53 Degrees North Adventure Festival

Take an Irish summer with hot and uncannily dry weather.  Add a dash of adventure and some world class organising.  Then whack in a healthy dollop of top notch sponsors, aka 53 Degrees North, together with a massive lump of like minded thrill seekers. And voila!  You have the recipe for the super deadly 53 Degrees North Adventure Festival… the likes of which has never been seen on the Emerald Isle…ever.

This past weekends’ 53 Degrees North Adventure Festival on the lakes in Blessington, County Wicklow was unquestionably “dadventuring” heaven.

‘Dadventures’ is a hashtag/phrase we’ve been using of late and it is pretty much what it says on the tin.  Sure, where else would you and your kids get to try throwing an axe, some archery, biking, hiking, kayaking, SUP boarding, yoga, slack-lining, camping (with some epic adventure films), good solid nosebag and some bodacious local craft beer (over 18’s only please drink responsibly) all in a single weekend … without having to re-mortgage the gaff.

Our Switzz Bikes electric fatties were a massive hit – these bad boys have a huge range of 110km’s on a single charge. We had four electrics running on a small 5km circuit and the batteries were completely drained after the 1st day – that’s mad Ted, mad I tell ye!!  Clear proof that whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, electric bikes are definitely the future.  If you’re young and able the electric fatty makes you feel like Thor on Redbull. If you’re injured, unfit or feeble then you feel like, well, Thor on Redbull as well.

I personally particularly loved having the bike rack with cooler compartment – NOTHING beats a big fat ride, (get your t-shirt here) particularly when there’s an ice cold beverage to be had at the top of a mountain! If you are by any small chance fat curious, check out one of our previous blogs on the topic here.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions, anytime.

It’s always great to catch up with old friends and a bonus to make new ones!  A big shout out to all of the people involved & fair play to:

53 Degrees North in association with Columbia Sports Wear 

Renault Ireland

Axe Throwing Ireland

Rashr

O’Brother Brewing

Fools and Horses Coffee

Gals Gone Wild

Total Experience

Komoot

Glendalough Distillery

Wicklow Tourism & Wicklow Outdoors

Last but by no means least, special credit and applause to 53 Degrees North, Columbia Clothing and event organizer Ben Finnegan. Take a bow Ben! Suffice to say we can’t wait to do this again next year – yourself and your team have been a pleasure to work with.

Peace.

Global Fatbike Day – 2017

Saturday 2nd December 2017 – Bike Park Ireland, Fairymount Farm, Ballingarry, Roscrea, County Tipperary

Proudly bought to you by

Bike Park Ireland / Fatbike Adventures / O’Brother Brewing

Calling all fatbikers – it’s that time of year again and in joining tradition with the fine fellow fat fanatics at Fat-Bike.com we’re proud to bring you our Global Fatbike Day plans for the Emerald Isle.

Check out what we’ve cooked up for your fatbiking pleasure below:

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Fri 1st Dec / Sat 2nd Dec

Arrival – Bike Park Ireland

  • Camping is available at Bike Park Ireland or if camping ain’t your thing then
  • The County Arms Hotel – Birr, County Offaly check out rates below

Sat 2nd Dec

Global Fatbike Day – Ireland

  • 11am – 1pm Fatbike Bimble – Some good ol mucking about on fatbikes, join our guided tour through the hills and forests of farm & bogland, great craic altogether.
  • 1pm – 2pm Fatbikers’ Brunch – Mucky Boot Café food is just incr-edible! True Story.
  • 2pm – 4:30pm Bike Park Ireland Uplifts & Trails – Fatties smash these trails like they’re on rails = insane fun!
  • 7pm – 10pm Beers & Bike Film – Sure what else would you be doing

Nitty Gritty Info

  • Fatbike Bimble, Burger & Full-Day Trail Pass
    • €10 paid on arrival (incl free bike & body wash)
  • Fatbike Bimble, Burger, Half-Day Uplift (afternoon) & Full-Day Trail Pass
    • €27 online or €30 on arrival, please book the afternoon “Half Day Uplift Ticket” online here
  • Camping
    • €7.50 per person per night
  • County Arms Hotel
    • €85 Double room – Bed & Breakfast / €65 Twin room per person sharing. To book call +353(0) 57 912 0791 (be sure to mention reservation number 036864)
  • Fatbike Rental
    • €50 per day (we have kids, adult and electric fatbikes available) price includes 4 awesome O’Brother Brewing beers (The Chancer, The Sinner, The Preacher, The Fixer) please book a half-day tour online here
  • O’Brother Brewing Beers

We areaware that the spirit of the Global Fatbike Day events are not meant to be commercialized please be assured the above prices are purely to cover costs.

We look forward to seeing you all there. If you haven’t ever tried a fatbike out yourself you might just be ‘fat-curious’… read more about that here.

Read more about our Global Fatbike Day 2016 shenanigans here & the history of Global Fatbike Day here.

Wicklow Enterprise Centre Winner 2016

This competition has been a great boost for the much needed publicity that all start-up’s need in earnest. Big thanks to the Wicklow Enterprise Centre and congratulations on their 21st anniversary. 21 Years of help & support to local business is a vital contribution to the residents of County Wicklow and no small feat. Massive Congratulations to Wicklow Brewery for taking 1st prize today in Wicklow’s Brightest Startup Company 2016 – Competition Results. Wicklow Enterprise Centre winner 2016.

Special thanks also to the local Wicklow News for the additional newspaper publicity. Check out the full article on all of the very worthy competitors here.

Craft beer and micro breweries are on increase in Ireland, new craft beer labels are appearing out of the woodwork and beer drinkers the world over are rediscovering their taste buds.

County Wicklow just happens to be home to three world class micro breweries all of whom (Wicklow Brewery, O’Brother Brewery, Wicklow Wolf) are punching way above their weight on the international beer scene.

Ireland has no less than 20 microbreweries on it’s East coast. True Story! If you don’t believe me then count them on this here map.

It is my sincere hope that Ireland takes a leaf from it’s closest neighbor and that something on parr with the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) develops/starts in Ireland. What is CAMRA and how does it work I hear you ask? It works like so; locals and visitors are encouraged to Drink Responsibly and are equally encouraged to support their local business’s by collecting stamps for every pint of craft beer imbibed at their local watering hole, kinda like getting a free cup of coffee with every 6 cups purchased, except this time it’s not coffee, and hey, let’s not kid, ALOT more fun! A jolly fine concept indeed!

Wicklow Enterprise Centre winner 2016

So I’ll wrap up my piece by letting you in on this little gem;

If you’re the type who likes to mix his/her pint of handmade guilt free micro crafty loveliness with a naughty dash of healthy exercise i.e. some super fun relaxed off road cycling on an all terrain omniterra monster 2 wheeled truck a.k.a. A fatbike! Then look no further, Fatbike Adventures have teamed up with Wicklow Brewery, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol and Morton’s Coaches and just so happen to offer 2 beautifully tailored fatbiking beer tasting tours.

Each tour includes some of the following quintessentially Irish sites Glendalough & the world famous St Kevin’s Monastic site, Wicklow’s Historical Gaol, Wicklow Brewery, Avoca Handweavers and last but not least the mythical Motte Stone.

Read more about and book your tour tickets operating daily from Dublin here .

If you already find yourself in County Wicklow then look here

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Wicklow Enterprise Centre winner 2016

Wicklow Enterprise Centre Winner 2016

Fatbikes & Farming – Improve Your Fitness at Work

Fatbikes & Farming – Improve Your Fitness at Work – Fatbike Adventures were stoked to be selected to exhibit at the Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena for the National Ploughing Championships 2017.

We wanted to exhibit at the National Ploughing Champioships because it is the largest outdoor show in Europe with staggering attendances of nearly 300,000 visitors over 3 days, this show has to be seen to be believed. We were gobsmacked by the sheer scale of it all.

Fatbikes & Farming - Improve Your Fitness at Work

We also decided to go due to recent purchases of our Switzz eFatbike 3.0 electric fatbikes all from local farmers here in County Wicklow. These farming customers had chosen to to buy themselves a fatbike to; not only get around their farms, but also to work on & improve their personal fitness levels.

This practical side to the electric fatbike is in itself innovative and it is also being viewed by many people as a far safer alternative to the quad-bike. We had to meet more farmers and spread the word, no question.

There are a whole bunch of other reasons why fatbikes are awesome and if you are reading this, then you are probably ‘Fat Curious’ it’d be worth reading more about those reasons here.

 

Fatbikes & Farming - Improve Your Fitness at Work
Farms in Ireland tend to get a fair bit of rain, (just ask Ophelia and Brian) generally tend to have alot of soft and boggy ground. All farmers need to get around the farm tending to crops and livestock while going about their day and they need to do this quickly, cheaply and easily. . .

Fatbikes love soft ground, need no tax, no insurance and no NCT and they cost a fraction of the price of a 4×4, a tractor or a quad bike. Farm safety is a huge issue in Ireland and quad-bike accidents are responsible for many tragic accidents each year. Quad-bikes, tractors and 4×4’s certainly don’t do anything for anyone’s fitness at work.

Fatbikes are not only lighter than quad-bikes, they are also cheaper to run, super environmentally friendly and healthy.

We were invited onto Newstalk FM’s Pat Kenny Show, you can hear our interview below, we’re after the Bullmatch ‘Tinder for Cows’ slot,  well worth a listen here >

We were also interviewed by the guys from Midlands 103 radio and can listen to this here >

 

Fit enough to ride a bicycle on a beach?

Why do Crossfitters work so hard to get fit? What’s it’s all for? Does anyone who goes to Crossfit actually do any activity outside of the crossfit gym setting? That’s where Fatbike Adventures really made an instant impression. . .The FSM Crossfitters definitely felt that they were fit enough to ride bicycles on a beach and were up for a very unique beach challenge? Talk about an action packed weekend, on Saturday this bunch of feisty crossfitters from FSM in Bray who bravely decided to test their hard earned fitness and biking skills riding 20km’s along the beach on the Murrough from Wicklow Town to Greystones. There was a sweet breeze behind us and these guys made it look like plain sailing. So were they fit enough to ride a bicycle on a beach?

There is a common misconception that people have on riding mountain bikes versus riding road bikes i.e. they tend to lump them into the same genre and activity, and, in reality, no two disciplines in what is essentially the same sport could be more different.

Allow me to explain; road biking involves long hours in the saddle riding vast distances primarily in the same body position using mainly the leg muscles. Roads are generally smooth and (punctures and technical issues aside) the only real challenges are uphills, wind and saddle induced rear-end numbness.

Off road or mountain biking involves a broad mix of terrain; rocks, grass, sand, mud, bog, roots, slopes and uphill technical climbs that have the rider standing up, sitting down, moving the bike around and pretty much constantly changing their body position to ‘attack’ the terrain without loosing their balance or flying over the handlebars. The muscles used in addition to the legs are the arms, shoulders, back and abdominal core muscles.

I’m not saying that these are not used used on a road bike, of course they are, but, to a far far lesser degree. Another key difference is that the off road cyclist is almost always constantly having to peddle, whilst on the road those lovely long downhill stretches on smooth tarmac are great for a bit of respite. There ain’t no such luxury on a beach, mountain, bog or forest terrain.

Great fun was had by all. We hope this becomes a regular fixture and who knows maybe we tackle some mountainous terrain on the next one!?! If you think you are fit enough to ride a bicycle on a beach check our tours out.

Check their day out on Facebook

 

Bike Hire Wicklow

Looking to do some Off-Road cycling in Irelands Ancient East? Do you just happen to be looking in Wicklow? Bike Hire Wicklow is just one of the services offered by Fatbike Adventures who specialize in off road cycling guided tours, fatbike, mountain bike, road, commuter & kids bikes upgrades sales and servicing.

Bike Hire Wicklow

Bike Servicing

Bottom bracket and headset bearing replacements, tubeless tire conversions, puncture repair, gear indexing, brake repairs, wheel building, bike upgrades, bike part replacements, general bike servicing, cable replacement, brake bleeding, dropper seatposts are just a few of the things that Fatbike Adventures would be only too happy to help you with.

Bike Hire

Bike hire, bike tours, self guided bike packing tours and bike rental is something we would consider doing with our repeat regular and customers. We wouldn’t do this for just anyone we don’t know because we pride ourselves in providing our customers with the very best in cutting edge technology on our rental fleet of fatbikes and we need to be sure that the people we trust with our bikes will love them and treat with the same care that we do.

Bike Upgrades

Fatbike Adventures are the sister company of FigJam Cycles. Figjam Cycles are the Irish distributors for the following unique products:

Lauf Forks – The Trail Racer, Boost, Carbonara and Grit forks are superbly engineered leaf sprung suspension forks featuring a 5 year manufacturers warranty, zero yes absolutely zero servicing and incredible performance. The Grit fork was recently judged to be the Best Innovative Product award at both the 2016 Interbike and Eurobike trade shows, it is considered the best upgrade to come into road, commuter and cyclo cross biking in many many years, read a review on the Grit here.

Tumble & Fall – Have created a niche for themselves in the mountain bike lighting market with the Pro1600 and Pro2000 lights over recent years, read the review on the Pro2000 here. Both models have now been superceded by the new Halo. The Halo is set to break all boundaries by being both a commuter and mountain biking light, combine this dual functionality with a highly competitive price and a hefty 2 year warranty and you have a true show stopper.

Pyga Industries – The brainchild of Patrick Morewood, formerly of Morewood Bikes, the Pyga brand stands head and shoulders above the rest. Impeccable build quality and best in class geometry makes any of the Pyga bike models out perform their competition and be amazingly good fun to ride.

REEB Cycles – Straight out of ColoRADo USA and working hand in hand with sister companies The CycleHops Cantina and Oscar Blues Brewery the REEB hand welded frames are a true work of art. The REEB Donkadonk fatbike is in a class of it’s own, available in either Tru Temper OX platinum or Titanium tubing this puppy is as tough as nails and can tackle any terrain.

Rocky Mountain – Straight out of Canada, not only are Rocky Mountain nice people to deal with, they make truly fantastic world class off-road machines. Check out the Blizzard fatbike and prepare to amazed.

Rohloff – It’s no coincidence that we have chosen to represent the Rohloff products. The Rohloff internal rear hub has truly revolutionized bicycle gearing, extremely low maintenance i.e. an annual oil change and your bike gears are virtually bullet proof. Use this in combination with the Gates Carbon Drive and make your pride an joy even less hassle.

Nextie – Lightweight tough as nails carbon wheelsets with a 3 year warranty are unheard of. Nextie are the next best thing to sliced bread in the biking universe.

 

Bike Tours

Fatbike Adventures bike tours are designed to be relaxed, enjoyable and can be either a 3 hour half day, a 6 hour full day or overnight. We would be only too happy to work with you to plan your very own bespoke biking / bike packing trip, please contact us with your idea’s here.

You should also check out our tours in Dublin and Waterford

Fatbiking – Beaches – Beer – Burgers – What’s Missing?

Fatbiking – Beaches – Beer – Burgers – What’s Missing? Did we leave anything out? Where’s the flaw in that almost sacred sentence? Well, if you’ve read any of our other blog posts you’ll know that we’re pretty good at asking stupid questions, stupid as in the answer is pretty bloody obvious. . . One might mistakenly think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that sentence, but then one would be not entirely correct. I’ll give you a hint and then challenge you to have a 2nd swipe; the word I’m thinking of begins with ‘F’ and ends with ‘S’. . . Get your filthy mind outta the gutter and think a little buddy. The word I’m thinking of has seven letters. . . Wait, it couldn’t be you and your mates could it? Think ‘Most popular sitcom of the nineties’ think Ross and Rachel, Joey, Monica and Chandler and tadaaaaa you have the answer. Yes indeed the only thing wrong with the aforementioned sentence and the title of this waste of time blog is

FRIENDS – Because who would you rather be on a beach with whilst drinking beer and riding bikes and eating burgers??

That fantastic ‘friend’ word dear reader is the equilibrium to a balanced, well rounded and totally awesome day out. True story.

Earlier this week Outsider Magazine were kind enough to feature Fatbike Adventures in their regular Tuesday slot on Today FM with Matt Cooper for St Valentines Day. Give the podcast a listen here.

You and your friends simply need to decide on a day to take yourselves to a beach, add some fatbikes, give yourselves a little challenge to cover some distance and earn a well deserved reward, simples.

That reward is a Phil Healys Pub gourmet burger with an ice cold craft Franciscan Well beer and voila! Skadoooooosh! You have a finely tuned mathematically sound, completely perfect day out with your mates.

We say why limit yourself to Valentines Day or any day for that matter, ANY DAY IS A GOOD DAY TO RIDE BIKES AND DRINK BEER PEOPLE!

That said any day is a good day to be romantic too. Peace!

 

Fatbiking - Beaches - Beer - Burgers - What's Missing

Fatbike Snow Racing – Are You Hard Enough?

Have you ever wanted to part take in some serious hardcore adventure? Ever thought about getting yourself some true back country wilderness experience on your fatbike piled high with all the challenges that go with it? Well that’s a stupid question bro – EVERY fatbike owner in MUST have contemplated this at SOME point. How about some fatbike snow racing in the far North. . . in . . . Norway? This could be an ideal opportunity to experience the thrill of completing something as epic as the Fatback BikesIditarod Invitational (a.k.a. THE granddaddy of all fatbike Ultra Endurance events) without having to trek halfway around the world to do it.

 

So, if like me you’re not a ‘Super human Über athlete’ unlike those brave (quite possibly mentally challenged) souls who attempt the Iditarod but want a taste of the experience then the Fat-Viking is definitely worth up there AND, it also just so happens to be a qualifying event for Iditarod. Bonus!

 

Fatbike Snow Racing - Are You Hard Enough?

 

Fat-Viking Race Nitty Gritty

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Check out more pictures the Fat-Viking Facebook page here.

Please note: Pictures are taken in March, in January the sun doesn’t climb that high

Dates: 21st & 22nd January 2017

Venue: Vestlia Resort – Geilo, Norway

  • Hardcore Distance – 150km long (be warned there’s loads of climbing!)
  • Mediumcore Distance – 60km (non-qualifying)
  • Softcore Distance – 30km (non-qualifying)

Please don’t think of the shorter options as a cop-out think of them instead as an introduction to the madness that is winter ultra racing!

Read here for info on the temperatures, weather conditions and also the MANDATORY equipment list required for the event.

Our good friend and fellow fatbiking compadre Nina is the event organiser she’ll be out there racing with the rest of us. Shoot her an email here.

Here’s hoping we get to see some crazy Irish fekkers on the snows of frosty Norway.

Are you Fat curious?

Are You Fat Curious? Have you ever wondered why the recent ‘thing’ that is fatbiking is the ‘thing’ that it is? What IS fatbiking all about? Do these monstrosities on wheels that seem to threaten the very fabric of all things biking & seem to have taken the cycling world by surprise even have a future?

‘That thing must weigh a ton’

‘I bet that’s really difficult to ride – good luck going uphill’

‘WTF is that!?!’

…Are some of the most popular responses we get from people seconds before they rubberneck crab-walk into a pole or stumble into oncoming traffic. We now have our list of cliche’d responses locked, loaded and ready to reel off to anyone who knee-jerk spouts their curious quandries at us on whilst out and about and we’re only too happy to respond.

We think fatbikes are the BUSINESS! Granted it’s mainly because they are our business, but I mean before that, we thought they were the bomb. There just isn’t any other human powered experience out there we can think of that compares. Since the fatbike was born, people the world over have discovered that the fatbike has shifted biking into an entirely new realm i.e. people in the Northern severe wintery climates and everywhere else can now ride bikes all year round regardless of the weather and terrain conditions. You have to admit that that is pretty special.

The one single thing that everyone is sub-consciously absolutely certain of (whether their conscious mind likes it or not) is that once they’ve clapped their peepers onto a fatbike, they absolutely, definitely, completely, totally want to have a go on one. Maybe not right there and then, but pretty damned fekken soon. True story, if you haven’t seen one yet, just you wait and see…

That knee-jerk inner-child-like gut-wrenching urge I’m talking about is perfectly normal and you should give into it. ‘Why, on earth should I listen to my inner child?’ I hear you ask, well; Well why shouldn’t you? Huh?!? It’s just a bike ride, it can’t hurt you and who knows it might just be good for you health, your well-being, your outlook and overall universal planetary instant karma.

Those fringe benefits, dear friends, are in a nutshell exactly what riding bikes does for everyone the world over. Riding a bike, any bike, is exercise and exercise has an amazing ability to do all of those things 99% of the time, some have been heard to compare bike rides to low level flying . . . It doesn’t matter what type of biking you’re into BMX, Cyclocross, Road, Pennyfarthings, Uni-cycles or Mountain bikes (cross country, enduro, downhill etc) bikes have that certain something that just tickles all of those synapses in everybody’s heads. Fat tires on a bike just has that little extra wtf factor that causes jaws to yaw agape – albeit in open disgust or sheer wonderment (a.k.a. fat curiousity).

I personally blame Google. A few years ago I happened upon the vernacular, the word ‘Fatbike’. It rattled my tympanic membranes and I responded in the most naturally modern way possible, I ‘Googled’ it. Needless to say my world quickly inverted and I was blown away forever – I just HAD to have one. I put out some feelers and my Surly Ice Cream Truck Ops was sitting in Galway waiting for me to collect her. It snowed a few days later and BAM my credit card got max’ed out after which I burnt off that post purchase angst by heading up to Ticknock, County Dublin the very next day to put her through her paces in the snow.

2016 is our inaugural season in the fatbike adventuring game and not quite knowing what to expect we have been pleasantly surprised to have several customers fall for fatbiking like the proverbial blind roofer. It’s been brilliant to not only have some come back a few more times but also bring along their friends & family. One of our team building tours over the summer with East Coast Physio next door to us in Ashford, County Wicklow has even featured in their suitably entitled ‘Cycling – Friend or Foe?’ blog recently. That right there is pretty damned conclusive I reckon, fatbiking is now officially being prescribed by professionals!!

The East coast of Ireland is wonderfully blessed with mtb bike trails and with the recent hosting of the 2015, 2016 & 2017 Enduro World Series, Ireland is rapidly becoming known as a must see European tour mtb destination. The mythical status of Guinness Irish beer, the emergence of Irish craft beer, banter and good ol craic now means you can congratulate your post fat tire bike experience with some locally crafted beer. How could that possibly go wrong! Editors note here – please drink responsibly.

Our fleet of fatbikes now includes Mondraker childrens bikes, Surly bikes, Rocky Mountain bikes and of course the beautifully hand made REEB bikes. We feature a range of different rigid and suspension forks for the fat-curious to test on our fatbikes including the wacky looking Lauf Carbonara and the Rockshox Bluto. If you’ve already gone full fat and are looking to upgrade, come and speak to us, we also supply the legendary Gates Carbon Drive, Rohloff internal rear hubs and Nextie carbon rims.

If you want to learn or see more about the fatbike tours we offer and what it is that we do, checkout our latest video collection here & below from the recent 1st winter snowfalls in County Wicklow. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Get in touch to book your tour asap and remember a fatbikes aren’t just for Christmas.