable with a Fatbike or a 29+. Hopefully next year we will have a Fatbike festival in Sam Houston forest. Shoot me an email when you get back I'll show you the Fatbike trails. fatbikesandy@gmail.com

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    Thanks Dmack

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    Agreed, keep the fatbike. I ride Pundt Park which has some seriously powdery sand that can only be done on a fat bike. There is more of Houston that can begin opening up with fatties as an option. Just need to get the right people out building the trails.

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    cool, looks like its coming with me. not really getting any push back from the wife on bringing it, and it will fit in the 40ft container no problem. would rather not lose money on it either, i kind of love that bike. feels like being on a monster truck.

    heres a pic i took a week ago when we were out on the dunes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sardo Numspa View Post
    cool, looks like its coming with me. not really getting any push back from the wife on bringing it, and it will fit in the 40ft container no problem. would rather not lose money on it either, i kind of love that bike. feels like being on a monster truck.

    heres a pic i took a week ago when we were out on the dunes.

    looks good... I live in The Woodlands, TX myself, and would love to meet up with other fat-bikers in the area as well as anywhere in Houston... could use the motivation, and friends as I don't know anyone riding here at all...I am pretty new to fat biking, but have a brand new Salsa Beargrease xx1 carbon on the way and couldn't be more excited... now I just need to invest in a really good bike rack for my 2014 Mustang...
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    still looking... no riders out in these parts at all???
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpedro View Post
    still looking... no riders out in these parts at all???
    you are not looking hard enough... they just had a fat tire bike race and demo day a few weeks back

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1569396286656784/


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    Quote Originally Posted by rpedro View Post
    still looking... no riders out in these parts at all???

    moving to houston at the end of next month. bikes probably wont arrive until mid december i would guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sardo Numspa View Post
    moving to houston at the end of next month. bikes probably wont arrive until mid december i would guess.
    That's cool!!! Keep in touch!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sardo Numspa View Post
    moving to houston at the end of next month. bikes probably wont arrive until mid december i would guess.
    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    you are not looking hard enough... they just had a fat tire bike race and demo day a few weeks back

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1569396286656784/

    Saw that one...just missed it, plus looking for a regular hangout/riding place... but I definitely will check out the next sandy event!!!

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    anyone else out here in H-town or The Woodlands riding their fatties???
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    still looking for some buddies to ride with...
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    anyone at all???
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    my bikes should arrive mid-january (road, mountain, and fat)

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