Bicycles aren’t just for summer anymore. Fat tire bicycles have spun into the national spotlight as a new winter trail sport. In Eagle River, we welcome fat tire bikers to explore the hundreds of miles of snow-covered trails in the area. While our trails have accommodated other silent sports like cross country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts for decades, cycling through hundreds of acres of public land is a brand new, snow-throwing kind of experience. Because cyclists are on wheels, snow conditions don’t necessarily determine whether it’s a good day for a ride.
The difference between fat tire bikes and traditional bicycles isn’t just in the name. Fat tire bikes literally have fat tires – typically 4 inches wide or wider. That thick base provides additional grip on shifting terrain, such as snow, making the ride much more enjoyable than a wipeout-filled ride on a traditional bicycle.
Pedaling in the snow can be quite a workout, but it’s a great way to stay in shape during the holiday season that usually includes a sedentary lifestyle and extra eating. For people who want to give this trendy new sport a try without making a major purchase, the Eagle River area has a large collection of rental shops to get you rolling.
If cross country skiing has been your winter tradition for years, it’s time to try a new active silent sport this winter. Start planning your wild trail ride in Eagle River by visiting EagleRiver.org.