If you’re a winter cyclist, you know how challenging riding indoors can be. Instead of facing another indoor ride, you muster up your deep love for cycling to overcome your excuses and head out to ride in the cold, windy, and snowy winter weather. And while it’s not always easy to ride outside in winter, you enjoy the chill on your face, the wind whipping through your helmet holes, and the satisfaction of completing your training ride.
Yet, winter cycling doesn’t have to be a tough experience. No doubt, having the right cycling apparel can make an otherwise grueling outdoor ride into a much more enjoyable experience – especially when you have a fat bike!
While we’ve written about the joys of riding a fat bike, you may not know the hidden benefits of riding a fat bike.
Although obvious, riding a fat bike actually gets you outside! Wave goodbye to the trainer and the perils of riding indoors during the winter months and say hello to a fresh, new training experience that reconnects you with your passion for riding. Riding a fat bike is fun! And, while you are giggling and exploring the trails on your fat bike, your overall cycling endurance and stamina is improving.
The simple fact that riding regularly and consistently is building your overall cycling endurance and agility too! One of the first things you’ll notice when riding a fat bike is how much you use your body english (the way you control your shoulders, hips, and legs) to move the bike where you want it to go. Depending on snow and trail conditions, you may find yourself playing with the way you distribute your weight and experimenting with different body positions. You will also be working on your balance and core strength.
A bonus of riding in soft conditions is that it requires more power, more strength, and more torque, to ride the same terrain. This requires a higher expenditure of energy in a short period of time making a great whole body workout. All in all, this translates to improved fitness, strength, and renewed training motivation which sets you up nicely for the spring cycling season.
If you haven’t ridden a fat bike and you want to, now is the time to do it! Demo a fat bike at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado. Make sure to check out our fat bike selection of cycling apparel, bike parts, and cycling accessories too. Welcome to the fat bike club!