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Keep Up with Your Passion
Keep Up with Your Passion

You spent all summer getting your cardio exactly where you wanted it. Your Strava kilometres have never been higher. Your thighs are engines of forward momentum and you can take the stairs at work two at a time without breaking a sweat. But then the leaves fell, the colours changed and now your spandex is tucked away at the back of the closet while your snow pants dominate the front row. Cycling season is over.

Or that's what you thought, until that guy in your neighbourhood kept riding past in mid-January amidst big fat flakes. What's all the fuss about fat bikes anyway? Well, it may have a lot to do with folks like you who are simply not willing to abandon the cycling progress they've made. Fat bikes are an essential tool in extending your cycling season and while they may be the same species as your existing bikes, they are definitely a different animal.

Bigger Tires + Increased Traction = More Fun
Bigger Tires + Increased Traction = More Fun

The premise behind the fat bike is that the wider tires allow you to float above the snow, similar to the idea of a snowshoe. But anyone who's ever thrown a leg over one of these winter beasts can tell you that 'float' is not a word that comes to mind. Bigger tires equal more traction which ultimately equals more effort to achieve the same forward momentum your thighs bought you last August.


That doesn't mean fat bikes aren't fun. They most certainly are, but they are also a challenge. As long as you keep an open mind and your expectations for covering distance in check, you'll find that fat biking is a great way to stay on the bike in snowstorm season

Where You Can Fat Bike
Where You Can Fat Bike

So where can you fat bike in Bruce County? Community trails and rail trails are a great place to get started. Unlike shredding powder on a snowboard or skis, you will have an easier and more enjoyable outing if your riding surface is already packed down. Spots like Beiner's Bush Trail in Port Elgin and the Kincardine Trails and the Bruce County Rail Trail are all great places to start.  You can cycle the beaches during the winter months but remember the deeper the snow, the harder you'll have to work. Stay well back from the shoreline at all times.

Mountain Bike Trails Become Fat Biking Trails

Bruce County has some exceptional mountain bike trails, some of which are suitable for winter biking. Lindsay Tract and Brant Tract can both be tackled on a fat bike. While the trails aren't specifically groomed for fat biking, Brant Tract's popularity leads to well-packed, fun to ride trails, especially on the green and yellow loops.  Lindsay Tract's multi-use trails are available to fat bikers too. As always, watch for pedestrians, signal by bell or voice when coming up behind people, respect fellow users, stay on marked trails and share the trail.

Don't have your own fat bike? Rentals are available at Martin's Bicycle Shop in Southampton. Paradise Inn in Port Elgin also has fat bike rentals. Always call ahead to avoid disappointment.

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