Those Bikes with the Fat Tires...

Ever heard of a fatbike? Or maybe you are more familiar with the term fat-tire bike. The fatbike, fat-bike or fat-tire bike is a new trend that has actually been around in the cycling community for quite some time. It all started with the off-road adventure bicycle which dates back to the late 1900’,s when riders in the West began modifying their bikes to withstand a variety of conditions and environments. Years later, those off-road bicycles were slowly customized and transformed to travel across the wintry terrain of Alaska for long-distance racing and riding. These days, fat-tire bikes can be seen blazing through the snowy trails of the Adirondacks or cruising along the sand of Jones Beach.

What’s so special about these seemingly normal bikes but with massive tires? The reason for the comically large size of their tires is due to surface area. A typical mountain bike has tires that range from 2 to 2.4 inches in width, while the typical road bike measures to 23-25 mm. The[R1] fatbike averages tires that are 3.8 inches wide! With this extra width, fatbike tires make contact with a larger surface area, leading to more stability and traction. Additionally, the larger sized tires allow the bikes to operate with very little air pressure so that they seemingly “float” across challenging terrains such as snow, sand, mud or rocks.

The best part about fat-tire bikes is that cycling can now take place almost anywhere at any time of the year. Bicycle shops have found that fat-tire bikes and accessories are not only enticing to novice riders but also newbies. They are so easy to operate that even children and the elderly can enjoy the ride! Let this new trend take you places you’ve never been before or enjoy your favorite New York trail during the winter this year. The possibilities are endless with the fatbike! Will you be hopping on for the ride?

Looking to buy a fat-tire bike? Find your nearest bike shop along the Canalway Trail at https://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canal/plan-a-trip/bike-shops. Happy riding!



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