On snowshoes, fatbikes and unexpected expenses

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Biking, Outdoor kids

It’s impossible not to notice: The premature feeling of spring in the air.

With a temperature above freezing, the powdery snow has finally settled. We walk a couple of hundred meters on foot from our house, Siri and I, put on our snowshoes and leave the road behind us. We follow a snowmobile track covered in yesterdays snow, meandering our way between the pines. Outside the residential area, inside the forest, we trample a small loop on top of the track. Only a few hundred meters. Not much. But enough.

We trample a small loop on top of the snowmobile track with our snowshoes.

We trample a small loop on top of the snowmobile track with our snowshoes.

We hurry home, stuff ourselves quickly with a few slices of bread before heading out the door again. This time along with mum. And two fatbikes. It’s easy for all to see out on the track: Fatbikes make you smile. Period. And when it turns out that our youngest daughter actually is able to ride mums XS Surly Pugsley, and we see the huge grin across her face and hear her giggling between the trees, it’s equally evident that this could get expensive.

The Dillinger tires were not handling the loose snow quite as well as the Surly Nates. But they did well enough to put a big smile on dads face too. And the studs are great for icy roads and singletrack.

The Dillinger tires were not handling the loose snow quite as well as the Surly Nates. But they did well enough to put a big smile on dads face too. And the studs are great for icy roads and singletrack.

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3 thoughts on “On snowshoes, fatbikes and unexpected expenses”

  1. Joel Stephenson says:

    I am a seasoned mountain biker, but I still haven’t had the privilege of riding a fat bike. We have a distinct lack of snow in England, but I can imagine they would be just as fun on the beach!

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