Good alternative through thick or thin snow

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Jan 042017

A big smile. It’s the first thing that riders describe about fat biking. With balloon tires that are 3.8 inches or wider, they talk about gleefully riding that “fattie” over slippery sand, stones and — if the lake-effect delivers — snow.

As I’ve written about the fat bike trend over the past three years, I keep seeing more of them crop up on trails. Heck, even I bought one this fall and decided, like others, that it’s a good replacement for my old mountain bike.

Now I ride when the snow is too thin for cross-country skiing. I ride over crusty, crunchy snow and frozen soil. Over frozen grass and leaf litter. Yep, you can do it, too, making laps around your yard.

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Details on the Love Creek Fat Tire Bike Trail

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Dec 142016

Fat biking on Love Creek’s 3.5 mile groomed fat bike trail was a huge success last winter—so of course we’re doing it again this year! • Although the trail crosses the ski trails at several points (where skiers have right-of-way), it is a separate trail and will be shared with snowshoers in some sections.

15370017_1379721992051543_7497165335035738991_oBike Rentals available again! Bring your own fat bike or rent one on-site (snow or no snow) provided by Outpost Sports! Rate: $15/ 1 hour * $25/ 2 hours • Daily $5 winter trail fee required when trails are groomed (Season passes available). Trail fees will not be charged when there is not enough snow to groom. • When groomed trail conditions exist, snow bikes are only permitted on designated Snow Bike trail. When there is not enough snow for grooming, all trails except Love Creek Valley Loop are open for winter riding.

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Another green light ($$$) for the trail leading into Niles.

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Dec 122016

By Debra Haight Tribune Correspondent

NILES — It looks like two Niles area trail projects connected with the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail will be getting state funding after an announcement Friday from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The Niles city trailhead project and the River Valley Trail extension project in Niles Township are both expected to be funded through the DNR’s Natural Resources Trust Fund grant program next year. The trust fund board’s recommendations are expected to be accepted and funded by the Legislature early next year.

That board is recommending more than $47.6 million worth of projects in 2017, including $19.9 million in development projects like the two in the Niles area and $27.7 million in land acquisition projects.

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