Thursday, 26 April 2012

FatBike Tours...


For 3 years i cycled the East Lothian coast on my own on my Surly Pugsley,  wondering if one day i would meet another Pugsley coming the other way, I never imagined there would be so much interest by people in these  bikes!...                                                                
      

Then  after an arranged meet i met and rode our coast with  Tommy  from the Netherlands and then Gary from Edinburgh and then i also met Davie  from Dunbar. Coastal riding really took off with a big interest in fat bikes - as the collective term for these bikes have since become to be known.
East Lothian has become a kind of UK fat bike hub central for its beach riding and around 15 fat bikes are now homed here...
And so its seems natural to progress to the next level of sharing the delights of cycling our amazing coastline on this blog in words, pictures and film, and to offer guided rides on Fat Bikes to visitors to the East Lothian coast...

Starting soon i am guiding for FatBike Tours  operating out of the seaside town of North Berwick, here in East Lothian. What we aim to offer may be the first year round FatBike guided beach riding experience here in the UK,  if not world wide. 
We are offering guided rides on fat bikes along our amazing coastline where you will see and experience  the East Lothian coast, from it`s Victorian  Seaside resorts and harbours surrounded by big wide white sand beaches, to secluded  coves and amazing geology, from sandstone cliffs, pebble beaches, and volcanic rock exposed at low tides, wildlife, beach combing, and visit the Medieval Castles and coastal defences of WW2 which can still be explored today.
And yes we will be doing a tour to our WW2 midget submarine wrecks so often featured here...

The FatBike Tours Website will be live soon with the first taster dates and tours of our coastline. you can subscribe to email updates.
You can also have a look at our Facebook page and click on `Like` to receive update notifications .
Interest has been  great and we will be doing our first booked rides on the fleet of bikes in the next week...

The bikes we will be using is the tried and tested  Surly Pugsley, for it`s proven reliable and comfy steel frame set, and it`s confident inspiring  slack `snow` geometry which is great as they are so forgiving on soft sand and crossing slimy rocks and loose pebble shorelines...

Second delivery of fat loveliness that we built up on Monday evening-:) ...


Pugsley Pyramid -:) ...


After a busy evening spannering we added these ones to the fleet...


After some prep and nationalisation -:)...




The North Berwick Surly tree is bearing big fat fruit, nearly ripe for picking, just the pedals to flower...





We are not sure where this will go but we do know we are going to have a lot of fun and meet some nice people in the coming months.
It is going to be a busy summer with working two jobs but luckily for myself fat bikes are such a big part of my social life, and i will be giving this 100% to pursue my passion and what would be my dream lifestyle...
I hope to share what you have seen on this blog in pictures and film what our coast has to offer with it`s stunning scenery.

Coastrider blog will still remain the same old blog of my postings of my interests and ride reports either alone  or with friends and it will be business as usual.

Off to the `UK Fat Bike Gathering 2` this weekend at the Lake District,  to meet friends old and new and share our love of these bicycles and have a good time...

6 comments:

  1. A really great development.....I wish you well with this new project.
    Who knows I might well drop by and try one out for myself when I next visit your area.

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  2. What a great opportunity. Have fun with it.

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  3. Thanks guys! were 40 minutes drive for Edinburgh City Centre, or 25 minutes by train to North Berwick, pop by if your up this way -:)

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  4. Bruce, let me know if you need any snaps :-)

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  5. Top man Bruce, good luck with it!

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  6. Derek Knight29 May 2012 18:05

    Fantastic!
    Good luck with the venture, will be watching with interest.
    Currently done my back in so can't get out on my Pugs and weather has been glorious too :-(

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