The Fatrike Forum is steadily growing, now with 80 members as I type this sentence to you. Some members have non-fat trikes that they convert for more backcountry ability by installing larger tires, but most of them are gravitating to the fat tires for maximum fun and capability beyond the pavement. Here are a few photos Fatrike Forum members have taken of their rides. They are having loads of fun exploring places that were formerly challenging to them on standard recumbent trikes. Snow, sand, gravel, mud, and dirt are all new realms open for adventuring.
Owned by a member calling himself FatrikeNJ, above is a bush trike he describes as follows: “That’s my Trident Terrain 26 with some upgrades. I put VEE snowshie XXL 4.8″ knobbies on it, a 22/32/42 triple crank (165mm) and I swapped out the BB5’s with BB7’s and the heavy duty Jagwire mountain pro cables and housings. Big difference! I’m in Northern New Jersey. I recently swapped the knobbies for the VEE speedster road flicks and the trike is actually pretty fast all things considered! Those tires roll almost silently on the pavement and roll fast! They are 3.6″ wide but they look a lot wider than that!” FatrikeNJ calls northern New Jersey home.
Ridden by a member calling himself Mt_Top, above is a bush trike he describes as follows: “The Sun Seeker Fat Tad with 20″ x 4″ knobby tires. Just did a couple mile test ride in the snow and rain today. The local bike shop got this one in stock and sold it before it was completely assembled. New owner is a lucky guy! Wanted to start a Sun Seeker thread and post some pics so others could see another Fatrike choice.” Mt_Top calls Idaho home.
Owned by a member named Larry, this ICE Full Fat is his second. This Full Fat has the Rohloff rear hub and single chainring up front. His first Full Fat had the standard derailleur systems front and rear. Larry calls eastern Iowa home.
Owned by a member calling himself Revy Tricker, this ICE fatrike is just the ticket for getting him deep into the backwoods. Yep, this is the kind of fun and adventure that awaits anyone who makes the move into the fascinating world of fatrikes! This sure beats thousands of annoying cars, not to mention that these trikes are SOOO comfortable compared to standard skinny tire trikes.
Visit Fatrike Forum HERE if you are interested in pedaling beyond pavement.
Oh, and lest anyone wonder whether new life triking experiences are out there on bush trikes, check out this rugged backcountry friend that Mt_Top came across in Idaho while pedaling the outback:
Very cool indeed – so get off the pavement and see another side of things instead of road shoulders!