We built this fatbike tandem frame and fork, based on our Tatanka fatbike with some changes made to accommodate the tandem lifestyle, for our friend Ron in Minnesota and his wife to ride on surfaces as varied as single track and crushed limestone to sand and snow.
The build is pretty straight forward with a 3×9 drivetrain, Kawa Green Rolling Darryls currently shod with Black Floyds, and an assortment of parts Ron had found comfortable on his other tandem, a Comotion Mocha.
The custom paint and pin striping was done by Ron’s son who works on custom Hot Rods.
Ron says “it handles like it is on rails with enormous traction!” We will have more info on the bike as Ron gets more time on it!
If you’ve followed us on this site for any amount of time, or visit us over on Facebook, you’ll know what big fans of fat-biking we are. Riding fat-bikes is one of our favorite things to do! With that in mind Greg has teamed up with experienced fat-biker, Team Fat-Bike Snow Enduro originator and original Gnomefest mayor, Gomez Lake, to promote the fat-biking lifestyle through a new website dedicated to all things fat-bike. Check it out at fat-bike.com and like fat-bike.com at Facebook! Good wishes, Guys and Feel the Fat!
The weather for the 1st Pugsley World Championships, held in Decorah, IA, February 26th, 2011, couldn’t have been more appropriate. Race-time temps were about 15-degrees and there was a nice, steady snowfall of big, light flakes to add character.
Even though he wasn’t feeling 100-percent, Schlick Cycles team rider Chad Wilson rode a Schlick Northpaw to a ninth place finish over the 26.4 mile course from Cresco, IA to Decorah, IA on Beeler trails, the Prairie Farmer trail, Decorah city trails and snow/ice covered gravel roads.
In addition to our Schlick Northpaw fatbike there were several Pugsleys, it was, after all the Pugsley World Championships, a couple of 9:Zero:7s and probably the coolest bike at the event, a FatBikeisized Surly Big Dummy.
In the end Trevor Rockwell won the winner take all $500 prize. Nice day’s work!
After the race we met up at The Oaks restaurant and bar for more FatBike shenanigans including a teeter-totter push, King of the Hill event won by our own Spokes Model Dave Lunz, and an impromptu derby late in the evening.
All in all the event was a lot of fun!
Race Photos from the Pugsley World Championships.
Here are a few cell-phone quality pix of my new Fat Bike. Better quality coming soon!