Eyes Wide Open
Christopher left a comment on Saturday's post which read, in part, "I am glad that you are still enjoying the bike, I have not heard many good reviews of that bike, vs. the Surly or Salsa, but if anyone can make it work it's you."
So far, I am enjoying the bike a lot. I suspect that, if I had bought the bike with the intention of competing in snow-bike races that it probably wouldn't compare to well with the Surlys and Salsas. I will probably take it up to the snow and find some snowmobile tracks to follow, and see how it works in the snow. I figure that the extended rear end will limit the traction on steep climbs (though some Surly Nate tires might take care of that), and it does weigh a few pounds more than the more expensive bikes.
But, for commuting on snowy days, and just knocking around for the fun of it, I don't know if paying more than twice as much for a bike would get me twice as much enjoyment. I'm having a ball just riding around town on the thing!
Speaking of commuting, I took the fat bike to work, today. Obviously, the roads are pretty clear, and I didn't need the big tires. But, I wanted to take it in and show it to some of the guys in the lab.
EDIT: My morning route is 8.3 miles, and slightly downhill, overall. I forgot to time my ride on the 9 mile route home from work.
The weather was nice for commuting. The temperature was 41 degrees F when I left the house, at 5:20 AM. This was my front-door thermometer reading when I got home, at 4:15 PM. No wind, partly cloudy skies. Not too shabby for early January in Denver.
It seems to me that you could fab up a big rack for the back, and mount some Xtracycle Wideloaders and you would have a heckuva nice heavy-duty camping/adventure bike.
All that being said, if I do see a bargain on a Mukluk frameset, I will probably jump on it, just to get the shorter wheelbase. I have the parts to build it up, courtesy of the Fat Sand Bike, after all...
I am considering changing out the handlebars. I am no longer a big fan of mountain bike bars. I'm thinking something akin to mustache bars (there's a surprise). The bar has to be compatible with mountain bike components, though, so that I can mount the twist shifter for the Nexus hub.