Here is a few pictures from a recent fat bike ride though the Edmonton river valley. It was around -20 celsius in the afternoon, but being layer correctly made it possible to be out for almost 3 hours without getting cold.
The fat bike has been a real game changer for me during the winter. I’m constantly amazed at what these bikes can do, although they aren’t without limitations.
More on the fat bike later.
For those of you in the Edmonton area looking for a nice day long bike ride in the area, consider Pigeon Lake.
I had been looking for a day long bike ride in the edmonton area with the following criteria.
- Low traffic
- Something with a bit of scenery
- Within an hour drive of Edmonton
What I came up with is a ride around the perimeter of the Pigeon Lake. It seemed to fit all my criteria, not too far from Edmonton, mostly quiet cottage roads, and a reasonably nice lake to look out onto.
I was not disappointed. Considering the options in the area, this is a great ride and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good day long mini-adventure of sorts. An even better idea would be to camp at either Pigeon Lake provincial campground, or next door at Zeiner provincial park.
The route I took requires riding of a mixture of dirt road and paved road, with even a bit of double track mixed in for good measure. I only need to go on the highway for one short stretch, however it was all downhill with reasonable shoulders. This was just before Zeiner park. A nice feature of this route is that all the quiet cottage roads are connected via multi-use paths. The one part that may be difficult is getting onto the Pigeon Lake Provincial Campground multi-use trails. I had to ride though a christian bible camp of some sort in order to get into the park. I’m unsure if there is a better way to do this. My direction of travel was clockwise.
I’ve posted a map of my route below and you can download my gpx track here. Total distance is around 55km with only about 260m of minor uphill ascent.
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