At the beach house, the vibe is relaxed and the beach is never far away for your enjoyment. As beach rentals have become an industry and the go-to family vacation, a few activities seem to go with beach summers like a fine wine paired with a gourmet meal. One of these is, of course, beach bicycle riding. Whether on a pastel cruiser with cute basket or a more macho matte black bomber, beach riders are going for comfort over speed.
This is where the fat tire bike movement comes in and steals the show. Beach cruisers are great, we love them—but taking on the sand on a fat tire bike means a long rider, a good workout, and getting to some solitary territory where you’ll have the beach to yourself.
Vacationers in beach towns, or along stretches of popular and crowded beach destination like San Diego or Nag’s Head, love using bicycles because it slows down the pace. No need to get in a car when you can tool down the beach or into town for a few supplies. Fat tire bikes have taken off for a variety of challenging terrain, including mud and snow. On sand, the fatties rein supreme. You’ll outpace other riders and get a chance to use your toy for the conditions it was made for.
Fatties, or fat tire bikes, aren’t available for rental, unlike the ubiquitous beach cruiser. But even if you can find one to rent, you might not want want to part with your favorite bike. Taking your own fat tire bike to the beach is the best approach. With a fat tire bike rack, you can carry your bike and use it daily to get around. This isn’t your grandpa’s bike rack—you’ll need something specialized for the job.
The fat tire bike rack like the variety that INNO sells makes transporting an otherwise large bicycle possible and hassle-free. Before deciding on the right bike rack, check tire specs to make sure your bike will fit. In the case of fat bikes, the tires are too wide and unwieldy for most racks, so you’ll have to go specialized. The fat tire bike rack was born shortly after this sport took off in the mid 1980s and they’ve now improved the technology and price point.
Tires on fatties range from 2.5 inches up to a whopping 5 inches, so measure first (or look up your specs) then look for a high quality fat tire bike rack that will fit your bike. Since the fat tire is a heavier bike and roof racks aren’t made for thick tires, you’ll look for a hitch rack. This is the type of rack that uses a trailer hitch (which you need to get first) to attach the rack. The bikes stand upright, with no need to remove any tire. Most fat tire bike racks weigh a reasonable 30 to 35 pounds, and can be easily removed when you aren’t transporting.
Don’t let the wrong bike rack (or none at all) keep you from having your fattie with you at the beach. The sand and waves are a natural environment to enjoy the comfort and security or you fat tire mount, so take it with you on your next vacation to whichever beach you choose.
Looking to get into fat tire biking year-round? Check out The Dyrt’s winter fat biking guide for all the tips and tricks related to snow biking!