The fatbike scene in Minnesota and beyond seems infinite, and that is keeping Chris Chavie on his toes.
Chavie, who keeps a keen eye on the cycling world in his popular and informative blog, MN Bike Trail Navigator, said there are multiple forces at play. Among them: bikes are becoming more affordable; new races and introductory programs pop up every year; and there are more places to ride.
“Every year it just seems to grow and grow and grow,” said Chavie, who manages social media and works in sales at Penn Cycle. More women and children are rolling, too, he added. “They see how much fun (their friends) are having and want to be a part of it.”
Some other observations from Chavie:
• People are riding more than just groomed single-track. They are riding frozen creeks, lakes and swamps, bushwhacking woods and shoreline, and taking ski lifts to tear downhill.
• Social media is building community. Group rides are booming.
• Increasing number of fatbikers are riding all year, not just on snow.
(This is part of the Big List here)