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Fat Bike on Ragbrai

I am getting a new Fat Bike for winter fun and whatever else I can find to ride through! Did anyone see fat bikes on Ragbrai last year? Mine will be a Salsa Mukluk…. 🙂

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Tsnap Xip, February 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

I’ve seen a few mountain bikes, but no Fat Bikes. Anyone else see a Fat Bike?


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rocker, February 14, 2013 at 6:02 am

I saw a couple Fat Bikes last year.


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jwsknk, February 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

I saw unicycles, fixies, single speeds, mountain bikes, cycylocross bikes, touring bikes, road bikes, racing bikes, tandems, bent tandems, trikes, tandem trikes, two wide tandems, people pulling everything you can think of from bobs to boats (yes one year a guy was towing a canoe) someone with a sail on the bike and people with the kitchen sink on the back, race cars and banans….. now was there a fat bike in the someplace…. wouldn’t surprise me one bit.


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Gypsy Rose, February 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

Yes, fat bikes were there last year and the year before. (They give off a clear, audible warning when near. Those monster tires are LOUD, making their proximity easily discerned.)

~ Kevin


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ts, February 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Planning to cut through the fields?


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SFC JKL2, February 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I have seen one the last three years. My question is why put yourself thru that much torture?


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tacook, February 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Go for it if you want the added challenge, but that’s a waste of expensive tires


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CyclingRoberto, February 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Do it on whatever you like, but trust me, you might regret anything other than a road bike. Since it is a road ride, and road bikes are specifically designed for the road, I’d say a road bike over something like a Fat Bike.


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Sandaltan, February 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm

I see the Salsa Mukluk goes for nearly $2,500, quite a snow machine!!!



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FarleyBob, February 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I will be riding the road bike on Ragbrai like always, I just did not recall seeing any Fat’s on Ragbrai the last couple of years. I don’t need the extra work of riding a fat bike! I need to get to that beer garden refreshed! 🙂


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stevev, February 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Last year on that really hot and windy day there was a farmhouse right at the Karras loop turn off. They were selling hot buttered corn for a buck and had shade trees. Anyway, i was talking to a guy who was riding a fat bike. He said while fun maybe next year he would ride a regular road bike. I think there were at least two different one that i saw.


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Ragbrai Nation, February 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Most I saw were riden by day-riders or bandits.


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LT Young, February 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Congrats on the Mukluk. I have one and they are a blast all year long. I would not suggest one for RAGBRAI due to gearing more than rolling resistance. If your fat bike is your only bike, consider a pair of Black Floyds and save the Nates for off road.


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Greg I-Fly-Sky, February 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I can for sure say that I saw two fat tire bikes in 2012 RAGBRAI. Didn’t pay much attention to what brand/model they were.


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lisa o, March 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Everytime I saw a fat bike last year I cringed – that’s harder work than it needs to be. I saw a few surly’s and wondered why oh why?


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