The Spiegel Discovered Fat-Bikes
I always get a chuckle when a mainstream mag or paper covers things such as 29ers or fat-bikes before they hit mainstream. Today, the German Spiegel magazine published a story about fat-bikes, bikes that up to now “have mostly been ridden through American canyons by extreme athletes”. No, I’m not making this up, folks. That’s seriously written in the very first paragraph. Fat-Bikes are the absolute mega-hype and are ridden through sand, the desert and snow. If you make it past the introductory paragraph you’ll find a couple of bang on statements about the bikes - great in snow and sand, lots of grip, fun to ride. What has me fall off my chair though is a guy from a mountain bike magazine saying he couldn’t comprehend the new trend. Modern mountain bikes are “a lot more advanced" and suspension forks for fat-bikes aren’t yet "technically mature enough”. European skepticism at its finest. Imagine where our lovely sport would be if that had been the reaction to the bikes by Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Gary Fisher, Mike Sinyard and Co. Riding heavy cruiser bikes without suspension nor disc brakes down a mountain? Dude, are you freaking out of your mind? Needless to say, this editor wouldn’t be working at a bicycle mag had we not embraced doing such a silly thing and made it a trend. Well, that’s why I stay clear of such magazines and rather participate in cycling forums, blogs and the fantastic cycling community right here on Tumblr. Those are the places that are setting the trends.