Fat Bikes are better in the sand.

Fat Bike, Lake Tahoe

Sand (noun) 1. The more or less fine debris of rocks, consisting of small, loose grains, often of quartz.

In the case of the sand around Lake Tahoe, it is made up of mostly decomposing granite. Most of the trails in Tahoe have sand and deep loose dirt. Traditional mountain bike tires don’t handle sand well. A fat bike tire (4 inches or wider), on the other hand makes deep sandy trails fun. I actually look forward to sandy sections of trail with fat tires. I can carve through sandy switchbacks and lean the bike into deep soft trails. I pedal and laugh (instead of pushing) up the switchbacks toward Freel pass on the Rim Trail. These Fat bikes are a true revolution in mountain biking. These bikes will increase your time in the saddle by at least 50% here in Tahoe. Fat bikes are not only a blast on snow trails but are truly built for year round use.

Fat tracks in slow sand.

Fat tracks in slow sand.

Lake Tahoe shoreline.

Lake Tahoe shoreline.

Fatbike – Winter of 2013. Around South Lake Tahoe.

Fatbike, Lake Tahoe

Here is a short video from the winter of 2013. I started riding in the snow in January 2013 on a Fatback. I soon realized that many of the summer hiking and biking trails are used by snowmobiles in the winter. This makes for amazing snowbiking. I was able to ride most mornings this winter and spring. You can get in twice as much riding during the year.

Video here:

 

Fatbike, Lake Tahoe

Perfect winter riding conditions