History of Fat Bikes from Fat Bike Vermont
Fat Bikes are the result of the quest for greater flotation over snow and sand. Those who raced the Iditarod race, at that time a 300 mile race across Alaska, needed a way to effectively traverse the deep snow, where they would otherwise have to walk the bikes on foot. During the mid 1980’s, early Fat Bike enthusiasts modified standard mountain bikes by cutting and welding frames, in order to accommodate larger tires. They even went so far as to install up to three rims together on a single hub! By the latter half of the 90’s, Fat Bike proponents in New Mexico began manufacturing 82mm rims and equipping them with downhill mountain bike tires – allowing them to better traverse sand dunes.
Fat Biking Goes Mainstream
In 2005, Surly introduced the Pugsley, it was the first mainstream Fat Bike. It was equipped with 65mm rims and a 3.7” tire. Not much changed from 2005 until recently, with only a handful of companies getting into the game. The Pugsley and other Fat Bikes built during this era were designed for Trekking purposes, in which they would be capable ofhandling large loads while retaining their comfort and reliability. Recently, there has been a focus on year round Fat Biking, and the bike designs are evolving. The current modern bikes have slacker head angles, lower stand over clearances, are lighter and more rider friendly that ever before, and everybody is getting into the game.
What was once a niche market has become mainstream, with all of the large bicycle manufacturers now offering Fat Bikes. The current models have wider hubs and bottom brackets to accommodate wider tires for better flotation in snow, and offer more stability. The sport is attracting riders from all ends of the spectrum, younger, older and everyone in between. It is infecting all demographics, and has become one of the largest growth areas of cycling. I have heard statements from people who have ridden our rental bikes such as “ I really don’t feel comfortable riding a regular bike, but I love Fat Biking!”
We encourage you to try Fat Biking, just click to the reservations area, and we will get you all set up!
Killington, VT area weather
Mountain Meadows, Killington VT
Mountain Meadows is a beautiful cross country ski area with 30 kilometers of groomed trails in Killington, Vermont just minutes from Alpine Bike Works and Fat Bike Vermont rentals. It is open for ski skating, classical skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking.