I bought a fat tire bike in 2015. It always caught my attention because of its uniqueness. My model has 4 inch tires. I felt that I could use it it snow and on the mountain bike trails. A national sporting goods mall store was selling a floor model and marked down about $300. I could not turn this down.
The first thing that I noticed was that it was loud. I thought that the sound was the rubber rubbing against the rims.
The wide tires would roll over anything and my steering was not impacted by roots and rocks as much as with my mountain bike.
It also was a much harder bike to pedal and a short ride would really tire me out.
In this light snow cover the wide tires worked great is feeling stable on the paved surfaces. It was slower going on the snowy grass and the bike just sunk in. I was trudging through and getting tired.
As we received more snow a local bike shop had demo time on the trails. The local mountain bike association creates and maintains a winter path for bikes during the winter. What a big improvement than blazing your own trail. I could go faster and farther.
My road id app monitors my location for my family. I also leave a note on my car with the time that I left. Always have what you need to survive in the cold if you have a problem and take your phone.
My biggest challenges:
1. playing with the air pressure for the conditions. 5-10 pounds for soft riding conditions. 11-20 for trail riding. I also use 20 for paved conditions.
2. playing with the gears. I have 24 gear options with 3 in front and 8 in the back. Basically it is the same for me as the road, mid front most of the time, large cog for pushing the speed and the small one for the slow going.
Enjoy the ride.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway