Fat bikes stretch out the year

5:53 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Not many sports go all year round in Maine, but thanks to fat bikes, mountain biking is one of them. Fat bikes are specially designed mountain bikes with extra wide tires so they can go on snow or sand.

"We're just trying to push the limits," says Forrest Carver.  His father designs the bikes.  Their niche is serious bikers who have a road bike and a mountain bike.  Now, they want to go 12 months a year. In Maine, Carver Bikes are sold at Bath Cycle and Ski as well as on line at "Bikeman."

In Maine, the cyclists are active on multi-use trails which were made for a combination of sports, including snowmobiling and ATV-ing.

There are some small races in Maine.  The biggest race of all is in Alaska where they race on the Iditarod Trail.  The race is called "I-did-a-bike" by fat biking faithful. "It's self-supporting.  You've got your gun with you, you get some bear spray and you're good to go!"

This year, Jay Petervay of Victor Idaho won the 350 mile "I-did-a-bike," formally known as the Iditarod Trail Invitational. Petervary smashed the course record by ten hours, winning in a time of 19 hours and 16 minutes.

Thus far, no one from Maine has done that race, but dozens are enjoying fat biking and their numbers are increasing.

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