Get out and ride!
Fat Biking (winter riding) Best Practices
Basic equipment guidelines for a fat bike that will be primarily ridden on snow:
- Wide tires — deep snow coverage may require tires wider than 3.5 inches.
- Tire pressure will often be less than 10 PSI.
- Enough floatation that you can travel over snow without leaving a rut deeper than one inch.
- Sufficient traction that you are able to safely control your bike and ride in a straight line.
Fat Biking on Groomed Nordic Trails
- Only ride at ski areas that allow and encourage biking.
- Yield to all other users when riding. Skiers don't have brakes but you do!
- Ride on the firmest part of the track.
- Do not ride on or in the classic tracks.
- Leave room for skiers to pass (don't ride side-by-side with all of your buddies blocking the full trail).
- Allow the track time to set up after grooming and before riding.
- Respect alternate-use days for bikers and skiers.
- Be an ambassador for the sport: stay polite, educate other riders, discourage bad behavior and follow the rules.
- Help out and get involved by joining your local nordic club. Consider donating money for trail grooming.
Best Practices for Riding on Snowmobile Trails
- Use a front white blinker and rear red blinker. Wear reflective materials.
- Stay to the far right of the trail and yield to snowmobiles.
- Know and obey the rules of your local land manager. Understand that some trails may be on private property and might not be open to alternative uses.
- Be prepared. Winter travel in the backcountry requires carrying proper gear and dressing properly. Be self-sufficient!
- Use extreme caution when riding at night. Be visible and use the brightest lights you can find.
- Be friendly! Fat bikers are the newest trail users. Be courteous and open to suggestions from snowmobile riders.
- Help out by supporting your local snowmobile club. Consider donating to trail grooming and maintenance efforts.
Fat Bike Race - Bangor, ME, Sun Mar 5, 2017!!!
- Join us for a fun night time fat bike ride on the race course. Enjoy the newly groomed single track in Essex Woods. Snowshoers are definitely welcomed and wanted. We will pack the trail for the race sunday morning and have a good time together on the trails. After we will munch on cookies and guzzle hot chocolate at the Old Ski Lodge and enjoy a bonfire outside.
- Details and registration here: essexwoodsfatbikerace
And a few things to consider.....
- At least half (if not more) of the trails in the "bog" actually lie on BLT properties. As a land trust they must balance conservation and the recreational needs of their many users. Mountain bikers are their largest user group on these trails, we have put in hours of trail work on our own and with BLT over the past few years. And yet very few of us are paid members. Please consider joining or making a donation. It would be nice to show BLT that conservation AND trails are not mutually exclusive......here's the link: BLT Donate Page
- And if you are a rider of the Orono Land Trust properties, consider joining or donating to this land trust: OLT Donate Page
- And don't forget about us! Since we have organized we have been forging relationships with landowners. And they are taking notice. So please support our efforts to improve mountain biking opportunities in our community by joining or renewing here