Here are our tips to prepare you for your fat bike activity:

Our advice

  • Do you lend the helmet? We offer the loan of the helmet for all our fat bike activities. The helmets are disinfected between each use.
  • Is it mandatory to wear it ? Yes, for all our activities.
  • Can I wear my own helmet? Yes, it must be light, comfortable and not interfere with your hearing in order to enjoy the experience and be able to understand the instructions during the outing. Warning: A ski helmet is generally too big to enjoy a fat bike outing.
  • What kind of hat or toque should I wear under my helmet? A thin hat that covers the ears is ideal. We can lend you a hat if you need one (washed between uses). Warning: Do not wear a hat with a pompom.

At any time, it is possible to contact us to ask for advice or to reserve winter equipment that we lend or rent depending on the activity.

What are your general tips for staying warm?

If possible, put on your boots and socks for the field trip just before your outing. This will avoid starting the activity with wet feet.

  • Protect your body extremities – Head (ears, face & neck), hands & feet
  • Move – Moving keeps you warm. That’s why fat biking is an ideal winter activity because it allows you to warm up without necessarily making great efforts.
  • Change of clothes – The worst enemy for being cold is humidity. So, you can bring another pair of socks, gloves and a change of clothes for example.
  • Multi-layering – The best practice is to dress in layers so that you can remove one layer when you are warm or put on another when needed.
  • Wear breathable, loose-fitting clothing – It is important to wick away moisture and not impede circulation. Be especially careful with boots.

How to dress up?
Body

  • Pants and coat

    – Typically, snow pants and a winter coat are a bit warm for a fat bike ride, but having breathable clothing underneath should do the trick.

  • The multi-layer system

  1. The first layer sticks to the body (top & bottom).

  2. The second layer is to keep warm (a warm vest for example).
  3. The third layer is to protect us from the wind (a shell) *The 2nd and 3rd layers are often combined together.

Feet

  • Boots – It is important to wear warm winter boots in which our feet are not tight.

  • Socks – It is recommended to wear warm and breathable socks. Above all, do not arrive at your activity with wet feet.

Hands

  • Mittens or gloves? I strongly recommend mittens (not too big) because the fingers are together and it keeps them warm longer. By preference, many decide to wear gloves since it gives the fingers more freedom to move to manipulate the brakes and gears. So, choose what will be the most comfortable and warmest for you. You can always bring a second pair in your backpack if needed.

Head & neck

  • Toque/Cap

    – To wear under a fat bike helmet, I suggest wearing a thin, toque or hat without any pompon. However, please note that we have several helmet sizes and we will do our best to make you as comfortable as possible.

  • Neck – To protect your neck and face, I strongly suggest a neckwarmer or tubular scarf that allows you to easily protect your neck while protecting your face from the wind and cold.

  • Starting point ?

    Activities in downtown Quebec City take place at our office.

  • Parking ? There is free on-site parking for our clients at our office.
  • Departure time ? For supervised activities, we ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance for preparation. Otherwise, please consult the reservation email you received.

Contact and find us here

Here are our suggestions:

  • Mask
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Snack
  • Tissues
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen if needed
  • Appropriate clothing (tips above)
  • A plan of what route you would like to take (rental)
  • You must have signed the online form
  • Your joy and your smile 🙂

I rent a fat bike and I don’t know where to go? If you rent a fat bike, it is important to prepare your fat bike route for your safety but also to better enjoy the ride. We can help you; write to us before your activity so we can advise you on possible routes in downtown Quebec.

Can I use my phone to guide me? Yes, under a few conditions:

  • The application used is appropriate for the outing you are going to do (Google Maps, trailforks…)
  • The phone is kept warm (close to your body is ideal)
  • I avoid consulting it too often since, in winter, the more you take your hands out of your gloves to consult your phone, the more likely you are to get cold hands.

What is the best way to prepare my route? Consult and print out your route before you leave on your fat bike. When we offer suggested routes, we print them out and put them in a “Ziplock” type bag to be secured on the bike so you don’t have to take off your gloves to consult it.

IMPORTANT

You must sign/fill out the online Acknowledgement of Risk form BEFORE the day of your event. The link is sent by email. If you need to, contact us here.

Frequently Asked Questions