We’ve posted stories about fatbikes in the past, but it’s different this winter. Different brands and builds of fatbikes have now filled bike shops across the country. Shops that had denied their popularity in the past have jumped on board, giving cyclists more opportunities to kick the 3.7+ inch tires. Stop in any shop this winter and you’ll feel the fatbike buzz.
While I’m certain many of you have seen fatbikes either at your local shop, on the trail, or through social media, there is a percentage of you that are saying to yourself, “fat tires, fat…what?” I’m also certain that 90% of you reading this haven’t actually ridden one, let along gotten one out on the trail, beach, or in the snow. For that reason, let’s step back and learn a little about these monster truck bikes first.
What is a “fatbike” and why are they so damn fun?
The origins of the fatbike are fairly recent. Even the name, “fatbike,” has been a recent development. Check out our story from last year discussing some of the history, Colorado connections, and other basic fatbike information: http://303cycling.com/fat-snow-bike.