Local fatbiker gets serious about deep woods travel
My long-time cycling pal, Matt Jensen, who helped me get started in recumbent trrikes, is really getting into his backcountry explorations in western Oregon. A couple of years ago, he acquired a Motobecane fatbike called the Lurch, which he added to his stable of street bikes. Matt used to have a Catrike 700 when I first met him in 2008. These days, he seems to be spending more time up on the mountain backroads and trails than cruising the paved streets and highways however.
Always seeking the ultimate non-paved experience, Matt now has loaded some tools on Lurch to open up even more pathways in the northwestern woods. He has secured all manner of trail tools to the fat tire bicycle to clear a few of the overgrown roads and trails. In this climate, wild things grow incredibly fast, and if an old two-track road isn’t used for a year or so, the vegetation can close in and make it seem there is no road at all.
So, Matt takes his shovel, branch clippers, and other assorted hardware necessary up on a few forays into the dense forests, then parks his fatbike when the trail closes in enough to prevent further travel, and sets about clearing the overgrowth so that he and his growing group of backcountry enthusiasts can ride unhindered in the wild outback. Here is his rig, with 26×4″ VEE 8 tires, ready to clear (note branch clippers in rear, shovel in front, non-cycling work shoes bungeed to the front rack, and pannier system loaded with food to power his activities):
It’s because of folks like Matt that the rest of us have more trails to explore! Thanks buddy!