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    Stud Fatback or not?

    How many of you in Anchorage are running studs on your Fatbikes? Do you just run studs all winter or switch back and forth depending on conditions? I just got a new Fatback and have been reading the forums a bit, looks like there are some fun rides like mudflats, Knik Glacier, lakes, streams that pretty much require studs.

    Any preferences gripstuds, car studs, sheet metal screws?

    Thanks

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    No studs necessary

    You can let air out if you are on glare ice, and as long as you are aware you are on very slippery ice you the fat tires are pretty stable. If you know you are just riding glare ice, maybe you take a regular hard tail with studs that day. Otherwise, the fat tires are very capable of whatever you'll be riding in the winter. Always carry a pump. Seems obvious, but I didn't carry one in the winter for a while because I never flatted. It is nice to adjust air pressure while you are out depending on what the snow is like. Good luck. Congrats on the new rig. They are a lot of fun.
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    Thanks, I do carry a pump and have been playing with tire pressures, amazing how much a little change in pressure makes.

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    Bumpy out there now

    I just got rattled on barely an hour ride. Are the hillside area trails smoother? I was riding on the east side of town/tank trail/swamps. Booo. Damn walkers, dogs, and moose.
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    coastal trail was bad tonight for the same reasons. I have my studded tires but was wishing for the Fatback as I was getting rattled to death

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    Soft tail Fatback with 2 in travel fork w/lockout

    Then, it would be a great day for riding despite the potholes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post
    How many of you in Anchorage are running studs on your Fatbikes? Do you just run studs all winter or switch back and forth depending on conditions? I just got a new Fatback and have been reading the forums a bit, looks like there are some fun rides like mudflats, Knik Glacier, lakes, streams that pretty much require studs.

    Any preferences gripstuds, car studs, sheet metal screws?

    Thanks
    I have multiple wheel sets for my ZERO... 29er studs on a flow rim for conditions like we have now. I commute so I like being able to switch back and forth for conditions as needed...... I due prefer that fat tires though.

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