Throughout New England, after that last bite of Thanksgiving turkey, traditional snowsports rule. Whether the boards are skinny cross-country skis, wider alpine planks, or the broad platform of a snowboard, winter athletes have found their endorphin fix by gliding atop the snow.
Now, an ever-evolving breed of mountain bikes — dubbed “fat bikes” — is staking its claim to the hearts of Northeast outdoor enthusiasts, from Vermont’s Kingdom Trails to Great Glen Trails in New Hampshire and Maine Huts & Trails.
“I’ve never been a huge fan of nordic or skate skiing, so this provided me an outlet for winter exercise,” said Ray Orzechowski, an avid mountain biker from Concord, N.H. “Once you get on a fat bike, most people are hooked by the sheer fun element. It’s unlike any other riding experience, due to the playfulness of the bikes.”
Even diehard ski fans have fallen under the spell of these human-powered winter rigs.