A Casual Sunday Fat Bike Cruise

04 Mar

Yesterday I threw two bikes into the back of the car and we headed out to John Forrest National Park, to ride the Heritage Rail Trail.

It is the end of summer here so everything is dry and dusty. Thankfully the area around the rail trail has escaped the bushfire season this year so everything was still alive. This trail is a mostly easy, wide trail which is a bit exposed, so it was fairly hot. It’s a well maintained trail for the most part and not technical at all.

One of the highlights is the old railway tunnel which we rode through. Here’s a video with some snippets from the ride.

I was very happy with the traction the fatty gets on the loose gravel stuff. Next step will be to do the entire rail trail (83 kms of it) and then try the Perth end of the Munda Biddi on fat.


Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Fat Bikes, Off Road


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3 responses to “A Casual Sunday Fat Bike Cruise

  1. Andrew Priest (Aushiker)

    March 8, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Looks like you will have a lot of fun on that beast 🙂

  2. HappyHumber

    March 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Whilst I’ve loved the idea of a Fat bike for a while now, the more I read about them I can but help think their usefulness around Perth would be limited. Most of the North American literature is firstly on snow and following a distant second sand and mud. Well… we got sand in W.A. at least 😉

    I guess it was just a case of itching to play with the new toy, but I’d be worried about wearing out those exxy tyres on our nasty hard, Darling Scarp gravel up in the hills. Much for the same reason I hate riding my MTB knobblies on the bitumen… I might as well be a revhead smoking rubber! 😉

    What about the Sand Dunes up around Lancelin or down along the South Coast? I know friends used to take the MX Motorbikes down somewhere south of Northcliffe for the dunes.


    • perthcyclist

      March 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      yep, sand dunes, beaches, salt lakes, river beds…. lots of places to ride in WA, problem is work getting in the way! I haven’t noticed the gravel causing any wear on the tyres so far – the biggest issue is if you roll over a patch of double-gees, you are likely to pick up a few of them! 😛 Tubeless would help this issue but I am not ready to go tubeless just yet. There are heaps of fatty blogs about sand and beach riding, Vick at thelazyrando ( takes his to Baja every year, and there are people who have done Moreton Island etc. They just aren’t that easy to find.


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