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You may have noticed that we haven’t been posting as often lately, and we promise it’s temporary!  I (Josh) recently had surgery, followed by a few setbacks that have made my recovery a slow process.  I also haven’t been able to bike since my surgery, but I’m working towards getting back on the trails as

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27.5+ bikes are the newest thing in the plus size tire market.  If you want to see what the buzz is all about, check out our post: What’s Up With 27.5+?  Why You Might Want a Plus Size Bike. This buying guide lists all the hardtail 27.5+ bikes that will be available this spring online or

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If you are having doubts about buying a fat bike or just want to check out what all the fuss is about, I would highly recommend renting a fat bike at your local bike shop. They will be able to set you up with a fat bike in your size and point you towards a good

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The verdict’s out: riding conditions suck so far this winter.  The above-freezing temperatures coupled with daily rain have been wreaking havoc on the trail conditions in Minnesota.  Because the nights have been below freezing, it has further prevented the trails from drying out. When the trails are so soaked, the best thing to do is

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Many times I have rested my bike precariously leaning against something and have come back to find it fallen on the floor.  If I am really unlucky, the bike will have hit something on the way down, scratching the paint or tweaking a disc rotor.  With fat bikes being as expensive as they are, it

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Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for the 2015-2016 season with more detailed specs and pricing!  Last updated Feb 23, 2016.  One essential in winter biking is finding a way to keep your body warm.  One of the most difficult body parts to keep warm are the hands and fingers.  Whatever

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1UP USA makes some of the most popular bike racks for cars, especially in the fat bike market.  They are a small company located in Southwestern Wisconsin that manufactures their racks in Wisconsin and sells them directly to the consumer.   I see increasing numbers of their racks popping up at different singletrack trails around the Twin Cities.

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If you are in the market to buy a new bike rack for your fat bike, here are some roof rack options organized from lowest to highest price point. Prices are subject to change and are accurate as of the date of posting. Also check out our Fat Bike Hitch Rack Buying Guide for hitch racks that

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Editor’s Note: We’ve completely revamped and updated this list for the 2015-2016 season, with more detailed specs and pricing guides!  The racks listed below are hitch racks only.  Also check out our Fat Bike Roof Rack Buying Guide for roof racks that are compatible with fat bikes.  Also note that this post contains affiliate links.* *** Because fat

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This is a buying guide for kids fat bikes, ranging in price from just under $200 to just over $1,000.   Currently, most kids fat bikes seem geared towards boys–although a few manufacturers carry models in traditionally girl-themed colors like pink and purple as well as more gender-neutral colors. For more information and complete specs, click

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This is a buying guide for women’s fat bikes. While fat bikes specifically designed for women are not as widespread as non gender-specific fat bikes, Framed Bikes has been offering women’s fat bikes for the past few years–all in an affordable price range under $1,000.  This year, Specialized debuted its Hellga fat bike for women,

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If you are in the market for a cheaper introductory fat bike, Walmart offers a fleet of affordable fat bikes all under $500. The pricing changes frequently for these bikes and many of them can be purchased from multiple retailers. Make sure to shop around before you purchase one. Prices accurate as of the date

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Back in January I decided to buy a Mongoose Dolomite fat bike on sale for $191.99, or about the price of an average fat bike rear hub.   I received my Mongoose Dolomite from Walmart approximately a week after purchase.  The Dolomite came partially assembled in a 61 x 30 x 10 inch box.  The shipping was free despite

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Over the last couple months, I have been building a personal bike shop in my unfinished basement where I can repair, build, and store many of my bike projects.  I put the my bike shop in the basement because in the winter Minnesota is freaking cold, and no one likes to grab metal tools when

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Update: Check out my Mongoose Dolomite Unboxing post to read my first impressions. There are a few cheap fat bikes on the market. For example, the Framed Minnesota 1.0 retails for $749.95. The Gravity Bullseye Monster from bikesdirect.com sells for $499.95. Then there are a few extremely cheap fat bikes also for sale. Big surprise,

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In case you missed it, check out my first Alubooyah fat bike build post!  My Alubooyah fat bike frame and fork has finally shipped!  It should be arriving early next week. There were a few delays in the shipment of the order. Because I ordered the frame during the holidays, some of the crew at Boo Bicycles

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Update: Check out our 2015-2016 Fat Bike Races and Events post for the most up-to-date schedule. January 2015 Fat Bike Events in Minnesota Date Name Location Distance Fees Jan 10 GRIMBA Pot-Luck and Fatbike Ride Mt. Itasca Grand Rapids, MN $6 Trail pass Jan 17 Arctic Fat Fever Fat Bike Race Excelsior Brewing Company Excelsior, MN 15 miles

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When fat biking on groomed trails shared with other snow sports (skiing, snowmobiling, etc.) be sure to respect the trail and fellow users of the trail.  The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has a full list of fat bike etiquette guidelines to help all users of shared trails stay safe. Our list of do’s and

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In the next couple of months, I will be chronicling my next bike build: the Alubooyah Fat Bike.  I just purchased a frame from Boo Bicycles.  Their fat bike frames caught my eye because they utilize a material that no other fabike company uses: bamboo.  Their frame and fork combination is the perfect marriage of

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Fat biking is gaining popularity all over the United States, but Minnesota is one of just a few states that are actively working to provide fat bikers with increased access to packed and maintained trails in the winter. The MN Bike Trail Navigator has tons of great information about MN trails, and he recently published a very

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While fat biking is not exclusively a winter sport, the made-for-snow tires make fat biking a great way to stay fit in the winter.   In the summer, it’s easy to find places to bike, since fat bikes can be used on virtually any biking trail. But the winter is a little bit more challenging as

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  Larabars are one of our favorite go-to snacks whenever we go biking.   For long rides, sometimes we pack two or three each.   We’ve tried a lot of protein bars, but Larabars stand out as by far the best. Not only are they high in protein, but they are actually really good for you and

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