I am always up for some nature in the city. I recently snuck away to explore Toronto’s Don Valley trails in winter – without kids and on two wheels. Two big fat wheels.
As a first-time mountain biker, I arrived slightly nervous and probably overdressed at Evergreen Brick Works for their Saturday Fat Bike Group Ride. But the enthusiastic welcome from the biking experts Megz and Kael (from Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop) had me convinced that I was ready for the adventure. After some tips on gear-shifting, braking and how to position yourself on different terrains, we were off (with our guides leading the way) for 1.5-hour ride north in the surrounding ravines.
The well-marked trails and over-sized tires made it easy to travel over pretty much anything and enjoy the new views of the valley. There were just enough curves, hills and bridges that had my heart-rate (and adrenaline) pumping.
Skill level: The ride is for all levels – just need to be 5-ft) and have decent bike handling skills. You don’t have to be the fittest cyclist either but there are definitely some hills and paths that require some athletic power.