The right bike for Winter riding
If you're looking to get more active in Edmonton's Winter bike riding community, you might be feeling a little unlucky. Fat bikes are always in high demand at this time of year, so if you're not one of the few lucky people near the top of the waiting list you dream of owning a fat bike can seem pretty farfetched.
But worry not! You don't actually need a fat bike in order to create a great Winter biking experience. United Sport & Cycle can build you a tailored Winter biking experience from the ground up. Let's start from the beginning...
While it's not a fully blown fat bike, the Trek Roscoe 6 is immensely capable in its own right. It features Schwalbe 27.5X2.80 tires that are wider than standard mountain bike tires - that gives you superior confidence whether you're a newer rider or an experienced trail rider. These tires also come in handy because they can be easily configured to provide more grip and traction in the Winter - just inflate them to a lower psi than you would a standard tire. But if you're going to turn into a true champion of Winter biking, you can't just stop at letting some air out of your tires.
Light up your life
The long summer days won't be here for a while, so a solid set of lights will help if you're commuting during the evening, night, or early morning. Having lights on your bike makes the road more visible for you, but also makes you more visible to other bikers, motorists, and pedestrians. Our Roscoe 6 has been fitted with the Bontrager Ion RT Pro light - for a powerful beam that will light up even the dimmest trail.
The proper tires
While you can use your regular tires at a lower PSI, you can also buy some studded tires to really give yourself a leg up on the frosty conditions. Studded tires will provide you with more grip and more stability on rough surfaces. We have a selection of high performance studded tires like the the 45NRTH Wrathchild and the Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro. This particular Roscoe 6 features Wrathchild tires.
Keep your hands (and handlebars) warm
If you're biking to work on a frigid morning, you're going to need the proper Winter gear - not just for yourself, but for your bike as well! A good pair of Winter cycling gloves, pants, and a warm jacket are essential if you want to become a true Winter warrior. A cycling pogie acts as a pair of gloves for your handlebars - allowing you to keep the same feeling of control while riding without sacrificing warmth. This particular pogie outfitted to our Roscoe 6 is the 45NRTH Draugenklaw.
Bike how you want, no matter the weather
The Fat Bike is not the final word in Winter biking. While they do offer great performance in cold weather, you can still outfit a mountain bike or all around bike to be an efficient cold weather machine! With the right modifications, this Roscoe 6 is ready for anything the Winter can throw at it - from chilly early morning rides in December to those slush-filled evening rides in March. So what are you waiting for? Start your modifications today to ride through the Winter!