6. Pearl Izumi Thermal Skull Cap – $25
While some fat bikers swear by ski helmets, I personally find Pearl Izumi’s Thermal Skull Cap under a standard mountain biking helmet to be plenty of warmth when my heart rate is up. But if the mercury really takes a dive into below-zero temperatures, an insulated downhill ski helmet with a pair of goggles is a great way to keep your head warm.
7. Oveja Negra Frame Bag – $100
Almost all fat bikes are hardtails or rigid, which means there’s plenty of space in the main triangle to fit a frame bag. Not only am I addicted to frame bags for all of my mountain bike uses, but if you’re using water bottles or soft flasks, tossing them in a quality frame bag like one of these from Oveja Negra can add an extra level of insulation and keep them from freezing.
Riding in temperatures too cold for the frame bag to do any good? Try out the Winter Bot from Bar Mitts for maximum water insulation.
8. Topeak Smartguage D2 – $35
With the high volumes and ultra-low tire pressures required for perfect fat bike traction, adjusting your tire pressures by half of a PSI can make a massive difference in how your bike handles ground conditions. A standard floor pump is incapable of accurately measuring these minute differences in pressure at the low end of the spectrum, so a standalone low pressure gauge is required. This digital gauge from Topeak is the best on the market, with a digital readout, the ability to use either Presta or Schrader valves with the flick of a switch, and a bleed button to let air out.
9. Niterider Lumina 750 – $140
Along with the cold and snow come short daylight hours. Don’t let the long nights keep you off the trail–buy a light for night riding! While there is no end to the options available, models like the Lumina 750 are relatively affordable, compact (thanks to the single battery+light unit), and easy to charge with a USB cable.
10. Yakima Dr Tray – $579
Many fat bike riders overlook the task of transporting their new fat bike to the trailhead. Some bike racks simply are not compatible with wide fat bike tires. You might be able to jury rig some others to work with a few bungee cords. But very few bike racks are 100% compatible with full 5-inch fat bike tires, right out of the box.
The new Dr Tray from Yakima is one of the few racks that is fully compatible with big tires right away, and a plethora of other handy features make this rack an excellent choice!
While of course you don’t need all of the items on this list to get started riding in the snow, if you’re looking for a plug-and-play solution, pick up a fat bike from your local shop that fits you well, purchase these accessories, and you’ll be off into a winter wonderland of fun and enjoyment!