We all do it. It doesn’t matter if you work in the bike industry or not. We all use winter time to come up with ideas, some good and some bad, about what bike(s) to buy in the early spring.
Now for folks who know me, this may come as a surprise, but I’ve currently got fat bike fever. Yeah, yeah, I hear ya. I’ve said it would be one of the last types of bikes I would ever own, let alone the fact that I haven’t even technically owned a bike in years. But I’ve got my eye set on one for this upcoming year: The Felt DD30.
Take a gander at this particular item and tell me it doesn’t have ‘Paul’ written all over it. It’s a mud boggin’ bike that I’ll probably never use for mud boggin’. In fact, it will give me the opportunity to do what I like to do best on a bike: just ride around.
I’ve done road biking, triathlon, mountain biking, and even pretended to do some urban riding in the past. However, my favorite times on a bike have been either commuting or just riding for the sake of riding. In my experience, speed takes a second seat to strength and versatility in these situations. Enter the fat bike. While some may say, it is only good for sand and snow, I say it is a commuter’s and explorer’s dream ride. Big comfy tires that can handle curbs, gravel, grass, and road along with the ever so wonderful flat bar for control. It’s got a Shimano 2×10 Drivetrain and Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes. It’s simple and effective.
Understanding my perfect day on a bike is a lot like seeing how my dog reacts when she sees a squirrel or a deer. Out there cruising along and then, ‘Wait! What’s that?! I’ve never seen that path before!’, and I’m off! A good hour of riding that mixes some O-Hill with some riding around campus with maybe a visit to the downtown area would be perfect. Why would one want to restrict themselves to just one bike that would rob them of the variety and excitement of this type of riding? This coming from the guy that always preaches about using the best tool for the job. Never mind that, I’m still hooked on the idea.