Bicycling isn’t anything new. Bikes have been around for two centuries now and are popular in just about every country in the world. It also seems that innovative people always manage to keep reinventing the wheel with a number of different types of bike coming out over the last thirty or so years. There are bikes for the woods, bikes for the city, and bikes for professional racers. So, what is a fat bicycle and what do people use them for?
The fat bicycle does go back to the 1980s, but has only seen more widespread use and popularity in the last ten years, so don’t worry if you haven’t heard of them before! These bikes tend to have oversized tires, usually measuring more than two inches in width and closer to four. It’s these “fat” tires that have resulted in this type of bike becoming known as the fat bike.
So, who needs wide tires, anyway? Well, the real reason why fat bicycles were invented was to traverse snow and they were originally called snow bikes. It was once people saw how good they were on snow, that they eventually began trying them on other challenging surfaces.
Now a fat bicycle is used not just for alpine conditions, but also on sand and as a replacement for the mountain bike. Yes, the trusty mountain bike was viewed as the choice by experts for off-road biking in the past, but the fat bicycle has shown that it is at its best when used in treacherous conditions. It’s because of this that they’ve come to be seen as a great alternative to the mountain bike.
Another major reason that people have started to use them is because they have greater resistance than other bikes. There are many people who try to stay in shape by going out and biking for five or ten miles, but find that their bike was made to go fast and take little energy to ride. As a result, fitness bikers have been looking for a better workout.
Fat bikes take more energy and more effort to drive, and as a result, a person can burn up to fifteen hundred calories on a fat bike, making it very appealing to fitness enthusiasts.
The fat bicycle is also used as an alternative to other bikes because it offers an all-in-one solution as well as a unique ride. First, many people are aware that the norm has been for people to buy a bike according to a specific need. Because of this, a person could have a bike for driving in the city, one for driving in the country, and another for off-road conditions. The fat bike has come to be seen as the one bike that’s fine to ride anywhere.
Finally, the fat bicycle is unlike others in that it specifically built to operate with lower air pressure in its tires. This low-pressure pillow gives the rider the experience of feeling like the bike is “floating on air”.