Author Topic: Fatbike...for touring or just trails, gravel, commuting etc??  (Read 2491 times)

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Offline Silverbackbob

I just bought a surly pugsley from off of EBay, don't even have it yet so I'm probably jumping the gun a bit with my question. It will be used mainly for commuting and on the Cowboy Trail which is crushed limestone and is close to us.

Also, as far as racks and bags, do any manufacturers make a modular system that accepts something like baskets for commuting and grocery shopping and panniers for light touring?

Thanks in advance. Bob.

Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: Fatbike...for touring or just trails, gravel, commuting etc??
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 02:15:26 pm »
I met a guy at the bike shop who swears by fat bikes, said he'd never go back... But he also had some serious leg muscles, and I also recall that he spent about an hour trying to get his tire to stay on just so he could put air in it (tubeless), being so wide, he couldn't get it to seal to the rim well enough for the compressor to overtake the pressure loss and he was tying it with ropes and all kinds of other tricks. The trails here around Albany NY are also very sandy, and wider tires would be good for that, but I'm not sure where the balance is between tire width and weight for those conditions. I know my 40c can't go too far in loose sand, but I see tire tracks is the sand that don't look too much wider than mine

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Offline cyclistdave

Re: Fatbike...for touring or just trails, gravel, commuting etc??
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 02:42:25 pm »
Even though I am a fan of fat bikes, I wouldn't want to do a long tour on it. The tires are extremely sluggish on gravel and asphalt (my opinion), and if you do end up with a ruined tire, it's gonna be a pain to make sure you find a shop that can fix it. 

That said, there has gotta be less chance of broken spokes with that wheel width to carry the load.

How are you liking the pugs?