OK the niggle i will get out the way first – and this is it. Riding a fat bike on Pavement or tarmac is crap. Granted I only have to do 20min at the start and end of the ride to get into the trail but it isn’t great.
But the good things
Amazing traction – anywhere loose ridged sandy Muddy and Icy you will have great grip. I stood up on an icy fire-road ascent and when the weight moves forward the rear started to loosen and slip but keep seated or your weight back and there is no issue
That wider rubber does need firmer input on the arms – but just think of it as a work out for the upper body.
Mud – Got the joining up with the path wrong and slammed into a wedge of mud about 20cm deep at 30kmh …. the bike slowed jolting me but then popped up and over where my other bike would have flipped me over the bars … ‘great i though saved by my Fat’ I thought.
Anywhere that is more technical is where the bike really shines. I was doing rocky single track without the normal worries about picking a line that i do on the Lynskey 29er.
Here is a short video (using GoPro template) that i edited (in 3 min) so not detailed but gives a flavour of the bike.
The ride here on Strava
this is everything i like about bikepacking
Originally posted on Off Route:
Panthea and I decided that before I took off for Peru we should go on a short bikepacking trip. I called Tyax Adventures, expecting that much of the alpine and subalpine riding anywhere in British Columbia would still be under snow. To my surprise, they claimed that almost all the passes up in the South Chilcotin mountains were snow-free. So with hope in our hearts and four days of food packed onto our bikes, we headed North. Five hours later, after a stops for victuals in Squamish, and a trail map from the Bike Co. in Pemberton, we made it over the Hurley FSR to the trail head at Jewel Bridge on Gun Creek.
Leaving my van all alone in the parking area, we headed up the (mostly) smooth, sandy trail, following Gun Creek.
Before too long, we emerged from the pines into a series of blossom-filled meadows.
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Now that is a great bike and bag setup ….
I need it for Bespoked next month…
Some basic details were discussed, such as colour, number of compartments, overall size and width of the bag and so on. Besides all the usual options, this one would be a little different. Nic wanted it to be bolted to the frame along the underside of the top tube, and to the bottle cage bosses on the down tube. After a bit of discussion over how many bolts were needed to hold the bag in place, we concluded that as the main triangle was quite small, those specified would suffice. Ryan wanted to maintain a certain aesthetic for the bike when the bags weren’t fitted.
The spine of the bag is stiffened with a 2mm plastic panel secured behind a fabric liner, so the inside of the bag looks like neat. The liner was inserted with hook and loop down one seam, so the plastic stiffener can be removed if necessary. Holes were drilled in precisely the right places on the plastic – based on the dimensions provided on the template – and corresponding holes made and sealed in the outer fabric layers.
All this was completed working off a paper template, and it wasn’t until we got to Bespoked we saw how well it had all come together. The Oak Cycles stand generated a lot of interest, both in the bike and the bags that were on it. It provided a good contrast between some of the more traditional touring bikes on show with the progression that has been made toward lightweight off road touring in recent years.
It was a pleasure to have provided the bags that contributed towards Ryan’s creation, which won the Bespoked Bristol 2013 Best Touring Bicycle award.
One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”