Mountain biking advice - protective gear?
I have a trek 4900 hardtale from 2006 and I just got into mountain biking a couple months ...Read more
and of course I'm in love with it! But now that I actually have one for myself and not just a demo/rental, I've got some questions:
Looking forward to hitting that snow when it comes in a few months!
Yes!!!! I love it! Congrats on your new bike! What kind of fat tire bike did you get? I've been riding my new Co-op Cycles DRT 4.1 that I got last week and it's awesome!
To your questions:
Hopefully this helps, let us know if you have more questions!
It’s this beauty of a Salsa Beargrease!
I’ve got plans to accessorize it with oil slick parts (pedals and bottle cage otw already) so that the white+rainbow is reminiscent of fresh snow in the sun. Because we all know that a stylish bike is a faster bike... 😉
While this is my first fat, I have ridden my other bikes in winter for a short 3 mile commute and reached much the same solutions. Agree that ski helmet with optional Buff/gaiter is the way to go, and pogies are also in my plans already, definitely felt that dexterity loss with thick gloves.
Now there’s just the “danger” that my wife will want her own winter ride! (Which would actually be great but 💸💸💸)
She is a beauty! Do you name your bikes? My first fat tire bike was an olive green Cannondale Fat Caad 2 named 'Frank the Tank'. My new Co-op Cycles DRT 4.1 is an awesome orange color so I named him 'Tigger'.
#fatbikeproblems: when you get a cool new fat tire bike and everyone in your family wants one too! If your wife does want her own, I encourage you to check out the DRT 4.1 as it is a great value for a fat tire bike.
Thanks for sharing and let's bring on the snow!!!
Closest we've come to naming them is by color: "Red" or "Blue" but not e.g. "the red bike", still use them as proper nouns. Maybe I'll have to think about it because "White" doesn't have the same feel to it...
Reviving this thread for a little update, I just finished going tubeless, not to mention lots of other upgrades/customizations like a dropper.
I ended up going with Orange Seal Subzero for the tubeless sealant, we'll see how it holds up, but so far the tires are holding well. The Mulefüt rims have a really tight bead seat, kind of a pain in the butt to get the tire on and off, but it's a good thing once it is on there. Air and sealant start to leak out around 15 psi, but I doubt I'll ever be riding that pumped up anyways; 10 psi and under they're seeming all good. I also put some reflective conspicuity tape on the inside of the rim strip, both for the white accent in daytime, but a little extra visibility for night as well (compare some of the first pictures to the last couple). It's all the little things that add up to really make it feel like my bike.
Also some praise for Salsa here: the frame actually has sleeves molded in as part of the frame design, so internally routing the dropper cable and swapping the shift housing was an absolute breeze, just push it through no special tools/magnets/fishing wires.
It has been a blast riding it around so far, just needs the snow now...