Fat Tire Biking
in Door County
‘Tis the Season for Fat Tire Biking
If you think biking is only a warm weather pursuit, then you’re missing out on all the fun that is fat tire biking. These bikes feature large tires with low pressure which allow you to ride easily over roots, snow, rocks and sand - places where normal bikes tires wouldn’t dare tread. These bikes are used year round but really start to shine in the wintertime when going off road is impossible without the fat tires.
Where to Rent Bikes
A fat tire bike is a big investment on its own, so before you get your own, try it out by renting from Nor Door Sport & Cyclery in Fish Creek. The cycling specialty shop is located near the main entrance to Peninsula State Park, making it easy to rent bikes and gear to ride right away. Take Sunset Trail or ride on the roads winding up and down the bluffs.
Where to Ride
Outside of Peninsula State Park, there are many winter riding opportunities around Door County. A favorite route includes the trails at Newport State Park. The combination of sand, mud, rock and roots present on the mountain bike trails offer an ideal platform for fat bikes. Not to mention the promise of solitude and quiet that comes with venturing north of Ellison Bay.
Tips & Other Gear
- Invest in some shoe covers to keep out the wind and moisture and the same goes for a high quality pair of warm gloves.
- Keep the tire pressure around 10 psi to allow for a comfortable ride and good tired grip. Anything higher will cause the tires to slip.
- Stay seated while climbing. Standing up and taking your weight off the rear tire will cause you to lose traction, especially in wet snow or sand.
- If you’re of legal age, add a shot of alcohol to your water bottle to keep it from freezing and warm you up a bit.
- At the start of your ride expect to be cold - but don’t worry. As you work up a sweat you’ll be more than warm enough. Pack along good face coverage and pocket warmers in the case of really cold temperatures.
Still feeling unsure if fat tire biking could be for you? Read about our Insider’s experience with fat tire biking at Newport State Park.