The Bike Shoppe

The Bike Shoppe
Your Ogden Utah bike expert since 1976!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Break out the FATBIKES!

Have you ever read up on fatbike history?  It's pretty dang interesting.  It's fun to see what creative people can accomplish with a little time on their hands!
When I finally became aware of fatbikes, they'd already been around in one way or another for over 20 years.  What I saw was pretty high-tech compared to some of the original creations;  but I still thought it looked ridiculous...completely opposite of everything I assumed a bike should be.  They were heavy and slow; they used cheap friction shifters; the frames were all skewompus to make room for the fat rear rim on a traditional hub; the handlebars had a funky rake to them that just didn't feel right; there was only one legit crankset available, and parts were very hard to come by...and the list goes on...
But despite all their shortcomings, fatbikes seem to be magnetic toward those of us who live for adventure.  They steer away from speed and efficiency and focus more on an experience.  That's what it took to convert me: an experience.  Since my first snowy ride up Malan's Basin, I've been hooked.  But you don't need to hear about me falling in love with fatbikes.  You just need to get out there and experience one for yourself...and I'd be happy to help with that.  The Bike Shoppe is having a FAT adventure this Saturday morning!  We're heading up Wheeler canyon at 8:00am.  Give me a call, and I'll get a bike set up for you.  It's going to be cold, so we'll have some hot cocoa waiting for us.  See you there!