GLOBAL FAT BIKE DAY – First Saturday in December

(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


On the first Saturday in December, Global Fat Bike Day encourages fat bike enthusiasts to go out and ride! It’s also a day to learn more about fat bikes and learn how to ride one.

There are regular bicycles and then there are bigger bicycles. These bigger bicycles are called fat bikes. A fat bike has oversized tires that measure 3.8 inches wide or larger. Compare this to the tire width of a regular bicycle, which is 1.75 to 2.215 inches. One reason for wider tires on a fat bike is that they are often ridden on terrain with low ground pressure. Many people ride their fat bikes on snow, sand, and mud. Some enthusiasts have even ridden across entire continents on their fat bikes!

Fat bikes derived from mountain bikes that came on the biking scene in the 1970s and 80s. Mountain bikes allowed adventurous explorers to bike deep into the backcountry. People rode their mountain bikes along logging tracks, mining roads, and hiking trails. Eventually, bicyclists in Alaska and New Mexico began to customize these mountain bikes for riding on sand and snow. This is how the fat bike came about. Throughout the 2000s, fat bikes have become extremely popular.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalFatBikeDay

On this day, many community fat bike riding events are held across the globe. People in the United States might want to check out some of the best fat bike trails in the country. These trails are located in:

  • East Burke, Vermont
  • Cache Creek in Jackson, Wyoming
  • Vail Valley, Colorado
  • Marquette, Michigan
  • Florida Beaches
  • Duluth, Minnesota

If you don’t have a fat bike, you might be able to find a place that rents them. You can also help spread the word for this day on social media with #GlobalFatBikeDay


For many years, fat bike enthusiasts chatted online about having a global day for fat bikes. The result was the first Global Fat Bike Day, which occurred on December 1st, 2012. Since then, the day has been held on the first Saturday of December. Saturday was chosen as it is the most popular day of the week for recreational fat bike riding. Global Fat Bike Day is especially popular in areas with cold climates and snow on the ground. The day began in Britain, but other countries, like the United States and Canada, have embraced the day.

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