"Fat bike" helps break frustrations brought on by snowstorm

Brian McInnis
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Winter has hit Prince Edward Island if not with a wallop then with a sucker punch.

The storm began as really heavy rain and high wind, but Wednesday morning it began to snow and snow and snow some more. The strong winds did not help matters by whipping all that snow into a frenzy of white.

Most people grumbled about it, although it meant that many Islanders had the day off or were allowed to leave work early, and then some like cyclist Shannon Burt saw it as an opportunity to hop on his specially designed cycle and go for a spin in the snow.

"It's called a fat bike and has really low-pressure tires that are about four inches wide and the whole frame and wheels are designed so it can float over snow or sand...it can get really good traction in just about any conditions," Burt said. "They are a lot of fun to ride."

Burt, who is a school teacher, said he commutes to school every day on another of his bikes. He has taken the "fat bike" once.

Many cyclists have problems with motorists and their cars in the best of weather, but Burt said that even in the winter he has had no real problems.

"I think like a car and I have lights and I have never had trouble with cars while commuting or riding on the roads."

The storm is expected to die down Wednesday evening and Thursday should be clear, says Environment Canada.


Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • Colin S
    December 05, 2013 - 10:55

    These bikes are amazing, I believe MacQueen's had some in stock a couple weeks ago