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Fat Biking in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 01/28/2015
WINCHESTER - People of the Northwoods find creative ways to enjoy the outdoors.

The beauty of the Northwoods in the winter can be enjoyed on two wheels. The two wheels are bit bigger on a fat bike than your regular bike wheels. They're big enough to handle the snow on the trails.

"It's awesome to be able to ride a bike in the winter in January on trails, not on the roads not dealing with salt in the woods," said WinMan Trails user Jimmy Vogel.

The coordinator of the WinMan trails in Winchester was tired of the hectic roads.

So he set out to create trails that could be used in the winter for fat biking.

"I always wanted to fat bike on a trail system, so last year at Winman we actually started allowing fat biking out here," WinMan Trails Coordinator Robert Polic said. "So this year we really focused on keeping the trails groomed up, allowing fat bikers on purpose built trails."

Riding a fat bike is similar to riding a mountain bike.

"A little bit of balance and weight shifting, make sure you have your weight over the rear wheel when you need traction, otherwise it's just like riding a mountain bike," Polic said. "The trails may be a little bit narrower but if you have good balance you shouldn't have any issues at all."

You'll have a unique experience riding a fat bike on the snow.

"Cause you're bouncing around with the fat tires on, it's almost surreal," said Vogel.

It's just another excuse to enjoy the outdoors in the Northwoods.

"If you like being outdoors this is another thing to do," Vogel said. "If you want to ski or snow shoe you can add biking in your repertoire and if you come up here you can do it all in the same day."



Story By: Nolan Blair

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