Monday, September 16, 2013

Taking a leap of fat!

As the title of this post suggests, it's time to get fat for the cold season approaching. But rather than me putting on the extra girth, it will be the bike. After nearly two years of procrastinating, I'm finally taking a "leap of fat" and getting myself one of those strange looking two wheeled winter pedal vehicles called the "fat bike". Fat bikes were originally designed for traveling through snow. But they can be great to ride along beaches too, and even replace the traditional mountain (off-road) bike for some people. For me, I plan to use it on all three of those types of terrain. The particular bike I got is called the "Moonlander", named appropriately by the manufacturer, Surly, one of the pioneers of the fat bike design. This model has the widest tires of any fat bike out there, almost 5" across! Next to my skinny-tired BMC road racing bike, it looks quite hilarious!

Last Saturday, I took the Moonlander on it's maiden off-road voyage, the technical single-track mountain bike trails of Pleasant Valley Nature Park in Grafton, WI. Man, it was a BLAST! I haven't been mountain biking in over 20 years, and I had forgotten how much fun it is. Today I took a different approach and choose to ride on the faster, wider, and rolling double-track trails of Lapham Peak State Park, in Delafield, WI. This gave me a workout more like a road bike, being able to ride faster and harder, keeping my legs pumping and my lungs burning.

I have a feeling this is just what I need to get me through the cold, dark days of winter.

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