The Axiom Fatliner Rack fits on the first generation Trek Farley Fat Bike

I was looking up racks that would fit on my first generation Trek Farley Fat Bike. It took some research, but I found the Axiom Fatliner rack, which does fit on this first generation Farley. There wasn’t a ton of information out there, so I wanted to post this so that anyone in a similar position could use this as a reference, and you may also find this Bikepacking.com article of use, as I did. The Axiom Fatliner came with multiple mounting options. I imagine most bikes would use the dual mounting option for two braze-ons on either side of the seat post, but (as seen below) the first gen Trek Farley only has one single in-frame bolt hole. I have a dropper seat post, so I didn’t want to install a different clamp with mounting points, and it probably wouldn’t change much anyway.

I found the rack for a pretty good price locally at Milwaukee’s Bikesmiths shop (I think it was $45…?). They have a bustling internet sales business, and if you’re local you can also pick up in-store and save on shipping costs. This is a nice option and you can generally acquire your parts quicker than if they were shipped. Make sure to look up their shop hours if you’re in a hurry.

Detail of the included solo-bolt bracket, which you will have to bend to the desired angle. I used my workbench mounted vise, wrapped the bracket in a towel so it didn’t mar and easily bent it to the desired angle.

As you can see, it’s far from an elegant application. The rack is about 6 inches above the tire, meaning the weight of my saddlebags will be carried higher than preferable. But such is life when you’re making due with what you already own and are spending $45 on a rack instead of a more elaborately equipped $2,000 bike. I’m happy the Axiom Fatliner option exists for the Trek Farley.

The rear triangle mount is, again, awkward from a design standpoint, but it gets the job done. I generally don’t like all of my weight to be on bolts, but I don’t plan on using this but for a few trips and it should accomplish what I need.
The rear view of the
Axiom Fatliner on the
first generation Trek Farley.
Strangely tall, oh well. It’ll do.

I’m using this bike on a trip to False Cape State Park on the Virginia coast. One hikes or backpacks in about 8 miles to camp on the beach. I don’t know what the trails are like, so I figured I’d bring the fat bike in case I’d be riding on sand for some distance, instead of my regular touring ride. I’m pretty sure 3.8 inch tires will work better than 700×38. This way I can put the weight of our food in saddlebags instead of on my back…it will also be a lot quicker to get to the water station a few miles away for refills.

Anyhow, if you’re looking to rack equip your first generation Trek Farley, the Axiom Fatliner is an easily workable option.

Turned 40, Continuing to Get Rad on the Regular

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Got to the trails this morning and asked the first person I saw about trail conditions. “Well. It’s a little dusty,” he grimaced. I grinned and nodded, recalling a spring of trails too wet to ride at all. Last week I turned 40. By 40 my dad had already accepted a life of struggling to find his mouth with a quavering spoon, watching the world through drawn curtains, and wailing incoherently at the world and us through the depressive fury of Huntington’s Disease. Ride through the sun-glint waves of settling dust or kick up some new, all the rest of this is a fucking bonus. . . . . . #lchiem #getactionbesane #getrad #radderthandeath #huntingtonsdisease #ridebikesbehappy #trails #bike #fatbike #mountainbike #philosophy #forevertwowheels #poetry

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Delighting in the Fleet of Prairie Grasshoppers

Recent Cityscape Photography

Lately I’ve been taking walks and bike rides around my fair city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Taking a walk is quite useful for noticing interesting compositions for photographs. Biking can be a little fast for observation, but works sometimes too. I think it was Thoreau who extolled the virtues of sauntering around with a half-focused demeanor of observation in search of wonder.

Here’s a window into what I’ve seen lately, taken generally with my phone and not a more earnest camera. I consider them sketches. These are all on Instagram for simplicity, feel free to follow me there.

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Turf

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Sunbird.

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New Poetry in Junk Drawer Magazine

I sent out a few poems to the folks at Junk Drawer Magazine and two were accepted. One is relatively recent, and the other I wrote when I worked at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (a factual poem about House Wrens making nests). Click the cover image below (Junk Drawer’s artwork, not mine) to see the latest edition.

Spring Trail Photography at Riveredge Nature Center

I’ve been out practicing photography more at Riveredge Nature Center this spring. Comparing my recent pictures with pictures from last year, it’s exciting to see how my work has grown. Lots of practice.

Spring, fall, and winter are great because of all of the shadows. Until the leaves drop again, summertime is for flowers on days without too much direct sunlight. Have a look at what I’ve been up to below.

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Ecologists will talk about “plant communities,” which may sound silly at first. What they are referencing is that each plant or tree or fungus is specific about moisture, sunlight, soil type, and a slew of other factors. Plants that have similar needs, or offset or work in concert with one another will flourish in close proximity to these needs; functioning very much as a community. These interactions become more apparent the closer one looks. So we invite you to get down to plant-eye level on the trail and study the interconnected universe of moss and fungus and lichen and downed trees and flowers too residing along the trails at @riveredgenaturecenter. As we like to say, “Everything is connected to everything else.” – Leonardo da Vinci . . . . . #spring #flowers #ecology #milwaukee #wisconsin #ephemerals #photography #plantphotography #moss #springephemeral #wildflowers #westbend #ozaukee #forest

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Pictures from the Black Lives Matter Kids Walk Protest in Milwaukee

Pictures taken at the What About Us #BlackLivesMatter Kids Walk #protest Saturday, June 6 in #Milwaukee. Click the arrow to see more pictures.