|During one of our area's few encounters with snow this year.|
What prompted me to write this post was that I encountered the first popular media news item that I had seen about fatbikes as being more than just snow bikes. It was on the Denver CBS affiliate's website. I don't ordinarily post things that I didn't produce myself, but as this is merely a link to a story about fatbikes in the popular media, I don't think I've violated my internally imposed guidelines. Although there are one or two items stated in the story that I might call into question, it was generally an honest attempt to illustrate how people are beginning to use fatbikes. The most serious quibble I might have is that although the tires are bigger, the trail impact is smaller, that is more minimal, than a typical mountain bike. It could just be the phrasing playing off the immensity of the tires as used in the article, that might indicate otherwise. To the reporter's credit, the story diligently sought out some people who are in positions from which they may reasonably understand and describe the potential of fatbikes. Overall, the CBS story does well in noting the increasing interest for and presence of fatbikes in use year around, the growing industry segment related to fatbikes, and the developing movement to ensure access to places to ride them.
|Baby got back. Here's a 4.8" Surly Lou that I saw at Surly's Unicorn event last year.|
Hey Surly guys: How about naming an upcoming tire "Sir Mix A Lot"? You know you want to...
I will say, however, that there are a few photos of me sitting on the Reeb out there somewhere, as I apparently looked excited enough that a photographer covering the event asked me to sit on the bike for a few shots. The Reeb had no pedals, and the nice engineer at the Gates Carbon Drive booth hosting the bike gave me a more-than-slightly-concerned look as if to say, "Dude, it could cost my job if you break it," so I don't have a ride report. Too bad, as it felt to be just my size. I will seek the Reeb out during the NAHBS and rectify the lack of photos.
|Nope, not the Reeb. It's my faithful and fun Neck Ro Pug, though.|
|Unrelated bonus photo: This is evidence of the risk one might run when attempting to take a photo of a baby in the presence of a curious dog.|