Editor’s Note: This article is part of the Mtbr Ultimate Guide to winter mountain biking, fat bikes, gear, apparel and trainers. In the first two months of 2016, we are taking a deep dive into all manner of cold weather mountain bike gear, with round-ups and reviews of fat bikes, tires, wheels, apparel, trainers and more. To see all the articles, head over to our Winter Guide Hub Page.
Winter. For some cyclists it’s just a word. You live in one of those perpetually sunny, warm locales where cold means having to slip on arm and knee warmers, maybe a pair lightweight gloves. For the rest of us, winter is real. It’s that time of year when we are forced to make hard choices. Maybe you put the bikes away and take up skiing. Maybe you put the bikes away and sit on the couch. Or maybe, if you’re like us, you find ways to keep riding even when it’s freezing outside, there’s snow on the road and trails, and all common sense says you have no business having fun on two wheels right now.
If you fall into the later category, or even if you’re simply considering a trip to a cold weather locale and want to ride while there (try fat biking on snow packed singletrack, and we guarantee you’ll be grinning ear to ear), the 2016 Mtbr Ultimate Guide to Winter Mountain Biking is for you. Over the next two months, we’re taking a deep dive into all manner of cold weather gear, as well as offering up tips on winter riding skills (outdoors and indoors), and getting you up to speed on this year’s most exciting cold weather cycling event, the first annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships, January 27-31, in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Up first is a three part look at the 2016 Hottest Fat Bikes. We’ll also post reviews on a number of these big wheeled behemoths, provide expert advice on how to pilot them, and give insights on what gear will keep you most comfortable when the mercury is so low you can count the degrees with one hand. Other upcoming features will include a round-up of the best lights for riding at night, a look at the top fat bike wheels and tires, and an extensive look at indoor trainers, because yes, sometimes it is just too cold to ride outside.
Of course we also want to hear from you the reader. Whether in the comments section below or via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (hashtag #mtbrwinter), let us know your tips and tricks for riding outside in winter, as well as your favorite cold weather gear and places to pedal. And most important of all keep riding. Because there’s no such thing as bad cycling weather, just bad clothing, gear and attitude.