Fatbikes & more

This past weekend, E-fred and I supported Freewheel Bike, a local Twin Cities Salsa dealer, at their winter bike expo. They held the event at their Midtown Greenway location which is right on the Greenway bike path. They set up an obstacle course and held a fatbike criterium. There were seminars about the Arrowhead 135, winterizing your bike and we showed a little slideshow/movie about fatbiking in Alaska. There was also a beer tasting.  Surly brought their log rollers. Great people everwhere. Good food. Coffee. Later in the day, it even started snowing making the event even more winter like. What an awesome vibe.

Never before have I personally seen that many fatbikes together in one place. Full on fatbikes, fat front 29ers, and winter commuting rigs were everywhere. Freewheel coordinated getting Mukluk demos from us as well as having their own demo bikes. Fatbikes filled the room, lined the entry and poured out on and into the Greenway space.

While this event was put on by one local retailer, I do believe this event benefited our whole fatbike and cycling community. I met so many people that rode a fatbike and our Mukluk for the first time. You could see the tell tale fatbike smile on their faces when they brought the demo back. Others came in from around the area to test ride before they buy. In the end, I heard their was something like 3000 people that came through the doors. Simply amazing. For more information about the event and some youtube videos of the course and fatbike crit, check out Freewheel Bike's website and Facebook page.

One last shot from the night. What a day.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


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Vito | December 6th, 2011

Awesome! I was out riding in the snow Saturday afternoon. Wish I would have made the trip down for all of the fun.

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Jp | December 6th, 2011

Hi! Do we get to make a Salsa Claus wish list this year?


Gnat | December 6th, 2011

@Vito - Glad you were out riding. One day this year, we are going to have to do fatbike ride together.

@JP - I’m fairly certain that Salsa Claus is out riding his Mukluk and will not make a showing in 2011.

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Beveridge | December 6th, 2011

Nice Job Salsa for stepping up with Freewheel for an epic night!  Nothing better than watching Santa jump the fire pit on his Mukluk!  Looking forward to more events like this one.

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Elvis | December 6th, 2011

why is everything so white?

why does everyone look so cold?

where is the desert? (and the warm sand)

seriously… looks like a hell of a lot of fun. One day… if I buy enough warm clothes… I might ride on snow… (one day)

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Oellerich | December 7th, 2011

The Mukluk 2 was delivered yesterday.  This bike is a beauty. Nice job on the stealthy design Salsa…  Can’t wait to hit the Greenway and other trails around MSP today and everyday this winter.  Look for videos soon….

If you haven’t picked up a Mukluk 2 hurry before they are gone!!

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Mel | December 11th, 2011

Good to see fatbikes getting more popular.  I’d been intrigued by them for a couple of years now.  I hate riding the trainer indoors in the winter and I love the outdoors generally.  I finally pushed the button and bought myself a Mukluk 3 a couple of weeks ago.  I was riding around in the snowy trails yesterday. This winter is going to be different :)  I’m also thinking about all the possibilities as an adventure bike year-round.

Merry Christmas to me :)

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bob martin | January 13th, 2012

Actually salsa clause did make a showing. 2 mukluk 2’s arrived a bit after christmas. (actually 1 followed a week later by a second, now my wife and I don’t have to share, they are just too much fun) Now if we could only get some snow.

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