Something funny happened after the snow fell last night – I couldn’t wait to go out for a ride!

After spending the morning “de-Christmas-fying” the house, and getting ready for the week, I threw “Esbee” (my Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike) in the car, joining my friend and her Surly Ice Cream Truck (“Frosty”) for our first snow ride.

Biking in the snow.
Thanks to the walkers who took our picture.

We took it easy riding through the Ashland State Park, until we got to the dam – because it’s a Strava segment! – where we kicked up water, mud and ice.

The warming temperatures turned the snow into the consistency of mashed potatoes, but both bikes handled the terrain really well. Other than one minor spill (mine, in front of witnesses of course), we were both able to stay on our bikes. My biggest challenge was maintaing traction as I headed up hills – by the end of the ride I had figured out how to distribute my weight over the tires.

With winter just getting rolling, I’m looking forward to many more rides through the woods on my fat bike!

By the end of our ride we were wet, muddy and smiling like a pair of goofballs.
Fat Bikes
Snowy and Esbee – Don’t you take pictures of your bike?
Fat Tires
Fat tires handled the snow
Taking some snow home with me.

 

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