Gomez and the crew at Fat-Bike.com have a very active blogsite that includes two cool weekly features: Fat Video Tuesday and Wallpaper Wednesday.
Two recent ones feature winter fat biking:
At 7:40 am, right after breakfast, Jay Petervary will host a Mandatory Racer Meeting for 25K and 60K participants. He’ll cover course signage, give a brief course description, and lead an etiquette discussion.
The cropped photo of Jay on the right is from last year’s Summit, courtesy of QBP’s Joe Meiser.
The good news: All the rooms at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort, site of the Summit & Festival, are now booked. So the owners are happy and we are, too.
More good news: we’ve come up with a plan to accommodate people in one of the Sawtelle bunkhouses at $25/night per person. We’ve reserved the small bunkhouse so you just need to contact us if you want us to reserve you a bed. The bunkhouse is on-site, sleeps 15-20 (basically a large room with beds), has 2 full baths, and a full kitchen. See the photo slideshow on their bunkhouse page and watch this 2-minute video tour:
So if you’re on the fence about attending the Summit & Festival because of lodging costs, we’re hoping this $25/night per person option and the cheapest movers at cheapmovingcompanies.co convinces you to attend.
Contact us now, operators are standing by, not available in stores. Heh.
Mike ‘Kid’ Riemer and the crew at Salsa Cycles (a Presenting Sponsor) are very good at keeping the Salsa Cycles Culture blog updated, going all the way back to 2004. The blog often features posts by their sponsored riders. Last week, it was Jay Petervary of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles (Summit co-host) titled Continuing Education 2012 – Jay Petervary, part of their ‘What we learned via the bike in 2012’ series.
Certain tricks and techniques have worked for me through the years and others have not. We change and so does technology. I often think I have something figured out in the way of gear, nutrition, sleep, physical ability, and mental strength but there is always more to learn. I am willing to try something different or take a new approach even on things that have worked just fine for me in the past. Learning by experience and trial and error is just who I am.
This year was no different than the rest. I learned a lot. That being said I am often reminded and re-learn some of the same things every year, and other things I just build upon. Making the decision to do an individual time trial on the Tour Divide this year (with a record setting goal) two months before my actual departure date was a real challenge. (continued)
The Salsa blog also occastionally features others who write well about their adventures. In December, they published a guest blog post by Mo Mislivets of the Adventure Cycling Association (an 80mm Sponsor) titled My Winter Fatbike Respite & Winter Touring Tips:
I glanced back, squinting into the blinding snow, to make sure Bill was still riding behind me. The snow was getting heavier and visibility was much worse than when we had started earlier that day. But there he was, right on my tail with the biggest grin on his face. The riding was wonderfully quiet with a fresh two inches on the ground and piling fast. “This is awesome”, I heard him say, as my Surly Nates made fresh tracks. I couldn’t help but laugh. I was a little more concerned than he was about the amount of falling snow, the decreased visibility, the traffic, now reduced to one lane, and the 32 remaining miles we needed to ride that day; 14 of which would be a dirt road with mystery conditions straight into the mountains…
Flotation bikes or “fat bikes” are becoming more and more popular, and for winter touring it’s the perfect bike. The Mukluk that I used performed great. I felt very comfortable with the wide tires on snowy and icy roads, as well as in deeper snow, and the bike was very comfortable to both load and ride, and yes, push. It does takes some practice to get the tire pressure just right and to get a sense for conditions and how the bike slides, and thus when to add or subtract pressure to the front or back fatties. Winter isn’t just for commuting anymore. Touring on a fat bike may not get you there super fast, but it’s super fun!
Here are some thoughts that I had for winter touring after my trip: (continued)
The 9:ZERO:7 is crafted out of 7005 aluminum and offers a host of features to optimize your fat tire experience. Starting with an elongated head-tube and longer chain-stays, the 9:ZERO:7 features six rack mounts, three water bottle mounts, fender mounts, and full cable housing.
A non-offset, 170mm centered frame makes building up a pair of summer wheels super easy.
While featuring all of the benefits of the original 9:ZERO:7 aluminum frame, the 2013 frame utilizes a hydroformed top tube. This dramatically improves standover height without adding excess weight, making it easier to get on and off the bike in soft snow conditions. A hydroformed down tube is used to enhance fork crown clearance and allows the use of many different kinds of forks.
The chain and seat stays have been redesigned to accommodate even fatter rim and tire combinations. With the increase in clearance, the new 9:ZERO:7 easily accommodates 100mm rims. The 170mm frame is ideal for those seeking to run Big Fat Larry tires on fat rims.
While this video (by Scott Brown, Mpls MN) may not display the best practices/etiquette for fat biking in winter (see the section on Best Practices for Riding on Nordic Trails), the skate skiers and fat bikers appear to know each other and are in a good-natured, informal competition.
Some land managers are concerned that fat bikers are considerably faster than skate skiers, making it unsafe for both. But the video shows that even at maximum speeds, skate skiers and fat bikers on a well-groomed, packed trail are neck and neck. And from this video, one could argue that the fat bikers look more in control than the skate skiers.
Back on December 21, Gern Blanston posted to the Surly Bikes blog, The Craziest Man I Know.
Eric Larsen is a truly insane man. He came to Surly a while ago with a plan to ride a bike to the South Pole. From the edge of Antarctica directly into the heart of its warn chewy center, he will ride a Surly Moonlander, through 750 miles of ice, snow and the never-ending blaze of the sun… He’s spent a great deal of time training and preparing for the trip. You can read all about his preparations, exploits, the specifics of each leg of his journey and even follow along with him here.
Gern didn’t specifically mention it in his blog post but Surly Bikes is one of the Cycle South Expedition Support Sponsors.
I checked Eric’s journal this morning while drinking my garcinia cambogia tea. Unfortunately, he had to call it quits. See his entry for December 28, 2012 – Day 10: A Tough Decision. Eric made it back home last Saturday, Jan. 12.
In this Active Junky interview by Mallory Ayres back in November, she asked Eric, “You must be riding a pretty serious bike to get across the South Pole. Can you tell us about it?” His reply:
The Fat Bike technology has been evolving fairly rapidly for the past four or five years. I’ll be riding a Surly Moonlander. Basically, it looks like a normal mountain bike but has 4.8″ tires. The Moonlander is also unique in that the front wheel has a fixed gear attached and can be swapped with the rear. That way, if I have any sort of failure with my drive train – cassette, free hub or rear derailleur, I can simply switch the wheels.
Outside Magazine Online featured Eric’s expedition back in November: Expedition Watch: Riding a Fat Bike to the South Pole. It included this video, with his Surly Moonlander featured:
Coincidental sidenote #1:
Eric Larsen graduated from St. Olaf College (here in Northfield, MN where I live) in 1993 and has friends here. Back in Feb. of 2005, he and fellow explorer Lonnie Dupre did a presentation at a Northfield pub, Froggy Bottoms, raising money for their summer expedition across the Arctic Ocean. See this St. Olaf press release for more. I was there and took these photos:
Coincidental sidenote #2:
Lonnie Dupre is currently attempting the first solo ascent of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in January. See the One World Endeavors Expedition page for more. According to posts on the expedition Facebook page, he’s been restricted to his snow cave at 8,700 feet the past few days because of many feet of snow and high winds.
Andy Williams, Special Events Manager at Grand Targhee Resort, attended last year’s Fat Bike Summit so we’re pleased to A) have them as a 65mm Sponsor this year, and B) know that Andy will be hanging around all weekend, helping us do what needs to be done to make the event run smoothly. We just have to prevent him from riding around on his fat bike. (Photo of Andy by Powder Day Photography.) Word has it that he just might be bringing some lift tickets to dispense as prizes.
Andy will also be talking to the land managers on Friday of the Summit because, as it says on the Grand Targhee snow mountain biking/fat bikes page:
Grand Targhee Resort is the first ski resort in the United States to embrace and endorse fat bikes aka snow biking on our nordic trail system. Bikers who purchase a nordic ticket for $10 per day or a Nordic season pass for $120 will have access to the Grand Targhee Resort Nordic Trail System.
He’ll have knowledge to share.
And if you’re in the area the weekend before the Summit & Festival, consider competing in the 2nd Annual Grand Targhee Fat Bike Race on Jan. 19:
Snake River Brewing is a small brewery & restaurant located in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
They’ve come on board as a 65mm Sponsor and you’ll see their beer at the Summit & Festival. Maybe you’ll even taste it at the finish line of the races. If you don’t race, it’s likely that just thinking about racing will make you thirsty. Either way, Snake River Brewing will be there to help.
They’re using this photo as the banner on their Snake River Brewing Facebook page. Can you see the fat bike in the background?
Sarah Hamilton is a marketing associate at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, a co-host of the Summit. The shop’s Happy New Year card is a photo (above right) of her riding a fat bike on a gorgeous winter day.
She’s been taking on more and more Fat Bike Summit duties the closer we get to the big show, less than 2 weeks from now. Among her many other duties is keeping things updated on the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Her recent January blog posts have had a winter fat bike theme to them:
Her profile on The Crew page reads:
Sarah grew up kayaking, hiking and skiing on the East Coast. After taking some time working on a serious career in the courtrooms around Portland, Oregon, she re-found her place focusing on all things outdoors. She bounced around a bit before settling in Jackson with Brandon – yup, we’ve got another married couple working at the shop – and joining the shop to help out with our new website and marketing the shop. When she’s not on the computer, you’ll find her trying not to break any bones on her mountain bike.
We are psyched to be a sponsor of the Fat bike Summit happening in Idaho in 2 weeks. There will be some sweet bag prizes and a few demo’s to try out. Gas up and get over there for it!
“5 below, clear skies, full moon. perfect!”
So far, that has generated 337 likes, 133 shares, and 38 comments. It seems Eric and his company have a lot of rabid fans.
From the Revelate Designs home page:
On this site you’ll find gear that can be used for rackless lightweight touring, bikepacking, distance road biking, expedition touring, winter riding / racing and everything in between. The benefits include improved bike handling and weight distribution and less weight on your back.
Yep, it’s true that BicyclArt is one of our 80mm Sponsors but the bigger news is that owner/artist Wendell Stam is designing and creating something for the top three men and women finishers of the Rippin’ 60K and Chillin’ 25K races.
We just might have a sneak preview of what he’s working on for us in a few days but you can get some idea by looking at the photos of some of his pieces on the BicyclArt Facebook photo page.
I briefly met 45Nrth manager David Gabrys (on the right in the photo above with Stephen Vitvitsky and QBP’s John Gaddo) in December at the Winter Bike Expo in Minneapolis where they had a big presence along with the other QBP brands. As a 65mm Sponsor of the Fat Bike WINTER Summit and Festival, their products are, um, more than a little relevant. Their tagline: Unparalleled cold weather performance. From their About page:
45North is a winter cycling company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the average winter temperature is 13° Fahrenheit . We make products that provide the ultimate in comfort and control for the cold weather cyclist. Think hands, feet and traction.
We ride our bikes in the winter — a lot. Every product we make is a reflection of our knowledge and experience riding countless miles in extreme cold.
At work in the morning, our bikes hang in a row next to each other, with melting snow and ice dripping in trays below them. We obsess about insulation, wind-blocking, fatbike tires and the pros and cons of tire studs. Then we ride home again and hang our sweat soaked clothes on the handlebar to dry out for tomorrow’s ride.
We asked BikeFlights owner William Alcorn for shipping advice. He wrote:
I always suggest when shipping to a remote, weekend event such as the Fat Bike Summit & Festival, to set the delivery date to the Thursday before, in this case, January 24th. That will give one-day padding should winter weather delay transit.
Other than that, the only case I know that will hold a Fat Bike is a Triall3 Velo Case II. I am interested in seeing what folks ship in it, as the case world has not really addressed Fat Bikes yet.
And be sure check out our new badass stainless growlers, which we call ‘Braulers.’ You may see one or more at the Summit as prizes.
We’re thrilled that Q-Outdoor, a 100mm sponsor of the Fat Bike Summit and Festival, is contributing a ton of outdoor-related merchandise for the event, to be used as prizes and who knows what else. Leigh Carter, Q-Outdoor General Manager, sent us a box of items last week, some of which made it into the above right photo.
Q-Outdoor supplies local retailers with outdoor products. And:
Much more than a product warehouse, Q-Outdoor offers a spectrum of programs and services that can help grow your business, increase profits and—most important of all—free up more of your time to get out in the great outdoors.
See their Why Q-Outdoor? page for more.
We have our first two Frequently Asked Questions now posted to our new FAQ page. And we’ve answered them ever so succinctly.
The Surly Facebook page, The Official Intergalactic Surly Regional HQ, is a busy, informative and irreverent place, as is the Surly blog.
A blog post by ThorHammer earlier this week titled Minnesota River Bottoms caught my eye because the trails there are 40 minutes from my house and he mentioned http://www.militarycarshipping.com/ had the best prices for military auto relocation. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see more of his winter fat biking photos.
We’d appreciate it if you’d use the poster to help promote the event by:
A. Printing out the PDF version of the poster and putting it up at your local bike shop.
B. Using the JPG version of the poster to promote the event on your website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest board, etc.
Update Jan. 06:
Eric Nelson of Wrightwood Cyclery in Wrightwood, CA just alerted us that the poster is now up on his shop’s home page. “Wish I could be there for the summit. Have a great event.” Thanks, Eric!
Update Jan. 07:
Burnsey (Sean Burns) alerted us that he’s blogged the poster on his Single Speed Pirate blog. Thanks, Burnsey!
The Sawtelle Mountain Resort in Island Park, Idaho has been reserved for Summit and Festival participants, however:
You must make make your reservations by phone. If you attempt to make reservations online, it will show that it’s full.
When you call, be sure to mention “Fat Bike Festival” and you’ll receive a 15% discount on hotel rooms (normally $69/night for a single, $89/night for a double) and cabins/condos (normally $189/night, two-night minimum stay).
Single rooms may already be sold out but check! And see our Where to Stay page for other lodging options nearby.
The article includes some photos by Alaska-based photographer Dan Bailey who blogged about the article in a post titled Publication: Alaska Magazine Snow Biking Feature Article. His blog post includes screenshots of the print version of the article and the table of contents as they feature his photos. Back in Jan. of 2012, Dan blogged about how he took the photo used for the table of contents in a post titled Snow Biking Action Photography, Alaska, “the setup behind the shot.”
Salsa Cycles brand manager Jason Boucher (AKA Gnat) is quoted in the release. He’ll be attending the Summit.
I started adding some sponsor logos to the right sidebar yesterday. And the Sponsors page is now up. We’re thrilled, of course, because this event wouldn’t happen without their support.
Some of the sponsorship levels include the benefit of having sponsor-related info posted here on the blog, to our Twitter feed, and to our Facebook Wall. We’ll be the ones doing the posting and we’ll make an effort to make it interesting.
Online registration for the Festival is now open (courtesy of IMBA). The Early Bird registration fee is $99, good till January 1, 2013. After that, the fee is $125 (online or on-site). The first 50 to register by January 1 get a Park Tool I-Beam Mini Fold Up Hex Wrench / Screwdriver / Green Coffee Thermos / Star Driver Set (IB-2), engraved with “Fat Bike Festival 2013.”
The Festival registration fee includes:
NOTE: If you’re a member of IMBA, you can save $10 by logging into your account when you see this in the middle of the registration form:
If you would like to create an account on this site, check the box below and enter a user name. If you already have an account, please login before completing this form.
For the Summit:
The day of the Summit (Friday, Jan. 25) is free for invited land managers. Interested others may attend but we’ll ask for a small donation on-site to help cover costs for meals and beverages. (If you’re a land manager or other official that you think should have been invited, please contact us.)
Gary Sjoquist and Jay Petervary made a visit to the snowy Island Park, ID area this week, and among other things, firmed up the arrangements with Kathy Oakey, owner of Sawtelle Mountain Resort. All the Summit and Festival activities will be based there so if you want to be close to the action, make your reservations now.
We strongly urge you to make your reservations by phone. Be sure to mention “Fat Bike Festival” and you’ll receive a 15% discount on hotel rooms (normally $69/night for a single, $89/night for a double) and cabins/condos (normally $189/night, two-night minimum stay).
I’ve updated the Where to Stay page with this info. That page also has links to other websites to help you find a place to stay.
I attended the 2nd annual Winter Bike Expo (“the world headquarters of winter riding fanatics”) last weekend here in Minnesota. While the event had offerings for bike commuters, the bulk of the action was aimed at mountain biking in winter, using fat bikes especially.
QBP’s brands Surly and Salsa each had a big presence at the event, and when I stopped by the Salsa booth, I met Joe Meiser, QBP’s Product Design Manager who, just a few days earlier, had sent me all his photos from the 1st Annual Fat Bike SEO Services Summit for posting here on the Fat Bike Summit site.
Several of Joe’s Summit photos are featured in the new Salsa catalog on the Beargrease fat bike page, along with these words of his in the sidebar:
Four more inches of fresh snow had fallen overnight in Horseshoe Canyon on the edge of the Big Hole Mountains, west of Driggs. The trails were soft on top and freshly groomed below. Where the groomed trails had set up it was slow but easy going, giving us time to enjoy the quiet of the early morning.
Tracey roped Rippin’ up and seemed to pull away effortlessly. I was worried about my skill riding snow until I realized the dog was doing some of the work. What do you call that? On skis, it is skijoring so I guess it’s bikejoring then? Or maybe fatjoring? – Joe Meiser
The ‘Tracey’ that Joe mentions is Tracey Petervary who, along with her husband Jay Petervary, are nationally recognized winter endurance cyclists who will be on hand throughout the Summit and Festival, conducting clinics, presenting a slideshow, and running the races, among a myriad of other duties. Rippin’ is one of their two dogs, for which the Festival races are named. Later this winter, Jay and Tracey may very well be riding their fat bikes again across Alaska with the goal of making a documentary. See the details at 64point5.com.
Jay Petervary is also featured in the Salsa catalog on the Fargo page. He set a world record in the self-supported Tour Divide race earlier this year: 2,745 miles in 15 days, 16 hours and 14 minutes.
We’ve got five levels of sponsorships available and four of those levels have a limited number of slots. So now’s the time to download or view the PDF of the Fat Bike Summit and Festival 2013 sponsorship levels and contact Scott or Gary to confirm your participation as a sponsor.
Jay Petervary and his two pups, Chillin’ and Rippin,’ have laid out the courses for the two Fat Bike Summit and Festival races on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The Races page is now up with some descriptive detail and links to the course maps on Garmen Connect.
Got questions? Attach a comment here and Jay will respond.
Joe Meiser, Product Design Manager at QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), attended last year’s Summit and took a bunch of photos that he’s given us to use on the site. See his album on the Photo album 2012 page.
I took several of Joe’s photos, plus a couple from Tim Young, Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways in Wilson, WY, and made some photo banners that display randomly at the top of the site. Thanks, gents!
Some of the money donated by QBP for the 1st Fat Annual Bike Summit (see our History page for more on that) was used to hire Jake Hawkes at Gravnetic to produce a Fat Bike video. It’s now done, with help from Dave Byers, Andy Williams, Ray Spencer, Jay Petervary, and Scott Fitzgerald:
See four other videos on our Fat Biking in Winter video page.
Scott Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald’s Bicycles) and his whole fam damily flew into the Twin Cities on Saturday, on their way to points south. We used the occasion for a little face-to-face Fat Bike Summit & Festival planning since both Gary Sqoquist (QBP) and I live in this wonderful but currently dreary and snowless state, home of many fine local beers including Summit.