Well ladies and gentlemen, winter has descended on Boise. The general thought that Boise has mild winters has been shattered once again. In my mind, it's probably been 8-10 years since we had 6-10" of snow in the valley stick around for an extended period of time. With our fairly low elevation (2730), it's a treat for those of us that embrace winter. My love for the season has wavered in the past years, from snowmobiling, to skiing, to snowboarding, but snowbiking (fat biking) has given winter a new hope in my mind. Riding the wide tire bikes in loose snow gives a new sensation, similar to riding a stationary trainer at high resistance and low cadence. With a high of 23 degrees and the sun shining, we embarked on a 20+ mile adventure. Below are some images of the day, enjoy!
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The city plows most of the greenbelt in town, but once you start venturing out of the city limits the paths become less maintained and add to the challenge of staying upright. I have found with a 2x10 setup on my Salsa Beargrease maintaining a 12-15 mph pace is a great workout on hard packed or groomed snow. Once you venture into foot packed snow the pace slows drastically and the effort level increases.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the holidays! -King Donger..."Getting Tater’d in Idaho"