Fat biking ain’t for everyone. Okay, that’s an understatement. Fat biking is that segment of the two-wheeled world that draws more ire and ridicule than anything shy of a recumbent. The big, heavy tires. The general lack of suspension. The sheer What the F*ck-ness of the whole enterprise….it simply leaves a lot of people sputtering angrily.
But then again, fat bikes have also managed to become that perfect bowl of porridge for a lot of other riders.
It’s a strange and divisive world.
The new documentary, Cold Rolled, might just shed a little light on the whole phenomenon. Beginning Saturday December 7th, filmmaker Aaron Peterson of Clear and Cold Cinema will release his documentary, Cold Rolled, which will roll out in five weekly installments (every Saturday thereafter). Why December 7th? Because it’s Global Fatbike Day.
No, I didn’t make that up.
Cold Rolled will explore the history of winter cycling in the adventure-loving Lake Superior harbor town of Marquette, Michigan. Marquette's Noquemanon Trails Network, the NTN, has developed special snow grooming equipment and techniques in order to launch the NTN Snow Bike Route—a 15-mile winter singletrack trail for fatbikes featuring flowy terrain, bermed turns and fast descents. The NTN's SBR is believed to be the first of its kind—but more importantly, contend its supporters, it's really fun to ride.
Scenes from the film include dynamic time-lapse nature cinematography, fast- paced trail riding, exploratory adventure riding along the frozen shore of the world's largest lake–as well as vintage footage of ice and snow BMX tracks.
Total length of the film is approximately 20 minutes, however Cold Rolled has been developed as a series of 3-5 minute webisode chapters that will be released weekly on Saturdays through December and early January. The full film will also be available after all chapters have been released.