The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) is pleased to announce the addition of two fat bikes at the Summerstown Trails, thanks to a donation by brothers Shawn and Kyle Maloney, co-owners of The Brick in Cornwall.
One of these new fat bikes has a large frame, while the other one has a junior frame. The two new fat bikes will thus complement the two bikes currently owned by FOTST, both of which have a medium frame. This addition will enable the Trails to accommodate people shorter than 5 ft. 6 in. and taller than 5 ft. 10 in.
“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.”
Fat biking is a recent and fast-growing sport for those looking for a way to participate in winter activity in a great environment. Fat bike riders are able to access 9 km of snowshoe trails, with signage posted to aid in navigation. These trails are groomed specifically for fat biking thanks to a partnership between FOTST and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA). The Summerstown Trails offer a mix of difficulty where both beginner and experienced fat bikers can enjoy this new sport.
The fat bikes are available for rental at the trailhead on weekends only, during our regular rental period (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Bikes are rented for one-hour periods at a cost of $15. FOTST recommends that everyone wear a helmet, even if Ontario law stipulates that it is only mandatory for those under the age of 18. A regular bicycle helmet will do (some are available for loan), but many bikers wear their ski helmets.
– files from Jean-Pierre Tibi