Wednesday, 26 August 2015

And crack!

After I really was starting to get into the swing and felt that my bike was near perfect for me.  My frame cracked while I was hauling up a hill around 20km with pedal power only.  I thought my back tire blew, the bike wobbled like crazy but I since I was going up hill, the bike stopped the moment I stopped peddling.  So, ya.  I am now dead in the water... Where do I go from here?

Do I make another electric fat bike?

Do I use a normal fat bike and forget the electric motor part?

Do I just flip to a road bike cold turkey?

Do I go recumbent since I've been diagnosed with scoliosis?


  1. I know how much you love riding a fat bike. But IMHO I would stick to something that's going to cause less problems with scoliosis.

    My suggestion would be to try out some road bikes and recumbent bikes and see which you like more. And possibly speak to a sports doctor who's familiar with scoliosis and cycling to see if one is better for you than the other.

    Once you know what you like, try renting one for a week and riding it to work. If your work has a shower no worries. If not, try to take it easy on the commute to work; make the ride home a sweaty one.

    When you're ready to purchase, make sure to get a solid wheelset designed for a heavy rider. Here's a good article that came out recently about that:

    Here's a great link comparing upright bicycles to recumbents:

    From what I know generally, recumbents are more aerodynamic. But more difficult to get in social rides (unless its a recumbent group ride). Many groups don't allow recumbents because while a recumbent can draft a road bike, a road bike can't draft a recumbent.

    1. I took a recumbent bike out for a while, found a few used ones online and I didn't feel to safe. The lack of my leg length was a bigger problem than I anticipated. So I'm going back to the fat bike concept again... More to follow.