Winter Fat Tire Bike Event – Big Eddy Lodge Northern Saskatchewan

December 15-16, 2019

A winter fat tire bike adventure set in the wilderness of Northern Saskatchewan at Big Eddy Lodge. There is a 14km ride into the lodge, where we will rest, share a meal, and have a sauna! Night riding and more sauna to follow.

https://www.bigeddylodge.net/events

SnowFondo 2018 Wintershines Festival Event

The 5th Annual Wintershines SnowFondo  is a free recreational fat bike ride of ~12.5, 25, or 37.5km with fun trails accessible for all riding abilities. This year’s ride will take place exclusively out at the new Man of the Trees Winter Fat Bike Trail Network at the SW edge of the City Limits near Cedar Villa.

We are excited to feature these new trails groomed using our grooming equipment recently purchased through a Wintershines grant and the “Well Groomed Fatbike Funraiser” event we organized this past fall.

A Purple course will contain more twisty single-track requiring a bit more balance, and the Orange course will allow riders to bypass portions of the tighter single-track. This way you are able to mix and match your ride as you like.

This is not a race, rather the focus is on exposing more folks to winter recreational riding in a fun social event. We will have several leaders for various speeds and abilities and you can link up with the group that meets your fitness and experience.

Full event participation guide will be available shortly and posted here on our website. An enormous effort has gone into creating and designating these trails for Winter Fatbiking – come check them out.

If you enjoy the trails and the efforts to hold this event, we invited you to  nurture our nature with a donation to help keep them groomed and maintained for future rides. https://www.trailforks.com/region/saskatoon/karma/

For more details please click on this SnowFondo link.

 

Winter Club Rides

To join us for the club rides on Tues evening (6:30 pm) and Sunday afternoon (1:30 pm) club rides (meeting at the old Mendel Art Gallery) we require you to be a member of the Sask Cycling Association (SCA).

The 2018 membership does not become available until later in December. If you are not currently a member of the SCA then you can fill out this event form and pay the $20 and then get a full 2018 membership when they become available. Either mail it to the SCA or bring it with you to the ride.

FFTB Club Riding Nov-Dec

For more information on our group rides click here: http://fatlanders.bike/group-rides/

Thanks so much and we hope to see you out!

 

Frosty the Fatbike

Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series is geared toward fat bikes racing on snow.
Started in 2014, they are excited to be back for 2018.

Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series was born out of the need for a competitive outlet for cyclist wishing to test their skill, fitness and mental fortitude against the elements of Winter.

Specially selected venues allow riders to compete and enjoy the grin inducing euphoria that only Snow Biking can produce. Frosty, the mysterious and formidable Utah Yeti, is the mascot and host of these events.

This is your opportunity to play in the cold of Winter and prove your Yeti snow handling skills and suitable for all skill levels including beginners and first timer’s!

http://frostythefatbike.com/2018/

Trails & Tire Pressure 4 Maximum FUN

Other groups that rely on volunteer hours to groom ski trails throughout the city have been busy at work since the great snowfall we had this weekend. To ensure fatbikers maintain a good relationship with other user groups in the city, please do not ride your fatbike on groomed ski trails. The ruts caused by fatbike tires destroy the pack for skiing.

There are many trails that are shared use for fatbikers, snowshoers, dog walkers, etc throughout the city. Get out there and enjoy those trails and spread the word to other fatbikers to respect the ski trails. Click here to go to the trails section of our website: http://fatlanders.bike/rides/

Here is a photo that shows the difference that high and low tire pressure makes on a trail. The high pressure sinks deep, creating ruts and making for a heavy slog of a ride. The low air pressure allows the rider to float on top of the snow for a radically good ride!

This is a helpful formula for where to start playing with your tire pressure depending on your weight and the snow conditions:
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Packed Snow Fat Tire Formula
Body Weight in lb/20=Starting Pressure
Subtract 0.5 PSI for Fat Front Tire
Add 0.5 PSI for Fat Rear Tire

Example 150lb/20=7.5
7.5-0.5=7 PSI for Fat Front Tire
7.5+0.5=8 PSI for Fat Rear Tire
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Soft Snow Fat Tire Formula
Body Weight in lb/25=Starting Pressure
Subtract 0.5 PSI for Fat Front Tire
Add 0.5 PSI for Fat Rear

Example 150lb/25=6
6-0.5=5.5 PSI for Fat Front Tire
6+0.5=6.5 PSI for Fat Rear Tire
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Here are a few articles about how to adjust your tire pressure depending on snow conditions. This will ensure the mixed use trails we do use are in the best condition they can be for all users, and that you have the maximum FUN out there.

http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/fat-tire-pressures-snow-1000620.html

http://45nrth.com/blog/post/rules-of-fat-dialing-in-tire-pressure

Calculate the proper tire pressure if you store your bike indoors.
If you store your bike indoors between rides your indoor tire pressure will change once outside in the cold. To be sure you have the right tire pressure before leaving the warmth use this handy calculator: http://fatlanders.bike/pressure-calculator/

Global FatBike Day

This year’s Global FatBike Day is Saturday, December 2, 2018. This is a free event. 2016 was a huge event with 80 riders; lets see if we can break the 100 barrier this year!!!

Acknowledge your participation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1276746709137903/

Plan to ride your FatBike (or rent one from a local bike shop or loan one from a buddy) in celebration of Global FatBike Day. Join others around the world in this celebratory ride.

The ride departs from Victoria School at 1:30pm. Meet at the stage in front of the school at broadway and 11th St.

There will be something for everyone and every ability, from a wide double track roll along the Trans Canada Trail, too some narrow single track offshoots for those that want a more challenging route (weather allowing).

Social event at the Hose (across from Victoria School) for after the ride. We are able to place our steeds on the deck in full view after the ride but welcome to bring a lock and leave it on the Hose deck for post ride.