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KALISPELL — Fat tire bikes became so popular after their debut in 2013 that there is now a Global Fat Bike Day.
While early models of fat tire bikes have been around since the 1970’s and 80’s, the industry didn’t really take off until nearly ten years ago.
“Fat bikes are kind of a unique bike but in our neck of the woods, we certainly found out that you ride them five months of the year, potentially. As you can see, the snow hit our yards on November 2, and it’s still here. We have a saying around here that the snow that falls in November is same snow that’s in your yard in April. So without a fat bike, there’s a long period of time where you just can’t ride that well On the trails,” said Hans Axelsen, Wheaton’s Cycle Owner.
These bikes have created a unique opportunity for the cycling community to stay active and in shape during the winter months.
“I think we just all love cycling. Living here, you get the winter months and so you want to bike. And so this is the way to get on the pedals and keep pedaling. And I think it started that way but it ends up being a lot of fun. I think a lot of people look forward to fat tire season,” said Luke Johnson, Global Fat Bike Day ride participant.While many people use these bikes to commute in the snow, the group at Wheaton’s […]
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