The new winter adventure machine

Words by Casey Coffman and photos by First Tracks Productions

Fat biking is one of the fastest growing segments in cycling, experiencing an almost exponential growth in the last few years. What was once a rare sight on the trail has now become commonplace, not just in the winter time, but on the dry trails of summer as well. But these monster truck bikes were built for the snow, and that’s where many riders feel they excel over many other forms of winter recreation.

Fat bikes are best ridden on snow that is somewhat firm, groomed, or tracked down by other users. Avid fat bikers have formed many localized social media groups to inform one another about trail conditions after fresh snow falls, in order to find out the conditions in different areas. Trails are often first packed by snowshoers or hikers, and then fat …