Gearing up at the Budget Bicycle Center

Find today's bike trends at Budget Bicycle Center
Gearing up at the Budget Bicycle Center
Budget Bicycle Center

With four locations in downtown Madison, Budget Bicycle Center is the largest locally owned bike shop in town. Opened in 1979 by Roger Charly, Budget offers hundreds of new and used bicycles, in addition to parts and service.

Fat bikes–mountain bikes with giant cushiony tires–are one of the hot trends in the bike market today.They are popular for riding in winter, on both slushy streets and snow-covered trails. Fat bikes also work well in summer on rough roads and gravel trails.

Wisconsin-based Trek has come out with the fat bike “Farley 5” named after the late Madison actor Chris Farley, best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live.”

Gearing up at the Budget Bicycle Center

Anatomy of the “Farley 5”

Retailing for $1,649, this fat bike features:

26-inch wheels with 4.7-inch-wide tires for floating over snow, potholes and other obstacles.

A high-quality lightweight aluminum frameset that allows for a comfortable riding position.

Hydraulic disc brakes with a silky smooth feel and tremendous stopping power.

A quality drivetrain featuring 20-speed index shifting for negotiating hills and flats.

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