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great info and history... always neat to hear how something evolves... seems like everytime we think something is new.. a little digging reveals someone was already doing it before.. :)
 

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wow what a thread. i just went out and measured my Cannondale to see what rims would fit............
needless to say i need to save for a second bike !
 

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Almost looks like regular bike rims inside modified car rims. The car rims may have been spoke type to begin with..... ;)

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Those are motorcycle rims and probably motorcycle tires too. Old Harley's had rims and tires like that.
 

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As far back as 1991 or so, I remember seeing a pedal powered bike with about 19-21" full Knobby motocross tires riding around town(Austin,Tx). It was mainly for fun/show. I think it was single speed, custom homebuilt frame. It might have had the motorcycle seat and forks, maybe even most of the original frame, so very heavy.
Remembering this, makes me think about trying to mount some of the bridgestone 23" x 3" TW9s on some wide 650b rims(584mm=23" BSD) and stick them in a fat bike (overall dimensions 29.8x3.5)
anyone know if that'll fit a pugsley? Maybe a Krampus? They only weigh around 8-9lbs each.(no more flats) Maybe a high speed electric powered Pugsley
 

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I can remember when I was in high school, working at the Denver Spoke. Clark-Kent bikes was building frames out of the MTB Specialist (Denver Spoke) warehouse on Alemeda. Pat Clark let me borrow a prototype snow bike with two rims and two tires side by side laced up to a custom three flange hub. I'm pretty sure it was Bob Fourney's bike. The thing rode great in the snow but turning/leaning was a b!tch because of the flatness with two tires side by side. I'm guessing this was 1991-ish...

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It had to be one similar to this one...but only one hub per wheel on this one. Denver MBS stickers on it, etc. Any idea on the year of this one? The parts are a mix of XT M730 (including rear hub) and Deore 6-speed, the saddle is dated 1987. I kinda want to make the components all XT, but wondering what generation to shoot for? I was thinking 1988, based on the fact that the rear hub, brake levers, and shifters are from 1988 according to MOMBAT. However, 1988 seems too early for this frame. Does anyone have any thoughts/input? thanks

 

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Here, here! Another vote! The History Thread should be a permanent Sticky! That should be a given... especially in the case of something relatively new to cycling like fat bikes. Folks really want to know the story of how this all came about. In the big picture of cycling, they are quite unique!
 
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