RENTALS at BUFFALO POUND PROVINCIAL PARK
Fat bikes ($20/hour per bike) are available to rent on location.
Pre-booking rentals is required as there are limited bikes available.
*Rentals require appropriate weather and trail conditions and are subject to change.
Why bike in winter?
Winter is long, and our snow is inconsistent. Biking is great in most conditions!
Fat bikes are an equalizer - no matter you summer biking style, fat biking fits
You'll get your workout in the beautiful outdoors - hills will feel bigger and you will burn some calories!
And yup, it's fun. (worth saying twice)
What do I need?
Fat bikes have tires between 3.8 inches and 5 inches wide for floatation on snow.
Bring your own, or rent a high quality Trek Farley (Size S, M, L) from us.
A regular bike helmet works great. There are winter specific bike helmets available with adjustable vents, but go with what you have.
What do I wear?
We can help you get it right! If you aren't sure, please ask. Being comfortable makes it a lot more fun!
You don't need all the fanciest high tech gear and probably have what you need in your closet already. Everyone runs at a little different temperature to be comfortable, so adjust accordingly.
ON YOUR HEAD
A light toque under your helmet is often enough. Even when it's cold, you generate a lot of heat.
A Buff or neck warmer helps keep the drafts out. Scarves will work as long as there are no dangling ends that could be caught on passing trees.
Ski goggles can be nice if you have them, but are not necessary.
ON YOUR BODY
Synthetic materials are better since they wick moisture and dry better than cotton. Avoid cotton as it stays wet and will make you cold.
Wear layers so you can adjust if necessary. Getting it just right for the riding conditions is an art that you will learn the more you do it. In the meantime, plan to make adjustments to avoid being too hot or cold.
ON YOUR HANDS
My hands almost always start cold, and within 15 minutes are very hot. Layers or a couple of different weights of gloves/mitts are recommended.
Gloves versus mitts is your call. Mitts are warmer but make operating brakes and shifting feel a little funny. Gloves can be cool. Pogies like BarMitts are a great compromise and let you wear thinner gloves while still shedding wind and keeping hands warmer. We have some to lend if you'd like to try them.
ON YOUR FEET
Wool socks are great if you've got them.
Boots with some insulation are great once you get below -10C, but can be too warm above that. Wear what you have. If you choose a low-ankle footwear option, gaiters can help keep the snow out and keep ankles warmer.
Can I rent a bike?
We have a small fleet of high quality, modern Trek Farley fat bikes available to rent for $20/hr.
Bikes must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance.
Available sizes are:
One Small (5'0" to 5'6")
Two Medium (5'3" to 5'9")
Two Large (5'9" to 6'2")
Included in the rental is transport to/from the trail head, and post-ride cleaning.
Where do we ride?
We want to get off the pavement and into the snow, and we have some great options close by.
Buffalo Pound Provincial Park
With warm up shelters, regular bonfires, and miles of groomed trails from easy to hard, BPPP has a lot to offer
A volunteer-maintained network of trails is groomed for easy access that can feel remote without leaving the city
(North of Regina)
Wascana Trails can be even better in winter than summer.