Last Sunday, December 15th, Tim wanted to take his fat bike on a snow ride. I put the 2.2″ knobbies on my Fargo, and we headed to southern Indiana – where we assumed we’d find some snow.
Our ride started at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a nice way to get in some flat-ish gravel roads, and a little off-road riding.
We miscalculated on the snow. There had been rain overnight, which had frozen over. The beginning of the ride was clear roads. Once we hit gravel, the roads were icy. On the first turn, I went down hard, hitting my head and helmet on the road.
After I came to my senses, we decided to go off-road on the crunchy snow. This was hard traveling, but much safer than the roads.
We eventually got back to where riding along the road was required. Luckily, there was a muddy spot along the side without ice. When the ice took over the road, we dismounted and walked.
We traded bikes for a bit to compare the ride. My Fargo rode like a bike. Tim’s Mukluk was pedal-powered tractor. I’m not sure which was better.
Our short ride of under ten miles was quite the workout. Crunchy snow is hard to ride in. We did manage to have fun and Tim watched a few birds.