What to Wear Fat Biking in Cold Weather

Yesterday the high was about 8 degrees F. Despite the frigid temps, the sun was shining and I wanted to get outside. Many people think going out in this type of the weather is nuts, but if you have the proper clothing you can ride comfortably! The key is layers.

Here’s what I wore yesterday:
EMS Excel Thermo ½ Zip Hoodie 
EMS zip-up sweater fleece
Columbia Sportswear Voodoo Falls 590 Down Jacket – 550 Fill Power
Balaclava/face mask
Avalanche Mogul fleece-lined leggings
Pearl Izumi mountain biking shorts (over the tights)
Ski socks
Khombu insulated, waterproof boots w/ hand warmers inside the boots. Next time I would wear my hiking gaiters with my boots since the laces on my boots don’t go all the way up and snow can get in. Thankfully the snow wasn’t too deep yet so it wasn’t much of an issue.
Louis Garneau Bigwill Gloves -These gloves were probably the best investment out of all the above gear! They were expensive but totally worth it since they kept my hands warm the entire ride! I was really worried about my fingers freezing but they were toasty warm in these gloves.

I was also planning on wearing my riding glasses, but they were fogging up a lot so I ditched them. I usually have the same problem with ski goggles when wearing a face mask when skiing.

I rode for about an hour. The conditions at North Bethlehem are great for fat biking right now!

I have studded tires on my bike for the winter, however, they probably weren’t needed here. It was nice to have them, though!

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Where to Mountain Bike in the Capital Region

Now that I’ve been mountain biking for about 2.5 years, I think it’s time I shared a post about my favorite places to ride locally! I learned to mountain bike on these trails, so they are as good as any to learn to ride, improve your skills, and get some exercise! My favorite app for finding new trails is called TrailForks and you can find maps of all these trails on this app.

Best Bet for Beginners: North Bethlehem Town Park, Guilderland

Not only is North Bethlehem close to Albany, it has many features, such as bridges, berms, wooden drops, and obstacles like logs to ride over. It is a great place to practice riding over things and is also a great place to practice riding fast!

There are still a few features I’ve yet to try but I’m hoping soon I’ll be able to ride everything here! The trails are windy, so it is also great for learning how to corner properly. It is one of the places I feel most comfortable riding solo, as well as at night, as the trail never strays too far from the main lot and there are always people around.

Luther Forest, Malta

Luther was one of the very first places I ever rode a mountain bike! The actual first place was Millstone Trails in Vermont, but that’s another story! Luther is another great place to ride, especially if you are learning. Trails are flowy and there are some good climbing sections.

Colonie Town Park, Colonie

Colonie is another one of the very first places I rode a mountain bike, which is saying something because some of these trails are hard! There are lots of roots and rocks and steep climbs and descents here. There is also some double track if you are just starting out and want to ride something easy. It is also right next to the Mohawk Hudson bike path, in case you really want to bail and ride on the paved path. The reason why I liked starting here is that it makes the other local trails seem easy. A lot of these trails are very fun to ride! My favorite is the Pasta loop.

Gurney Lane Bike Park, Queensbury

Gurney is a bit of a hike, located right off of exit 20 on Northway. BUT it is totally worth the ~ hour drive because these trails are incredible. They just may be my favorite trails in the area. They are fast, flowy, and there are even two new downhill style trails (E20 and Tango) that are super fun to ride. I never get tired of riding here! My favorite combo right now is riding Coaster to Salsa to Race Course for a super fun section. The trails are all very well marked and labeled according to difficulty.

Well, there you have it! Each of these places is very beginner friendly, while still fun to ride. If you are interested in learning to mountain bike, have any suggestions on where to ride locally that I haven’t mentioned, or just have a question, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment. 😀 Happy riding!

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