Reasons You Should Start Riding a Fat Bike This Winter
|Riding the Noquemanon Trail|
Network - Marquette, MI
While many people continue to ride their road and mountain bikes through the winter, many people may not be comfortable doing this. A bike with big tires, typically 4 inch or 5 inch really provides stability in snow and you'll just float when you ride on packed snow.
And who doesn't need to exercise. Riding a fat bike just gives you another reason to go outside this winter. Bundle up in your layers, grab a group of friends and head out on the trails or through your city. Pound out a few winter miles. Your body will appreciate it. And you'll have a smile on your face the whole time you're doing it.
3. New Friends
The Fat Bike community of riders out there are out there to have fun. Each ride I've taken other people on fat bikes always want to have a conversation about fat bikes. People who are not on fat bikes are curious about them. Each event / race I've done people are supportive of each other and help each other out. And eventually you get to know these people and they become fast and true friends. I've probably made more friends in the last year than I have in the last 5 years combined. And if you ever need advice... Just ask. There's even a great Facebook Group, Fat Bikes, just for Fat Bikers to share information, share rides, and ask questions to. You might even make a few new friends to ride with.
|Making new fat biking friends. Group ride out of Fyxation.|
Photo Courtesy of Nick Ginster (Fyxation)
Riding a fat bike into the woods on packed trails (usually done by snowshoers or groomers) gets you out to explore nature with a whole new view. The forest is magical in winter. Bare trees, animal tracks to view, snow on the ground, the sun bringing it all to a sparkle. You'll get to see the trails you ride all summer in a whole new way.
5. Feeling Happy
With that smile on your face as you ride through the snow - there's no other feeling like it. Maybe winter will become your favorite time of the year? Bring friends along and the smiles turn into laughs. Have fun in the winter.
|Smiles come naturally when riding my|
Fyxation Blackhawk fat bike.
I've always been a winter person but riding a fat bike made me love it even more. Therefore, yes, this just might happen to you too. Winter, that one season of cold and snow just might become your favorite. Riding a fat bike on snow is not like anything you've ever ever done before. As soon as the leaves start changing colors, you'll be dreaming of the white stuff falling from the sky. And as soon as it does, you'll be out the door riding your bike with a smile on your face.
7. You Might Want Snowshoes Too
|Snowshoes are a great way to pack |
down trails to ride.
Once you get on a fat bike you'll be asking yourself "Why didn't I do this sooner?" I know I did. The experience, the culture and the friends I made were all worth the investment into buying a fat bike.
And riding in snow is just magical...
"This first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" J.B. Priestley