For those of you who haven’t ridden a fat bike, you’re missing out. These bikes are designed to go where other bikes cannot. Ice, sand, loose dirt are no obstacle for a fat bike. Local builder Schlick Cycles has embraced this new style of riding and introduced their Northpaw this year. The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s own Dave Schlabowske recently built up his own dream fat bike using the Northpaw platform, but rounded it out with components from other local Wisconsin manufacturers. Parts included Fyxation’s Curve saddle, Gates pedals, bmx grips and end plugs, Hayes Brakes’ Prime disc brake, and Answer Products Rove stem and bars. Rounded out with sliding dropouts and Gates belt drive, this fat bike is ready for Winter!

photos by Dave Schlabowsky

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