We are ready to get going on our 4th season of grooming FAT bike trails at the “BigHill” trails just south of Spearfish!
This year we have added a tracked snow moving machine to our arsenal to initially bench in the side hills and add groomable features “snow-willing”.
We will be doing this in the long, downhill, shady gulches within a few miles of the trail head, so the features will hold till end of March or better. Rushmore bikes has purchased all the equipment and is always looking for user support(donations). https://www.gofundme.com/Spearfish-FAT-Bike-trail-pass
One thing that has been learned about snow grooming for FAT bikes is that the snow needs to FIRM! Most of the snow that falls in the Black Hills is in small amounts, 8″ or less every few days, and it is extremely low in density. Even with the most effective equipment, it still takes one or two sunsets, depending on temps, to firm-up enough to be “good” riding.
All bikes are not equal, size does matter early and mid winter! Can you have fun on any “fat bike” in some conditions? Yes you can! Soft condition days, falling and pushing your bike up hills, even though the scenery may be great, and it still beats work, its just better to get the right bike. IF you are over 170 lbs, just plan on riding a 26 x 4.8″ tire or 27.5″ x 4.5″ tire. Lighter riders have more options, but still often prefer the fattest option. 3 years ago TREK offered the 27.5″ x 4.5 tire and wheel size that “upped the ante” for float on soft snow and even hard pack performance over a 26″ tire/wheel combo. But it is true to say, “just get out and ride”, and “ride what you brought”. If you’re spending your hard earned money, and want the best FAT bike, stop in and talk to us, its one of our specialties.
If we have more than 2 1/2″ of snow, check back to the Rushmorebikes.com website and or Facebook page for up to the minute grooming and trail conditions. We wait until the pressure changes, and the new snow drifts, usually right after the snow stops falling, then start grooming. Snow shoes, dogs and skis are always welcome on the FAT bike trails. Just be sure to leash your dog until you get to the trail then be ready to clean up after it : ) Brown snow on a sunny day is the worst.
For the 2018-2019 season we are offering a 5 FAT bike rental punch card for $100 that can be used by different users. So if you are already a convert, grab some friends a take them out. We will have the snow ready for you.