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Winter Biking

Biking in winter can be done safely and comfortably with a little bit of preparation. Done right, cruising around the roads and woods in winter can be a great experience.

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What to Know

Winter biking can be enjoyed on roads and certain trails. Preparation and gear are critical to ensure safety and comfort.

Winter Road Biking - Key Tips:

  • Check the weather and anticipate road conditions.

  • Dial in your clothes and layers to stay warm (but avoid overheating).

  • Be visible with fluorescent clothes and bike lights.

  • Ride under control and scan the road for ice.

  • Wash your bike! Road salt will rust your bike if not washed off.

Winter Trail Biking ("Fat" Biking) - Key Tips:

  • Know the rules of trail and use proper trail etiquette.

  • Check trail conditions and closures before you go (often posted by the trail manager).

  • Wide ("fat") tire bikes are usually required on trails in winter.

  • Ease into it. Fat biking can be strenuous - take time to let your muscles and lungs warm up.



Want to learn more?

Winter Road Biking Tips and Safety Information:

Winter Trail Biking ("Fat" Biking) Information:

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Winter Biking Trails in the Upper Valley

There are some great trail networks in the Upper Valley that permit winter biking. Consult the organizations below for more information on trail locations, rules, and conditions:

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