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Global Fat Bike Day (GFBD) Ride in Winnipeg! … Saturday, Dec 6th 2014

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Global Fat-Bike Day … in Winnipeg

Saturday December 6th, 2014 – Meet at the Forks – 11:00 a.m.

All clubs, store riders, fat bike groups (with token skinnies) are welcome.

Loop ride, following the rivers and creeks as much as possible, centered on the Forks, and including a Photo Shoot, Treasure Hunt, a Food Item Deliver Task (FIDT) and Pit Stop (chili and toddies!).

*** 29 Nov Update:  Expect a much shorter route(s) due to the recent arrival of fresh snow and the intent to make this fun and accessible to many! ***

Trouble in Ottawa

Fat MuddyGuy’s Post:

Looks like our Capital is in need of FATBIKE education. Share the trail. This is Canada in the winter. I’d hate to be told FATBIKES are not welcome anywhere in Winterpeg.
Check out… http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/fat-bike-access-story-ottawa-canada-838667.html

Remember to be a FATBIKE ambassador all the time. I caught myself disobeying a traffic sign while on my fatbike. Mental note was made.

This sport is new. And as much as we love it, there are people who hate and try to tear down something new because it is new and most likely different. Let’s not give them an inch, give them several feet. In fact stop riding all together to give the walkers the option of walking or waiting for you to ride past.

I stopped to let a couple walk past. They said carry on. I said pedestrians have the right of way. They smiled to each other and waved me through. Most of the winter enthusiasts are just like us. But don’t assume. I would hate to see politics or an accident on the trail paint an X on all our backs. There are many generations of FATRIDERS to come. Let’s usher in this new sport in a humble manner. Remember this is not cycling…this is FATBIKING!

Nate is a stud!

Fat Tom K’s Post:

Ok, I suspect that most of you already know this but … Nate is a stud … one super studded knobby – most excellent fat bike tire!

Nate Fat Tire

I recently switched out my Endomorph for a Nate and gave it a ‘Proper Test last night on the trails’.
Result – amazing improvement in traction and stability!
Thanks Morgan and Liam at Olympia for the other tweaking of my Pugs and the tire change.  🙂

Bottom Brackets

Fat Hal’s Post:

Want to lose some weight?

Liam has been working with Reset Bikes to produce some titanium spindle bottom brackets (ISIS) for fat bikes, reset bikes make their own bottom brackets for trials riders and they are pretty much bomb proof. Why the ti BB – huge weight savings, 220g (without the crank bolts) as compared to the FSA which is 380g (also without crank bolts). MSRP is $190, but we can give it to you at better price than that.

We are ready to place an order and want to know who is interested? We need to order  a minimum of 20 units  so let Liam or Hal know if you are interested or if you want more information, the order will be placed March 20, 2012.

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Predictions

Fat Ian’s MFB Post:

From today’s Free Press (excerpt below, full article here):

The weather experts to the south say Manitoba can expect an early and very cold winter this year.

“You will see snow before Halloween,” Jack Boston, AccuWeather.com’s expert senior meteorologist, said. “You got a slight shot (at snow) late this week but… by Halloween, you’re going to see some accumulating snow.”

Boston said that overall, our winter in southern Manitoba will be about two degrees Celsius below normal, with the worst of it happening in December and January.

On the plus side, Boston said we can expect less snowfall than normal.

All the cold weather will be courtesy of a La Niña winter, Boston said, which will bring in Arctic cold air across Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba from as far away as Siberia.

Winter will start slowly, and then in January and February, it’s going to be fairly active, Anderson said.

That’s when we’re going see our significant snowfalls.

The reason for more snow and more cold? La Niña, a phenomenon that occurs when water temperatures across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean are below normal.

La Niña produces extreme cold across Western Canada during the winter while adding to snowfalls in Ontario and Quebec.

Water temperatures this year are pointing to a moderate-strength La Niña, Anderson said, which helps with the predictions.

This winter will see less snowfall in the Prairies, Anderson said, except in southwestern Alberta.

Because the Great Lakes are running warmer than normal, the areas around the lakes will have a greater amount of lake-effect snowfall, Anderson said.