1983 FAT Chance

restored by: Fraggle

owner: Cycleshark


Built in 1983 at Fat City Cycles, Somerville Massachusetts

Serial# 8322

Size 23"

Weight 14.0 Kg

Shimano Deore XT M700 "deerhead" groupset

3x6 speed friction shifting

Tommaselli Racer (Italy) motorcycle brake levers

Specialités T.A. (France) Cyclotourisme triple crankset


Chris Chance started building offroad bicycles in 1982, to this point he was making roadbikes. This is Fat Chance number 22 of 1983. The frame is TIG welded and comes with the unique Reynolds 531 (UK) box crown fork. Fat Chance was using a long BMX seatpost combined with shim, to get the extension which allows the sloping top tube frame design.

This is a typical example of an early Eastcoast build.