Winter Conditions? Strangely enough, this happens every year ðŸ¤”
Winter “Fat” Biking Tips
-Keep tire pressure around 5 psi ( no gauge? Â apply pressure on seat and handle bars; if the tires start to flatten – you are good to go!
-Use your front brake! Â Too many riders neglect using their front brake and loose control of their bikes because the rear tire slides out.
-When climbing hills, stay in your saddle and pull straight back on the handlebars (towards your saddle). Â Do not pull up or use them for leverage for yourÂ pedaling.
-Look where you want to go, it’s best to look at least 15 to 20 feet ahead of the bike.
-Remember that most of the trail is two-way, be sure to call out “RIDER!” when approaching a blind section of trail.
Ah winter riding, such a conundrum when it comes to hitting the dirt. Itâ€™s not an exact science due to multiple factors (i.e. soil type, moisture content, grades, temperature, sun exposure, leaf cover, etc.) therefore black & white steadfast rules donâ€™t really exist, itâ€™s ultimately up to the best (and hopefully educated) judgment of each trail user. Do know this… if you’reÂ leaving an impression on the trail more than a half inch deep, you are causing problems that will require volunteer time and attention; not cool. People want to get out on the trails, a good thing! However, we address this problem every spring, throughout the “normal” riding season, and now in the winter… I could go on and on, but wonâ€™t. Instead, check out this regionally similar post with more details, it is one of the better / more accurate ones Iâ€™ve come across. And here is another from our FORC’n Quad Cities friends, who are awesome. Thank for reading and clicking every single link ðŸ™‚ Ken, the LAMBA guy who is really into trails
*edit / UPDATE (2015):Â Our friends to the south (ICORR) recently posted about Winter Conditions as well, very important as we enter the thaw – freeze cycles of spring… http://www.icorrmtb.org/?p=1455