Ted Talks Fat Biking | How To Cycle In The Snow

Ted Talks Fat Biking | How To Cycle In The Snow


In some parts of the world snowy, winter conditions can be so harsh that cycling is impossible. Or is it? Jeremy took a trip to Vermont to learn more about fat biking with the king of alternative bike Riding: Ted King. In this video, Jeremy swaps his gravel bike for a certified fat tired shred sled to tackle some fresh powder with Ted.

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100 Comments on "Ted Talks Fat Biking | How To Cycle In The Snow"


  1. dude can you have enough covering your hands !! gloves inside of grip covering gloves ! wow no thanks but to each his own

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  2. Powers and King make a great team. I would love to see some gravel videos involving King, but since he is at the top of the sport and focused on winning every race I suspect that won't happen.

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  3. A strange choice of video aimed at a tiny audience. Sales of fat bikes have plummeted worldwide. Fat bikes, skiing,……. the times they are a changin' at GCN.

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  4. I finally broke down and bought a fat bike this winter after one too many indoor trainer rides – and it was the best money I have spent in a long time! It is much much more fun than I ever thought it would be. Here in the Twin Cities in Minnesota we have 9 single track MTB trails that are groomed all winter long. I'm just heading out the door to one of my favorites – Elm Creek 🙂

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  5. Went fat biking for the first time a few weeks ago in Vermont. Significantly more difficult than I expected it to be, but I had a blast. Wish this video came out before I went!

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  6. Super Nice video with Ted King. I watched the video that he did in Canada, The James Bay Descent, it was great. I enjoy Mountain Biking in the snow on the Fire/Logging Roads and the Snowmobile Trails. Only 2.4 inch tires but we have fun. Here is a link to the ride, https://untapped.cc/category/news/the-james-bay-descent/

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  7. Two of my favorite people that I love to follow online in cycling. Great content. Makes me want to jump on the bike and get in the woods.

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  8. Well this is a nice introduction to winter biking. But one key aspect got forgotten.

    Always have a warm layer with you! Either if you like to take a short break or you encounter some mechanical problem, it is important to have a layer to keep you warm.

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  9. J Pow in the pow with the King. Sound like a book or a TV show. GCN needs to sign up the King for some part time work. JPow and the King–that definitely sounds like a good tv show. Great chemistry these two have. Send them places and film it. JPow and the King visit Glacier National Park; JPow and the King take on Leadville; JPow and the King meet the Globetrotters…you get the idea!

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  10. More videos about fat bikes! They are awesome!

    Iohan Gueorguiev's channel is the best channel on youtube.

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  11. cool, thanks for the content! I ride year round on a fatbike in Alaska. I swap out tires to studed, fork to rigid, clips to flats and bunnyboots, and throw on pogos handlebar mits. Don't have to worry about bug dope, headnets, sunscreen, bears, maybe the wolves… Its beautiful! And snowmobilers/snowmachiners are your friend.

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  12. Here in Finland many people use a fatbike as their daily commuter. Some even use it in the summer! That tire noise on tarmac…

    But anyway, biking in the snow is nice providing temperature is below freezing. Unfortunately this winter has been worst ever with temperature fluctuating above and below 0 degrees celcius all the time. Not much snow here, only ice with water on top of it.

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  13. I use boots two sizes too big which allows me to wear warm thick wool socks.

    I hear your brakes squeal. I always use soapy warm water to clean my rotors after every ride, clean up with clear water and then fine sandpaper with WD40 and dry. No more squealing brakes.

    We use snowmobiles and a SnowDog to groom trails.

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  14. All this talk about Bright lights and gizmos on ya phone that watches you tire pressure ( Why!!! I am not sure yet). But the colder it is outside the shorter life your battery's are going to last.. Need to stick the lights and phones in a inside pocket closer to your body for warmth.

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  15. I love fat biking along the Toronto ravine system in winter. I ride about 3 or 4 times a week and all my rides are at least an hour-and-a-half long. It's such a hoot! No pressure to go fast or climb the STRAVA segment ladder. Just have FUN! The trails can be icy since the City doesn't maintain the trails during the winter and I'm OK with that! The less salt the better and I love riding on ice. I got Wrathchild studded tires and they really do the trick, but I nonetheless ride defensively and respect the surface I'm on. Thanks for this Fat Bike video GCN!

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  16. See fat bikes are not your take me to the sand bike… jeje but that is fun I guess make the most of what you have, not ebery one live in 4 station zones… nice one JP as always!

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  17. What??? no 45Nrth Stürmfist?? and no Wulfgar boots? they're heavier, BUT good to -20° F. I love that company. I'm running 45Nrth Gravdal's on my 700c commute Soooo good! Rides slightly slower than my summer tires, but WAY faster than the Kenda Klondikes, and cornering is so much more confident too

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  18. great to see jeremy on the fat bike ,appreciated Ted also down to earth kind of guy, here in quebec we have quite a few areas to ride with wide range of difficult and easy trails, most are made on the mountain bike trails that are either passed over with a snowmobile or people use snowshoes to pack down the trail, i usually ride on regular roads to get to gravel roads nearby, here we are not allowed on the snowmobile trails, not to safe ( skidoo ) is used to describe a snowmobile, fat bike is a workout , the handling is quite different and can be challenging, mountain bikers would enjoy it,

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  19. If I have to put warming pads in my shoes to ride, I’ll pass. If I’m going to be cold I’ll be cold on a chair lift.

    Such a different vibe from East Coast to West. Nice to visit but I’ll stay West of the Rockies, more my style.

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  20. Any tyres this wide and knobbly should be on GBMN. But the spandex legs keeps it GCN. The bike doesn't matter, it's the outfit that determines the channel. 😆

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  21. What does something like an average big we'll buy Cost I am a older gentleman just looking to get on a pedal bike in getting to shame please comment back what's the cheapest way I can get out on a bike I'm not the one no racing or none of that stuff I just wanna get some exercise and I am a little overweight please comment back

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  22. Ahh, a fat bike in its natural habitat!! I've only ever seen them in the suburbs and been like "huh?"

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  23. Looks ace out there! Can we have a GCN video on "water biking?" That's about all I can do at the moment as I sit out yet another day of torrential rain and gales!

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  24. I saw one of these bikes in a brighton shop window a couple of years ago it was £5000 it took me 5 minutes to stop laughing

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  25. Nice to see real winter biking. Quebec are 50% winter and 50% summer condition, so we need to be multisport and used for training schedule. Backcountry skiing, fat bike, gravel bike, mountain bike and road bike. Thanks’ Jeremy to travel in our country or nearby to give the real picture of our environment.⛷🚴‍♂️

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  26. I despise fat bikes.
    They leave massive ruts, which re-freeze and harden; combined with the face most fat bike riders can't ride in a straight line, the paths become rutted messes.

    In the years prior to fat bikes, riding the trails packed with snow was manageable, as pedestrians typically left the center clear for bikes. Now?

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  27. Excellent video!!! If anyone wants to see few fatbikes for 2020… Just check this link talking about 6 fatbikes for this seasson: https://youtu.be/pA8etepDGrc

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  28. Here in Ohio we havent had enough snow to even get my shovel out this year. And Feb. Is almost over. Very unusual winter.

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  29. Question for Ted King:
    I have much the same set up on my fat-bike, and the same pump (love it!) for adjusting pressure on the trail.
    How do you carry it with when not loaded for long haul riding?

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  30. You forgot the most important thing to riding it.
    When you're riding over extremely broken ground (i.e., the chunks a plow throws onto the path from the road) you feel like you're riding Batman's motorbike (circa The Dark Knight) and unstoppable since you can go on terrain no other bike can.

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  31. Congratulations on your upcoming first child, Ted! Anyone looking for mtb riding in the NE, I highly recommend Ranch Camp and the Cady Hill Trails where they filmed this.

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  32. Awesome video, after years of dismissing them, this year (January 2020) I finally decided to purchase a Fat Bike with 45N Wrathchild studded tires. (The studded tires are key where I live in New England to make it worth it) The machine opens up so much opportunity right out my back door, I'm sorry I dismissed them for so long.. Coming from a road/gravel background myself, I never thought I'd use a 30×50, but (like Ted mentioned at 4:57) I use it all the time in the undulating terrain.

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  33. Why are you using a CHAIN in the winter? Isn't a BELT a better choice?
    P.S. What HIGH VOLUME mountain bike PUMP is that?

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  34. Can anybody help me? I recently got my new mtb with deore brakes on it. I realized that when i am riding the bike upright nothing is going wrong but when i am leaning it over the disc starts rubbing like crazy. I took it to my local bike shop and they said that the disc is not bend an they couldn t hear any sound.(it is a 29er). Is there something wrong ?

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  35. Awesome video! Especially for those of us who live in northern Minnesota. British winters are similar to our summers.

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  36. Hello from Vermont! My name is Rose and I watch the channel every week and was so excited to see a video made in my home state! I would love for Jeremy and GCN to explore more of what Vermont has to offer! We have a unique cycling culture here with mountain biking, fat biking, gravel racing, a love for commuting on retro and vintage bikes. Places to check out: Old Spokes Home, a quirky bike shop popular for retro builds & community building. Green Mountain Bike Club (400+ members every year) runs organized rides and advocates for better cycling safety and infrastructure. Catamount family center has year round cycling and has many classes to get kids into the sport. Stowe also has much more to offer. Come visit!

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  37. Watching all of the GCN and GMBN content makes me want to own 5 bikes, but I can't. Is the best do it all bike a hardtail mountain bike? You can ride any bike on the road (a slick tire swap is easy enough) but you can't ride any bike on the trails. I'm thinking of making a 29er my main bike as I can only afford one expensive stead. I could also swap the tires to mid-fat for winter riding. Talk me in or out of it. #TorqueBack

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  38. Great vid, Ted and Jeremy. Thanks for the fat bike love! Come on up to Alaska and ride the White Mountains 100, Susitna 100, or Iditarod Trail Challenge, or maybe just tour the Yukon Quest or Iditarod trail. This is the land where fat bikes were born and there are thousands of miles of remote trails to explore. Might need a few more layers, though. I peeled off about 10 more clothing items than you are wearing in Vermont when I got home from my 20 k ride in the hills outside of Fairbanks last night at about -8ºF / -22ºC … and that's a good bit warmer than the valleys during much of December though February. Ted has the hand wear nailed at 9:49, though. Kinco 1927 lined pigskin gloves with knit cuff inside pogies. Alaskan dirt bag favorites! (I add synthetic liners below 0ºF / -18ºC or trade for insulated overmittens below -20ºF/-32ºC.)

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  39. Totally amazing video. Loved the pace. Just enough tech details mixed with the unique personalities of the presenters and super camera and editing work! Great work.

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  40. I dropped into Ranch Camp for a look around yesterday. It’s a cool place with lovely staff. No coffee though which I found strange for a cafe! Sign on wall said “My greatest fear is that when I die that my husband will sell my bikes for what I told him I paid for them. “ Love it!

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