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Old April 18th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #41
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Walmart already has fat bikes.

Bloomule that Schwinn is badass. How much?
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Walmart already has fat bikes.

Bloomule that Schwinn is badass. How much?
You'll shit.


I got it 5 years ago at Walmart in the clearance aisle for $40, because the pedals were missing.

Note- the pic isn't mine, I don't have any pics of it uploaded for some reason so I found one of the Manta Ray. Mine's identical except for the Bruins sticker.

It's a ball and a half to ride, I usually take it to Woodweird cruise or Gratiot.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 10:57 PM   #43
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From a utility standpoint what can your Tri Bike do that your road bike can't? What can your cx bike do that your tri bike can't? What can your hardtail 26" bike do that your rigid 29'er cant? or that your full suspension 650b bike can't do? of that your etc etc etc bike can't do?

Fat bikes are simply another novel option given to you by the bike industry so they can sell more bikes.

But a lot of people enjoy them. They're superior in sand and snow, they can handle hardpack and gravel roads nearly as well as most normal mountain bikes can. They don't need suspension components which can wear and cost money and require more maintenance because the big squishy soft tires make for a comfy ride all on their own....I won't be plunking down big cash to own one any time soon, but they are a hoot to ride and they have their place.

To each their own, they're here to stay thats for sure.

Go out on an actual ride with one, then you can call it a gimmick and a waste.
Fair enough, but I'm not going to ride a tri bike on a group ride either. It's a bike for a specific purpose that very few people actually use it for that purpose.

Lets face it, many have them because they're "in" or "cool". That's ok, whatever, but the reality is cranking down dry pavement for 50 miles on a fat bike is like taking your new tri bike on a family night ride.

I reserve the right to change my opinion on this later but for now, unless you use it for that purpose its a bit gimmicky and a lot of hype.


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Old April 19th, 2013, 06:16 AM   #44
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No. Cranking 50 miles of pavement isn't like riding a Tri bike on a group ride. Its like taking your Tri bike on a mountain bike trail.
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I heard that mongoose is going to come out with a single speed fat tire bike for something like $300. Its going to be sold through Walmart. Nope, its not a Surly or even close, but I bet you'll start seeing a lot more of them out and around for that price, with WM distribution.

I'd roll a pugsley or moonland in a second. Anytime you could get out on a decent day in the middle of the winter, or a spin the beaches, is a good day.
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http://fat-bike.com/2013/04/is-the-w...ally-that-bad/

The walmart fat bike, price was $215 I think
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http://fat-bike.com/2013/04/is-the-w...ally-that-bad/

The walmart fat bike, price was $215 I think
Review sounds like what I would expect from Walmart.

But wait! They can fix it!

Sounds like replace everything but the frame and wheels.

I wouldn't mind a set of those wheels on my lawnmower, it might not sink into my swamp of a yard.
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Where the shit is part two? Did they make it useable? The suspense is killing me!
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Sounds like replace everything but the frame and wheels.
... and tires. Those three things are the most expensive fat bike parts.

Who wants to try welding some disc tabs on the frame and fork?
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... and tires. Those three things are the most expensive fat bike parts.

Who wants to try welding some disc tabs on the frame and fork?
Well, I tend to think of the wheel/tire combo as the 'wheel assembly'

Is it just me, or do the spokes look like they are awful thin?
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Well, I tend to think of the wheel/tire combo as the 'wheel assembly'

Is it just me, or do the spokes look like they are awful thin?
I have not seen them in person, so i can't say. However, it could be a matter of proportion.
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http://www.bikemag.com/news/news-fat-and-furious/

I'm not so sure its true, but a funny read anyways.
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http://www.bikemag.com/news/news-fat-and-furious/

I'm not so sure its true, but a funny read anyways.
That would be what you call an article written with Sarcasm.
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