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What Makes Fat Tire Bikes Popular?

You’ve probably seen them on the beach or on the street: fat tire bicycles. They are becoming more and more popular, but you might be wondering what the appeal is. The origins of the fat tire bike are a mystery. Some point back to 1940s modified bikes, while others point to a guy in Alaska who welded bike rims together and sewed tire pieces into the right size. No matter which of the many origin stories you believe, there is one thing they have in common—fat tires make it easier to bike on difficult terrain. The increased surface area of the tires allow the bikes to roll over rocks, snow, and sand. Other more traditional bikes would sink into or get stuck in such surfaces, but fat tire bikes seem to just roll over such obstacles. This can be quite handy for beach goers who want to get around our…
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