I’m fortunate to have a few bikes to pick from when my inner child wants to go for a ride. These bicycles can all be labeled with terms like race bike, road bike, mountain bike, cyclocross bike, and the such. All of these have their place and I enjoy them all and the experiences they provide, however when someone asks me which I have the most fun on, I always think of my fat bike.
My motives for any given ride are typically dictated by what I’m pedaling. When riding my road bike, I am usually on a training ride, often times focused on the wheel in front of me trying to hang on and think out when I can put in some serious efforts. When riding my mountain bikes, at least in the last year, I have typically found myself racing or scouting trail systems for upcoming races. However, unlike all the others, when I throw a leg over my fat bike, regardless of if I am commuting in the summer, riding in fresh snow, or anything in between, my focus is entirely on having as much fun as possible. I know I’m doing this right when my face hurts, not from the cold, but rather from smiling so much.
This titanium Salsa Mukluk isn’t my first fat bike, as I previously had a Surly Pugsley. I had tremendous fun on my Pug, but I wanted something lighter, non offset, and a titanium frame. Since purchasing, I have made some changes to further align the bike with my wants. I have added a Carver O’Beast carbon fiber fork, Thomson stem, Salsa titanium handlebar, Salsa titanium seat post, Specialized titanium railed saddle, swapped the tires around depending on conditions resulting currently in a Big Fat Larry 120 tpi on the front and a Knard 120 tpi on the rear, Niner YAWYD stem cap, and converted the wheels to tubeless.
As with everything I pedal, it comes from Bloomington Cycle & Fitness, the best bike shop around!