Reactions to a fat bike
Inspired by Ed Oxley’s video in the mini movies, I thought I’d share some of my (as yet limited)experiences of people’s reactions to my Fatty.
First off, my riding buddies. Everyone had a smart comment. Mostly they were curious, but they had to take the pee a bit (I don’t mind this at all btw.) Those that had a go on it liked it.
Non biker reactions have been great, mostly curious, wanting to know why the big tyres, and is it hard to pedal etc. I’ve had a few burst into laughter at the sight of it, which I don’t get, but I’m glad to spread a bit of joy!
I reckon the only reactions that have been a bit odd have been those of other mtbers. Mostly comments along the line of “I bet it’s heavy”, “I bet it’s rubbish in mud”, “..but it only snows a couple of days of the year” etc. mostly negative stuff. It makes no odds to me, but I would have expected bikers to be a bit more curious. It’s all bikes, after all.
(intended as an observation, not a rant.)Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I don’t have one but when trailbuilding at glentress, there’s a guy that seems to do the red every saturday on one, and the reactions are always great. The people that have a problem with it seem to be the same people that have a problem with everything- you’ve got too much travel, you’ve got too little, those tyres are rubbish, etc etc- only interested in things they can slag off.Posted 5 years agoyunkiMember
The people that have a problem with it seem to be the same people that have a problem with everything- you’ve got too much travel, you’ve got too little, those tyres are rubbish, etc etc- only interested in things they can slag off.
tiny penised **** is the correct scientific classificationPosted 5 years agoeyerideitMember
I spoke to a Scottish bloke who did the Dragons Back at CyB on one a few years ago. He let me have a go and in the 30m I rode it, it didn’t feel heavy and the wheels turned easily.
Can see the attraction but it wouldn’t be in the top 5 bikes I want.
But if anyone was to lend me one for the weekend I’d happily ride it. 😀Posted 5 years agoSannySubscriber
My mate Gary had a brilliant reaction from a wee boy out with his Dad.
“Daddy, I don’t want a bike like yours. I want a bike like that!”
I borrowed his Moonlander and found folk to be genuinely curious and interested. It’s so unusual to see one that the average punter is strangely drawn to it. For me, it rode like a bike but with the added bonus of a huge grin on my face. It just made me laugh. I never thought I wanted one and then I tried it and have now ordered one. Oops!
It’s a bike that opens up riding opportunities. Sure it’s a bit niche but so are lycra, carbon wheels and skinny tyres. Ha! Ha!Posted 5 years agoTeetosugarsSubscriber
So what is the sensation with them that makes them so enjoyable to ride
For me, I think its the fact that it doesn’t ride the way it looks..
Its actually brilliant,not at all cumbersome, and wallowy..
Sure, Nates are draggy on the flat stuff, but they grip to the trail like shit to a blanket.
You cna throw them around, and it just kinda works.. it cuts through mud and gloop perfectly, and, well, It’s really, really great fun.
Grab a go on one. It may not be the most practical bike ever, but it is the most fun.
Love mine, infact, its my most Go-to bike at the minute..Posted 5 years agostanfreeMember
I actually think there pretty cool and living in East Lothian there are loads about here. I think Coastkid’s vids have done a lot to make them much more popular especially in this area and everyone who has bought one certainly gets there value for money . I have been guilty of ripping the piss out of beach riding buts its purely been a bit of banter between myself and Yodagoat. 😆 The other day we were out for a ride when a wee boy sledging shouted at yodagoat as he rode past “Look at the size of the wheels Mum” , I swear to god I saw the rider of the bike stick his chest out and possibly get a semi at the same time. 😀Posted 5 years ago
Would I buy one ? , Probably yes If I came into some money but only after I had bought at least 3 other bikes that I really want.nedrapierSubscriber
I rented one in Moab, cos why not. Groovy looking white and green Salsa Mukluk. Hot day, and some decent riding tops in the luggage, but with that bike, it had to be the heavy flannel green and white check shirt.
I felt like a celebrity fo two days, genuine enthusiasm from literally everyone I met. 3 or 4 had a go, including Mr Rene Wildhaber, who eventually caught me at the end of Procupine Rim, once I’d slowed up a bit near the car park. 😉Posted 5 years ago
Three of us did a few nights looping around Glen Etive last year and fully laden fat bikes were just the right tool for the job on the mixed terrain; boggy, rocky, beaches, shoreline, track and trail.
But I do agree that there is a ‘look at me’ element to many folk having and riding them, and some people in the fat bike ‘community’ do take themselves far too seriously.Posted 5 years agobedmakerSubscriber
I was pootling up and down my street tweaking the indexing on my gears. A delivery van driver nearly went through the windscreen as he braked beside me. Thinking he had a parcel for me I crossed to him.
“I just wanted a look at your bike, what is it!!” says he with a big grin.
He thought it was ace and had never seen anuything like it, as have most people.
Other bikers haven’t been negative but definately a bit sceptical about how hard they must be to pedal.
One day on a spin down by the river on a local loop I was revelling in my nicheness when I passed a huge wheeled unicyclist coming the other way taking bike weirdness to a whole new level. 🙂Posted 5 years agosofakingMember
For me the big downside of mine is all the freaking questions i get about it.
So much so that i tend not to ride it anywhere there will be loads of people about. Or just take it out on night rides
then why do you have that siren and flashing light on your helmet when riding it ?Posted 5 years agomartymacSubscriber
its like the early days of mountain biking all over again,Posted 5 years ago
i remember being asked these type of questions repeatedly back in the late 80s when i got my first mountain bike.
wtf is that?
is it heavy?
where do you ride it?
can i have a go?
took about 5 years til mtb was mainstream.
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