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Out of the Box: Specialized Fatboy SE arrives

Specialized Fatboy SE fat bike
It’ll stump jump and a whole lot more.

Ready to roll

Our first Fatboy SE landed today and looks set to deliver all the traction and flotation of the Fatboy line at a new lower price.

[Size XL in Charcoal/Black shown]

Specialized Fatboy SE fat bike
Sensible parts spec gives reliable performance at a reasonable price.
Specialized Fatboy SE fat bike
Fatboy frame, Fatboy wheels, Fatboy tires…it’s very close kin to its more expensive brothers.
Specialized Fatboy SE fat bike
Huge mud and snow clearance even with the largest tires.

Specialized Fatboy SE fat bike

Specialized Fatboy SE fat bike
Three bolt bosses on downtube for SWAT accessories or other unconventional cages.
Specialized Fatboy SE fat bike
Fatboy SE weight: 33.2 lbs (Size XL without pedals. Stock pedals add one pound.)

For more details on the Fatboy SE check out:

Sneak Peek: Specialized Fatboy SE – Specs and colors

Stop in and check it out soon, these bikes will go quick!

Not local? Give us a call anyway. We’ll be happy to talk fat bikes!

 

Ridden: Specialized Fatboy 20

First ride on the new Specialized Fatboy 20, the smallest size in the Fatboy Junior line. The rain cleared just in time for a fun early morning cruise on the beach and nearby trails before school.

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike
Unloading for a quick beach and trail ride before school. Rider is a 6-year-old, 4-foot-high 1st grader.
Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike
No traffic. No trail. Just go!
Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike
Rolls through anything!

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike beach riding
Off the sand and into the woods.

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike

The bike is easy to handle and confident to control over roots, rocks, and bumps. There’s not much the 4-inch tires can’t float over.

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike beach riding

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike beach riding

Specialized Fatboy 20 kids fat bike beach riding
The stock 32 x 11-34 gearing allows a young rider to negotiate most terrain. For longer, steeper climbs a larger cog may be desired.

Fat bikes are about the freedom to explore new places with the amazing efficiency of a bicycle and the Fatboy 20 delivers that to the most enthusiastic explorers of all. What kid doesn’t love the beach? or snow?! Ride there and all your favorite trails too. Where will you go?

For more information, stop by the shop and see one for yourself.

Not local? Give us a call anyway, we’ll be happy to tell you all about kids’ fat bikes.

Related articles:

Out of the Box: Specialized Fatboy 20 – Details, specs, and weights

Sneak Peek: Specialized Fatboy 20 & 24 kids’ fat bikes – Models and colors

Similar bikes we sell: Specialized Fatboy 24, Framed Mini-Sota 24, Specialized Hotrock 20 & 24

The Portable Family: Round the Sound tour

Bikes, ferries, and trains

Browsing the map, an idea sprang to mind as I traced the blue dotted ferry lines that webbed from point to point, island to island between Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. We could get on our bikes in our own front yard and circle Long Island Sound via boats and trains, hopping between riding destinations.

We loaded up our camping gear and headed for the Point Judith ferry.

First stop: Block Island, where we’d be lucky enough to camp on a friend’s property before taking the boat to New London, CT, for a rail connection to NYC.

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Touring on a quiet island was pleasant, but certainly familiar. As we unloaded from the commuter rail under the city and ascended up into the heart of Grand Central Station, it was time for a whole new family biking experience.

There’s nothing like bike touring to experience a place. Sights, sounds, and smells surround you every minute of the voyage. No exits. No parking. Just stop and look. Stop and listen. Stop and eat.

Riding through the heart of Manhattan was surprisingly not terrifying. While it was out of the ordinary for us, bikes are nothing but ordinary in the city. As long as we followed the bike lanes and obeyed the rules of the road, traffic flowed around us even on the busiest of streets.

Amazingly, there are two National Parks in New York City that almost no one ever goes to. Both afford cheap, safe camping in spots you’d never guess existed.

From the sailing past the Statue of Liberty to riding over the Brooklyn Bridge, this was two days of some very memorable moments.

Contrast is what makes for the best tours. And contrast there was.

Departing the bustle of a station in Queens to emerge into the rural comfort of the Hamptons was almost culture shock. Quiet campgrounds, empty beaches, and more ferries completed the final chapter of our trip.

Our last day involved five ferry trips as we island hopped back to Rhode Island.

We had time for one last meal out on Block Island before making a late night arrival back in Narragansett.

An unforgettable week of adventuring in our own back yard. Another tour we’d recommend to anyone.

Trip planning resources

More questions about this trip or others? Stop by the shop or give us a call. We’ll be happy to talk about bike touring.