Global Fat Bike Day

Celebrated on the first Saturday in December, Global Fat Bike Day is a holiday that celebrates fat bikes and the people who ride them. For those who don’t know, fat bikes are off-road bicycles with oversized tires (generally 3.8 inches or larger, with rims 2.16 inches or wider).

The purpose of this is to allow the tire pressures to be lower, so it’s smoother to run over rough obstacles. These bikes were originally invented for use in sandy or snowy environments but have increasingly been used on traditional mountain bike trails, as well as on pavement or mud.

Another way to say it is that these bikes are extremely versatile. It’s for this reason that this holiday has recently taken off.

The History of Global Fat Bike Day

Although early fat bike models probably date back to the late 19th or early 20th century, modern fat bikes only go back to the 1980s. This is when bike frame builders began to experiment with custom components designed to allow the bike to travel over patches of snow. Over the next couple of decades, the phenomenon of fat bikes began to take off, and now they’re more popular than ever before.

In 2012, the first Global Fat Bike Day was created. Although we’re not sure who invented it, we do believe it was created somewhere in the Midwest of the United States. We’ll continue to try and research the origins of this holiday, but at this moment, it seems like that information isn’t readily available.

Some Quick Facts About Fat Bikes

Below are some quick facts about fat bikes that people might want to know. We’ve listed the following facts to give our readers a little bit of information about these types of bikes:

  • Fat bikes have tires measuring 4-5 inches wide.
  • Fat bikes have wide tires with lower air pressures than mountain bikes.
  • Fat bikes can be heavy, slow, and harder to maneuver than other types of bikes.
  • Fat bikes are also comfortable to ride, handle well on sand and mud, and can be ridden on difficult terrain.

Observing Global Fat Bike Day

People all over the world attend special fat bike events. Sometimes these events aren’t known as fat bike events; sometimes they’re known as fat tire or snow bike events. These events are a good place to start for anyone wishing to observe this holiday.

People can also use this holiday to buy their own fat bike or learn how to ride one. People can also organize their own events for this holiday. No matter what a person does, however, they should be sure to use the hashtag #GlobalFatBikeDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 7 Saturday
Next year (2025)
December 6 Saturday
Last year (2023)
December 2 Saturday
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