From California to Alaska
The origin of the fat bike is unclear. While some attribute their invention to young people from Marin County and San Francisco (California) in the 70s, other sources say they were first used in Alaska as a means of transport over snow.
Since that pioneering adventure, bicycles have evolved. They underwent extensive development in the 70s and 80s, when our two-wheeled vehicle left the road to delve into tougher terrain. The mountain bike was born, which no longer needs any introduction. In adapting cycles to the new terrain, it was the frame and wheels that experienced the greatest transformation. Their evolution has now reached the fat-bike stage, where the wheel concept is based on a mountain bike but the tyres are much wider (about 13 centimetres) and at a lower pressure. In fact, they are also used for moving over arid terrains. Widening the wheels stops them from sinking in the desert. And from sand to snow. Using them on snowy surfaces has become popular in North America and Canada. Being used to a lot of snow, riders in areas like Alaska have found a solution that means they don’t have to give up their bikes during the coldest months.