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.