Fat Bike

(Largo FL)
For some time, I’ve been thinking about adding an alternate means of getting around. Something that would let me check out a road, in order to be sure it would handle my rig Tardis, or simply to explore the area around my camp. For a while I thought that would be a small motorcycle or a scooter. But, I wasn’t real keen on that idea.

Fat Bike

Gravity Fat Bike

After much research, and advice from a fellow RVer, I decided to get the pictured bicycle. It’s a black Gravity Bulls Eye Monster Fat Bike with 26x4inch tires, 8 speed gears, and manual disc brakes. I have since added a Thudbuster ST seat suspension post to soften those trail bumps.

Fat Bike

Hitch mount Bike Rack folded up

Fat Bike

Bike Locked in Place

Most of my time is spent where there are plenty of hills. So, future plans may include adding a peddle assist electric mid-drive motor to help with hill climbing. It would also provide greater range, as these old legs are not getting any stronger.

Fat Bike

Bike ready for travel

The hitch mount bike rack includes a hitch lock, and a lock to secure the bike to the rack. It can tilt down for easy loading of the bike, and also folds up when not in use.

The fat bike has provided another exercise option. Fat tires provide a softer ride, and can handle sand and snow better than narrower ones. Riding has included a mix of paved streets, gravel roads, and dirt trails. Having the option to take the bike, rather than the rig, has been nice. I’m liking it!

Camp: Family yard drycamp
Scene: Bike, rack

Also see: Bike Conversion

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8 Responses to Fat Bike

  1. Mark January 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Nice bike! I was interested in getting an electric assist motor some years back and found the Hill-topper Kit.

    • Pleinguy January 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

      Hey Mark, glad to hear from you. Thanks for the heads up on that wheel-motor kit. My research indicates that a mid-drive motor would be the best option for serious hill climbing. I’ll ride for a while before making the final decision.

  2. Bradford Harris January 8, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi Pleinguy. I like the new bike! I also keep a bike rack on the back of my camping unit. It’s nice to be able to stay set up and roam around a bit. Your tires look like they provide a very soft ride.

    • Pleinguy January 8, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Brad. Yes, having the bike is a nice option. So far, it’s been a good addition.

  3. Terri Reed January 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

    Totally agree, a bike ride here and there, especially on dedicated trails is super nice 🙂

    • Pleinguy January 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      For sure groomed trails provide a much nicer ride. At my age, I’m not really into rough and tumble.

  4. Joe Lawrence January 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    Get a good cable lock. Had someone try to steal mine from a gated campground. Woke me up with all the racket they were making.

    • Pleinguy January 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

      Thanks for the heads up Joe. I do have the bike secured with a heavy cable and lock.

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