Archive for January, 2012

The Quarry Ridge Two Step

Posted: January 31, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

The Arrowhead 35 is under way, and it just might be the warmest on record, but we had snow this weekend, and the trails were nice, brothers and sisters. Steep climbs, twisty descents, and firm packed trails made for the best weekend of riding in a while. Sunny, 20 degrees, and fat tires in desperate need of a firm talking to. Quarry Ridge is Madison’s escape without having to hump it too far out into the bush.


Just Last Week There Was Snow

Posted: January 28, 2012 by jonnykman in Uncategorized

This is turning out to be a lackluster winter in terms of snow fall. Last week we had about 4-5 inches and it all melted in about two days. I had to ride ye olde cross bike today as the trails are way too muddy. Even for fat bikes. Oh well. Maybe February will bring some snow? At this point I just want spring to get here. This year’s Pittsburgh winter theme: 38 and raining! Here are some pics from last week.

I made first trax last week. I was like a kid in the candy store.

At the bottom of Fire Lane Extension.

Minnesotan Ingenuity!

Posted: January 20, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

My friend, Geoff, sent me this this morning:

“I missed my crank bros pedals but needed some serious cold protection. These boots are rated 150 below Fahrenheit. A couple hours later they have cleats. I will let you know how they work.”

Pugs on the Rocks

Posted: January 16, 2012 by jonnykman in Fat Photos, Under Pressure

The drainage line coming off of Summerset at Frick is perfect proving grounds for your fat bike. Too much fun!

Here's a peek at the front!

I still find it a shame that you can’t buy a set of fenders for a Pugsley. I’ve trolled around the Web to see who’s making some. There are some wooden ones that look like skateboards for $300. Not the solution that I’m looking for. Stylish, yes! Functional, not so much.

I put a little JonnyK ingenuity into play and built up my own pair with a set of Planet Bike Mountain Bike fenders, two 36-inch pieces of 4-inch vinyl cove-base, 26 rivets, and a ton of love. Total cost is like $60 and that includes a rivet gun. Nice to add one to my tool box!

So I used the Planet Bike fenders as the skeleton on which to hang custom-cut pieces of vinyl

In the house! Talk about covering yer arse!

cove base to effectively cover the girth of Pug’s oh-so-sweet 4-inch tires. I made templates out of paper and then transferred them to the vinyl. I then pop riveted the vinyl skins to the Planet Bike skeletons. Pretty easy. Not full wrap-around coverage in the back, but this should keep a lot of the gnar off me. These should be great as this winter has been a season of mush!

I think I might call these guys the “Executioners.” The rivets give it a little S&M flava! On second thought, these fenders look like Darth Vader. Either way, I’m pleased with the results. Check them out!

There's a tire with 0 PSI!

Cold as all crap outside. A dusting of snow. Time to suit up for a sweet fat bike ride.

After two hours of tearing Frick and its companion slags a new one, I went from 4 PSI to 0 PSI! I’m at the farthest possible distance out from my house. Deep in the slags. No tube or pump. I put  10 ounces of Stans in each tube to keep this shit from happening.

Oh well. I got to reminisce about floating through the moto track around the radio towers and shredding the Irish Trail. Sissy little ruts just melted under my 4 inches of goodness. Lots of playing around on the steeps. So much to think about on my 2-mile walk home through Swissvale.

I patched the tube at home and added more Stans. I guess I gotta carry a tube and pump with me. Luckily the tires slide right off my Rolling Darryls. Way easier than the Large Marges. I think it’s because the Darryls have a lower profile. All’s well that ends well I suppose. Kinda weird my first flat on this bike in more than a year. My last flat was right in front of my house tooling around and I ran over a big-ass screw.

Salsa Cycles talk of full-suspension fatbike!

Posted: January 10, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized


Prototype Talk: Full-Suspension Fatbike

Tuesday January 10th, 2012 | 1 Comments | Tim

Last Friday afternoon a shipment of prototypes arrived and a bunch of us hurried down to the PD&D shop in anxious anticipation.

We’d like to show you our prototype Full-Suspension Fatbike frames.

The inspiration for this project came from numerous people within our team (in a strangely timely convergence actually) and from the fact that fatbikes are being ridden all year long as opposed to being strictly thought of as snow or winter bikes. There is such tremendous capability within these machines that we wanted to have some full-suspension prototypes built to explore the concept further.

Pete did what Pete does, and took the plans with him on his last trip to Taiwan. Now the frames are here and we can’t get our pulses to drop.

We know there will be questions about these frames so we’re heading off a couple of them right from the start.

1) We have assembled and are cobbling together a small selection of suspension forks that will allow us to build, ride, and test these prototype frames. We hope that a fat-friendly suspension fork will be available someday.

2) These are prototypes. We expect to learn a lot from them. They may or may not eventually become an actual product. That is undecided at this time.

We are quite confident that this probably has some of you fatbike riders pretty fired up, so we’ll start by throwing a couple hypothetical questions out at you:

1) How much front and rear travel would you prefer in a full-suspension fatbike?

2) What tire and rim width would you prefer?

What’s next? Well…we’ve got a bunch of wheels to build and a handful of bikes to assemble. And then…we ride. Stay tuned for some ride reports in the coming months.