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Fat bikes all the rage at Summerstown Trails

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By Shawna O'Neill
Fat bikes all the rage at Summerstown Trails
From left, Friends of the Summerstown Trails President Vic Leroux riding one of the two new fat bikes donated by The Brick co-Owners, Shawn and Kyle Maloney. Submitted photo.

SUMMERSTOWN, Ontario – The Friends of the Summerstown Trails happily accepted two additional fat bikes for their programs, donated by co-Owners of The Brick, Shawn and Kyle Maloney.

“The Brick has supported the trails in past years, and it’s great to see them step up to the plate again with this major contribution,” said FOTST President, Vic Leroux. “This donation shows how committed The Brick is towards the community and towards a healthy lifestyle.

One of the newly donated fat bikes has a large frame, while the other one has a junior frame. The new additions complement the existing two bikes owned by the trails which have medium frames. Now, individuals shorter than 5’6″ and taller than 5’10” in height can take part in the fat bike fun. 

Fat biking has recently become a popular activity for individuals looking to participate in a winter activity. Fat bike riders are able to access 9 km of snowshoe trails in Summerstown, with signage posted to aid in navigation. The trails offer a range of difficulty, so beginner and experienced fat bikers can enjoy this up-and-coming sport. Trails are groomed specifically for fat biking thanks to a partnership between FOTST and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA). 

Fat bikes are only available for rental at the trail entrance on weekends during regular rental period (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The bikes are rented out for one-hour periods at a cost of $15. Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet, even though the Ontario law stipulates that it is only mandatory for those under the age of 18. A regular bicycle helmet will be sufficient (some are available at the trails), but many bikers wear ski helmets.

The Summerstown Trails are located on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401.

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