Watch These Guys Try And Remove A Fat Bike From An Electric Fence

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We’re all about covering current affairs here at Singletrack. After all, we are cycling journalists with our fingers on the pulse. Today’s most shocking news is delivered via this positively electrifying video that has left everyone in the office rolling around laughing and screaming “OHM MY GOD!”.

You might be asking; Watt exactly is going on here? Well, it involves a number of mountain bikers who were out conducting their usual riding circuit, until they came across this electric fence where they met some untimely resistance. An attempt to remove the bike by hand results in quite a negative experience as each rider is zapped by electricity. Feeling powerless in their feeble attempts to rescue said fat bike, the riders then attempt to switch up their tactics by using a wooden stick to lever the bike up and off the fence. Despite the clear dangers at hand, from the sounds of all the laughing going on in this video, the whole debacle didn’t seem like much of a buzzkill.

Our first reaction was ‘it’s a fat bike, and rubber is insulating, so what better bike to have in this situation?’ – but it seems that there’s enough wet mud around to conduct the electricity around the tyres. Which means that they’re left with a fat bike – probably then the worst kind of heavy lump to be trying to lever off the fence with sticks. If you’re going to drop a bike onto an electric fence, you probably want it to be a nice light carbon fibre cross country job, preferably on a dry dusty day.

Video highlights include ‘the dance of the recently electrocuted’, plus ‘a group of men trying to problem solve collectively’. Also there’s someone there with a great laugh.

Electrocuted fat bikers
The dance of the recently electrocuted

Well done to these riders for being good humoured about their mishap, and also for noticing that they needed to give the fence a bit of a straighten up afterwards. Though we can’t help but note that bridleways do not usually include fence crossings…you wouldn’t want be charged with doing anything naughty.

As a final thought, what would happen if you did this to an e-bike (aside from the fact that you’d struggle to lift it over a fence in the first place)?

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (4)

    These are my mates. We cycled together every weekend, before I moved to Devon. Now I remember why I moved. Problem is they are visiting in June. Expect more soon.

    Lift it using the saddle?

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