The explosion in the popularity of fat bikes over the past few years is undeniable. What once seemed like a niche, at best, is proving to be a booming market in the cycling world.
When the snow starts to fall and the temperatures dip many decide to retire their bicycles for the year. But not so fast! Winter cycling has become a favorite way for many Minnesotans to enjoy the outdoors during the cold months.
This marks my fourth consecutive winter of cycling to work at WCCO-TV. With some preparation, and a lot of luck, I’ve ridden to work every single weekday in that timeframe. Over that span, of more than 1,000 days, the temperatures have varied by more than 120 degrees! (On January 6 of this year I rode in minus 22 F, while the mercury peaked at 102 F on July 6, 2012.) Needless to say, I truly live by the old motto that there are no bad days to ride, just bad preparation.
There’s no getting around it, winter is coming, but Minnesotans don’t let the cold keep them down. That’s especially true for Twin Cities cyclists. Most bikers in the metro don’t stop when the snow flies…but they have do have to prepare.
Biking in the winter has been no big deal for Peter Hodne, but on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, his luck changed.
I was two feet from my garage when I nearly bit it on a patch of ice. It took that slip up to convince me to lay off the front wheel brake and opt for the back brake first. Then I lowered my seat so I could catch myself on the next slip. I was scared to death. For me, “You’ll break a hip” is not just an expression. It’s a real fear. A little background on my health may help you understand.