Fat Tire Bikes

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Fat Tire Bikes

Postby pedroescobar » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:57 am

So I picked up a single speed fat tire bike for myself, but I'm trying to decide if I should go single speed or 8 speed for my wife. She is a little less comfortable on a bike as she didn't grow up riding them. I'd prefer the simplicity of the single speed vs dealing with gears but I'm wondering if it will be a lot easier for her to have gears.

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Re: Fat Tire Bikes

Postby TT120 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:08 am

Yes, it will be MUCH easier with gears. I have been bringing a bike with gears for the last 5 years and never had a problem. Just make sure it's working before you get to the Playa.
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Re: Fat Tire Bikes

Postby ACfromSAC » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:47 am

Yes, gears. There will inevitably be some point during the week where she's pedaling against the wind through the dunes. She'll be happy that she has gears when that time arrives.

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Re: Fat Tire Bikes

Postby Papa Bear » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:40 pm

Gears do add some complexity, and you'll need to do a little more maintenance after the event on them, but as someone whose knees are a little dodgy I definitely appreciate having them.

I wouldn't suggest a front derailleur on any playa bike, though - there's no need for that many gears, and they're less mechanically sound. In fact, I believe Elliot's technique for "fixing" them is complete removal.

(That's obviously not an issue for the one you're considering, just thought it would be worth repeating for other readers who may wander along in the future.)

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Re: Fat Tire Bikes

Postby Savannah » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:49 pm

Don't forget spare bike innertubes, a LOCK, a basket (perhaps), and chain lube (White Lightning clean ride is nice). :)

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Re: Fat Tire Bikes

Postby BBadger » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:51 pm

If you do decide to get a single speed you might want to swap out the gears for a lower gear ratio to make it easier to pedal. Wading through dunes is no joke.

Oh and as mentioned above: get a lock!
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Re: Fat Tire Bikes

Postby rmc50 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:46 pm

I second the change in gearing idea.

I have a fat tire bike, single speed. While the stock gearing was fine for paved roads back home it was a bit much for the playa. Changing the gear was very easy, and didn't cost much.

You can go up a tooth or two in size easily. Beyond that you might need to add links to the chain.

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