Very nice Fat
Its always nice to watch the evolution of Fat bikes over the years. They always seemed well ahead of the bell curve.
That they were, and many great, and still relevant, (currently building), names passed through those doors. That's a legacy that can't be denied.
I see some of the Surly bikes, now, and feel they took some of their stuff from these early FAT bikes
Yes, very true. Apart from their bikes being so beautifully welded and riding like they were a living thing, I liked the fun way FCC advertised their product and the Yo Eddy moniker is still fresh even today.
All the others with the exception of Gary Fisher at the time banged on about their superior technology etc
I saw a 70s Skateboarding movie http://youtu.be/oCMHKTXNywA
( see about 19m.11sec) a few months back and the main protagonist had Fat City Racing on his BBC. I wonder if that's what inspired the company name
Fat City, I always assumed was, like "Wicked", just indicative of the boston/cape cod slang. Fat City meaning living large and Wicked, again about emphasizing that it was great, all in chowda head way.
Independent Fabrication would carry on that tradition of building into the company, the local flavor and phrase usage.
I could be wrong, as I've never looked up why "Fat City"; guess that's the problems with assumptions.
Now that's Cool, and the condition is amazing, exceptionally so.
DONT edit your pictures, the more the merrier, we all want to see them. If not for this place and contributions like this, we would never see such hidden treasure. (Fact).
The condition is deceiving, just a bit, as is well documented, these early Fats were plagued by internal rust issues; this one is not completely free of that issue. That said, it's not bad, from what I can tell, at least in the tubes that I have easy access to, and nothing has come through to the surface.
If I was keeping this one, the next step after finalizing the build, and making sure everything works and fits the way I intended, is to break it back down; polish each part, treat and rust proof the frame, then back together again.
This was bought from the original owner, a gentleman named Don, from Cape Cod, so considering it has lived its entire life in coastal Mass, it's in excellent condition. I have no idea how the salt water didn't get to it. No dents; no dings, and decals are all accounted for, if not just a bit weathered. If this was just an inch and a half larger, it would not be leaving my collection.