In recent years, fat tire bikes are getting quite popular. Before 2006, They were made only by custom frame-builders who liked to pedal in the snow (or sand, like beaches). Then, in 2006, a Minnesota-based bike manufacturer, Surly Bikes, mass-produced the first notable bike in the “fat” genre with its Pugsley frame. They still build a lot of fat-tire bicycle models.
So, many people think it is a new invention, but actually, it’s not. W. Ritchie, a track rider was the first who built a bicycle fitted with balloon tires at the beginning of the 20th-century. The photo below is from the November 1924 issue of the magazine “Cycling”.
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