A while back, I wrote a post on this blog called Need...or...Want, which was about my desire to get a "snow bike" or "fat bike" (depending on which term you prefer). Then, last Thursday, we had a snow storm which made me actually need one of those bikes. But, I still couldn't afford to buy a Pugsley or a Mukluk. And I certainly couldn't afford a custom bike.
Coincidentally, a bike rental shop in Florida was selling off its fleet of Fat Sand Bikes, on eBay. They are a cheaper alternative, with a bit different design (particularly the long rear triangle). But, at $820.00 shipped, I could justify it as a Christmas gift to myself.
I put it together, today, but not in the exact set-up that they sent. For one thing, this weight-lifting equipment that they call a seat and seat post had to go:
I also put some better pedals on it. I like the heavy-duty bmx pedals from performance, so I screwed a pair of them into the crankarms.
The fork actually allows for dual discs on the front. But, the fork is flexible enough that I don't know if that's a good idea. Plus, the single disc on front , along with the band brake built into the 8-speed IGH seems to stop the bike pretty well.
My thoughts about this bike are that, if I get seriously into riding this kind of bike and the frame design becomes a hindrance, I have all of the parts I need to build up another frameset. So, I might end up buying a Mukluk frameset, in that case, and swapping parts over. I did that same thing when I got into riding 29-inch mountain bikes, too, and it worked out nicely.