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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.....

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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
    Quote Originally Posted by Nash04 View Post
    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
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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.
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    F*CK ME DEAD!

    - kid on a BMX

    I think I heard his vertebrae separate as I drove past.

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    I was unlockimg mine outside of a bar and a fellow came out and said, "Cool bike, but you can't ride it more than a few miles."

    I said, "Oh crap - I wish someone would've told me... I rode 15 just to get here."

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    once, while taking the train to a trail that was about 20 miles from my house, the conductor was so enamored with my bike that he completely forgot to take my ticket. Free Fare!

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    I get the usual "look at the size of that tire" reactions from onlookers - my non-fatty friends I'm riding with always ask "what they say?", and I usually respond with "oh they were telling me how big my d*ck is"

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    I've had my Fatback since early 2010, so you can imagine just how often I've heard comments. I felt like an ambassador at first, but then the questions and comments became less novel.
    My fat bike generally only gets winter use these days, so I don't see too many folks besides those in the know or those who are riding one themselves. That said, I do ride Kingdom Trails on it during the regular season when I go on rides with my almost-5-year-old, who- by the way- is a ripper.
    Thankfully, most comments are directed at my son's bike skills, though I do get comments and questions about the bike. Some of the more common of memorable ones:
    -Sweet ebike! (When I had the frame bag installed)
    -Holy [email protected]' [email protected] those are big tires! (In front of my 4yo.)
    -Did you just change the tires, or do you need other stuff too?
    -Is it/It must be hard to....
    -That looks hard.
    I like that the lift-kit/skidder crowd appreciates and understands it. What I hear from those folks is, "Now that's a bike that I could ride. How much $?"
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    i live in an dense urban area and have to ride through some sometimes sketchy neighborhoods to get to my local trails. I'll often hear "How much do you pay fo dat?" which, depending on the area and the person asking, can be less of a question than a veiled threat. in those instances, i usually say that you can get a bike similar to mine at WalMart for $200. Perhaps coincidentally, I've seen a number of Mongoose Beasts ridden in North Philly this summer.

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    Having first ridden a fatbike back in early 2011 (Surly Pugsley, then transitioned to a 2012 9:zero:7), I’ve pretty much heard all the comments you have all heard as well. I recently upgraded to a Borealis Echo, and a couple weeks ago someone asked me, “Is that one of those $1,000.00 bikes with the big tires?”, to which I responded something along the lines of, “Yeah, pretty much.”
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    While the comments can become tedious after a while, consider the following: we are doing grassroots bicycle advocacy without trying. Too often, cyclists are seen as wimps, nerds, the lawyered-up idiot athletes of the world, even the people who got one too many DUIs and lost the privilege to drive.

    It's bullsh!t. Cycling is wo/manly as f*ck. When entering an urban area (or even just encountering some folks going fishing) with head to toe mud and a stupid grin on your face, boom, there's broad appeal. You can get along with less urban folks too, "YEAHHH dude you found some MUD!!"

    I'm all for taking some of the perceived elitism out of cycling. Fat bikes being visible is just one of many avenues, and this one is an easy street! All you have to do is ride your bike and not be a complete a55hole.
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    - "do you need a special frame to fit those tires?"

    -"hokey doodle!" (old lady)

    -"how much do those tires cost?" (homeless guy)

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    I always get "Those tires are big" and "where's the sand". I usually just reply yup. I talked to an older man and he wanted to know where to get one, I told him about getting mine through the mail from bikes direct. Later on that week I saw him again riding a Gravity Monster Bullseye like mine. Then there is always the neighbors who are college students who understand the mechanics of bikes and they just nod in approval.

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    People always ask me if they can ride it. I've let a few but only because 1) they owned a bike that cost more than my Pugsley (that way I can sell it and buy another Pugsely after they run off with mine) and/or 2) they have a bike that I wouldn't mind riding until I sell it to buy another Pugsley. =)

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    I've also heard most of the comments others have mentioned, but this different one has really stuck with me. We had good snow during the winter of 2012-2013 and I had just gotten my Moonlander. My weather-resistant riding jacket is bright red and I had a full beard all frozen over as I passed a family who were out for a walk around mid-December.

    "LOOK MA'! IT'S SANTA!"

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    I've heard all the standard stuff... I have Size Queen lasered on my grip collars. People think that's funny. They also like my "Does This Bike Make My Ass Look Fat" sticker on my top tube.
    The funniest ever was Memorial Day. My son was in the parade with the scouts so I walked to the beginning of the parade with him, left him with his troop and rode my fatbike home. Along the parade route I kept hearing here comes the beginning of the parade! Look at that bike!
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    I ride mine around the neighborhood and everyone says “wow look at those tires!” or “That’s sweet! Where did you get that??”

    Everything has been positive so far.




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    Two comments that I have heard are"Is that a real bike?" And "What did you do, run over a Viagra?"

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    I'm always intrigued by how many people who don't ride bikes and would normally not give them a second look are provoked into starting conversation with me about my fat bike.

    One other slightly disturbing trend I've noticed is that owning a fat bike has highlighted my own poor ability to remember people's faces and names. More people know my name now than before and always come up to me and tell me about where they saw me and my bike. And I'll be f'ked if I can remember them

    Oh, but it is easy to pick your bike out in a sea of normal bikes.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Ha, that is so true. So many people came up to me at a recent bike festival and talked to me like they knew me based on Facebook posts of my orange tired bike. I sometimes forget just how many people read stuff, but don't participate - it's easy to think that you are communicating only with the people who respond. There's probably 10 people who looked at your post and didn't comment for every one who did.

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    Yesterday -- "Were those the heaviest tires you could find?"

    And -- "Wow! Cool bike!"

    Most significantly, almost everyone says something.
    I can't think of anything witty.

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    hot chick: that thing is huge !!!
    me: i know huh? and did you notice the tires on the bike as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by av8or View Post
    hot chick: that thing is huge !!!
    me: i know huh? and did you notice the tires on the bike as well?
    Nice! I've shot back a couple zingers as wel...

    I often ask folks where they got their skinny tires before they have a chance to ask me about mine. I only do that to folks that look like they're about to comment. Usually gets a laugh out of them...

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    My wife hates that I named my bike the Size Queen because I told her I named it after her. I also insist that I'm totally overcompensating.

    She hates my fatbike.
    I like turtles

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    I just had a few comments today.

    1) Are those tires heavy to ride? Didn't really make any sense but I said "No, not at all."
    2) I think you need bigger tires.
    3) There's no sand here. Not sure you're going to like riding that thing.

    Not going to lie, sometimes I wish I had a normal bike so I wouldn't have to hear so many damn questions.

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    Just wait... Soon, these will be normal bikes and the questions will stop.
    I like turtles

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    While riding today, one person name it the Hummer Fat Bike, lol!

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    There are very few fat bikes in my area, so I get lots of comments. My favorite was from a hiker that I stopped and talked to for a few minutes. The guy was probably close to 80 years old and he told me that if he ever gets a mountain bike, he wants one that looks like mine.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Just wait... Soon, these will be normal bikes and the questions will stop.
    From my research it shows that the starting price point is about $600? Of course Mongoose came out with two bikes for $200 which is much easier to obtain.

    Only reason I got mine was to have a “fun” unique bike to ride around the neighborhood. Not worth the $600 price tag to ride a bike (vs walking the neighborhood).

    What I don’t get is why is it so expensive to make??? Simply make the frame wider to fit the tire and....... mongoose doesn’t seem to have issues providing a budget friendly fat tire bike. Anyway, I hope they become normal in the next 5 years

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    Amusing thread. I also ride a unicycle and on the unicyclist forums we have a similar thread with about 7000 posts. For some reason everyone says "your missing a wheel" when your on a uni. Sad thing is this thread makes me realise my mates are right when they tell me I only like to ride "niche" bikes.

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    besides the usual "nice bike" and "that's cool" comments.......

    "Oh my... so you never get a flat, right?"

    "Wow... that's a 2 wheel tractor."

    ""Why did you modify the fra.... oh wait, those are made to be like that! Nice!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty_ss View Post
    Amusing thread. I also ride a unicycle and on the unicyclist forums we have a similar thread with about 7000 posts. For some reason everyone says "your missing a wheel" when your on a uni. Sad thing is this thread makes me realise my mates are right when they tell me I only like to ride "niche" bikes.
    I too have enjoyed this tread. I don't have a fatbike yet, but this will be a good primer as mine will arrive soon.

    I too ride "niche" bikes like velomobiles and recumbents and gets lots of strange and amusing comments.

    It is the comment about motors that I find the most unexpected about fatbikes. I hear that almost every time i ride my velo. Does it have a motor?


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    from the kids in the barrios i roll through, i get :

    "Tingnan mo ang taba ng gulong niya" which loosely translates as "look his tires are so fat!"

    this is a welcome change from "tingnan mo ang taba niya" which is "look he's so fat!"

    *rolls eyes*
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    I get almost as many comments about the "fork with one leg" as the size of the tires...

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    Hell of a jump, dawg. Even though they're baggy shorts, I'm surprised that you can fit your balls into them.

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    I thought this thread was for people's reaction to the size of our tires...

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    adults ask what is that for? (or some variant)
    younger folks say wow - cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    i live in an dense urban area and have to ride through some sometimes sketchy neighborhoods to get to my local trails. I'll often hear "How much do you pay fo dat?" which, depending on the area and the person asking, can be less of a question than a veiled threat. in those instances, i usually say that you can get a bike similar to mine at WalMart for $200. Perhaps coincidentally, I've seen a number of Mongoose Beasts ridden in North Philly this summer.
    i get that a lot too. often followed by "sweet, can i ride it?"
    my bike is one of the cheap bikes direct ones, and even with all the mods, i could easily replace it for under $700. i still refuse to tell them how much it actually cost, often pulling the same card and encouraging them to go to Walmart and get one for themselves for $200. you seem like a pretty big dude, i would be surprised if anybody tried to pull anything with you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Hell of a jump, dawg. Even though they're baggy shorts, I'm surprised that you can fit your balls into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by promo View Post
    adults ask what is that for? (or some variant)
    younger folks say wow - cool!
    nailed it!
    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Hell of a jump, dawg. Even though they're baggy shorts, I'm surprised that you can fit your balls into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdawg21892 View Post
    i get that a lot too. often followed by "sweet, can i ride it?"
    my bike is one of the cheap bikes direct ones, and even with all the mods, i could easily replace it for under $700. i still refuse to tell them how much it actually cost, often pulling the same card and encouraging them to go to Walmart and get one for themselves for $200. you seem like a pretty big dude, i would be surprised if anybody tried to pull anything with you.
    Most folk that ask me about how much it costs or where to get one, I always tell them what I paid ($200 Beast / $225 Dolomite) and where to get em. But I also throw in there that the typical starting price point for this type of bike is "$600 up to a couple grand" -"and that it's not worth $600+ for something to just ride around the neighborhood with".

    Pretty much because if they aren't riding a bike, then they are dedicated bikers. And if they were dedicated bikers who spend $1,000 on a bike would have a MUCH higher chance of knowing what a "fat tire" bike is about than someone who comments so freely with "wow, where did you get that".

    Not to bash the folk who spend so much on their bikes. Just pointing out basics.

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    Re: Things people say about your fat bike

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdawg21892 View Post
    "Damn, that $hit is fresh!"
    -Random group of teens
    In their defense, it is a pretty fresh looking bike



    I cant say I wouldnt have been tempted to say something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdawg21892 View Post
    In their defense, it is a pretty fresh looking bike
    Those floaters look "Minty Fresh"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaBum View Post
    From my research it shows that the starting price point is about $600? Of course Mongoose came out with two bikes for $200 which is much easier to obtain.

    Only reason I got mine was to have a “fun” unique bike to ride around the neighborhood. Not worth the $600 price tag to ride a bike (vs walking the neighborhood).

    What I don’t get is why is it so expensive to make??? Simply make the frame wider to fit the tire and....... mongoose doesn’t seem to have issues providing a budget friendly fat tire bike. Anyway, I hope they become normal in the next 5 years
    For the most part, to me, anyway, it seems that the wheels and tires are the most expensive parts of these bikes. Look at it like this: The rims are way wider than regular rims and therefor have more material. The Surly rims with the holes in them cost more because CNCing is another expensive step. The tires are not only big, but the ones that are light cost more. It's gotta be easier to make a big, heavy tire.
    I think the frame prices are in check with regular frames. The rest of the components are regular bike components...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    Those floaters look "Minty Fresh"
    Really, man... He may as well stop over on Loadedusa's site and get green handlebars and seatpost and get it overwith.
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    Really, man... He may as well stop over on Loadedusa's site and get green handlebars and seatpost and get it overwith.
    Haha! I have put on a set of green grips since that photo was taken. I will leave the bars and grips alone.... for now
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    Here's some insight into what and how things spark people's interests. I immediately thought about reactions I've experienced from the non-cycling public.

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    Had a hiker ask me if the tires were big enough, then ask "did you put those on there intentionally?"

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    Now that i have been ridding my fatbike for a couple of weeks I am surprised by the reactions I get. this weekend i did an asphalt ride and was surprised by how many roadies (fortunately going the opposite way) yelled "love the fatike" or something to that effect.

    But my favorite experience was when i brought my fatbike into my place of work (a small factory of sorts). I brought around back, then went up front to fetch the guy who had asked to see it. When I returned a few minute later, several of the guys had just grabbed it and took it for a spin. Laughing and making comments about the big tires the whole time. There was literally a cue.

    I have taken several bikes there and none got more than a passing glance, no one ever wanted a test ride. Something about a fatbike is very inviting, even to non-cyclists.

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    Funny one today. Came up on a rider on a real rocky rooty trail. I mean, this trail was far above my ability. He says "Those look terrible for rolling resistance" I chuckled and replied "Really? On a trail like this?" .....lol

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    In Europe it is not a common this to see. They exist but most people just use normal bikes.

    I have been ask if it is legal. Is that a bike.

    But kids and old people often say "Whats wrong with your trailer" (BOB) "Did the big tire fall off"
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    The only comment I've heard was"Why yer tires so big"?

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    I've been riding intermediate to tougher trails but when I've been out with my wife on easy routes and dirt flats folks mumble how exaggerated the tires are for such conditions. I guess specialty bikes for every condition are the common conception? Glad to be uncommon in a multi-bike owners' world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homeslice View Post
    While everyone else is staring at it I'd be the one to ask "What's the duct tape on the bottom for?"
    My velomobile does not have reverse (just a normal freewheel cassette) so there are foot holes in the floor for "Flintstones" style backing up.

    In the winter, cold air blows into the cockpit through the foot holes. Duct tape helps reduce the draftiness.

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    I'm riding around where I usually ride, a kid (looked to be about 7) and his dad are on the side of the trail, dad is on the cell phone. As i'm rounding the corner the kid starts waving at me and pointing at me. When he gets my attenion he starts yelling "MONSTER BIKE, MONSTER BIKE" with this huge grin on his face. i'm going to get a vinyl sticker on my bike that says that.

    One of the best things about my Pugsly is the reaction from little boys riding on the trails, their eyes get big as saucers, the get giant grins on their faces....its like a combination of a monster truck and a tank to them.

    I love my pugs, it brings joy even to people who aren't riding it!

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    Things people say about your fat bike

    I pinch flatted on Father's Day last year on a very popular trail. I had an audience of dudes watching me change the rear tire, anxious to see if the time it takes to change is proportional to their size. I think they were waiting for me to bust out a tire mounting machine you'd see at your local tire store.

    One guy said, "Holy Crap! That F$&@ing tube looks like something you can pull behind your boat!


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    I get the same comments as most. I live in a Colorado Ski town, tourists seem completely mesmerized, locals don't even give it a second glance. I've not heard anybody say anything derogatory or plain stupid. Most people are smiling as they stare as I ride by.

    Wow, look at that bike!
    I just smile and wave if I can.

    Wow, those tires are huge!
    Yep, and with some bikes you can even go bigger! (I ride Dillinger 4s)

    Oh, that thing looks fun!
    It's a total blast. (Day before yesterday, it was dumping snow, I had ridden to the post office.)

    How much are those?
    Depends, you can go super cheap or ultra expensive. (I'm a total bike whore and am lucky enough to have a garage full of super nice bikes, so my fatty is a Carbon BG. However, I don't really say how much MY bike(s) cost.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdawg21892 View Post
    In their defense, it is a pretty fresh looking bike



    I cant say I wouldnt have been tempted to say something.
    Where did youngster those colored tires from

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    Cool thanks I have gotten a lot of smiles and some funny looks on the fatty

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    My favorite line, and a little on the nose, was from a small girl at one of our metroparks. "Man, dem tires are Phat!"

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    I was riding mine the other night through town in a snow storm and some young attractive woman came out of a store and even though she was on the phone she took the time to say hello. I though what a nice person and I returned the hello. Then from a short distance I heard her say "just some retard on a bike" nice!!!

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    A huge percentage of non-biker folks ask me how much it costs, or how much the tires cost.

    No one has ever asked me that about my road, tri, or non-fat mountain bikes. Only the fatbike. It's bizarre.

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    I took my new fatty on its first trail ride today and only saw one other person - a hiker - and he had questions lol.

    He asked about the big tires - I explained that they're for flotation in snow & sand.

    He politely asked how much it cost - I filled him in on the price range from Walmart to full carbon

    He asked if I had ever seen little kids riding them - I said that I had and that they were probably the Walmart bikes and that I wouldnt recommend them for trail riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    I was riding mine the other night through town in a snow storm and some young attractive woman came out of a store and even though she was on the phone she took the time to say hello. I though what a nice person and I returned the hello. Then from a short distance I heard her say "just some retard on a bike" nice!!!
    There's no chance you would have been ogling said young attractive woman?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    There's no chance you would have been ogling said young attractive woman?
    Good question and on a normal day I might have been but it was snowing very hard and about 10 deg with slippery roads and very dark, so no time for ogling. In her defense though I'm sure I looked like a wing nut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    "just some retard on a bike"
    I haven't heard that yet, but I get looks occasionally and I know that's what they're thinking. LMAO!

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    I've only had mine out a handful of times but I've gotten:
    • "Could you get bigger tires for that thing!"--from a bunch of dudes standing on the trail and I was rolling through (I run a Bud/Lou combo).
    • "Are those tires good for sand?"
    • "Those are like motorcycle tires"
    • "Must be tough rollin' that heifer up the hill" (no one should talk about another persons bike like that )
    • "What are the big tires for?"
    • and my personal favorite...unsolicited...yelling from far away unsolicited...from a few hotties on separate rides--"I like your bike!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    "just some retard on a bike"
    I'm totally getting this as a sticker for my fatty....JSROAB

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    Quote Originally Posted by WA-CO View Post
    I'm totally getting this as a sticker for my fatty....JSROAB
    I have one that says: I'm not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WA-CO View Post
    I'm totally getting this as a sticker for my fatty....JSROAB
    I want one as well.

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    My favourite was 5 yrs ago when fat bikes were still a rare sight. I came to a fork in the sled trail I was riding on my Pugs, at which were sitting 3 or 4 sleds. One of the riders turned and said "WOW...what kinda psi do you need to get your tires to do that!!!! Maybe 150 or 200??"

    lol...still makes me chuckle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    My favourite was 5 yrs ago when fat bikes were still a rare sight. I came to a fork in the sled trail I was riding on my Pugs, at which were sitting 3 or 4 sleds. One of the riders turned and said "WOW...what kinda psi do you need to get your tires to do that!!!! Maybe 150 or 200??"

    lol...still makes me chuckle!
    Maybe he was confusing PSI with OSI (ounces per square inch). It's a common mistake, really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    My favourite was 5 yrs ago when fat bikes were still a rare sight. I came to a fork in the sled trail I was riding on my Pugs, at which were sitting 3 or 4 sleds. One of the riders turned and said "WOW...what kinda psi do you need to get your tires to do that!!!! Maybe 150 or 200??"

    lol...still makes me chuckle!
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    Im military and stationed in Osan Korea, I have been using my salsa mukluk for my commuter and mountain bike. I went to the chow hall today and some one turned to me and goes are u from Texas I was like no why he was like that bike is the equivalent of a large Texas lifted truck. The Koreans love my bike people stop me while I'm riding around to talk to me about my bike but i don't understand what they are saying. they keep grabbing my tire and pointing at my bike and yelling to there friends.

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    I was riding some single track the other day and an African-American mountain biker goes "Man, there is nothing not interesting about that bike!".
    The only negative comment I have gotten was a couple years ago when a body builder on a carbon roadie angrily shouted out across a busy street something like "I don't think those tires a good idea!" He had the body, the bike, the spandex and the hot girlfriend in tow but he was still feeling inadequate. I figure it was just tire envy.

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    "Where's the kickstand."


    I swear....


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    I hear. Does that weigh a lot or why such big tires. Or that must be hard to pedal

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    I had a lady on a snowmobile whip out a camera and take video of me the other day. They said they've never seen anything like this around here before.

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    I get mostly negative comments from other bikers and positive or friendly comments from non-cyclists. It kinda pisses me off when other mtn bikers make fun and say stupid things like they're superior in some way. I'm on the central coast of California, so I get a lot of "wheres the snow" or "you need bigger tires" comments.

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    Something is wrong with your tires. (from my neighbour)
    Who are you?? my reply "just a biker"
    We have been wondering what was making those huge tracks. (from hikers)
    You're not going to ride that in the summer I hope? (salman at the LBS)
    Can we pose for pictures with your bike? (from 2 ladies in the woods)
    Is that you're inner tube?

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    Is that you're inner tube?[/QUOTE]

    I take it you were sporting spandex that day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I have one that says: I'm not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.
    I had a t-shirt that said 'I may not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent'.

    I know, has nothing to do with this thread.

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    Dude on an electric cruiser bike, wearing a motocross helmet with a chin guard, approaching me on a local dune trail from the opposite direction, pulls over as I approach, and is eyeing my Pugsley as I slow down to pass. Dude says "What the hell's wrong with your wheels? Looks like you're missing some spokes or something..."
    I stopped and tried to explain the offset lacing of the rear hub.
    As I ride off, I hear, "I dunno, man! Never heard of that!"

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    Had an older lady on XC ski's say "so you're the one that's been following me around the woods, I've seen your tracks!"

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    Me: They are usually under my bike.
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    I was riding my road bike here on long island today and saw a fat bike riding in the opposite direction and yelled out to im "fat bikes rule" I hope he took me seriously"

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    My "cheap" Fatboy gets me more attention on the trails of Marin County than the typical $10-20K MTB or Road bike around here will ever get you.
    My favorite last week though: "Is that an electric bike"

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    Thank God! I thought some ******* brought a motorcycle out here!!

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    I had gone out for a snow ride in the in the wood near my house when I encountered a group of people riding four wheelers (ATVs?). "You've gone a long way, we saw you tracks back there"

    I had ridden maybe 5-8 miles at that point. I don't know how far ATV's ride, but very few cyclist are impressed by an 8 mile distance. (12.8 km)

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    Things people say about your fat bike-beardgrease.jpg

    my favorites
    cc biker -"Wow, it is probably super heavy; my CC is only 9.5kg" (current weight is 10+kg)
    Why so beefy frame
    Some junkie or drunk in park “I don’t get it, is they really soo big”
    How you install motocross tires on
    “Daddy look a monster bike” some 5-7 old child
    Comments on white floaters “why you painted them in white - a they really white”
    Those are fake HEDs, they make only road and CC bike rims
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saw View Post
    I was riding some single track the other day and an African-American mountain biker goes "Man, there is nothing not interesting about that bike!".
    The only negative comment I have gotten was a couple years ago when a body builder on a carbon roadie angrily shouted out across a busy street something like "I don't think those tires a good idea!" He had the body, the bike, the spandex and the hot girlfriend in tow but he was still feeling inadequate. I figure it was just tire envy.
    I ride a bit of bike path mileage to get to my local singletrack. I love going by roadies with flats and saying "those skinny tires will get you every time..."

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    Kids tend to call mine "a monster truck bike"
    Adults usually stare and then ask to squeeze the tires.
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    The big tires are becoming pretty widely known in most places I've been with my Pugsley the last couple of years. The first year I had it, another member of my bike club had had one for several months and a third had also just gotten his own fatbike when we entered a float in a local St Pat's day parade.

    There were many comments, but we most enjoyed the looks in people's eyes and the jaws dropping. Of course, this was when a customer had had his name on a list for months to even get one, so the club members who didnt have one (and were unhappy about it) were also interesting.

    After the parade, we stopped at a local watering hole and let many people take test rides. Many comments about the noisy tires...

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    I hate to admit it, but earlier this week, I figured out the standard answer to most all the questions I get/have gotten since/might have in the future, from some river-rat, no'er-do-wells that I used to see at the school where I teach, but who've all since dropped out:

    One of them: Is that thing hard to ride?

    Me: Nope, it's just a bike.

    I rode over the big rocks, down to the dam where they were fishing (glad to see they weren't cooking meth), passed about 3 feet behind them, watched some water go by for awhile. I rode back up the rock, packed ol' fattie up and left them mouth-breathing on the dam.

    I had it out yesterday, and some former students saw me with it, and they gave me the
    "I didn't know you ride", "Cool bike" deal.

    The question I get from friends: Are you taking fattie?/Have you been riding fattie?
    I thought they liked my GF!

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    "Nice tires!" and smiles from a couple of pretty young gals I passed on the beach. Made my day! I'm old enough to be their grand dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retrocowboy View Post
    I get mostly negative comments from other bikers and positive or friendly comments from non-cyclists. It kinda pisses me off when other mtn bikers make fun and say stupid things like they're superior in some way. I'm on the central coast of California, so I get a lot of "wheres the snow" or "you need bigger tires" comments.
    Man - that is EXACTLY my experience. I've got an electric assist Moonlander. Non-bikers are very typically impressed, interested, have questions, want to talk about riding it. Several times now (certainly not often) I've gotten negative comments, vulgar expletives and the like from other mountain bikers. Quite unimpressive.

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    The fad is over, is what I've been hearing

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadgoat View Post
    The fad is over, is what I've been hearing
    Yep. Nothing to see here, move along...

    I had a guy want to take a pic of the bike yesterday. Said his buddy races mtb bikes and wanted to show him.

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    Nobody looks twice at fat bikes where I live. The question I get is "why did you buy a pugsley"

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    Oh! Are those your winter tires?

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    "I didn't expect to see a bike"...when passing hikers or snowshoers on snow packed trails
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forged1 View Post
    "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.....

    I got the first one yesterday. Stopping for an after ride beer I was asked if my tires were motorcycle tires.
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    I get a lot of plain old thumbs up on it.

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    I showed a couple of guys at my work a vid of my fat bike on packed single track. Both of them I can't believe you shoveled all that just to ride your bike on.
    :thumbsup:It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    WOW do those FLOAT?

    Yes--I live on Anderson Island and commute in on my fatbike over the Puget Sound.

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    I hear. That things huge Are u compensating for something.

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    Living in northern CA, I get "where's the snow", and "DUDE, that's light!"

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    First one:

    "What are those tires for? ...other than being ostentatious."

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    Older couple: Nice Jeep!

    I hear quite often, "Is it heavy?". At least it's not "Where's the seat?".
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
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    Maybe these have been covered in some fashion:

    From a man riding with his middle aged son, who apparently both owned fat bikes. "we left our fatties at home". My reply "I won't tell your wives you said that!".

    From a guy in a group of XC carbon bikes that I was following, and they were trying hard to leave in me the dust. "The thing has motors in the tires, it has to"

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    The things I hear the most are:

    "Hey Fatty!"
    "Is that bike heavy?"
    "Cool Bike!"

    Riding a fat bike is a little like driving a vintage VW Bug....it just make most people smile.
    Team Kinetic Cycles/Fat Bikes Rule!

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    I rode in a race last weekend. My first ever CC race and no I'm not in racing shape. I rode the race because my normal group of riders don't usually ride this area because it's so rocky and rough. I love the rough rocky stuff and that's where I excel. I actually started last in my group just as to not hold anyone up that was there to actually race. Passing one guy in the rough rocky stuff went like this:

    On your right..
    Ok, door won't be open long..... nice job AREYOUKIDDINGME!!! As he saw me scoot by on the fatty. lol

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    My wife and I were riding ours on a multi-use trail, and an older woman said: 'those are cute bikes'. Probably won't hear that one again for quite awhile.

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    I was told by a 16 year old kid that my fatty could ride on a lake! He didn't ask me mind you, he told me that he knows that it can. He doesn't even own one.

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