Fat Bike Snow Ride #1

Last night I went for my first ever fat bike ride on snow with my Surly Pugsley.¬† About 10 minutes into the car ride I blurted out, ďSHIT!Ē and my friend driving stabbed at the breaks not knowing what I was yelling shit about.¬† I had just realized after reminding myself multiple times to grab my winter boots I had done just that, forgot them in the garage.¬† The night was off to a bad start already as the sneakers I had on were more suited for summer use than riding a fat bike in 30 degree temperatures in the dark. ¬†Seriously, who goes to the mountains in the dead of winter with shoes youíd wear in the summer?¬† That would be me.¬† I even had a chance to choose between my Gore-tex sneakers and the ones I brought.¬† Some times I worry about myself.

Noted the sneakers!

When we got to the trails at Crystal Springs the parking lot was frozen solid, great conditions for fat bikes.¬† Things were looking up for my first ride.¬† I got dressed and had no idea how much or how little to wear.¬† Iíve ridden in winter before but at lower elevation and on a mountain bike so I wasnít exactly sure how to dress.¬† I went with the more is better approach, except my shoes of course.¬† I filled my pockets with a water bottle, camera and some food and I was off.¬† I followed behind my buddy who was skating (skiing that is) and he quickly yelled to me, ďItís so weird to have someone following me on a bike!Ē¬† I just laughed as I was thinking the same thing.

The snow was hard and I was flying along like I was on solid dirt.  My feet were not too cold and neither was the rest of me so I was happy.  After about two miles I had to split off due to trail restrictions and went my own way.  During the break I stopped a moment to admire the clear skies and the stars.  They were just popping!  I followed snowmobile trails up toLostLakewhich was mostly all uphill and I quickly got too hot.  Lucky for me my gloves have leashes so I was able to remove them.  The hat was next to go and then the zippers on my jackets.  I climbed about 2.5 miles and finally it was time to turn around.  I was not ready to turn around as there were so many side trails to explore.  I zipped up and put my gloves and hat back on, then turned downhill.  I almost hit 30 mph on the way back down!  I also froze too!

Where's the picture of the bike on that sign?

The rest of the ride was straight forward and I used the time to evaluate the nights ride.  Here is a list of things I learned on my first ride:

 

  1. Large winter gloves and trigger shifters donít mix, switch to GripShift.
  2. Gloves were too warm for temperature.
  3. Bring ski goggles for descent ó No one likes freezing tears.
  4. Remember your winter boots!
  5. Contour cameras need lots of like to film at night.
  6. Wear a pack so I can switch gloves/clothes if need be.
  7. Large tires on really cold snow make weird noises and youíll think itís a cougar behind you.
  8. Snow riding on a fat bike is AWESOME!!!

 

Enjoy the small amount of footage I was able to take in this video. Sorry not much to see as I need more light.

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Scatman

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