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Maine: America’s New Fatbiking Biking Mecca?

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Maine: America’s New Fatbiking Biking Mecca?

My friend Seth Levy, an obsessive bicyclist of the most masochistic variety, relentlessly tried to get me to fatbike with him when I lived in Maine in the mid-2010s.

“But I don’t like being cold, and I’m not a cyclist,” I explained. Maine’s long winters were glum, wet, and frigid. I preferred being in front of my wood-burning stove. And improved weather meant rock climbing.

Ignoring me, he enthused that I could ride fat-tire bikes all year round.

“Fatbikes open up so much more terrain for winter AND summer,” he explained. Yes, Maine has long winters, but also long springs “filled with mud, wet rocks and sloppy dirt roads,” perfect for a fatbike, not to mention great terrain to ride in the summer (aka “black fly season”).

“I’m not a skilled mountain biker, but I can do things with a fatbike I didn’t know were possible,” he added. “A steep hillside covered with roots and rocks becomes something you can ride up with a fatbike. Plus it’s such a new sport. Nobody is good at it!”

We Either Make It, Or We Don’t: Traversing Iceland on Fatbikes

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We Either Make It, Or We Don’t: Traversing Iceland on Fatbikes

Below are a series of stories from a trip Gus Morton took across Iceland during winter on a fat bike with his friends Chris Burkard and Rebecca Rusch. They are reflections of what he was thinking and feeling in a particular moment and by no means an accurate account of the reality of any situation. Reflections which, as those present will likely attest, were probably far less dramatic.

Terrene: Griswold Winter Road Tires

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Terrene: Griswold Winter Road Tires

First, what a name. Who doesn’t love watching Christmas Vacation? Second, black ice is sketchy, so if you’re commuting or riding icy roads in the winter, studded tires make all the difference. These 700×38 tires have 120 studs and will allow for up to 240 to be installed to keep your rubber side down. They’re $95 a piece, so head to your local dealer for ordering and over to Terrene for more information.

PEdALED Has You Covered This Winter with the Insulated and Waterproof Odyssey Collection

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PEdALED Has You Covered This Winter with the Insulated and Waterproof Odyssey Collection

Riding in inclement weather takes a special kind of motivation and one thing that can really up the ante in terms of confidence is good, warm, and dry apparel. For their latest drop, PEdALED has raised the stakes with a series of kit pieces that can bolster your existing riding kit. From waterproof pants and jacket to insulated pants and jacket, there’s something for just about any winter ride. Head to PEdALED to see the full kit breakdown.