Fat Tire Bikes

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by archy 2.0, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    Anyone here own one.
    I bought one two years ago and ever since I given up road biking.
    Nothing beats cruising the beach without hassling from cars. Nothing but sand and ocean.
    Well anyway the main reason for the post is these two French dudes are hardcore and take it to a whole new level. Definitely inspiring.
    This is the first vid in a series of their journey to find and surf waves never before surfed.
    They also did a ride along France's coast camping and surfing the whole way.
  2. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Been looking at them recently, might get one, seems like a good idea.

  3. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I do not own a fat tire bike. I have a Specialized Hardrock.
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  4. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    I got turned off by some of the off road trails around here by witnessing too many injuries and some close calls of my own.
    I love road biking, but if you don't ride early in the morning the traffic and sheer inconsideration of motorists towards bikers can be deadly.
    It's pretty awesome to ride the beach regularly. To witness the constant state of flux the beaches go through and discovering newly formed sandbars that are here today gone tomorrow.
    From my house I can ride over 10 miles one way without having to get on the road.
    This is the one I own.
  5. eatswell

    eatswell Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    These seem pretty cool. I can already see the guards b!tching and blowing their whistles at people for riding their bikes through the beaches and avoiding the boardwalks, which don't allow (in most towns here) bikes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I usually take a bike ride up to Asbury Park once a year, just for fun. Before Memorial Day. And I'll ride on the Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Belmar boardwalks and then through Avon and Bradley Beach, Ocean Grove, just on the boardwalks. I'd do it tomorrow if the weather were better.

    I've even rode from Manasquan to Long Branch and then from Manasquan to the Island Beach State Park entrance on a bike. Not in the same day, of course! I can usually do each of those trips in 3 hours of riding time round trip. Not including stopping and maybe having some pizza or a drink on my trip. I just do it for fun, since I have so much down time from May to mid-September.

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012

    Suite! I've Just got cheap Beach Cruisers right now. My wife and I ride them on the beach a lot. You've inspired me to try a full beach ride of the island. I've done a five mile stretch of it on the reg. Have ran a seven mile stretch, but I think Pleasure Island has about 12 miles of rideable beach if the tide is right.
    My retirement present to myself will be a high dolla beach cruiser.
  7. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    yea, fat tires help a bunch at the beach. they used to be a nuisance on the road, but they've made them lighter and changed up the tread to where its not bad on the road or the beach. originally, i thought you was talking about the brewery's bikes (New Belgium). i got a Yuengling one, still i think. got the side racks, but it's a shtty beach cruiser and hard to go several blocks this way or that way when a solid break is right in front of my shack. but yea, fat tire's a decent beer
  8. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    They have a big Fat Bike race in WB every year. Folks ride them hard for like 5 hours straight.

    Prices have been coming down recently, but I have not gotten one because I would be risking my life trying to get out of my neighborhood. I live in Ogden for anyone who knows this area.
  9. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2008

    I've been following these two for several years now. After bicycling across the USA to the Pacific this winter (1st time out there) I'm itching for a Pacific coast adventure - Vancouver to Cabo San Lucas.
  10. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Very nice bike. Thanks for threade. Makes me want to consider it.
  11. backside hack

    backside hack Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2012
    I've been intrigued by these. A guy in the parking lot at Allaire let me test drive/tool around on his Felt Fat Tire Bike. Thing seemed pretty responsive and relatively light weight ,not a hog.

    Archy have you gone off road with it? Allaire or Hartshorne? I see alot of them now-a-days. Trying to figure out if it's a fad or not. Also I see you don't have suspension (others as well). Curious as to how that is off road, bouncy or not?
  12. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    Got close to getting one and tried out an electric bike. Whole different thing, but top speed of 30 mph and 40 miles on a charge, pretty damn sweet. Now I am undecided. The electric bike I tried, although it did have a mountain bike style, was not for anything offroad, and cruising on the sand on a fat tire is awesome. Maybe I should wait for the fat tire electric.
  13. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    hows that bike ride on sand archy?

    riding regular bikes on the beach is damn near impossible.
  14. crindlefish

    crindlefish Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2015
    Fat tire electrics exist. My friend owns one it is one of the stupidest most fun things on earth.
    At the bike shop I work at we call people who ride electric bikes "E-Tards"
  15. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    WHAT!?! Have to check that out!! The first time I took off on an electric I couldn't get the grin off my face. I will be an E tard, on a fat tire damn it! Hell Yeah
  16. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    I haven't taken it in the woods so I'm not sure if they're bouncy or not. A guy I occasionally rode with on the beach always tried to get me to Allaire. I can tell you one thing though, they'll ride over cobblestone. They're a little cumbersome when it comes to making sharp turns, and in the sand or snow you'll go down if you try to turn sharply. My friend owns Peddler in Long Branch, and he used to do an early morning beach ride. I went once on a cheaper fat tire bike and was hooked.
  17. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    On packed low tide sand it's easy peasy. On the softer sand it can be a workout in higher gears and pretty easy in lower gear. Average speed when doing long distance is 6 to 8 mph. Guys i've ridden with who are hardcore average 10 mph on a 15 mile ride. The tire pressure for sand is between 6.5 to 8 psi. It's a great workout and really enjoyable not having cars whizzing by. Plus you're at the beach which is kine.
  18. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Related topic: wtf is with these guys who own the electric motor powered bikes acting like they're riding miles? I seriously do not get it. Why have a motor on a bike & act like you're pedaling. See them a LOT on the paved bike trails (extensive) in northern Virginia. These things seem like the Wavejets of biking.

    And fat tire bikes on paved trails ridden by overweight douchatelles without helmets (caust they don't get past 10 mph & are poseurs with suet-imbued thighs who are profiling anyways) are merely the latest asshat fad. These jagoffs never go off road.
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  19. beast lips

    beast lips Active Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    I got a fatbike this past winter and have totally converted to year-round fatbiking. It was a blast on the snow, plenty of floatation, and the beast climbs like no other bike i've ever been on. I do a lot of biking when I cant surf, and it's a pretty complimentary activity. Gets the heart rate going for sure. Haven't taken it on the beach yet, but looking forward to it.