Fat City Cycles - Slim Chance - Chris Chance Custom

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 8, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Fat City Cycles Slim Chance road bike, built by modern mountain biking pioneer, Chris Chance.

    The newest bike to my collection! Bought this from a fellow CABE-er and am absolutely in love with this bike. Chris Chance, most recognized for his Yo Eddy Fat Chance mountain bikes got his start in custom road bike building in the 1970's. After making his breakthrough and establishing Fat City Cycles, he briefly began rebuilding road bikes in the early 1990's. This is one of the 90's bikes, but I'm unsure of the exact story on this one.

    Chris' style is iconically eccentric, so I was very surprised to find this very plain-looking black Slim Chance. I do know that he built 10 Mavic spare support bikes for the professional racing season, and this bike shares those Mavic colors. I'd like to believe that this is one of those 10 bikes. I'll do some more research to figure out more info. Until then, enjoy the pictures!

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  2. #2 Posted Apr 9, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    From good ol Massachusetts. Got to go to his shop way back before he closed it. Was nice to see demos of them welding TI frames. Quality workmanship for sure.
     
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    When did he move out to California? Awesome that you got to meet him where it all started.

    It's definitely quality work...I've only been able to take down the street, but the ride quality is amazing. I've always wanted a high end classic road bike to take out every so often in lieu of my full carbon bike and this thing fills those needs perfectly.
     
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    Nice bike by the way. That looks like a TI Syncros post? Thats a rare piece there!
     
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    Yes sir! The decal is half-rubbed off on the back, unfortunately, and its length is totally maxed out because of my awkwardly long legs.


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  8. #8 Posted Jul 11, 2016

    On Training Wheels

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    I have a Fat Chance Wicked hanging in the shed, but I have always wanted an original Slim Chance. Your's looks like it's in great shape.
     
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    Thanks. Yep, I got very lucky...it's in fantastic shape. Paint, decals and components are close to perfect. I actually got the last part for the bike today, some vintage Ringle skewers. I'll try to post a photo update soon.
     
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  10. #10 Posted Sep 18, 2017

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    Did he move here? I know he was out here getting a bunch of frames built.
     
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    The east coast operations shut down in around 2000 or so. In the mid 90's is when the Somerville, MA shop shut down and ended up doing a deal with a Saratoga Springs, NY shop called Serotta to build their bikes. The California Fat Chance bikes came back a couple of years ago when Chris Chance decided to enter the business again.
     
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    I always a fan of Fat City Cycles and especially the "Don't Tread on Me Sticker" on the bottom of the seat tube near BB
     
  13. #13 Posted Oct 18, 2017 at 6:52 AM

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    I met him a couple of months ago at the company that builds his frames. He was introduced to me as "Chris". It took me a few minutes to realize who he was. I'm looking at racks of Fat Chance frames and I think, "Chris? Hey wait a minute".
     
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