What happend to Rick and Brian? They are drawing spokes!
By the way, why “fatBIKE”? The tires are fat, yes, but the bike itself (the frame) is usually quite normal… 🙂
Wait, is Yehuda admiring a modern bike trend?
That’s nothing new, actually. I remember one strip where Yehuda was dreaming about jumping over car roofs on a fatbike (the “moonlander”?) – or was he really doing it? In any case, this was quite a long way back, I would say a few years ago… / hopefully someone will be able to find that particular strip. 🙂
Oh yes, somebody was able to find it – me. I thought it would be more difficult. 🙂 Here: http://yehudamoon.com/comic/2011-08-30/
I remember back in ’95, seeing my first fat bike in a slide show (on Kodachrome slides) of the IditaSport bike race through Alaska. Snowcat rims had just come out (the first ready-made alternative to welding two ordinary rims together side-by-side).
I *think* the desperate geniuses riding the IditaSport bike race are the true origin of the fat bike. I remember a few designs that didn’t catch on, as well! Multiple MTB wheels/tires side-by-side on a common axle, hack-welded frames to make things wider, two 24h rims laced to one 48h hub… It was a hack-engineering circus!
I seem to remember seeing the Hanebrink Extreme Terrain bike in the early 90’s, about the same time as the Iditabike riders were kludging together dual-rim setups. I feel the Hanebrink is the first true Fat Bike as it used fat ATV tires and a frame meant for that tire width, not just spacing out the widest mountain bike tires of the day.
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