Global Fat Bike Day

 Photo courtesy of Hurl Everstone

Photo courtesy of Hurl Everstone

When mountain bikes first arrived on the cycling scene in the mid to late 1970s, they earned the moniker “fat tire bikes,” as their chubby, knobby tires were much fatter and more aggressive than the skinny treads found on the previous star of the 1970s bike boom, the ubiquitous “ten-speed.” And yet those early “fat tire” riders probably had no idea what the burgeoning beasts would look like a quarter century on. Today, the term “fat bike” describes a bicycle with much wider tires, typically in the 4–5" range. These corpulent cruisers have ascended in popularity, and so it comes as little surprise, in these modern, social media–drenched times, that there is a “Global Fat Bike Day.”

 Photo courtesy of Hurl Everstone

Photo courtesy of Hurl Everstone

 Photo courtesy of Hurl Everstone

Photo courtesy of Hurl Everstone

This year, GLOBAL FAT BIKE DAY falls on Saturday, December 2

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#GFBD is a grass-roots movement that kicked off five years ago in the U.K., when a cheerful group of fat-bikin’ Brits deciding they wanted to share their joy of riding with a global gathering. A date and time were picked, and it didn’t matter if you rode with a group, or solo—it was all about posting up pictures.

The de rigeur consortium on the International Network for all things fat bike (Fat-Bike.com) latched on to the idea and has henceforth helped spread the good word to rotund riders. Global fat bike events have organically popped up across the planet, spread via social media wildfire tenacity, and now there's a literal worldwide contingent of rides planned for this Saturday. Locally in Minneapolis, there is the Penn Cycle Global Fat Bike Ride as well as the Freewheel Winter Bike Expo. And a whole statewide plethora of fat bike plundering can be found on the MN Bike Trail Navigator page.

Of course, the only thing missing from all of this good-time groveling is a little bit of snow! Then again, I’m not complaining about these extended mild days. Be sure to share all of your phat photos and video edits with the #GFBD2017 hashbrown tag.

Tommy "Hurl" Everstone