More inclusive: Quality Bicycle Products, maker of Salsa and Surly brands, was the
key underwriters of the 2014 Fat Bike Summit. This may be the reason that other
invited big-name brands were not in attendance. A more united front would be helpful.
Sorry, 29ers: Areas that allow bikes
on groomed trails will require that their
tires are at least 3. 5 inches wide with a
tire pressure below 10 psi. This eliminates 29+ bikes, as well as conventional
—Learn safe ice travel. Riding on
frozen water can be extremely dangerous. Is the ice thick enough to support you? Take ice-fishing picks and
a length of rope when riding on lakes
—Understand changing conditions.
New snowfall or warming temperatures
can make the return trip much more
difficult. Tire tracks can be covered,
hard snow can turn to slush, and river/
pond ice can start to melt. Always
know the forecast and be aware of how
changing conditions might alter the safe
passage of your route.
PAY TO PLAY
Unless you frequent gravity parks,
the idea of paying an entry fee for your
riding experience may be a foreign concept. It is not, however, new to Nordic
skiers and snowmobilers who enjoy
their sport on groomed trails. Grooming
trails and securing right-of-ways over
private property can be expensive propositions. Resist riding on the coattails
of these two user groups. Donate to
their trail-grooming and maintenance
efforts, and join their organizations
(right after you join IMBA).
Finally, be friendly and courteous.
Fat bikers are the newest trail users,
and you know what they say about first
Snowblower: Felt showed a pre-production Lebowsk-e electric-assist fat bike that
used a Bosch crank-drive electric motor. It will be sold where Felt Bicycles are sold and
in electric-bike specialty retailers.