After getting a fat bike last month, I have been pining after every single area that could possibly be ridden by the larger than normal tires. Riding a fat bike on single track is fine, but not utilizing the huge footprint is a giant waste of rubber. Luckily, there are other folks that feel the same way!
After posting on MTBR, wondering if there were any other fat bikes in the area, a plan was hatched to ride Caesar Creek, and Eric from Columbus made the trip for the ride. It is funny how small the cycling community is some times, as I have followed Eric's blog for a couple years now, nice to meet the man behind the website!
After starting on the single track, we found our way to a decent beach area, and followed the beach much to our drivetrain's chagrin. One aspect about fat bikes that people usually do not talk about is the wear and tear on your drivetrain. Sand and mud caked our chains and derailleurs, and the sound of grinding was the soundtrack of the beach time. I am really glad that Caesar Creek lake is freshwater.
From the beach area we followed a creek that placed us back at one of the trail intersections, and followed the single track once again to find the next area. The next inlet was larger than the first, but definitely softer than it appeared. Numerous times we were both spinning out, not having any traction what so ever. It was almost an exercise on learning how to ride again. But definitely worth it!
Following this creek out of the sand, we reconnected to the single track and spun the rest of the way back to the cars. Only around a nine mile trip, but worth way more in the adventure department. It's amazing how much more terrain becomes available with these wide tires. Looking forward to finding more places to ride!
Big thanks to Eric for making the drive from Columbus! Be sure to check out his blog, and his sweet collection of bikes!
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