Seminars

Summit Overview – the one-day Fat Bike Summit on Friday, Jan. 24th will examine the state of fat bikes.  We’ll define what fat bikes are (and are not), how and where they’re used, and examine what the growth has been and if it will continue.  We’ll also discuss trail sharing for fat bikes and present state-of-the-art grooming techniques being developed in the field to accommodate a steady stream of new users.  We’ll close with a discussion from a panel of industry experts who will discuss if fat bikes can be seen as a fad or a new industry sector that will continue to grow.

Attendees – the content for the Fat Bike Summit is designed for county, state, and federal land managers and policy makers from across the U.S. who want to learn more about fat bikes, how they’re used, and what the implications for use might be within their facilities.  Travel stipends may be available for federal level land managers.  Please contact Summit Coordinator Gary Sjoquist (gsjoquis@qbp.com) for more information.

Fat Bike 101
10:30–11am
Fat bikes are bikes with tires between 3.75” and 5” wide, designed to be ridden on snow or across rocks and sandy beaches. They are remarkably easy to ride and very user friendly.  Fat Bike 101 will tell the story of how fat bikes came into existence, where and how they’re being used, and explain how they’re different from mountain bikes.
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Fat Bike Products, Growth, and Economic Impacts
11am–12pm
Fat bike sales doubled from 2011 to 2012, and doubled again from 2012 to 2013.  With manufacturers such as Trek and Specialized ready to introduce fat bike models, growth will continue to increase.  Learn how technology is driving product and apparel development for fat bikes, and how the economic impacts of this new sport can benefit land managers, resorts, parks, and retailers.

Fat Bike Demo Ride
12–12:30pm
Join us for a low-key fat bike ride to see what it’s like to ride fat bikes with low pressure tires up to 5” wide

Trail Sharing for Fat Bikes
1:30–2:30pm
In Victor, Idaho, fat bike riders have been able to negotiate shared use of snowmobile trails thanks to a sticker program. In Washington, Nordic ski areas are opening their groomed trails to fat bike riders.  This seminar will discuss how negotiated access to groomed trail networks has taken place and what type of guidelines have been developed for trail users to co-exist.
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Fat Bikes; Just a Fad?
2:30–3pm
Join the conversation as industry experts share their experiences with the growth of fat bikes, dirt use, and the demographics of this rapidly increasing sport.

Fat Bike Grooming Techniques
3–4pm
In winter, fat bikes can be ridden on fresh snow up to about 3”.  Beyond that amount fat bikes can be ridden on compacted, groomed trails such as Nordic ski trails or snowmobile trails.  This seminar will look at the various ways fat bike riders and land managers are developing new ways to groom trails using both mechanized and non-mechanized methods, including fat bike-specific singletrack trails.
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