Patrick Strahm, Biel, Bern, Switzerland

Big Fat Day

after lots of heavy climbing in the legs, they lacked the freshness and the necessary power to move my single-speed up the mountains. we’re in late september, leaves are falling and a particular trail was calling.

a trail that in all honesty is best ridden fat. so, i left the house on my blue beast with a long, single-track heavy loop in mind. as it turns out that trail, a climb just outside of orvin, has gotten a much looser surface. it appears that june’s rain washed it out and new gravel was applied in patches. in the years before, i managed to climb it on my single-speed. in the condition the trail is now, i wouldn’t be able to get the necessary traction on the ground while climbing out of the saddle. in fact, in the condition the trail is now, a geared bike with regular 2.4" tires wouldn’t be all that enjoyable.

having logged the last ride on my big boy in march, i have almost forgotten how much fun this bike is. it doesn’t just climb like a mountain goat meets spiderman, it rails downhill like nothing else. the crest trail east of the chasseral has a few tricky sections and the huge tires had me pick lines that i’d never phantom to attempt on my regular tired 29er. it was mind-blowing how easy those technical sections became.

as a cyclist who suffers from “n+1”, a next bike is always on the radar screen. now that the whole industry is putting all their bets on 27.5+, that wheel size has naturally been one to contemplate. but, 3 inches are only 0.6 inches wider than my 29er tires. i sort of have the feeling that it won’t make a large enough impact as far as trail experience and won’t be nowhere near the capabilities of 4 and 5 inch tires. a recent shootout between b+ and real fat by fat-bike.de came to the same conclusion. another fat fall ride is in planning, hopefully the weather plays along.

a reblog from time to dust off the fatty.

Type: 
Ride
Workout_type: 
default
Date: 
2016-09-25T07:02:21Z
Avg Pace: 
5:26/km
Elevation: 
1860.3
Distance: 
58463
Moving time: 
19035
Activity id: 
724438513
Strava title: 
Big Fat Day
Total photo count: 
6
Title: 
Big Fat Day
Summary Polyline: 
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Description: 
Pulled out the fat bike for a trail-heavy ride. Damn, is this a sweet bike. While I'm considering building a new, totally snow-optimized fat-bike, my current FortyFour is going to stay with me. As a trail bike it kicks some butt. I don't think I'm going to bother with 27.5+. It's just not nearly enough rubber in comparison to 4.0-4.8" tires. What struck me most today was how does huge tires let me pick lines that I'd never consider on regular 2.4" tires. Huge grin on my face all the way.
Average speed: 
3.071
Cover image: 
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Patrick Strahm, Biel, Bern, Switzerland