When walking the streets of Golden on a recent visit, I found a fat tire on a bicycle.
No doubt I could have gone in the bicycle store and gotten the answer to the reason for a fat tire on a bicycle and where it would be used. Instead I used the source for answers -- the internet. Surly is the manufacturer. Quoting from the ad copy for the Moonlander model:
Such a large footprint allows you to ride them at very low pressure, and like a snowshoe enables even greater traction and float over all kinds of terrain…wet stuff, roots, rocks, pebbles, gravel, sand, and many types of snow.With that tire surface area, no doubt it takes a lot of leg power to pedal that bicycle -- no matter where you travel. Even if there are people.
Moonlander, like its name implies, is meant to go beyond where normal bikes, even normal fat bikes, can go. It is designed from the ground up to ride where there are no roads, no trails, no people.
Wonder. Did the bicycle come first. Or the beer.