Fat Biking in Merritt BC Canada! We embrace winter here in Merritt BC because we have the snow, ice and sunshine to make it all happen. After the snow falls our rolling hills, grassland fields, frozen lakes and mountain trails transform into fat biking trails. What is fat biking you may ask? Good question because it is a relatively new winter adventure.
"A fatbike (also called fat bike or fat-tire bike) is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.8 in (97 mm) or larger and rims 2.16 in (55 mm) or wider, designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud."by Wikipedia
Fat bikes are built for snow and sand. The wide tires, kept at low air pressure, will keep the tires above the grade where as regular mountain bike tires will sink in the snow and sand. Hence why fat biking is great for Merritt winter adventures. Fat biking is considered a great work out during the winter season and it is the preferred choice of many who enjoy mountain biking during the summer months. Our snow and ice season provides fat bikers a great environment to explore our community and the backcountry trails during our winter season.
You can fat bike in town gong from A to B or in our backcountry. However, when it comes to the back country bring your own fat bike (no fat bike rentals in town) so you can easily access our prime fat biking trails on Iron Mountain, Sugarloaf, Coulee Plateau (aka Midday Valley) and Swakum Mountain. The fat biking trails provide opportunities to explore our grasslands, mountains, frozen lakes, and forested back country.
"It (fat biking) is like Riding a Bike and a Horse at the Same Time,"by Bicycling.com
Fatbiking is a great way to get around town too here in Merritt BC. Enjoying your stay and sightseeing our town on a mountain bike throughout our winter season will not only entertain you but keep you adventuring. There are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants for a warm beverage and good meal. Not to mention a chance to mingle with our friendly local crowd.