If fat bikes aren’t something that normally hit your radar, chances are the mere mention of them conjures images of a burly American lumberjack-type dude belting through the snow with a can of craft beer in his bottle cage.
Here in Australia’s north, we don’t get a lot of snow. Well, except back in 1946, when according to my late mother, half an inch fell at Eidsvold.
In our part of the world, fat bikes are mainly seen as novelty bikes for the beach, but increasingly you’ll spot one on your local trails. Why?
Why would anyone choose a fat bike for XC when no Australian company actively markets them, let alone for that purpose? Indeed, you’ll rarely see a fattie on the floor of your local bike shop.
The reason is simple. It happens organically. You’ll ride with a group and someone will have a fat bike. They’re keeping up with the pack on climbs and nailing it on the descents, the sound of those big tyres rumbling.
You hear them laughing. A lot. That’s because fatties are fun. And the child inside you stirs. You want one. That’s how it happened for me.
So, the purpose of this article is to unveil the mystery of fat bikes, to explain them for those of us who live here in the sometimes-drenched but usually hot and dusty climes of Central Queensland.
I’ll discuss the pros and cons of riding a fat bike for XC, and if you already own one, I’ll provide some tips and tweaks to make your rig perform well on any terrain.
Remember how it felt riding your bike as a 10 year old? You and your friends tearing around the streets, parks, and trails on some big adventure?
No one claimed they were roadies or XC or enduro riders. It was just the sheer joy of being on two wheels with your mates, and all the while, you were getting fitter, faster, and more proficient.
Well, that’s pretty much what Mashup Rides are about.
Mashups are a break from traditional road and MTB group rides. With an emphasis on fitness, fun, and adventure, you’ll find yourself on back streets, green trails, gravel roads, and pathways you might not even know existed.
Mashups are designed to improve your speed, confidence, and skills on a variety of surfaces during each ride, and leave you looking forward to the next one.
With unusually consistent showers over recent months, club volunteers really laboured to keep the course trimmed and the tracks clear for the event. The trails were certainly in prime condition on the day and the success of the event is a huge tribute to their efforts. Continue reading “2018 CQ XC Series big season opener”
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