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peterw_diy
02-13-2014, 10:59 AM
Neither the 700x35c studs nor the 26x2.1 knobbies can deal with 6" of snow and it takes less than a half mile to ice up my canti pads. Ergo today is a teleworking sleaze day.

Now where can I find the money for a fat bike?

hozn
02-13-2014, 11:25 AM
A fat bike seems extravagant here. What about a 29+ bike -- 3" tires? I could probably fit a 3" tire in my Vassago fork, but can only fit a 2.2" rear tire.

Do 4" tires really make it possible to ride in a foot of snow? I tend to just ride my 2.0 tires; they work fine up to a few inches and deeper if it melts and hardens.

Of course, you can buy a fat bike for $200 from Walmart.

vvill
02-13-2014, 12:40 PM
I don't own a fatbike but I would guess in a foot of snow - no. I tried to see how far I could get on 26x2.x. Not very.

culimerc
02-13-2014, 02:28 PM
I'm hoping to be down to s-2 soon. Days like today have me thinking about a 29'er fat bike. <sings> Too Dreammmm the Impossible DREAMMMMM </sings>

sethpo
02-13-2014, 07:35 PM
If I bought a fat bike it would guarantee five years w/o no more than a few inches of snow. Same with a snow blower.

So, if you hate big snow I can set up a fund to take contributions to guarantee mild winters.

Dirt
02-13-2014, 08:18 PM
I put in 25 miles today. Honestly even the fat bike had troubles with the trail conditions today. You could keep it rolling, but in the soft, sticky snow, it took an amazing amount of power to keep rolling. The roads were not much easier. About half of the roads hadn't been plowed when I headed into town. The ride home was quite a bit easier.

Raymo853
02-13-2014, 08:45 PM
I still say cross bikes are far better in the snow that fat bikes.


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vvill
02-13-2014, 09:06 PM
in the soft, sticky snow, it took an amazing amount of power to keep rolling. The roads were not much easier.

Enter the e-fatbike!

http://fat-bike.com/2013/09/felt-bosch-concept-fat-bike/

jrenaut
02-13-2014, 09:12 PM
I put in 25 miles today. Honestly even the fat bike had troubles with the trail conditions today. You could keep it rolling, but in the soft, sticky snow, it took an amazing amount of power to keep rolling. The roads were not much easier. About half of the roads hadn't been plowed when I headed into town. The ride home was quite a bit easier.
I never thought I'd have to refer you to Rule 5 (http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#5).

Rod Smith
02-14-2014, 03:22 AM
I still say cross bikes are far better in the snow that fat bikes.

I think that's true sometimes. Depending on conditions. In heavy wet snow that isn't too deep like we had yesterday, a narrower tire can cut through to the pavement and get traction. Pretty hard to ride any bike in this stuff though. Cross bike better when you're forced to get off and carry your horse. :D

Rod Smith
02-14-2014, 03:25 AM
I never thought I'd have to refer you to Rule 5 (http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#5).

Snap!

Raymo853
02-14-2014, 08:55 AM
I think that's true sometimes. Depending on conditions. In heavy wet snow that isn't too deep like we had yesterday, a narrower tire can cut through to the pavement and get traction. Pretty hard to ride any bike in this stuff though. Cross bike better when you're forced to get off and carry your horse. :D

What Rod describes was my experience yesterday and more than a few times in the past. The 35c chunky tires just cut into the snow and get to the pavement or soil below. Yes when you go over hidden ice it is a handlful, but that is why you don't lean on such rides.

I had flailed around on numerous MTBs (26 and 29 with tires up to 2.4) until I started using my cross bike in the snow. Have fond memories and getting away from much faster friends who were on 29ers on snow rides. Normally this only happened once per friend, as they learned to bring their cross bikes the next time.

dasgeh
02-14-2014, 09:47 AM
I took my bike out yesterday (just a little sleaze ride... and photo session :-). When I wasn't riding on cleared sidewalks or in tire marks, the snow was deep enough that my pedals and feet were in for the bottom 1/4 of my pedal stroke. I just don't understand how you make the bike go in those conditions...