You've probably noticed an increase of people talking about fat biking the past year or two. With the increase of groomed winter trails, and new gear options that makes riding in the snow more of a pleasure, it's no surprise why more people are falling in love with the sport. Heading out for your first ride on the snow might seem daunting- we've broken down a list of essentials to get started. Get out, be safe, and have fun!
1. Fat Bike
While your regular mountain bike will probably do okay on hard packed snow at the beginning and end of the season, you will notice that a proper fat bikes make a HUGE difference when riding through the snow. Consider attending one of our demo days, or taking out of the demo bikes from our shop and see the difference for yourself. Check out the upcoming demo days at the bottom of the post.
2. Proper Layers
Effective layering is essential when heading out to exercise in the winter. Start with a synthetic base layer, an insulating layer (fleece or down depending on the temperature), and top with a water proof/ windproof layer. While keeping your core warm and dry is important, you will also want to take care to properly protect your extremities. Thick socks, warm gloves, and a thin insulating cap under your helmet will also help you stay warm. And lastly, don't forget to take care of your face and eyes
3. Pogies and Gloves
Keeping your hands warm will be one of your greatest challenges on the winter trails. There are several types of bar mitts, or pogies, to consider- from fleece lined, down insulated, or neoprene. Having an extra protective layer over your gloves will make a big difference for comfort.
4. Gaiters, Shoes, and Pedals
If you'e ridden in through the snow, you've noticed how quickly your feet can get wet and cold. Many riders decide to use flat pedals and warm hiking boots for winter riding. If you prefer to use clipless pedals in the winter, be sure to purchase some insulated shoes with cleats that you will be able to clear snow out of easily. Warm wool socks and gaiters will also help keep your feel warm, dry, and comfortable.
6. Insulated Water Bottles
To keep your water from freezing on the trail, carry warm water in an insulated water bottle. Be sure to also choose food and snacks that won't freeze.
7. Emergency Kit
Along with the basic first aid kit and bike tools that you usually carry in your pack, you will want to bring a few additional items with you in the winter. Bring a few chemical toe/hand warmers, a good headlight, a space blanket, and a fire starter.
Come out and ride with us!