Galway, Ireland Kona dealer Garry Davoren loves fat bikes, specifically our Kona Wo and he recently teamed up with the folks behind the Wild Atlantic Way tourism to produce this epic video. It captures the stunning Irish coastline mostly using drone footage and ensures that if Ireland was a place you were thinking about visiting, well you’ll be booking tickets by the end of the week. Read on to for the full blurb or for more info head to the Wild Atlantic way website here.
“One of the most fantastic features of the Wild Atlantic Way is the variety in topography you’ll encounter as you travel along its craggy nooks and crannies. Around each corner, a hugely diverse range of attractions unfurl from the lofty cliffs at Slieve League to the inimitable karst backdrop of The Burren to the sandy beaches and impressive landscapes of the Ring of Kerry. Among spectacular scenery, shining sunsets and glistening surf, the ground beneath you can change from beach to bog to mountain in moments.
For these reasons, one of the best and most adventurous ways to traverse the Wild Atlantic Way is astride the top of two fat wheels. A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tyres, typically 3.8 inches (97 mm) or larger with rims of 2.6 inches (66 mm) or wider. It is designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud. The improved traction when riding through sandy or swampy ground is a result of a set of monster tires that allow a bike to roll where it’s never rolled before.
All this provides cyclists with a freedom to explore terrains that were never possible on mountain or trail bikes, opening up an array of hamlets, coves and hidden pockets. For example, the beautiful landscapes of Connemara contain a wealth of scenic trails begging to be explored. The Maumturk Mountains and the pewter-tinged peaks of the Twelve Bens are a trove of biking discovery. Further north, among some of the highest maritime crags in Europe, the Slieve League Sea Cliffs will exercise your eyes and legs as you climb towards spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay. For a Ring of Kerry cycle with a difference, go off-road to explore some of the glassy lakes, rolling hills and stony trails situated along the route. The video above shows just some of the views you can expect to see from the saddle.
If freedom, adrenaline and unique experiences sound like your thing, iFatbike offers fully maintained and serviced fatbikes for rental. Located in Moycullen, County Galway, the surrounding countryside provides a kaleidoscope of beach, bog and mountain. For a more detailed account of conquering wild Atlantic ways by fat bike, you can read iFatbike owner Garry Davoren and his friend Mark Peterson’s account of their adventures in north Donegal. Of course, for those with less of an ‘over, under, through’ mentality, there are plenty of alternative cycling options available all along the route.”
A week or so back Todd at Olde Towne Cyclery in Nebraska sent through a snap of this mysterious custom painted 2016 Kona Wo. Our interest was piqued and we quickly replied, wanting to find out more at this very cool paint job. Todd put us in touch with the bikes owner, Robert Altman, and as well as a bunch more photos he came through with the story behind the bike. (more…)