- Deep snow is hard to ride in, even on a fat bike
- But boy is it fun!
- Snow is slippery and you can skid a lot
- This results in a lot of laughing
- And some happy screaming
- And a few near falls
- I'm better at controlling a bike through skids than I thought I was
- But look forward to getting even better
- It's easier to ride in the ruts where a car has already driven
- Pedals quickly get packed with snow making your boots slip even though the pedals have those little pins (12 per side on the VP Vice Trail Pedals I have) that are supposed to keep your shoes from slipping
- It makes sense to carry some sort of tool to knock the packed snow out of your pedals
- Wearing wraparound bicycling glasses may keep the snow out of your eyes but soon they are so wet from falling snow you can't see out of them anyway
- Mid-calf, warm socks may keep your feet warm but don't help your upper calves, especially when you have zippers up the back legs of your fleece-lined pants
- Zippers get really cold on your legs when it's 30 degrees F
- Leg gaiters may be a smart investment
- And certainly some tall, warm socks so my feet and legs stay warm
- Clothes get kinda wet when it's snowing
- So a water resistant, warmer jacket is on my wish list
- A toilet brush (clean, of course) is a good tool for cleaning snow out of your tires after your ride
- People who see you riding smile, wave or stare - and sometimes all three - when they see you riding your fatbike in the snow
And most of all...
Riding in the snow on my Salsa Beargrease is really fun!!
Oh, I've had a couple of moments when I've gotten a little tired or frustrated and I can't yet hop my bike over a curb (Ben from Milltown gave me a lesson on how to do this on a group ride last Tuesday - I have a ways to go before I can jump up a curb let alone pop a wheelie with much success) but overall I really do have fun when I'm out riding Bear. Riding Bear makes me feel a bit like a clown on one of those silly clown bikes you see in a parade. It makes me smile. And laugh. It makes other people smile and laugh. Riding Bear makes me feel kind of adventurous. Makes me want to ride off the road and through a field even though I know I'm going to end up pushing my bike or even fall over.
Owen is having fun, too. And together we're getting out there on our fat bikes - even when it's snowing. More like especially when it's snowing! - and we're getting a lot of exercise, spending time together and, yes, having lots of fun!