The First Fat Commute

Aug 26, 2014

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The past few months I have been riding the fat bike more and more...  It has basically become my primary around-town ride at this point.  I'm not sure if the reason for this is a subconscious prepping for this coming winter or if it's just because riding fat is simply so damn fun.  Probably a bit of both.  In addition, I'm planning to ride the Pugsley on our annual Northwoods All-Terrain Adventure so part of logging extra miles on it has been to get ready for that.

This morning I woke up about an hour early so I decided to ride the Pugs into work.  It's an idea I had been toying with for a while but had never committed to.  More often than not, if I commute I grab the Space Horse as it makes quick work of the 12 miles out to Sun Prairie.

My perspectives however have shifted a bit in regards to riding the fat bike.  This has mostly been do to tire selection.  As I have learned through cross and gravel racing selecting the right tires can have a dramatic impact on your ride quality and performance, it's no different with the fat bike.  I had been running a Bud/Nate tire setup on the Pugs this past winter and that is a fantastic pairing for tearing through the snow.  Unfortunately that combo is less appealing when faced with longer rides on pavement or hard packed trail.  I recently switched to using Vee Rubber Vee 8's for summer riding and that has made a huge difference.  The idea of putting in long miles on pavement or hard packed trail much more appealing.  On a side note, I do wish they made a larger 4.8/5" version of the Vee 8 that I could put on the Clown Shoe up front.  Otherwise, they have proven to be a great, faster rolling option.

So I finally committed to riding the Pugs to work.  I gave myself an extra 20 minutes as I wasn't sure how tired my legs were going to be... as it turned out this was absolutely unnecessary.  I rode fairly easy, only pushing the pace a few times, and made it into work in just under 50 minutes.  So...  if this was a test, the Pugsley definitely passed.  I think it's safe to say that the fat commute is going to become a thing now... at least some of the time.

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