For weeks the house has been abuzz. We’ve been cleaning out the garage, putting away bike parts and generally nesting in anticipation of the new arrival. Finally she’s here!
Introducing Wednesday, my brand new Fatback. This year, I decided to find my all-white Pugsley, Snowbitch, a new home. As much as I loved Snowbitch, I couldn’t overcome the underlying bitterness I still felt after custom painting my Pugsley, only to have Surly come out with a “Snow White” version the next year. Thankfully, I found a fellow fat tire ballerina who I knew would love Snowbitch. The best thing about selling a bike to a friend is that you also get a guaranteed fat biking partner.
Over the summer, I planned out my both fashionable and functional bike design. In early November, my bike finally arrived and the wonderful men at Icycle, the local bike shop, built her up. A couple weeks later, I picked up 45 feet of reflective tape (turns out it was only about 44.5 more feet than I actually needed), in order to give Wednesday a bit of extra shine for the early morning commute.
So far, Wednesday is perfect. I love the lower, curved top tube, which significantly reduces the chance of splitting the kitten. I adore the handling, which is closer to a mountain bike than the Pugsley. I’m mesmerized by her twisted top tube and the reduction in weight seems to help in extracting her out of deep snow.
Wednesday and I went with Jennoit and El Guapo for our first real trail ride last night. And despite a flat tire, I couldn’t get over just how much I love this bike. Don’t get me wrong – I love ALL my bikes, but I think I just might be IN love with this one.
P.S – If you don’t know why she’s named Wednesday, ask her brother Pugsley.