Fat Bike Etiquette
Or How to Make and Keep Friends on the Winter Trails
- DO: Yield to hikers.
- DO: Play nice with Nordic Skiers.
- DON’T: Don’t ride in the 2 track (classic track) ever! Bunny hop it if you must cross.
- DO: 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.
- DO: Clean up after Fido. If you put the poop in the baggie, TAKE THE BAGGIE WITH YOU! No one loves your dog’s poop as much as you do.
- DO: Ride a soft tire so you don’t chew up a trail and ruin if for others – keep it below 10 psi on groomed and improved trails.
- DO: If leaving ruts or ruining the experience for other users…. go home! You’re not doing anyone any favors.
- DO: If you have a muddy tire, wipe it off or spin it off in a snowbank or something besides a groomed or improved trail. The mud negatively impacts the trails and melts out unevenly and such in the sun.
- DO: If you’re going to go way out there, ride with a buddy and let someone know where you’re headed.
- DO: Bring food and water and enough layers to keep you warm on the up (easy) and the down (harder).
- DO: Support your local grooming club or organization – groomed trails don’t just fall from the sky.
Bottom line: Be cool! Share the trails, share the love!
What to do if you run into 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.