Hey everyone, welcome back to my vehicles blog. Today I wanted to talk more about bicycles, specifically ones made by a company named Surly. Surly is a brand known for making stranger bikes, and their newest addition to the company lineup is no different. The Big Fat Dummy is a combination of cargo and fat bikes and the best attributes of both styles mash up together beautifully. This isn’t just a Big Dummy with fat tires though, the frame has been redesigned to be stiffer and have better handling. The new bike will be able to fit a 26 by 5.25 tire according to Surly, which is the biggest on the market at this point. However the stock wheels are 3.8 which means that you will have to make some changes to the chain line as well. This means that the rear axle has to be stretched, and can use up a 190 x 10 QR or a 197 x 12 thru axles. This new bike also features a slacker head tube angle compare to the Big Dummy, making it the ultimate trail bike.

How Big Is It?

The actual bike size you ask? We don’t know for sure yet, but we do know that it will be more than 7 feet long and weigh upwards of 50 pounds. You can also weigh it down with up to 400 pounds between cargo and rider, meaning this thing can weigh 450 pounds when you are trail blazing.

Does this seem like you kind of bike? Surly will be releasing it soon, so make sure to be on the lookout for these monsters to appear at your local bike shop. I hope you guys enjoyed this article, if so then please come on back next week for something entirely new! Have a great day y’all!

Big Fat Bike

 

What’s going on everyone, it is Billy Bob here again. Today I have a little bit of news for my vehicle's blog, and it regards vehicles sales over there in Europe. German parliament members the other day voted to ban the sale of all internal combustion powered engines in the EU by 2030. After that, the only vehicles available on the market will be ones that have zero emissions. The resolution was passed with unanimous support with members from both aisles voting for it.

The resolution states that any vehicles made after 2030 and sold in the European Union would have to be zero-emission vehicles, with the only diesel or gasoline internal combustion powered vehicles allowed on the market would be those sold before 2030. As the resolution was made by the German Bundesrat and therefore has no direct authority over the EU and cannot dictate changes to the European Union’s Transit Authority. But as the largest economy in the EU and largest population government decisions made in Germany usually influence those made in the European Union.

With the ultra high fuel prices in the EU at the moment a lot of drivers are switching to diesel for the big savings, as diesel sales have been making up over half of new car sales in Europe every year since 2006 except 2009. This moves seems to have had an unintentional consequence however with all the ongoing emission scandals.

I think this decision is a great idea, and it will really force the hands of automakers to invest in alternative energy solutions. I also think that the over 10 year gap if fair, it can take a long time to fully shift development in large companies. What do you guys think of the decision? Let me know in the comments, and remember to have a great one out there today!

Smoke from Engine

Hey ya’ll my name is Bob (or Bobby, or Billy, or Billy Bob) and this is my little vehicle's blog. My pappy always said I was born in the seat of a tractor, and I don’t think he was joking. I have always had a knack for vehicles, whether it was racing around a dirt bike track with my brothers or trying to fix the old John Deere that was laying in the field for a year. I actually still have that tractor in the garage at the farm and work on it at least once a week. Currently I support myself through the family farm and by doing mechanical work for surrounding farms in the area as well. I must be revered as a pretty decent mechanic even though I have little schooling in it, but I always said practice is the best teacher.

What to Expect

Come back to my blog every week for a fresh, new post about vehicles. It might be about a new car or truck that is coming out, a general rundown on a specific make or model, the new bike trail I found or anything else that pops into my crazy brain. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I plan to. See you next week!