42-year-old mountain biker finally gets on the fat tire fad with his purchase of a new single speed fat tire bike. These types of bikes have been around for quite some time and people who live in non-snowy areas have gotten them too. Ya sure they’re gimmicky and they look fun, but this fad…well, it’s a fad. There are plenty of brands who offer fat tire bikes, but the thing is, these bikes aren’t their biggest sellers. People still love their XC or Enduro/Trail bikes. Heck, even the E-bike craze is starting to become more popular than the fatties. But don’t quote me on that, it’s not like I have scientific data. It’s a matter of what I see on the trail
With that said, we’ll wait around and see how long he’ll keep this bike. When asked why he bought one, he said: “Well truthfully, I got caught up in a bidding war on eBay…and guess what, I won.” But did he really win?
A little off topic but it is biking related. I purchased a cheap commuter through bikesdirect.com. It came with a little dent, 3/4″ by 1/2″, on the seat tube about 6 inches up from the bottom bracket facing forward. The dent does not affect the structural integrity of the bike but it is ugly. The bike was packed properly but these things happen. A quick email to bikesdirect and they offered two options:
1. take the bike back, no charge
2. credit me $50
I understood “credit me” as they’d give me credit towards another bike which I wasn’t keen on. However, they meant “credit me” as they would return $50 back to my credit card. That is good customer service and my wife is going to be sooo happy when she finds out about this.
A lot of times I worry about dealing with internet only businesses. They’re faceless and many times, out of state. Bikesdirect, however, did a great job standing behind their product and promptly responding to my correspondence. If you’re worried about purchasing through an internet only bike company I would confidently recommend bikesdirect.com.