After deciding that I wanted to commit to winter bike commuting in Vermont, I knew that I was going to get a fat bike. The first decision was, of course, what fat bike to choose now that many major bike companies are manufacturing them. This past summer when I purchased my first road bike I read as many reviews as possible before I decided which bike would be the best match for my needs. I read about responsiveness, what components may need to be replaced, the weight, how well it climbs – this is where it got tricky with the Fat bike decision. For every Fat bike I looked at, there was only one review, “OH MAN THIS IS SO FUN,” and while reading this I thought, “great, it’s fun, but what else?”
I ended up purchasing a 9-speed Surly Pugsley, knowing that I would be going off the beaten path on this baby. I decided to get a frame that could be repaired if it got damaged and with a bike that is inherently heavy, weight was not a major factor in my decision. I was nervous about learning how to shift on a bike that was so different than my road bike, and I was also worried that it would be too heavy to get going anywhere. The moment that I hopped on the new bike (named Wednesday), I understood the reviews and all I can say is, OH MAN THIS IS FUN!