Fat Bike Etiquette (and other questions)

Fat Bike Groomed Track - North Village, Mt. Crested Butte

Fat Bike Groomed Track – North Village, Mt. Crested Butte


What’s it like fat biking in fresh powder?

  • It’s terrible. We go skiing!

Fat Bike Etiquette:

  • Bottom line – be cool!  Think like other users, and be respectful of all users.
  • Yield to hikers.
  • Play nice with Nordic Skiers.
  • Tip your cap to snowmobilers. Our local club has been super-welcoming to the sport of fat biking and packs in many options for our benefit.
  • Keep a flask of 86 proof liquor with you at all times and feel free to share.
  • Along with that flask, bring some water on outings more than an hour. We all need as much water in the winter as we do in the summer, though we may not feel it.
  • Ride a soft tire so you don’t chew up a trail and ruin if for others – keep it below 10psi on groomed and improved trails.
  • If you’re going to go way out there, ride with a buddy and let someone know where you’re headed.
  • When you’ve emptied your flask, don’t throw it in a snowbank. Refill it!
  • don’t ride in the 2 track (classic track) ever!  Bunny hop it if you must cross.
  • If leaving ruts or ruining the experience for other users…. go home!  You’re not doing anyone any favors.
  • Be respectful of your sport – maintain it’s image in a positive way.
  • If you have a muddy tire, wipe it off or spin it off in a snowbank or something besides a groomed or improved trail.  It’s ugly – and it melts out unevenly and such in the sun.
  • Support your local grooming club or organization – groomed trails don’t just fall from the sky.

What to do if you run in to a mountain lion:

  • Well, it happened last winter. Keep your bike between you and it. Do not act like a deer!

What to do if you run into a bear:

  • Keep your bike between you and it. Do not act like a berry bush.

What to do if you miss a dinner with your in-laws because you were having too much fun fat biking:

  • Keep your bike between you and your wife/husband.
  • Speak calmly and do not look her/him in the eyes. Direct eye contact may be seen as aggressive and challenging behavior.
  • Slowly back away.

 

 

Cement Creek Groomed Track Courtesy of Camp 4 Coffee!

Cement Creek Groomed Track Courtesy of Camp 4 Coffee!