I took the plunge this winter and got myself a Fat Bike, the KHS 3000. I first took it out when the Don was frozen in mid January but before we got dumped with snow. It held up nicely over the frozen terrain and over the ice patches. However, ice is ice and it doesn't matter how wide your tires are, you still can slip and slide. Off-camber sections were a bit dicey too.
The true test was after our 1st blizzard and to be more accurate after that snow had gotten packed down from hikers, snowshoes and a few brave cyclists. What a blast!!! The traction held up very well, climbing was no major issue and descending was slower, but doable. I was able to ride all the main Don singletrack trails that we ride in the summer. It actually feels a bit softer mainly because all the roots and rocks are covered with snow.
Winter riding generally sucks because of the cold but this made it fun again. Also you're mountain biking and not as much in the open so you don't get quite as cold anyways.
For the 1st time, probably ever, I'm kinda looking forward to next winter.
|Canadian winter pastime|
|Lower Don close-up|
|Heading towards Loblaws|
|Even Brenda came out and had some fun|