Go from bike to bar with the street-friendly and breathable Club Ride Apparel Buxton Short Sleeve Jersey, which provides UV protection, US$59.95
Louis Garneau Ghost Helmet’s removable earflaps take you from winter biking to summer biking in a snap, $99.99
Giro LX Gloves use gel pads to distribute pressure evenly, while vented leather palms keep the air flowing, $80
Thanks to laser-cut perforations on the back panel, the tailored Kitsbow Ventilated Short offers maximum aeration, US$240
Giro Jacket Shoes have a rubber outsole for a firm grip on flat pedals while biking rough terrain, $185
Kitsbow Stinson Stripe Socks earn their stripes thanks to the Coolmax fabric that wicks away sweat, US$25
It looks like a heavyweight, but the aluminum frame of the Cannondale Fat Caad 1 Bike makes it so lightweight that you can ride like a racer, while 12-centimetre-wide tires maintain all-terrain traction, $3,730
Set designer: Olivier Charland (Folio); Makeup & Hair: Nisha Gulati (Folio); Model: David McDougall (owner, Ma Bicyclette)
Fatbike, shoes and gloves courtesy of mabicyclette.ca
“Keep your feet moving. On a steep incline, sit up and pedal steadily – a fatbike can go very slowly before it starts losing traction. Going downhill, gently lean into turns and set your inside pedal forward and slightly up, your outside pedal back and down.”
– Scott House, guide at Pine Touring, Park City, Utah
A fatbike is a tree-hugger’s monster truck, powered by one of nature’s most efficient engines – that’d be you. The big wheels look like they could crush a tree stump, but they’re really softies. Low-pressure tires cushion ground and rider, perfect for summer sand or winter snow (they originated in New Mexico and Alaska for just those conditions). Don’t think speed, think sensation: the fun feeling of bouncing over each bump. No need to reinvent the wheel – just supersize it.
3 Fat Facts
Handlebars: The Fat Caad 1’s shorter, 3.8-centimetre stem allows for better control in the driver’s seat.
Rider position: This fatbike’s geometry and proportions enable you to sit upright with ease and keep your eyes on the road ahead.
Fork: The Lefty technology enables a fork that has only one leg, which increases the Fat Caad 1’s precision and control on the trail and keeps the ride smooth.Fat CAAD 1 bikes are available to rent at Montreal shop Ma Bicyclette, mabicyclette.ca
Where to go
Kingdom Trails, East Burke
The northern Vermont backwoods are criss-crossed with routes for fatbikers: Pines slaloms downhill through a dense stand of forest, while Riverwood is a detour over varied terrain beside the Passumpsic River. Return in winter for Kingdom Trails’ 30 kilometres of fatbiking paths, more than anywhere in the Northeast.
These coastal dunes stretch five kilometres from beach to beach across the northeast tip of Santa Catarina Island. Ease over the undulating dunes on wide tires and set your own pace uphill to the vantage point overlooking the South Atlantic.
Whale Coast, Gansbaai
The coastline of Walker Bay is a mix of sandy beach, dune and rock cliffs. Let a guide from Fatbike Tours South Africa show you the way from beach to beach. They call this the Whale Coast for a reason: Look out for southern right whales playing offshore.