With a change of seasons comes a change in tools for mountain adventure. If you’re like many of us here in Steamboat, we like to play. And just because the snow starts to fall doesn’t mean we hang up our two wheeled toys, it just means we GO FAT!
Fat biking is the fastest growing segment of the biking industry and I have to say I think that is rightfully so. They’re pretty wild looking and almost hilarious to ride around on, yet they open some amazing doors to winter two wheel recreation!
So what makes them so fantastically fat? Well mostly it’s their balloon like tires! Most true fat bikes have around 5” tires which provides a huge cushion of rubber and air to keep you afloat on top of soft surfaces like snow and sand.
Personally I’ve found the sport of fat biking to be the perfect complement to my winter activities. Largely because it fills the gaps… and by this I mean when the skiing/snowboarding is great with soft snow, the fat biking is usually less than ideal, it also means the inverse is true. Fat biking is a pretty big fan of firm snow conditions which makes it awesome when the snow conditions at the ski area are less than awesome. We now have no excuse as to why we’re not playing in the snow!
So where do you go to rent or purchase equipment? Pretty much any bike shop in Steamboat now carries fat bikes of some sort so the options are plentiful.
Riding options are also numerous. Ranging from Nordic Centers, Howelsen Bike Trails, Rabbit Ears Pass and even the Steamboat Ski Area(outside of operating hours and only on green cat track terrain, see info center at base for more details).
So if you want to roll year round or just try something new this winter, I highly recommend getting out and trying a fat bike.