The seasons are changing and in the mountains, snow is falling, but that doesn’t mean that the riding season has to come to an end. Traction becomes a debatable necessity and maintaining an adequate internal body temperature is a battle once the mercury drops and the cold, white stuff hides the brown pow.

Fat bikes may look kooky, and in fact, they may really be a bit kooky, but if an increase in kook-factor means an extension to the riding season, it’s an easy trade. For some, the change of scenery marks beginning of a new riding season—one filled with ready-made slip-and-slides. Local Washington legend, Smokey, keeps the good times rolling with his abnormally large tires finding grip amidst a greasy coating of anti-traction.