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.
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: https://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:
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
7.5-0.5=7 PSI for Fat Front Tire
7.5+0.5=8 PSI for Fat Rear Tire
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
6-0.5=5.5 PSI for Fat Front Tire
6+0.5=6.5 PSI for Fat Rear Tire
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.
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: https://fatlanders.bike/pressure-calculator/
One sleep left before the FatFun begins Friday at LBD, 7:30 pm.
This morning a group of early rising FatFunSeakers pedalled the Bessy trails while Janella Hamilton of CTV interviewed three members of Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade about the Joy of FatRiding and Well Groomed, A FatBike FUNraiser.
BORA, the Boreal Outdoor Recreation Association of La Ronge, has just confirmed they are donating to our auction. We are so excited about this item we can barely contain ourselves. Yet, we are. You will have to be in attendance to find out what adventurous journey you could be a part of in March of 2018. We’ll have a drone video to get your juices flowing tomorrow night.
Buy your tickets now, while there are still have some left.
Tomorrow morning Well Groomed, A FatBike FUNraiser will be featured throughout the morning news live on CTV. Watch for us or join us at 7:23, 7:50, 8:15 and 8:40am, at the Bessborough by the river, as we make our own fun in front of the camera.
The final auction items have arrived and what fun THEY are!
Our live auction items are the Carbon Salsa Mukluk Fat Bike Frame plus $50 off a custom build package thanks to the Bike Doctor and Salsa Cycles, three resorts that have shown their support, two in-province; Elkridge Resort with a 2 night stay for 2 with breakfast, and 4 rounds of golf, Outerbanks with a 2 night stay for 4 in their Riverside Cabins, and from BC, Nipika Mountain Resort with a 2 night stay in their luxurious hand-built cabins and one of the first resorts to groom trails specifically for FatBikes.
Four local bike shops; Bike Universe, Bruce’s Cycle Works, Doug’s Spoke ‘N Sport and Bike Doctor have donated items that will keep you warm on those winter trails. Doug’s has even supplied the bike parts that we are tying the helium balloons to, to keep from floating away – thanks Doug’s!
On the theme of winter recreation, businesses such as Eb’s Source for Adventure – Mountain Hardware backpack, Escape Sports – women’s snowshoes, Outtabounds – Patagonia backpack, Outter Limits – gloves, socks, and dry sack, and the Better Good – certificate, have what we need to keep the silent auction focused on Making Our Own Outdoor Fun. Aimy and Trent Theissen have donated an Eb’s gift certificate and two West Coast Trail t-shirts, a reflection on a past Source for Adventure!
Saskatoon Massage Therapy Supply will “heat and heal” you with a 30-minute infrared sauna session at Broadway Health Collective. Bid on this and one or more of the other treatments being offered by BHC practitioners for a great wellness experience.
Woofgang & Co. Family Pet Grooming has donated a grooming package that adds to the dog friendly section of our auction.
And to close on the theme of this post: “Make your own fun,” we had a most wildly creative and supper fun donation come in today. Auntie Tutu’s aloha and ‘ukelele party for 7! Auntie tutu (aka Roberta) brings the ‘ukeleles, the music, and the fun to all you Well Groomed partiers. She assures us that talent is not required. A sense of adventure is.
Buy your tickets now and join the adventure as we Make Our Own Fun this Friday evening! Buy Now
Excitement is building as many new silent auction items have arrived over the weekend that we will feature for you here.
On Wednesday we will share with you four premium items that we will now auction live as we have secured a live auctioneer, plus more silent auction items related to winter recreation and cycling.
In keeping with our play on “Well Groomed” silent auction items, many local businesses have donated items in support of the evening. Two businesses generously donated items for each attendee as well as balloon prizes and silent auction items!
Thanks to Bourbon Barbershop and Shave Club (2 balloon prizes and 2 silent auction items of cut, wash and style plus The Ultimate Shave Experience!) and Visions Salon and Spa (20 balloon prizes, and one silent auction item of services and products) for putting the FUN in our FUNraiser!
Other unique items are featured from Float Now-Float Pass, Freedom Functional Fitness Class Pass Package, Muscle MLK Protein Package, Bluetooth Headset with Noise Cancellation from Accelerated Technology, Odd Couple and Picaro where the Well Groomed go for great food, Paramount Day Spa, Salon Grea, Sweet Living Company – Saskatchewan hand made, artisanal skin care packages for men and women and Worthy of Love Spa – waxing. Janna Dutton, Owner/Operator of Tim Hortons has donated exquisite eco-friendly artisan jewelry from Color By Amber that the Well Groomed would wear, Broadway Health Collective has donated Wellness Treatments in support of a “Well Groomed Body, Mind and Soul” and the Weed Man has donated a summer Lawn Care Package.
Not to be overlooked, our furry best friends get their day with silent auction items from the Mutt Hutt (grooming and products), and Waterpaws (grooming and swimming sessions).
Stay tuned for more great items that you will have the chance to bid on this Friday night!
As the season draws to a close I finally found a few minutes to capture the Global FatBike Day experience Saskatoon style. With route options for newcomers and singletrack sultans that wind along the Eastbank of the South Saskatchewan River from Broadway to Chief Whitecap Trail featuring the newly opened TransCanada Trail to Whitecap. I have listed it as one of the top 10 winter fatbike rides in Saskatchewan. https://fatlanders.bike/2015/01/06/top-10-winter-fatbike-rides-in-saskatchewan/
8pm Q&A with Sarah on winter riding, bikepacking and gear for longer rides and races.
email hehner(at)yahoo(dot)com for an invite
Sat Jan 23rd
The Wintershines White VeloCross on (https://www.facebook.com/events/556935984474404/). $20 ($5 rebate for Fatlanders members). Must have SCA membership for insurance purposed. Register at https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/white-velocross-at-wintershines. Signon 1pm. Race 2pm A one of a kind mashup of Cyclocross, mountain bike, and BMX as well as a bit of monster truck. We have crafted an amazing course that is comprised largely of pristine groomed ski trail along with some paved trail, a small sampling of single track, a stair climb (or run), and then the signature winter pump track of berms and rollers and some fatbike feature obstacles like the snakes and ladders section
Sat Jan 24rd
Wintershines SnowFondo (https://www.facebook.com/events/119217485121533/). A big social ride of 10, 20, 30 or 50 km. Free event 12pm at riverlanding Wintershines site. This ride is not supported so bring what you need to sustain yourself for the length of ride you are planning to do. There is also no warmup facility for 10,20 and 30km rides which will return you to the Farmers market where you can resupply if continuing on to the 50km distance. More info on the facebook event.