But it’s my bike this time.
After all the snow we had last winter and the trips to the beach this summer I started fantasizing about the fat bike genre. I never really considered it because doing the math on a full build at retail prices for something I would only use a few times a year made far less sense than my foray into the folding bike genre a few years ago. ($600 frame + $250 in rims + $220 in tires + everything else). Then Surly posted their announcement about the new complete and I swiftly went to my wife and said “can-I-can-I-please have one”? Well she said yes and the rest is history.
A few things I’ve learned in my short 2.5-ish hours with this bike…
- This bike will get FAR more use than I ever imagined it would.
- It’s really fun to climb when you’re not worried about what you have to roll over in front of you.
- It’s also fun when you’re not worried about losing traction. I found a construction site with a huge mound of loose bulldozed dirt at about a 15% grade. I was going great and probably would have made it to the top if I hadn’t made a dumb mistake in pointing the bike directly for a dirt clod half the height of the wheel. To clean off the tires when almost home I practiced more climbing on a steep wet grassy embankment (with no turf destruction).
- High volume = low pressure = lots of fun and no pain. The tires were at about 15 psi and it felt great. I was on the road to get from place to place and rolling resistance on pavement was just fine. Can’t wait to drop the psi to 5 or 7 and steer towards some sand or a foot of snow.
- For the rest of my life I will have at least one bike without a computer on it. For the first time in about 3 years I have no real clue how long I was gone, how far, or how fast I went. It’s also been about that long since I’ve had this much fun off-road on a bike—all made possible by the fact that I wasn’t the least bit concerned about my precious mph average for once.
The basement is pushing maximum density right now on stuff that it can hold. That fast-ish road bike that I was talking about will have to wait for both a few years to pass AND for us to get a house with a proper garage. I could not care less right now.
Thanks to BBW for the great build and service! More to come.