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PostSun Dec 29, 2019 2:10 pm 
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The "4.6 inch tires when deflated make a wide footprint, like a car tire!


Wide shallow 4x4 truck tire tracks make almost as 'good of a ridable impression.
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PostSun Dec 29, 2019 6:00 pm 
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Do you ride your fat bike in the city, or it it purely for snow?
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PostThu Jan 02, 2020 6:25 am 
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I think most of us have ridden mountain bikes in snow. My tires build up snow at forks and especially chain and seat stays on frame. Too much friction. Not fun. How do fat tire bikes reduce this snow buildup?
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PostThu Jan 02, 2020 7:44 am 
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tmatlack wrote:
I think most of us have ridden mountain bikes in snow. My tires build up snow at forks and especially chain and seat stays on frame. Too much friction. Not fun. How do fat tire bikes reduce this snow buildup?

They have wider clearances, but it is still an issue -- riding a snow bike in deep soft snow requires far more effort -- just as breaking track in fresh snow on skis or snowshoes is more work.

Just as with cross country skiing -- groomed trails are popular and make cruising along much easier.   There are over 100 miles of groomed snow bike trails around Anchorage -- and another 100 miles of skis only groomed trails.
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PostThu Jan 02, 2020 8:24 am 
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tmatlack wrote:
How do fat tire bikes reduce this snow buildup?

Special tires.  Knobs shaped and spaced to shed snow.  Material that stays pliable at low temperatures.  A smoother surface that snow doesn't like to stick to (I'm guessing).  Inflated to very low pressure.  Like crampons they are carefully designed to avoid snow buildup and to quickly shed it when it does stick.  Also like crampons I'm guessing it doesn't work perfectly in all conditions, but I've never ridden one so can't share any experiences.
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PostFri Jan 03, 2020 9:26 am 
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I just ride where a groomer or a snowmobile or some snowshoers have packed it down already, and that problem disappears. It's pretty easy to find bootleg snowmobile stuff to noodle around on that doesn't see much traffic.

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