Fatter-Lust … The Moonlander has landed!

Fat Tom K’s Post:

So last Wednesday Nite Ride took us to my favourite bike shop (Olympia C&S on Portage of course) and what do think we got to see there in all it’s recently assembled FATTER magnificence??? …

The Surly Moonlander!   Oh yah, let the Fatter-Lust begin:

Moonlander 1
Check out the ‘Moondust’ sparkles in the paintjob!

Moonlander 2
The Full Rig
Moonlander 3
Need more floatation???
Moonlander 4
Check out all 4.7 inch Big Fat Larrys
Moonlander 5
Mounted on the 100mm wide CLOWN SHOE rims

Moonlander 6Fatter Moonlander and the Fat Pugsley … I might just have to get fatter 😉

Wednesday Night Ride: Fire and Flats

Fat Ian’s Post:

Last Friday, I had the interesting experience of helping to change a flat in the dark, with wet clothes, on the open prairie, with a 40km/hr wind.   Fortunately I was collaborating with a couple other riders and we weren’t reliant on the flatee’s pump which had decided to freeze up.  Oh, and we hunkered down in the ditch on the leeward side of the road.

For this Wednesday’s ride,  meeting spot is the usual – Grant @ Chalfont at 7.   Let’s roll north to the Assiniboine River and find a spot out of the wind to work on some technical skills: starting a fire, boiling water, changing a flat, etc.  If you’ve got any of the following feel free to bring them:

– a small stove, such as you might use as survival gear on a long winter ride (whisper lite, pocket rocket, solid fuel tablet, etc.)

– firewood (whatever you can carry – even a few offcuts of lumber)

– stuff to change a flat (pump, tire levers)

– a mug, tea bag or hot chocolate

If you don’t have a stove or whatever, still c’mon out and learn something – like how to keep warm mid-ride by throwing on an extra layer (so bring an extra jacket/hat/mitts to throw on), or how you can help with changing a flat (it certainly helps to have a team working together).  We’ll be close to the duck/skating pond where folks can get inside in case you get chilled.

Hopefully the outcome will be that we all feel a little more confident in our abilities to deal with the kinds of adversity that we all face sooner or later on winter rides.

La Salle River Ride

Fat Dan’s Post:

re you looking for another opportunity to test out your winter riding setup?  Lindsay is planning a ride on the La Salle river starting from La Barriere Park at 10am tomorrow morning (January 2).  The plan is to head West along the river for about an hour and a half and then come back along the same route with a potential stop to get a bite to eat in La Salle on the way home.

All are welcome, so if you are interested in coming out, we will be meeting at the parking lot in La Barriere Park (@10am), just past the bridge, heading South on Waverley.

La Salle River 1

The last time I was riding out there with FatHal a couple of weeks ago the conditions were pretty fast with only a fine dusting of snow.  I’m guessing not much has changed except the snow might have a hard crust on top of it due to warmer weather melt and then freezing again.

La Salle River 2

Hope to see you out there!