Chillax and ride on your girl’s wheel, but not too close. Bring extra snacks. Build a fire. Crank some good tunes. Be rad.
How to organize a fat bike poker run. The most fun you’ve had with your clothes on….. preferably layers.
I’m no expert and I race simply for the camaraderie and fun of it so take my advice with a grain of salt. Also, I don’t dive into fueling or race strategy here. My strategy is to keep turning the cranks and not fall too much. For perspective, the races that I’ve done so far have ranged from 14 miles to 25 miles in the snow and 30 to 70 on dirt single track. Most of these tips pertain to snow/cold weather racing.
While everyone was tucked in their beds dreaming of sugar plums dancing in their heads, Studd Pyles and I packed our bikes and rode to Frye Lake to camp under the stars and watch the sky for Santa and his reindeer. This post is about a very special Christmas Eve spent bikepacking in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming from Sinks Canyon State Park to Frye Lake.
I don’t think about what to wear for a winter ride. I wear the same kit every for ride and keep it handy in a a laundry basket dedicated to my cycling clothes. I also carry the same items for every ride and in the same exact place on my bike. This takes the guesswork out of what to bring, keeps me from fumbling for gear with cold fingers and I know that I will have everything that I need in case of an emergency.
Wanna ride in the cold but not be cold? Here are 8 suggestions for how to layer for winter cycling so that you can have fun, stay fit, be outside, and avoid the trainer! From boobs to boots – learn how to kit up to stay warm.
Buying a fattie? Congrats on your gateway to winter fun! There are so many fat bikes on the market, the best thing that you can do is take some test drives. Borrow bikes from friends. Try different brands from different shops. In addition to how a bike feels, the type of riding you plan to do is your biggest consideration. If you are a beach rider in Florida then a fully-rigid (no suspension) fat bike is a great option. If your fattie will be your year-round rig for every type of terrain consider suspension.
Want to challenge yourself in the snow and have fun at the same time? Here is a list of fat bike races in the West. Race. Train. Smile. Repeat.
The biggest challenge with winter cycling on my fat bike is finding the right winter cycling boot to keep my feet warm. I’ve been riding a fat bike in the snow since 2012 and I’ve noticed that, on the whole, my feet get colder than my partner’s. It’s not just in my head. Women’s feet really do get colder than men’s.