Roll a fatty in the snow and you’ll be addicted to winter biking for good. Fat tires aren’t just a passing fad. It’s twenty-year old technology with a purpose of its own, dedicated riders, and a growing circuit of unique races. They’re fun to ride on any surface from single track to rail trail, and all roads in between.
Fat tire bikes are just that – bikes with big tires. The wide profile tire allows riders to blaze over snowy surfaces like an air boat in the bayou. The bike floats rather than digging-in. The wider tire and lower air pressure offers more surface contact and greater traction. It’s a comfortable stable ride, and the elastic tire feels like a suspension on an otherwise rigid frame. Typical mountain bikes have more agility in dirt where tight turns are occasionally required, however, fat tire conquer a variety of terrain by just rolling over obstacles.
There are plenty of great places to fat tire bike in West Virginia. Think about all the rolling trails in Canaan Valley State Park, the cross country ski trails in Blackwater Falls State Park, or the Ridge Top and Roadside Trails at Coopers Rock State Forest. A little snow pack is best; too deep and your legs will scream. Remote rail trails or logging roads through Blackwater Canyon and Cheat Canyon are beautiful in the winter. Improved trails like the Cheat Lake Rail Trail or the network of Mon River Trails are also excellent resources for fat tire riders.
Find some of the best sales on fat tire bikes at Blackwater Bikes in Davis, WV, and Wamsley Cycles in Morgantown, West Virginia. Blackwater Bikes carry some of the original fat tire manufacturers like Surly and Salsa, while Wamsley Cycles has an inventory of Trek and Specialized bikes for riders of all sizes.
Blackwater Bikes is the only regional bike shop currently renting fat tire bikes. If you haven’t rolled a fatty in the snow yet, then get over to Davis, WV and rent from Blackwater Bikes. Get addicted today!