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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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>

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    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.

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    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.

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    I still say cross bikes are far better in the snow that fat bikes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    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-bos...cept-fat-bike/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymo853 View Post
    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.

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