All posts by Tom Kolesnik

I'm just a guy who has a passion for producing videos that capture the adventure of all forms of cycling (especially fat biking) and other outdoor endurance pursuits. “If It Was Easy Everyone Would Do It” is often heard from those who enjoy meeting difficult challenges and persevering when others might not. This is what motivates me as an endurance junkie and videographer!

Video Time: Fat Biking Winter Groomed Trails

Looking back at a great day of fat biking on the winter trails at Grand Beach Provincial Park in Manitoba, Canada.

These are multi-use winter trails (Park designation) that are groomed for classic and skate XC skiing. Others use the trails as well (hikers and snowshoers, but they can mark up the trails).
We fat bikers with our wide tires (3.7 inches minimum up to 4.8 inches) and low tire pressure (below 8 PSI, 10 PSI max is advised) can ‘float’ on the firm-ish packed trails and cruise along at speed, while having great control (good grip).
As long as we stay off the set classic ski tracks, avoid the trails once it’s warmer (near O C) and ride in a smart courteous way, we can enjoy the trails and not conflict with others on the trails, especially the skiers. Our speed is very compatible with good skate skiers, while the classic skiers are much slower, so give a friendly warning as you approach them (just like skate skiers have to).
33. GB FB TD 3 - Rear 21b
Groomed winter trails can be a blast for us fat bikers, as long as we use them correctly and with good trail etiquette! Remember though that while access to these trails may be allowed at this time and at this location (a Provincial Park – not a private ski trail location), this access could be lost. So … 3.7 inch minimum width tires, keep the pressure low and avoid the trails if they are warm/soft!


There are lots of good times ahead for fat biking on groomed winter trails as many XC ski trail facilities are opening their trails to fat bikes (in Canada, for example, the famous Canmore Nordic Centre is now open to ‘fatties’) and folks are starting to groom fat bike specific trails!
BIG FAT FUN AHEAD FOR SURE!!! 😉

Grand Beach Fat Bike Throw Down #3: Even More Awesome in Pictures!

Ok, so there are many other superlatives that I could use to describe how AWESOME this past Sunday’s Throw Down #3 was, but hey, #1 was Awesome, #2 was More Awesome and yes, #3 was Even More AWESOME!

Our happy herd (think Big Fat Manitoba Bisons!) of 9 fatties started even earlier in the morning, due to rising spring temps, but in the end conditions turned out to be stellar!

We cruised the Grand Beach ski trails on our low-pressure fat tires and only left dimple marks behind!
The XC skiers we met and shared our potluck feast with were unanimous in their awe at how smoothly we floated on the packed snow trails and marveled at how cool are bikes are … “you can’t ride a fat bike without smiling“!

GB FB TD 3 - Greg's Pic 4
Photo Credit: Gregory McNeill

With all the sweet GoPro video footage I have from all three Grand Beach Throw Downs ‘in-the-can’, I will have to get to work on a slick snappy video … maybe a ‘Trailer’ to get things rolling … but first, check these pictures:

Gregory McNeill’s at his ‘Rocky Mountain Hiker Part Deux’ Flickr

My GoPro Screen Caps Gallery:

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Fri Night Fat Bike Trail Ride – Picture Perfect!

With snow melting temperatures on the way, this past Friday night’s trail ride at Assiniboine Park and Forest was billed as a last chance for us Winnipegger fat bikers to  trail ride on snow.  Today the snow is melting and our prediction is coming true.
So, how was Friday night’s ride? … Picture Perfect!

Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Handle Bar

As you can see by these screen caps and the smiles on all ten of our faces (while riding and as we relaxed at Joe Black’s Café) after 2 & 1/2 hours of cruising pathways and carving up snow packed single track!  Good times and worth of a snappy video.   But for now, check out the gallery:

1. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 1
The sun has set, so we’re off at the Duck Pond
2. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 1
KC, Al and Kevin (on the fat-trike)
5. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 3
Ok, does KC know my rear cam’s on? 😉
4. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 2
KC barely noticing the stairs
8. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 5
Ken ‘ramping’ the Tavern in the Assiniboine Park
3. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 2
Fatbikers laugh at stairs
13. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 9
Here comes Al and the dark …
10. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 7
Oh yah, we still have snow in Winnipeg Mike!
9. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 6
Mike from Morden looking for snow …
6. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 3
What to do with a toboggan hill?
7. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 4
Oh yah …
14. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 10
Cory and Ken leading the pack
16. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 11
Last of the wide pathway …
12. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 6
Cruising the Ass. Forest main path
15. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 10
Time for lights
11. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 5
KC showing off MY patriotic mitts – Oh Canada!
17. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 11
Ken chasing KC onto the singletrack
18. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 12
Cruising by Fat-trike Kevin
33. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 21
Back on the pathways
19. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 13
Cruising the narrowing trail
38. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 22
Al threading the narrow track
32. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 22
Al working the Boardwalk
31. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 20
Working the Boardwalk
29. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 17
Bright lights help …
39. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 27
David totally focused on the narrow path
40. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 28
Out of the forest
37. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 26
David working the super-narrow singletrack
35. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 24
Leaving the Ass. Forest
20. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 16
Checking out my front floatation
41. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 23
Back on pavement 😦
23. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 16
Ken skidding his way by
42. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 24
Cruising in back into Ass. Park
24. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 13
‘Click’ … nice job Ken
22. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 15
Another straight rideby
30. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 21
Al cruises on the boardwalk
21. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Rear 14
First rideby my ‘photobooth’
45. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 33
Ken and Cory on the Footbridge
46. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 34
KC and Mike on the Footbridge
49. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 36
Cory trying to ‘ride’ right into our cafe stop 😉
50. Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Helmet 37
Oh yah, Joe Black’s Coffee Bar! Yes, they sell beer! 🙂

 

Last chance NIGHT TRAIL RIDE ON SNOW?

Fri Night Trail Ride – Assiniboine Park/Forest: Who’s In?
A bunch of ‘Fatties’ have already check in … see ya there!

What: Probably last chance to NIGHT trail ride ON SNOW. All bikes welcome, fat bikes best suited.
Where: Meet at the Ass. Park Duck Pond Shelter
When: Fri, 4 Apr 7:45 PM for a 8:00 PM sunset/start
It might look like kinda like this:

Grand Beach Fat Bike ‘Throw Down’ #3: Sun 6 Apr – More Awesome Please!

GB FB TD #2 was super awesome, so of course we want more awesomeness this weekend … ‘please sir can I have some more’ (bacon that is)!

Sunday, April 6…8:30 a.m. start time – Note earlier start time!
Yes, we have permission.
BBQ Potluck: bring food + lawn chairs.
There is a Plan B if the temps are too warm.

Park and Trail Map Here:
Grand Beach Prov Park – Winter Trails Map

Grand Beach Fat Bike Throw Down #2: More awesomeness in pictures!

Well, since we had such a blast cruising our fatties on the rolling Grand Beach trails on Throw Down #1, we headed back out there this past Sunday for Throw Down #2 … upping the ante with a potluck feast after!  Fatbiking and Bacon … they just seem perfect together!  It was a bit warmer; so we started sooner to maximize the firm snow conditions and all was well.
All was well that is … until we were ‘photo ambushed’ by Greg McNeill.
Greg's Photo-Ambush 1

Greg's Pics 1
Photo Credit: Gregory McNeill

Check out Greg’s handy work here:
Greg’s – ‘Rocky Mountain Hiker Part Deux’ Photostream

*UPDATE:  Check out Greg’s article in Community News Common:
A little known piece of Manitoba Paradise

Check out my GoPro screen caps here:

GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 1
Rear Cam – Check!
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 2
Ken Stojak and David Cobb (on his new 9 Zero 7)!
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 6
Ken about to carve a corner
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 9
Al and David in cruise mode
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 14
David picking up the pace
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 5
Ken, Jason and Al Barr (on his new Mulluk 2).
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 15
Al enjoying his new fattie
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 10
Al and David chasing me down
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 4
David and Ken on the wheel
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 8
David cranking it up
Post Ride Feast 1
Let the feast cooking begin 🙂
Post Ride Feast 3
No complaints from KC or Charles
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 12
Ken getting ready to smoke by me
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 16
Al and David crank’n their new fatties
Post Ride Feast 2
Who knew Al was a cheese man?
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 17
Ken decided he would borrow my GoPro Chesty cam … to show off his one handed skills
Post Ride Feast 5
Who knew Ken was a salmon man?!
Post Ride Feast 4
Did someone say more BACON?!
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 18
Ken in passing mode again
Post Ride Feast 6
Was that bacon flovoured salmon or salmon flavoured bacon?!
GB FB TD #2 - The Ride 19
The end of another sweet fattie trail ride

Grand Beach Fat Bike Throw Down #1: Awesome in Pictures!

Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 10

With Grand Beach Provincial Park staff approval to ride the winter trails and good conditions, a fun group of nine Fat Bikers enjoyed a great day ‘rolling our fatties’!
Check it out in these GoPro screen-cap pictures …

7. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 3
Liam on his custom “Fat Levels’ Pugsley
6. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 2
‘Fat Levels’ represented by Liam and Mike B
8. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 4
Ken S already smiling, even before he got to demonstrate his downhill prowess
11. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 10
You can see the tread dimples and minor tracks left on the firm skate ski surface
5. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 5
The -20C start to the ride made for solid conditions
1. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 2
Mike H, Liam, Mike B and Cory ready for the trails
10. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 6
Mike B cruising
4. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 4
Hitting the trails …
15. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 7
Mike H and the pack ‘eating’ up the trail
12. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 9
For every uphill …
17. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 13
Cory and Mike B cruising along …
27. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 24
The end of a great Fat Bike group ride on the sweet Grand Beach Winter Trails
23. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 21
Apparently smiling while fat biking is un-avoidable … just ask Mike H
21. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 19
Liam cruising in at the end
16. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 11
Ken S had no problem holding my wheel on the downhills and slipping past me in complete control
26. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 14
The evidence is clear … we fat bikers with wide and low pressure tires on properly groomed trails are leaving the right ‘impression’!
18. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 14
Cory in his happy place … on his fat bike!
28. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 23
Nothing like a cozy fire to top it all off
25. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 15
Our low pressure fat bike tires left little impression on the trails
14. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 9
Mike H and Ken S cruising the near perfect conditions
22. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 20
Ken never did stop smiling
24. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 17
Plenty of snow base, fairly recent ski trail grooming and some colder temps meant nice trails
13. Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Helmet 8
There’s a downhill 🙂

Looks like we’ll be back … soon!