A fat bike as your only bike?
Place a skinny bike believer on a fat bike for few weeks riding, pretty much sans all other bikes. The results may leave you almost lost for words in this era of hype for sure. Anti crash suit at the ready, here are some reasons why I feel a fat bike should be your only bike.
That’s a step too far, isn’t it? They’re too heavy / slow / cumbersome / the preserve of the “look at me” extrovert / utterly pointless, aren’t they? Who in their right mind would consider having one as their only bike? You’d have to be a dope to go down that route.
Wearing flannels and inspecting the pitch
Next thing you know, you will be taking up a sport where you wear flannels and have to inspect the pitch … Ok, it seems like a grand claim to make but having committed to riding mostly fat bikes after discovering them four years ago I’m converted.
Since testing and observing my daughter’s acceptance of a Mongoose fat bike it’s definitely opened my eyes up to what makes for a great mountain bike. Don’t believe me? Read on and I’ll try and explain.
No other bikes climb as well
Think of a hard MTB hill climb. One of those long, draggy affairs that seem to go on forever and really push the boundaries of what is rideable. Do you think of the rocky pinch climb out on Manly
The unfeasibly steep gravel road at Thredbo providing temporary access to the new All-Mountain trail which seems to get steeper and steeper the further up you ride it? Maybe some steep zigzag single track in your own neck of the woods.
Grind and grunt your way
To my mind, these are climbs to be relished. Steep and unyielding climbs that you have to grind and grunt your way up, pushing body and bike to the limit in search of that elusive clean ascent in order to get the rush of the downhill.
Quasimodo style hunch over the bars that looks like you are about to have the squirts,
Lightweight, they aren’t!
Enter the fat bike with wheels normally in excess of two kilograms, you did read that correctly. Lightweight, they aren’t! However, what you gain in weight, you more than gain in traction.
Four or five inches of rubber on the trail sticks to it more effectively than an inferior piece of chewing gum does to a breakfast bowl they make glue out of the same stuff. The power transfer and torque
Tires like the Mongoose
No more spinning rear wheel when your’re out of the saddle on loose gravel surfaces. Coupled with a weighted down front end that isn’t seemingly trying to flip you onto your face and you are set to concentrate on getting up the climb.
You may not be the first in the mad rush to start the climb to come to the finale, you will be the one still spinning to win at the front while your pals on their single ringed bikes are forlornly carrying or pushing theirs up the
Network of trails
Watch your network of trails increase in front of your very eyes. If you are lucky enough to live in close proximity to a bike park, you can look at a map and pretty much plan safe routes in the knowledge that you can ride it.
Meanwhile, saddled with positively ancient access laws, your city friends are left to dine on the humble single track and locals only sections built by trail wannabe experts.
If you have a fat bike…
It’s a wussy state of affairs but all is never lost.
What if I told you that there are thousands of
We are an island, which means that we have literally thousands of miles of coastline to explore. See those bits on the map between high and low tide? Fancy riding them?
If you have a fat bike, you pretty much can. An ordinary bike will do but when the sand gets deep and the shoreline rocky, you’ll be glad to be on my weapon of choice. Realize the inner trials rider in you without even trying.
Fat Bikes inspire confidence full stop.
Riding a fat bike grows your confidence as a rider when you find just how capable they are. It is not uncommon for a fat biker to be out riding and face something that would be beyond their capabilities on a normal bike but suddenly have an epiphany.
You feel as if you had suddenly acquired the skills of an Olympic rider. Ever since then, lines that you wouldn’t even have considered on a normal bike appear possible.
Being able to bulldoze through mud, boulder fields and sail over rock gardens definitely changes your perceptions as the previously non-rideable becomes rideable!
Technical now comes in many forms, not just vertical. If you like bike packing and touring, welcome to the ultimate bike for your off the map adventures.
When faced with an enormous boulder field, you are no Sissyfus. you don’t feel the need to get off and push over the ankle-snapping jumble of boulders but just decide to try and ride them.
Previous attempts on your old bike may have had limited success; leaving you feeling like a very slow pinball. However, with five inches of rubber front and rear, and bingo you’ll give it a bash.
Mongoose Supersized beach cruiser 26” X 4″
Comes with knobby tires
Cruiser design frame with plenty of clearance to conquer any terrain
Alloy 4″ wide wheel set with disc brakes
7 speed gearing with Shimano rear derailleur
3 piece cranks and beach cruiser pedals