Monday, February 16, 2015

Snowy winter days = fat bike paradise!

With the seemingly never ending winter still going full tilt, it may be time to consider winter riding. In the past, snow and ice rendered trails impassable, forcing us to take the winter off, or stay inside on the trainer, Now with the exploding popularity of Fat Bikes, we can ride all year around, and enjoy it! Fat bikes give you the extra traction and versatility needed to traverse frozen snowy trails, while providing the gearing options and comfort needed for off road winter use.

What are some basic equipment guidelines for a fat bike that will be primarily ridden on snow?

  1. Wide tires — deep snow coverage may require tires wider than 3.5 inches.
  2. Tire pressure will often be less than 10 PSI.
  3. Enough floatation that you can travel over snow without leaving a rut deeper than one inch.
  4. Sufficient traction that you are able to safely control your bike and ride in a straight line.

If you are interested in learning more about Fat Bikes stop in at Circle City Bikes, we'll get you on a test ride, get your geared up, answer your questions and have you out enjoying these winter days!

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