Sunday, 26 April 2015

Fatbike Fenders

Fat tires are great . . . we all know that.  They give us super flotation on snow and crazy grip on dirt.  But they can also kick up an awful mess of mud and other stuff when conditions are right.

Over the last year I have experimented with different designs to keep both me and my bike clean.

I have tried mounting one to the rear rack bolts . . .

Attaching under the seat . . .

However the most successful design is based on this template.

The material comes in many colours and is easily sourced wherever there is snow.  Crazy carpets.  For under $5 you can have enough material to outfit several bikes.  I have also seen place mats or flexible cutting boards made from the same material in dollar stores.

One afternoon I thought I would swap out the black with a little colour. 

Its as simple as trace with a sharpie . . .

Cut with normal scissors . . .

Drill out the mounting holes.

I mounted them to the bike with black zip ties that I got from a dollar store.

Rear fender

Frame fender

Front fender


Here is the PDF of the template for the front and the rear fender. Tape the two 8.5 x 11 pages together and that will make the front fender.  

Lengthening the square end will give you the rear fender.

The frame fender is 5" wide and 18" long (the full width of the crazy carpet). Cutting it this way uses the natural rolling of the material to make a nice curve in the fender.

Have fun !!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Ice Road Fatbikers | Ride Video

I swear that riding on a glacier would not be that much more challenging.

The air was crisp, the skies were clear and the trail super icy on this ride. On the main trail there was about four to six inches of solid slick icy covered by one inch of fluffy snow.  The perfect combination to make conditions as slippery as possible.

Although it was safer to be riding than walking on most of the trail, the studded tires (Dillengers on the 9Zero7 and Gripstuds on my Bigfoot) made the ride enjoyable.

There are some great scenery shots showing the entire coutryside.

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

29+ Semi Fat | Surly Krampus

There is something about the 27.5+ and 29+ bike segment that intrigues me. They combine the nimbleness of a mountain bike and the amazing traction of a fatbike . . . possibly the best of both worlds for summer riding.

I have been following Fat Bike Freak over on Youtube for some time now as he has some interesting videos.

In addition to the Surly Krampus that he reviews in the video below, he also has many Moonlander riding vlogs.  His vlogs are generally longer covering various terrains and subjects.

After watching the video take a look at the rest of his channel.


Friday, 10 April 2015

Brocks Head

This is a 20km ride that generally takes about 2.5 hours to complete and can cross seven ponds.  There are two possible start locations A - Hibbs Place and B - Anglican Cemetery Road.  There are significant elevation changes (climbs over a mountain) when leaving from Hibbs Place while the main trail is pretty tame.  Snowmobiles generally keep the trails well packed. 

A definite winter ride.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Crazy Ice Decent | Ride Video

This hill was super slippery.  Riding up was rather challenging and it was safer riding the bike than walking.  Coming down was really tricky as gravity kept us moving . . . studded tires and all.