Fatbikes: winter sport fun for biking- and fitness enthusiasts
Little children are greeting, the grandparents look puzzled and the women wink at me: the 4.8-inch wide tires of the fatbike are real eye-catchers.
Fatbikes (also fat bikes) or as sports name fat biking was mainly designed for use on sand and snow. The idea for this has been around for a very long time, but the first concrete models have been manufactured around 1980 in Alaska and contemporaneous in Mexico. Since some time the hype around fat biking and it’s lifestyle has also reached Europe. Nowadays you will hardly find a bike store where no fatbike is showing in the window display.
Why fat biking?
Arriving at destinations, which are unattainable for regular mountain bikes during the cold season, makes this piece of sports equipment a real winter outdoor-activity alternative. It seems to appeal especially to men, who love endurance sports and exposure to extreme and in this case cold conditions.
For sure this combination opens new possibilities for all passionate bikers who would otherwise have to renounce their hobby during winter. Even the fitness factor should not be underestimated: on average, about 1,500 calories are burned in an hour of fat biking.
Get into your functional clothing and then out into the open. Step into the pedals, start sweating and enjoy this new prospective on the countryside. Step away from standard indoor activities and find yourself in a new adventure. This is fat biking and you should have tried it.
By regular training fat biking can contribute significantly to improve your endurance, despite this cruising around with this vehicle makes you just look cool.
What does this mean for winter? Get down from the couch and up on the saddle.
In Europe are several events where you get the opportunity to try and test a fatbike. A very popular one ist the “Snowbike Festival” in Gstaad (Switzerland) from 19 to 22 January 2017.