Long and long have I wanted a fat bike. At the behest of my buddy Tom, I visited the local bike store to talk with the owner about the Four Rivers bike path; he had a lot to say, but the conversation eventually shifted to the beauty you see below. The owner explained that fat bikes were originally a Russian idea, which was news to me. I had thought they were as American as ATVs. The tires, which are made of surprisingly thin rubber, are hypertrophic to help you bike in snow, it turns out, which is why Russians invented this monster. I see fat bikes quite often on the creekside trail, zipping by faster than you'd think possible.
This particular bike* is going for W950,000, but the owner said (after he saw my face) that he'd part with it for W700,000. I'm not in the market for a bike right now, but maybe I'll be interested next year. I told the owner as much and thanked him for all his helpful trail wisdom, about which I'll be writing in another Walk Thoughts post soon.
*The pinkish sign says, "Enjoy only with your eyes," i.e., "Don't touch." In English, you see, "Thx. Only eyes," which may not make immediate sense to a native speaker, but in Korean, "Only with your eyes" is a standard way of saying, "Hands off." As American schoolchildren will sometimes chant, See with your eyes—not with your hands!