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    Fat Bike advice


    I'm looking to get a new bike this year. I have it narrowed down to a fat bike. Right now its between a Cannondale Fat Caad 2 or the Specialized Fatboy. The price difference between the two is negligible. I did ride the Fat Caad 1 today. I had no issues with it. The fat caad 2 has upgraded components. The main purpose of this bike will be to ride with my wife and daughter on the bike path at a reasonable speed. Something I can't do with my current bike. At first I was going to get a cruiser to do this with but the fat bike will allow me to ride the trails in back of my house.

    I know there are at least a few of you that have a lot more experience with bikes then me. I'm looking for reasons why I should buy one over the other. Our bike path is paved and pretty flat. The trails out in back of my house are easy novice. The bike will also be holding a front mounted baby seat for the bike path rides. The frame size will be small or possibly extra small for the cannondale. I'm not a large person.

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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    Fritzs in Worcester has a like new cannondale in size small, not sure if it's on consignment or not, but it would be a better deal than new and its in perfect shape.

    Oh, and as far as your question they're both great bikes and top brands. Pick which color you like.

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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    If they're both spec'd the same, they pretty much are the same.
    The only real difference is color and maybe a few bux.

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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bryco13 View Post
    Fritzs in Worcester has a like new cannondale in size small, not sure if it's on consignment or not, but it would be a better deal than new and its in perfect shape.

    Oh, and as far as your question they're both great bikes and top brands. Pick which color you like.
    Thanks for the lead. If its the tealish one on their facebook page that's the one I rode today. I'm looking at the next model up. I'm going to stick with the shop I've been going to mainly because we have a history with them and they have been very helpful. I'm just unsure of what bike because I don't know if the differences between the two bikes matters.

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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    It is the teal one. If the prices are similar and looks don't matter get the one that's lighter. Riding a fat back on bike paths, you're gonna need bigger pants for your calves.

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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bryco13 View Post
    It is the teal one. If the prices are similar and looks don't matter get the one that's lighter. Riding a fat back on bike paths, you're gonna need bigger pants for your calves.
    Maybe I'll have to invest in a chain ring guard then. I already come back with marks on my calves. I think it will serve its purpose though. Get me down to the 9 to 10mph range so I dont outpace my wife.

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    Or you could just eat more cheeseburgers...

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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    So, did you pick anything up for today's white out conditions?

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    Haven't pick up anything yet. I think I did decide. I was waiting for my tax return to come in. Showed up today so I'm free to go buy something now.

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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    I picked up a trek farley 5 yesterday. Only have about 5 min on it. I need to get a pump with a low pressure gauge or just a low pressure gauge since my current pump doesn't read until 20psi. First trip into the snow lasted about 1/2 a bike length. Soft melty snow and higher pressures then I should be running for it conspired against me. I have a few other things on my list as well.




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    Re: Fat Bike advice

    Awesome! And in one of the best Trek colors. My neighbor pretty much only rides fat bikes, his advice is the colder it is outside, the better the snow and ride. He's also crazy. Have fun!

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