|Refining the ride. Always refining the ride.|
One has to do with wheels. I do not need anything else other than what I have for 75% of the year. However; when things get loose, deep, and fluffy, I am thinking I am wanting maximum floatation. Especially after this Winter's experiences. There are two things besides wheels I want to aim for, but the first thing will be getting a wheel set with 100mm rims laced into them. This should plant more tread downward to help float me up a bit better on crappy, dry snow, like we've had this year. Honestly, my 82's are doing well most of the time, but I'd like the option of wider rims.
Secondly, I have had a big issue with washing out the front wheel, which kills my momentum, obviously, and frustrates the heck out of me. Lateral traction is tough with a Big Fat Larry. It likes to surf sideways at a moments notice. That's where I think the Surly Bud comes in.
|Surly Bud 4.8"er|
I suppose using a Nate would be okay, but I just think this tire looks like it rolls better and is all about lateral traction. There is one problem here though.... This tire is quite a bit bigger than a Big Fat Larry, (according to Surly's site), and I have a fairly close shave as it is with the 82's and the Big Fat Larry up front. Using a 100mm rim? I doubt it would even fit.
So- I get a new fork, right? Well, I am not all that excited about what is available for a straight 1 1/8th steer tube forks, which is what both my fat bikes take. Custom fork? Yes- that is a possibility, but I have a better idea, and it just shows you how bad I have it for this Bud tire. Bud Lust, if you will.....
I found out that the new Carbon Beargrease will accept this tire up front on a 82mm rim. Perfect! A new bike to fix a small problem. Ha! Bike geeks will understand. But what about a 100mm rim wheel set?
Well, that's something to find out later. (I'd have to use through axle hubs for a Carbon Beargrease anyway. ) The wheels could be used in the meantime for the idea of running the BFL's or 3.8"ers on there with that wheel set, which should "float" better than what I've got now. I'd probably run these wheels on The Snow Dog, which I am not going to be getting rid of. Yes- I probably will get rid of the titanium frame Mukluk.... But right now it is all just scheming and dreaming. Of course, I could always just loose more weight....off me...and I probably would fix a lot of my problems right there!