Biking in the Snow: Renting Fat Bikes at Overlook Mountain Bikes in Woodstock

The staff at Overlook Mountain Bikes in Woodstock preparing our Fat Bikes for us

My husband attempting to bike in the snow

Overlook Mountain Bikes invited my husband and me to test drive (rent) two snow bikes last Thursday. It was about 19 F and it was starting to flurry in Woodstock, but that didn’t deter us! I have been wanting to try out a snow bike all winter. I find the only way to get through a harsh winter is to try and embrace it.

We picked up our bikes around 1 pm. We were kind of pressed for time. We only had an hour to explore so owner Billy Denter suggested we ride around the Comeau Property off Comeau road in Woodstock. Riding a fat bike feels much different than riding a regular bike. First of all the tires are very wide and bouncy, but even riding on the pavement is a workout because I couldn’t go as fast as I wanted to as the bike is bulkier.  My husband had no problem riding up hill, of course. I decided to save my energy for riding in the snow, and walked the snow bike up the hill to Comeau property.

Though I’ve lived in Woodstock over 10 years now, I have never been to this beautiful 77-acre spot. It felt a little daunting to ride in the snow. While it’s a gorgeous place to snowshoe or go for a snowy hike, the snow biking conditions are better at Kenneth L. Wilson State Park and Onteora Lake though. You need to find a place with well worn snowshoe trails or snow-bike trails, and it helps if the snow is a little crunchy. Tom managed to get a few short bursts of snow biking in, but I could not find that perfect matted down trail.  We had a great time though, and since we will probably get one more blast of snow before Spring arrives, I may try this again now that I know what to expect. Snow bike rental fees are: $10/hour, $30 for a half day 4 hours, $40 for a full day with an option to keep it overnight for an extra $10. Snowshoes are also available for rent at Overlook Mountain Bikes, 93 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2122.

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