The Big Fat Dummy is a long tail cargo bike that took a few too many doses of growth hormones. At first glance, you might say that Surly just put bigger tires on a Big Dummy. But if you said that, you'd actually be very wrong so just… don't. Think of Big Fat Dummy as more of a second or third cousin to Big Dummy rather than a brother. They share some of the same DNA and look sort of similar, but they're two very different bikes and really only interact when they both reach for the potato salad spoon at that family reunion that no one really wants to be at anyway. Now that that's out of the way, let's get down to the nitty gritty of what makes this hulking beast of a bike tick. Surly's goal with designing a cargo bike around fat tires was to create the most stable, stiff, and traction-laden ride possible while hauling a ton of stuff. Big Fat Dummy has a longer toptube and slacker headtube than its more svelt cousin giving it a nice, predictable, and stable ride. They also used thinner, lighter tubing to construct its cargo area so while it's an overall burlier bike, there's not much difference in weight. Big Fat Dummy accepts either 10mm or 12mm axles in the rear with a spacing of 190/197mm. That big ol' spacing equates to one thing: tire clearance for days. Big Fat Dummy maxes out at a massive 26 x 5.25" tire.* While that large of a tire provides the most traction and stability a bike can possibly offer, it's also a lot of rubber to push and might not be for everybody. Luckily, Big Fat Dummy is also a blast to ride with 3" tires too. It uses the same 100mm suspension-corrected fork as the Wednesday, meaning if you want to add a little squishy squishy to your ride, you can throw a Bluto on and let ‘er rip. If you intend to carry a passenger on your Big Fat Dummy, Surly requires use of their Dummy Rail Collars. These provide a secondary retention system for the rack, as well as stiffen the rack system. In addition, a stoker handlebar set up, found on tandem bicycles, is recommended as well. Make sure to check with seat post manufacturer for stoker handlebar compatibility. All Big Fat Dummy framesets and bikes ship with a Dummy deck, rails, bags, and the aforementioned Dummy Rail Collars so you can immediately start hauling cargo — human or otherwise. Big Fat Dummy is ready and willing to carry all sorts of crap — literally. It's already in use on an organic farm in Ecuador so it's likely that it's hauled some form of manure by now. *Using a 26 x 5.25" tire will cause some drivetrain limitations.
The Eco-Tad SX is not only affordable, but also full of great features. The steel frame is strong and compliant for shock absorbency over rough roads, it sports smooth-rolling aluminum wheels with durable Kenda tires, and features reliable Promax brakes. It has a fully adjustable mesh-back saddle with a padded bottom that keeps you cool and comfortable on long outings. There are spare bottle mounts on the seat frame to let you carry plenty of hydration for the long hauls. - X-Seam range: 31 – 53 inches
The Sun Seeker Fat Tad CX is the most fun you’ll have this low to the ground, off-road. This bad boy is equipped with front and rear suspension, chromoly frame, plus 4-inch wide off-road tires! The Fat Tad will handle sand and gravel like no other trike out there. Shifting is smooth with SRAM drivetrain components and 3x8 gearing while reliable, all-weather braking is provided by the Promax mechanical disc brake up front. Other features include an aluminum seat frame, air-mesh padded seat, and provisions to mount four water bottle cages. - X-Seam range: 37 – 50.5 inches
With Sun's Biscayne tandem, you and a partner can cruise the town effortlessly in style. Thanks to super-soft cruiser saddles, heaps of room for both riders in a comfortable, upright riding position and a 7-speed drivetrain, this steel tandem boasts convenience and comfort. Plus, handy features such as full fenders keep you both dry, linear-pull brakes deliver sure stops and extra-wide 26-inch balloon tires roll easily over bumpy paths and roads.
With Sun's Biscayne CB Tandem, you and a partner can cruise the town effortlessly in style. Thanks to super-soft cruiser saddles, heaps of room for both riders and an upright riding position, this steel tandem boasts major comfort. The singlespeed drivetrain keeps maintenance to a minimum, too. Plus, handy features such as full fenders keep you both dry, front linear-pull and rear coaster brakes deliver sure stops, and extra-wide 26-inch balloon tires roll easily over bumpy paths and roads.
With Sun's Brickell CB retro-style singlespeed tandem, you and a partner can cruise the town effortlessly in style. Thanks to super-soft cruiser saddles, heaps of room for both riders, sloped top tubes for quick, safe dismounts and an upright riding position, this lightweight aluminum tandem boasts comfort and convenience. Plus, handy features such as full fenders keep you both dry, front linear-pull and rear coaster brakes deliver sure stops and extra-wide 26-inch balloon tires roll easily over bumpy paths and roads.
$109.99 - $159.99
For "fun on one," look to Sun's Classic Unicycle. The steel frame sports a classic unicrown design and is built for excellent strength and reliability. Plus, the wheel spins on sealed bearings for durability, while the quick-release seatpost makes seat adjustments a snap. And speaking of seats, the Classic's offers top-notch comfort, balance, and bumpers to protect it, too.
$139.99 - $149.99
If you're looking for some fun on one wheel, then Sun's Flat Top Classic Unicycle is just the ticket. The steel frame is tough and reliable, while the aluminum rim and grippy tire make for effortless pedaling. Plus, the wheel spins on durable sealed bearings, and the quick-release seatpost makes adjustments a snap.
$219.99 - $239.99
For total "fun on one," Sun's Flat Top Extreme Unicycle is the way to go. This fun ride sports a chromoly frame, a bomb-proof ISIS spindle hub, and aluminum crank arms for maximum stiffness and impact-resistance. The seat has a built-in grab bar for extra control in tight spots. This lightweight, extra-responsive unicycle will entertain you for years to come and help develop your one-wheeled skills!
Sun's HT-3 Hand-Trike gets you out on the open road where you belong. It features a hand-powered 3-speed Shimano drivetrain that gets up to speed easily. For a custom fit, the HT-3 features a ball bearing seat slide that makes adjustments and transfers a breeze. This trike also has an adjustable crank height and independently adjustable foot rests for comfort. The cambered rear wheels and long wheelbase increase stability and the front parking brake facilitates a safe transfer.
Who says your daily commute must be mundane? Turn everyday trips into adventures with this smart fold-up bike. Whether you’re carrying it on the train or pedaling through city streets, Expressway has everything you need to make your commute faster and more fun. The lightweight, durable aluminum frame is outfitted with quality brakes and easy-to-use gear shifters. Its slick, folding design lets you pack it up easily for storage or transport. And, the 20-inch wheels are small enough to stay out of the way but large enough to roll smoothly, even through rough city streets.
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