For more than a decade, fat bikes have allowed mountain bikers to roll deep over snow and ice. But not everyone has to contend with snowy winter conditions, and even those who do often choose to swap knobby tires for smooth skis and boards during winter months. There’s little doubt that a fat bike is the right tool for the job; the question is whether it’s a job worth doing.
Have You Ever Ridden a Fat Bike on Snow?
For more than a decade, fat bikes have allowed mountain bikers to roll deep over snow and ice. So what are you waiting for?
My advice on fatties in the snow is rent or borrow a rig on your local trails a few times before making a purchase. If the snow is fresh, groomed, and just below freezing, its a great ride. But if its rutty, icy, too cold or too warm, its literally tough sledding.
Frankly, I would not want to give up my fat. I ride year round and sand is no match. Loose soil is no match. The ride is unique and quite enjoyable. It’s a Jeep on two wheels and fun.
A Fat bike on snow is tons o’ fun! The only problem is, well, there’s snow, which means it’s cold – and despite having a closet full of expensive winter gear, I just do not like the cold.
….now, if we can figure out a way for there to be snow and 75-degree temps simultaneously we’d have a surefire winner! ; )
For those that have no interest, riding a fatty is a riot if done properly. It’s not about super boring snow-covered roads. It’s all about crazy lines that you could never do in the summer. And like any snow sport, you don’t always need a trail (depending on conditions).
snow and ice……..YES!…….. go get some!
I wish I had a fat…