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).
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!!! 😉
Ok, so there are manyothersuperlatives 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“!
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:
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!
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:
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:
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.
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 …