March 2, 2014
While passing by the waterfront trail in Hamilton, I got this idea: Why not ride a bike across? I've walked it last year. The problem was that I have a road bike...
A day later I was able to borrow a fat bike: Salsa Mukluk from Jeff.
The first thing I noticed was that the tires looked bigger than all the photos I've seen. But that doesn't mean the bike is sluggish, I was surprised at how well the bike moved both on pavement and on ice/snow. The low gearing ensured that going up hills in deep snow was possible and enjoyable.
I couldn't see anyone out on the ice, so I went on. I was now the coolest person on the lake.
Fatbikes are great! You should go in the local bike shop and see if they lend any out.
They are getting more popular, you can get one for just under a grand, more if you are looking at a brand name.
Doing the Iditarod race in Alaska on a fat bike someday would be awesome!
"The problem was that I have a road bike..."
"Well, why not?"
That's what I thought one week later on March 8, as I was riding the waterfront trail. We already had a +6C and +2C over the last two days so this will be my last chance to do it this year.
HERE IS THE VIDEO
I rode my bike all winter
including a 24day, 2000km Toronto to Halifax ride (Dec 20, 2013 - Jan 13, 2014)