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Biking in the Sand
Fat bikes—those mountain cycles with cartoonishly wide wheels and tires—may seem purpose-built for riding in winter when the air balloons they appear to sport afford excellent flotation on snowy trails. But the most plausible creation story traces their origin to warm desert climates. Exploring the dunes and dry washes of southern New Mexico and northern Mexico, the intrepid off-road biker Ray Molina decided he needed something better to pedal through sand. So he custombuilt a bike with 3.5-inch-wide tires—more than 50 percent wider than a mountain bike—and a new category was born. Today, just about every major bike manufacturer offers fat bikes, and they remain the …
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