The Star Wars Fat Bike Makes Me Think We're in a Fat Bubble

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  • #178907

    Spotted this Star Wars edition fat bike at Target this week. There’s a white Storm Trooper edition (pictured) and also a black version. I also saw another fat bike on display there too. These bikes are definitely heavy–the included kick stands clearly weren’t quite up to the task of keeping these rigs upright.

    So… are fat bikes the new hipster fixie bikes? Please say it ain’t so!

  • #178909

    It’s time to sell! Ditch those fatties.

  • #178911

    Its our own fault for making fat bikes so popular. Was just a matter of time before big box retail watered it down. Coming soon to the Home Shopping Network…fat bikes for seniors…look, a new type of bike with tires so big its safe & easy for anyone to ride!

  • #178939

    Was just a matter of time before big box retail watered it down.

     

    Hate to break it to you but we’re not part of an elite club. Fat bikes have been at big box stores for a very, very long time.   This is nothing more than slapping a different sticker on what they’ve already been selling.

     

    Take a breath and relax.  Let the people that can’t afford a fatbike that costs more than the cars they’re driving have their 400 lb ride.  You can rest easy in the knowledge that your fatbike is better.

    • #178977

      Schwim – I have no idea what you’re even saying…or the reason for the venom. Was just making a simple, sarcastic joke. Thought this was a chill forum…guess not.

  • #178942

    Hard to imagine a better fat bike than this one. I mean, look at those rim brakes!

  • #178944

    If the brakes don’t stop you, you can always put the kickstand down for friction.

  • #178965

    One of the problems I had in my very, very early days of biking was that I would stick my feet out to stop. That worked great until I came to a big hill one day. That hill taught me right from wrong. I might need to go back to that method to help stop that fat bike.

    • #178981

      One of the problems I had in my very, very early days of biking was that I would stick my feet out to stop. That worked great until I came to a big hill one day. That hill taught me right from wrong. I might need to go back to that method to help stop that fat bike.

      With the expected weight of that bike, your feet would not be enough.  You might have to tie off a loved one and push them off the back as an anchor when the time comes to slow that bad boy down.

  • #178980

    Its our own fault for making fat bikes so popular. Was just a matter of time before big box retail watered it down. Coming soon to the Home Shopping Network…fat bikes for seniors…look, a new type of bike with tires so big its safe & easy for anyone to ride!

    Yep, I’m the one injecting the venom.

  • #178982

    I don’t see a problem. It’s a Star Wars bike! How much cooler could it get? As a marketing tool, this thing is perfect. It stands out, resembles a trendy fad, has movie memorabilia characteristics and doesn’t cost a fortune.  It’s perfect for cruising the neghiborhood and bar hopping.  I seriously doubt one of these will ever be seen on a remote singletrack. But what the heck? It’s fun to look at out front of the bar.

  • #179008

    One of the problems I had in my very, very early days of biking was that I would stick my feet out to stop. That worked great until I came to a big hill one day. That hill taught me right from wrong.

    Funny story: When my little brother was like 3 years old, he took his Big Wheels trike to the top of the road in front of our house (we lived about halfway down a pretty massive hill.) He didn’t have shoes on at the time and started flying down the hill when he realized he was going to ride right past our house if he didn’t slow down. You can see where this is going…

    He puts his feet down to slow down but quickly realizes that doesn’t feel good. He then decides his only hope is to swerve into the deep, rutted ditch beside the road. Crash!

    His feet were worn completely raw and my Dad has to carry him around for a week before he could walk on them again. THAT’S how you learn your lesson about using feet to stop. 🙂

  • #179014

    Wow, that’s a life lesson if I ever heard of one.

  • #179016

    Awwww come on guys, that bike is dope!  I’d totally pump that that out here!!

  • #179031

    Star Wars Episode VII: Fat biking on planet Hoth!

    Also, rim brakes on a fat bike? Yep, that’s going to work GREAT in actual snow and ice!!

  • #179052

    Where can I buy just the decals?  Should add about 2 pounds….

  • #179056

    For some reason, tons of fatbikes are popping up all over my town. I looked at a fatbike at a local store, and I would have to agree that it weighs a ton.

  • #179071

    I saw one of the first ‘big box’ fat bikes at Wal-Mart quite a while ago.  Of course, my wife was along, and said “oh look, this fat bike is only $200- didn’t yours cost over $3000?  You could have bought like 15 of these for what your Specialized cost.”  My reply, after looking at the weight was “Yeah, and I’d have to reinforce the floor in the garage to hold them.”  54 pounds!!  With rim brakes!!  You get started down a hill on one of those things, and you’d better pray there’s one of those runaway truck ramps along the route ahead.

     

  • #179120

    Currently has three 5 star reviews on

    http://www.target.com/p/huffy-star-wars-storm-trooper-fat-tire-bike/-/A-17148014

     

    Go figure!

  • #179121

    If you read them, it begins to make more sense and confirms what many of us are suggesting; that it’s primarily a bike for the Star Wars fan and the fact that it’s a bike is a distant second.

    More power to them. It’s no goofier than some of the purchases I’ve made.

  • #179287

    In reality these basically just replace the Sting Ray choppers from a few years ago.  And these are definitely more functional sidewalk bikes than those were.   If they do get ridden in snow it’ll be a bunch of kids pretending they’re on Hoth fighting AT-ATs on bike which in itself is pretty cool…maybe even pulling their siblings in sleds tied to the seatposts for fun!

     

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