Sunday, December 29, 2013

I'm Sick of the Whining!!

Rant Worthy.............
Lots and lots of new fatbike owners these days. 
Lots and LOTS of whiny cry babies on social media!!! 
I know, stay off social media..... LOL
Wherever I look these days people are piss-whining about this, piss-whining about that!!! 

I find it Funny; where were all these people 5/6 years ago?? 
Thinking FatBikes were a joke/fad/stupid?
We couldn't whine about anything!!!! We got what we could and were damn happy about it!! 

When FatBikes were considered to be a joke, a flash in the pan....... A freak sideshow bike. 
My how times change!!!! 

People are pissing and moaning about how the carbon FatBikes are "IT" no need for any other FatBike, and if you don't sell your perfectly good steel/aluminum FatBike you're behind the times. 
Be it about what FatBike one should own. 
You need a carbon FatBike? 
You need to deck it out with all the latest gear.... if you don't you're not a real FatBike rider.... 
Again.... SERIOUSLY?? 
No, NO I don't!! 
I have what I have because it works.......
FOR ME!!! 

I'm gonna stop right here.... No need to go any further. 
I'll say this about this topic........ 
Ride what you want, because you love the ride, PERIOD!! 
Enough said!!

Another thing that's been bugging me.... Hearing "It's to cold to ride." 
This one has me shaking my head!! I get hearing it's to warm...... Then again..... NO I DONT get that either!!! 

With all the new FatBike owners I get the different opinions, but holy hell...... Some of you people need to ride more and talk less!!! 
Ride your FatBike for more than a year before you start spouting off at the mouth about this or that!! 
Of all people I GET the excitement these bikes bring to a new owner, shit.... I still get excited to this day!!!! 


Rant over!! 
Probably not, but it won't spill over here again for awhile!! 
Ha Ha Ha 

Giants Ridge and FatBikes

Sir Gary S.
Stoking FatBiking at Giants Ridge.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Step One.... Opening Eyes.....CHECK

Yesterday I met with the two top guys of the city of Hibbing's park board. 
Thank you Pete H. and Kraig S.

I'm looking at gaining access for FatBikes on the local XC ski trails. 
This is not my favorite winter riding, but options are not a bad thing to have!! 
I brought my bike (obviously), and words like intrigued, interesting and holy shit those tires were thrown around. LOL
For once in my life I had all the answers to every question they asked; and even brought up points they said "we never thought about that." 
I explained these bikes were designed for snow and sand riding, along with most times leaving less damage/tracks than a skate skier does on the the trail/trails.
We as riders of the FatBikes know what these rigs are capable of. To the normal non fatbike rider, it's kind of mind blowing.

I explained how I don't want to piss off the local base of skiers. I don't want to create any conflict what so ever!! 
I explained when it would not be ok to ride on the trails..... See IMBA's best practice's for riding on XC ski trails. I had sent every bit of info in that regard a month or two ago; and they both said, "yes we read all the info you sent." 
Which was refreshing and made me feel pretty good the meeting with them. 

They both said they're very open to giving these bikes a place on one of the lesser used trails as a test run. 
Pete had said he'd like to see the bike in action, and actually throw a leg over and ride himself! He also asked if he could video tape our testing and bring it before the park board at their next meeting in January; I said you bet; and I'm in no rush for this to happen. Good things come to those who wait!! ;)
So within the next couple weeks we'll hammer out a couple dates and all meet out on the trails to test it out. 
I'm not willing to say it's a slam dunk, but I know what these FatBikes are capable of......SO......  It's a slam dunk!!
Ha Ha Ha 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Fresh 10"

What a difference a fresh 10" of the white stuff makes!!
With temps due to drop through the floor on Friday..... It'll soon be GO TIME!! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's Time!!

8" of fresh white stuff now on the ground!!
The national weather service and local forecasters are call for another foot by Wednesday into Thursday.
So my stomping has begun!! 
I'm being a little smarter than years past, and I'm sticking trail more into the thick wooded areas. Time will tell if it lasts!!

Tools of the "dark-time!!" 

Make some sweet winter single-track!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

FatBiking Minnesota's Iron Range... Part 2

Picture heavy
Pictures and more pictures....... 
Thanks to one Mr. Nick Mathis!!
Thanks Nick!!!!!!! 

Frank H.
No words are needed to explain the joy of FatBikes!!! Just look at that smile!!!

Nick and Pops Marty

Steve G.

The pay off at the end!!
Again Nick Mathis gets credit for these photo's!! 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

FatBiking Minnesota's Iron Range

9 a.m. 
We started with 8...... We had 10 after a bit. 3 guys had to bail. We were 7 strong for the remander of the ride. 
A near perfect day.... Highs in the mid to upper 20's and not a lot of wind. Perfect snow conditions...... Ice on local lakes was thick enough, with the perfect amount of snow on top. 
Well, Nick found out how much he could fish tail his FatBike!!!! Lol 
Just playing with ya pal!! 
A nice mix of young and old, and plenty of BS's and joking was had!! Ha Ha 
These are just the shots I took before my phone froze. 
I'll post more as I get them!! 
Thanks to all that showed, and those that didn't...... There will be another; I don't exactly know when, but it'll happen. 
Very little words, because the pictures speak for themselves!! 

These photo's are credited to Marty Mathis AKA: Pugzilla

These photo's are credited to one Mr. Nick Mathis. Thanks Nick!!