In just over 3 weeks, the Third Annual Staunton Blizzard, the Front Range Fat Bike Race & Ride, will kick-off. No doubt it is a big, fat, fun day of racing and riding for a great cause. But, it’s an even BETTER day when you are riding a new fat bike!
First, if you are fat bike curious, schedule a demo with us and check it out. You’ll be surprised to learn how easy they handle and the wide variety of riding conditions they easily tackle. We’re especially fond of the Specialized Fatboy. We have found it to be a highly rated, mid-range fat bike that is usable for a wide range of ages and skill levels.
Once you have your bike, you’re going to have fat bike specific questions. A good first question asked is about tires and tire pressure. What kind of tires should I use? How wide? What pressure do I run? Tube vs. Tubeless? Here’s what we suggest. You have to match tire pressure with conditions. Softer snow conditions: 6psi. Harder conditions: 8-10psi. (much lower than the normal bike). Fat-bike tires are typically marked as 26 x 4.0 though most are really more like 26 x 3.7 or 3.8. The actual size of the mounted tire will vary depending on the rim width used for the wheel. Many riders prefer tubeless because they reduce over a point of rotation weight and they provide better traction.
You might be wondering how to dress when fat biking. Obviously, if you are going to be riding out in the cold, you’ll want to dress warm and dress appropriately. But what does that mean exactly? You have to think a little bit harder before and during your fat bike rides in the cold. Generally, the most important tip for keeping warm is to layer and to carry a pack to put your extra layers away. Some people prefer to wear ski goggles and a ski helmet, and lots of people wear winter boots. Poagies, insulated hand covers that slip over your handlebars, are also very useful for keeping your hands warm. Keeping your feet warm is key. Wearing boots, preferably waterproof, with thick socks on flat pedals or clipless boots with multiple pairs of socks works.
And don’t forget to cover your head! You can wear a buff or a cap and headgear. Buffs are really good for neck protection as well. Another option is balaclavas – especially so if you want to keep almost your entire face warm. Remember to wear appropriate eye protection too! The glare from the snow can be blinding. While not as stylish as some of the cycling eyewear we carry on BikeParts.com, you could consider wearing goggles to help protect our eyes and face in snowy conditions.
Now, all you have to do is ride your new fat bike and register for the Staunton Blizzard on February 23rd.
Get in on the fat bike action! Take your cycling to another level of fun in 2020! See you at the Staunton Blizzard on your new fat bike!