Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fat Bike Take Over at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

We have been fat biking out at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch the last 3 season.  They do a great job of grooming trails.  The trails are multi use, so expect to see xc skiers, some snowshoers and even a skate skier (on some of the loops).  Trail passes are $10/day at the lodge.  It's a good idea to call or email for grooming report/snow conditions before making the drive out there.

Anywho, they have a great lodge for warming up (they also sell beer and wine), and the lodge also has rooms you can rent.  They have rental cabins as well.  The place is amazing and the people that work at the ranch are some of the nicest you will ever meet.  So, we thought, why not plan a little weekend adventure out there with fat bikes?  Grab your fat bike and come out for Saturday or Sunday, or make a weekend of it and book a room.  See you there.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Fatty Flurry Festival

Year #3
Fatty Flurry Fest is a celebration of Fat Bikes in North Idaho. If you have never tried a fat bike before, and wanted to try before you buy, here is your chance...for free. And if you already have a fatty, come hang with some fellow fat bikers and ride some cool trails.

Free Fat Bike Demo from 10-12:30pm (Surly & Salsa Fat Bikes)

Group Rides: Starting at 1pm. More info coming....

Post ride will feature some socializing and some sled pulling with some refreshments around the fire.

Some Notes: You will need a State Park Pass which can purchases on site for $5 or you can get an annual pass for your vehicle at the DMV beforehand. If you don't have a bike with tires at least 3.8" wide, leave it at home. There are porta potties that are nice and clean, but no running water. We will have a fire to keep you warm.

All activities will be at the lake parking lot/event pavilion.

Camping (if you are brave enough) is available, as well as ice fishing, snowshoeing, xc skiing, ice skating, name it.

This is a "low pressure" social Fat Bike event.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Idaho Free Park Day/Fat Bike Demo

Oh hey, did you see that recent blog about the great fat bike riding up at Indian Creek CG?  Well, Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair will happen to be up there Saturday (1/7) from 10-2pm with some demo bikes.  So, if you are interested in trying a fat bike and seeing what the trails around the park are like, this would be your chance.  The demos will be part of the Idaho Free Park Day, where people are encouraged to visit their local park, and maybe try a winter activity they haven't done before.  XC skies and snowshoes will also be available to take out on the trails.

Try all 3 activities and make it a triathlon.  Either way, Priest Lake is a beautiful place, especially in the winter.  So, mark your calendars.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Bike Movie Night

Here we go! Our first event for 2017, and back by popular demand, Bike Movie Night.
- 6pm every Wednesday in January
- Always free
- Always fun
- Feel free to bring your own chair although we should have plenty), snacks and bevs

Indian Creek CG has Upped thier Winter Grooming

Rang in the New Year up at Priest Lake.  They have some cabins at Indian Creek CG you can rent year round, and they are very affordable.  They are not very big, and are somewhat primitive, but that is the point.  

There was some usual evening shenanigans.  Along with a rare sighting of a beer tree in the wild.

playing pirate games

rare beer tree spotting

fat tracks on the left of set XC track

Anyways, on to why you are really here, the riding.  Well, the Park received a grant for a new machine to pull the groomer they use for the XC trails.  It is a side-by-side with tracks on it.  They pull a groomer that packs an area about 3' wide with a classic ski track in the middle.  The tracks of the side-by-side pack an area about 10" or so on each side of the groomed 3' area.  I am guesstimating these numbers, so they may not be exact, but you get the idea.  Riding the area packed by the machine tracks was amazingly fun.  There was plenty of room to slide around and not interfere with the classic ski track.  Oh yes, the park asks that you always try and avoid riding into or across the set ski track.  The park has a winter trails map that shows all the trails they groom.  There are also map boards scattered throughout the trails.  Trail fees?  None, but there is a donation box in the park HQ.  And don't forget you need a state parking pass to park your vehicle in any Idaho Park (get the annual at DMV or a daily at park).

navigation happening

Before you go, there is more.  I know, how could it be any better?  Well, the park staff has started grooming a fat bike specific trail along Indian Creek.  This .5 mile trail is packed with a snowmobile (the side-by-side can't go through there because of the trail bridges).  It is a fun little trail with some great scenery.  Because of the 2 snow packing difference between XC trails and the fat bike trail, the riding experience is quite different.  Both fun.  I would recommend hitting all the trails.  It will be about 2 hours of riding, depending on snow conditions, and well, your body conditioning.  Have fun, and make a point to stop in and tell the park staff you appreciate their grooming efforts!

until next time little cabin