Snow! Cold weather! More snow! Wind! Ugh! The last few weeks the weather has played havoc on the cyclists along Colorado’s Front Range. Sure, we have had a few good days here and there to get some decent road rides in but for the most part, it has been a juggling act with the weather to maintain any commitment to getting in extra miles.
Yet, there are a few cyclists that are thoroughly enjoying this time of year and our weather. Who might they be? Those that ride fat bikes! According to singletracks.com, *On average, fat bike owners ride 76 times per year, that is double the amount that they expect to ride before they purchase a fat bike! Why not double your fun? Increase your rides and actually enjoy riding in the winter and the snow! Now is a perfect time to check out a fat bike for yourself. Here’s what you can expect.
Surprisingly, one of the most noticeable things about riding a fat bike is that they are easy to ride. Comfortable, in fact! The large tires provide more balance and control, which gives a beginner rider the confidence to seek more adventure. Also, because the large tires absorb a lot of the vibration from riding, there is less stress on your hands and lower back. And as deceiving as it might be, the larger tires do not equate to difficulty managing the bike. Maneuverability is just as easy as on a regular mountain bike.
Fortunately, fat bikes are versatile. Right now, they are great for riding in snow. Having a fat bike may actually motivate you to ride more in the winter conditions. However, they aren’t just for snow riding. Fat bikes can be ridden year round and in varying conditions. They do really well on dirt and many even race fat bikes for 100-mile mountain bike events. That may sound crazy but not so if you’ve ridden a fat bike. Fat bikes offer a unique experience and allow you to explore familiar trails in a new light. Fat biking lifts the winter doldrums by giving you new freedom to ride off-road.
Get in on the fat bike action! Demo a fat bike at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado and get ready for our upcoming Staunton Fattie Frenzy event. It’s a Fat Bike Celebration! Enjoy these extra posts on fat bikes, fattie bike parts, and fat bike cycling accessories.