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    Fat biking around Vancouver

    I am considering a move to Vancouver (from Ottawa) and wonder whether there's any decent fat biking trails (on snow, not sand) available near the city. I know you can bike all year there, but I would seriously miss that sort of riding!

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    (*counting down 'till you embrace the all weather riding and shake your head at suggesting that you'll miss​ -30*C*)
    Name should be Yac Zam... Apparently I may be dyslexic?

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    well, or course no one could miss the -30. And the slush and the ice and salt. But I've discovered fat biking in the snow is a blast. And from what I've heard, Vancouver gets so much rain that while you can actually ride all year, it may not actually be that much fun. Maybe anyone with Vancouver experience can also comment on the winter biking experience there?
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    Hi, I recently went on a few trails in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey.(I'm not sure what is "fat trail") There is also one in Coquitlam but that my next target for a trip, but I injured myself during the last trip. (A god damn truck moved into my bike lane to right turn and he/she didn't shoulder check for cyclist, so my choice is hit the truck or just fall to the sidewalk, so I chose the second in the split second. Too bad it didn't see the plate number or the company the truck belong to. Surrey seem to me is bad place to bike because fewer bikers result in drivers lack of attention)

    Anyway, Vancouver has by far the best one to my experience. Riding along the seawall with awesome scenery and summer breeze. It says officially to be a 22km route, but you can go a lot further if you go from waterfront station all the way to UBC. (I didn't go beyond UBC, but after kitsilano beach it's almost entirely unpaved gravel ground, you have to share a road with cars if you want paved)

    Burnaby is a long one (called central valley green way), all the way from New westminister to downtown Vancouver. But most of it is sharing road with cars and the isolated greenway is pretty terrible considering it's all gravel. So it's not really a trail..

    Surrey is all little segments of trails and then you have to ride with cars for a few blocks then find another trail. All different names too, so I don't want to list.

    But on snow? we barely have snow here...like once or twice a year. There are not deep either.

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    thanks for the detailed response Slodin. I didn't think snow trails right in the city, but somewhere not too far. I had thought that since Vancouver is renowned for easy access to amazing skiiing, as well as top rate mountain biking, there might be some fat biking trails nearby. Fat biking is taking off here anyway; it's riding on snow with 4 inch wide tires and is a total blast! Fat bikes are good to ride on sand too, but that's usually pretty flat and it seems kind of boring.

    As for riding in the winter, do you find that it's relatively pleasant, or is it really battling the constant cold rain?

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    oh snow riding..I have never heard of that just because I lived in 3 countries so far and all of them were little to no snow at all..So I never considered snow riding haha..
    I think that might be in the mountains, because it's pretty damn cold up there and it has snow for the entire winter or so..

    I'm a rider for scenery, and winter to me is the worst..So I don't ride in the winter. (I don't ride to work or anything, I use my bike for exercise and scenery)
    The most dangerous part about riding in the winter is the black ice on the ground since it rains a lot. (surprisingly last winter barely any rain)
    I don't recall too many bikers in the winter either, maybe in downtown Vancouver..But I dislike biking in the rain in general.
    Also I don't have a mud guard on my road bike..the rear tire would keep on spinning water onto my back, and I don't want one ha..

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    Here's a cool video of snow biking just outside of Ottawa. It's not really for transportation, as the salt would ravage your bike in a few seasons. It's basically mountain biking on snow.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-qtALDBmfU

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