FQA - All you have to know about our adventures.
What footwear is best to wear for fat biking?
Insulated winter walking footwear is the best option.
Where will we go for our tours?
Liv Bike Park trails are located a short bike ride from the Liv Outside store in Bracebridge. A map will be provided.
What is the minimum and maximum size of the tour groups?
The maximum number of participants for all tours we offer is 12 . For a private guided tour the minimum number of participants is 4.
What experience/fitness level do I need to have?
These tours are great as an introduction to fat biking, so no level of experience is necessary. Fat bikers must have some experience riding a regular bike. A basic level of fitness is recommended, however the tours are customizable to your group’s ability.
Where do the tours leave from?
All tours depart from the Liv Outside store in Bracebridge.
Are the tours condition/weather dependent?
Our tours will run in nearly all weather, but may be cancelled due to very extreme conditions. In certain cases it may be necessary to reschedule a tour due to poor/low/unsafe snow conditions. Fat bikes are not just for snow, so are not affected by variable snow conditions.
What’s so great about Fat Biking?
Aside from being a blast in the snow, they are great fun to ride on almost any trail, any time of the year. Thanks to their versatility and ability to conquer any terrain, they are fast becoming an all season choice and of course the only one for snow. The wide, low pressure tires provide a lot of cushion and traction, plus excellent flotation in snow and a lot more stability than any regular bike. Think of them as snowshoes for your bike. They roll much easier than you would expect, take a spin and you’ll see why they are such a ‘big’ deal!
Where can I take the bike?
You can ride on roads and trails or anywhere the snow has been previously packed down. We will provide you with a map of our own Liv Bike Park trail. If you would like to extend your ride our trail connects to the Trans Canada trail system. Please ask our staff We can recommend the best loops and trails to suit your ability and fitness level.
Can I ride on the snowshoeing trails?
Yes, as with any shared trails we ask that you be respectful of other hikers, snowshoers or cross country skiers sharing the path.
What are the best conditions for Fat Biking?
Ideal conditions for winter are medium to hard packed snow. Even if the conditions are not perfect, you’ll still have a great time taking a Fat Bike out for a spin. After a heavy snow, it’s important to check whether a trail has been packed down previously. Breaking trail is not ideal on a fat bike.
Do I have to wear a helmet for fat biking? Can I wear my ski helmet?
Yes, Ontario law requires that people on bicycles wear helmets.
Yes, you may wear your ski or snowboard helmet, although you may find it warm on a warmer day. There are also regular bike helmets available at the Liv Outside store. These worn with a thin toque underneath is a nice way to go on a warmer day, allowing you to remove it for the climbs and wear for the descents.
What clothing do you recommend wearing?
Dressing in layers, and carrying a pack to store those layers, is highly recommended for riding in winter. It is just as easy to overheat and sweat, as it is to under-dress and be miserable. Gloves are a necessity, and goggles or sunglasses are strongly advised to reduce glare and protect your eyes. A good rule of thumb: dress like you are going cross country skiing. You’ll likely be warm enough without a thick, insulative jacket, depending on the temperature outside.
What is your cancellation policy?
For self guided tours there are no cancellations within 24 hours and within 48 hours of your rental date for guided tours. You can reschedule or ask for the in store credit.
Do your Fat Bikes have gears?
Yes, a single 24 T chainring on the cranks paired with 10 speeds at the back.
Where do I pick up the bike from?
Bikes are rented from the Liv Outside..
Can we have a guide show us around?
Yes we offer guided fat bike tours at various times throughout the day. Please check our website for availability.
What is the difference between private guided tour and guided group tour?
For a private guided tour there is a minimum of 4 participants and a guide dedicated to your group is included.
A guided group tour includes a guide but there are no restrictions on how many participants can join the tour.