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Spring Skiing and Fat Biking Continues!

When the weather is constantly changing and in-between winter and spring, you don’t have to give up your daily ski or bike. In fact, if you are able to plan ahead, you might just have some of the best skiing and biking of the year!

This past weekend, was one of perfect spring skiing. Ian held a wax clinic at OO and he said this about the trail, “It was ideal spring skiing with a firm and fast deck, but not so icy that you couldn’t get an edge.” Joel also was out on the Birkie Trail and he commented that from “Hatchery to Mosquito Brook….was just super skiing!” As for the bike trails, they currently range from excellent to fair, with the fair spots being choppy, mainly from deer traffic. CAMBA-Fat posted this video that talks about the conditions in Seeley.

If the bike trail looks like this behind you, it’s time to get out of the woods and grab a latte!

Temps will be warming up in the next few days, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the trails are done for. “Based on the forecast, we will have good morning skiing and biking through late this week,” Chris says. “Friday and Saturday will be warm with overnight lows only just under freezing. What that means for skiers and bikers is to plan on getting onto the trails by 7am or 8am at the latest, getting your ski or bike in, and then prepare to be out of the woods by 9am.” Getting off of the trails before they get too mushy enables to the trails to stay in their best possible condition as long as possible. “When the trail refreezes it will be in good condition for the next outing,” Chris explains, “If you leave significant ruts with your skis or tires, that makes it incredibly difficult for users the next day. And, in extreme cases if you’re breaking through the snow into the dirt, you can even do damage to the trail bed.”  Let’s all try to be good stewards of the trails and leave them in the best possible condition for as long as possible.

You can keep up-to-date on trail conditions, grooming, and trail closures HERE for fat biking and HERE for the Birkie trail, or, feel free to give us a call at the shop. 715-634-8685. Somebody here is bound to have been out and about recently.

And, don’t fret! Even though mud season is coming up, New Moon has some fun events planned to keep you busy until the trails dry out. Check out our facebook events page-we’ll be posting soon!

Spring Skiing & Fat Biking?? Well, Yeahhh!

Friday, March 15, 2019:

We are keeping our fingers crossed here at New Moon for our favorite skiing and biking on the year. We seem to have weathered the big thaw, (no pun intended) with a lot of snow pack intact! Now we wait for temps to slowly creep back below freezing. As of this morning, brisk winds have locked in out of the NW are we even received a skiff of new snow overnight. Click below for the live video feed from the Birkie Start.

The weather forecast bodes well for weekend skiing and fat biking and continued good trails into next week. Regular freeze/thaw cycles are expected for the area. That will set up ideal trail conditions for both skiers and fat bikers:

Of vital importance, though, is that trail users – skiers, bikers, and snowshoers – watch the forecast and temps and get out EARLY on the warm days. Skis and bikes will leave irreparable damage if one goes out on soft snow late in the day. Stay off the soft trails!

NO NO NO! This bike and walker damage is nearly impossible for groomers to fix. Wait for the trail to freeze before you go!

Don’t miss out on the best trails for the winter season. Feel free to call New Moon or stop in the shop for the latest on our trail conditions. Users can also look at Birkie’s current trail updates for the scoop from the Birkie Grooming Crew. Birkie makes regular trail updates. Check this page often:

For fat bike conditions, CAMBA posts recent groomer reports as well:

 

Fat Bike Demo Fleet Liquidation Sale!

It’s that time again when we have to clean up and make room for our upcoming summer season. That means we need to find new homes for our winter fat bike rental and demo fleet.

SHOP NOW!

We are offering our used Specialized Fatboy SEs at $1100, discounted from $1600. These Fatboys are equipped with up-to-date, industry-standard 150mm front spacing and 197mm rear spacing for maximum compatibility with fat biking components and clearance for all fat bike tire sizes 3.5″ all the way up to 5″. These are even capable of accepting 27.5 fat bike wheels if a rider were to want that. Riders will find our demos ready for snow riding with Specialized 4.6″ Ground Control Tires mounted on Specialized Tubeless-Ready Fat Rims! That’s a huge plus for more technically inclined riders. Mechanical Disc Brakes and Shimano 1×10 shifting round out a really great package for launching into fat biking!

Got Kids? No problem! We even have 20″ Fatboy and 24″ Fatboy demo bikes on sale for the little ones!

We are only offering in-store pickup with all Specialized bike purchases, no mail order shipping. So, plan a fun trip to Hayward to play on the trail, enjoy the area, and pick up your new fat bike! Call anytime with questions: 715-634-8685.

SHOP NOW!

Big Fun at the ’19 Fat Bike Birkie!

Yes, the Fat Bike Birkie is a race, but like the American Birkebeiner, it’s so much more. The more, in this case, is FUN – pure and silly fun.

Rollin out in the 2019 FBB! Photo: American Birkie (ABSF)
Keep ‘er movin… Photo: ABSF

 

Ian,  Dusty, and LJ from the shop took on the 21K race. Each had a unique approach to their plan, fashion plan, that is. Dusty stormed his way to 13th overall and 2nd in age with a conservative and safe outfit. Next, LJ donned the semi-retro, early 2000s, New Moon ski suit for a speedy 34th overall and 3 in age. Last and certainly not least, Ian busted out an awesome mustache and the uber-retro, early 90s, New Moon ski suit in a truly bold fashion statement. Ian breezed his way through the hilly course to the top spot in the biggest smile category.

Ian is so ready… and so retro.
Ooh la la!
LJ is all smiles after the 21K.
Not too shabby on a borrowed bike.
The Dale bros and Kristina Morse chillin’ before awards.

Mild temps made for tricky conditions for many with the firm track breaking down for later riders. Exhaustion however gave way to a festive atmosphere as good food and beverage refueled racers. Of particular interest were demo bikes from fat bike companies, energy food samples, and New Moon’s S’mores Tent. In Keeping with cycling tradition, podium presentations were grand, complete with ceremonial champagne for the champions!

Scary. Photo: ABSF
21K women’s Champ, Kristina Morse atop the podium. Photo: ABSF
Refueling time. Photo: ABSF
47K lead pack passes through Boedecker checkpoint. Photo: Kelly Randolph
Fast food. Photo: ABSF
New Moon S’mores crew.
So many flavors…
Mmmm good!
It couldn’t happen without them! Photo: ABSF

Later that evening, CAMBA held another highly successful annual, Fat Bike Birkie Fundraiser at the Sawmill Saloon. Thanks to dozens of prize donations from vendors and sponsors, over $11,000 was raised for the CAMBA Fat Bike Fund, ensuring world-class fat bike grooming for next season in our area.

Birkie Events Director, Kristy Maki, wins the Specialized Fatbike at the CAMBA fundraiser.

To cap off the weekend, New Moon held a Sunday-Funday Beer and Brat session back at the shop celebrating the launch of the all-new GU Energy Gel flavor, Hoppy Trails. This will be a fave for craft beer lovers!

LJ gives beer and brats two thumbs up.

If weather holds, CAMBA Fat Bike Trails should have good, late-season fat biking for a while. If you want to give this fat thing a try, we’re still renting fat bikes as long as trail conditions allow. Or, pull the trigger and buy one of our rental fat bikes now! These 2019 Specialized Fatboy SE rentals are reduced to $1100 and are ready to tackle the trails, snow or dirt. Call us to check 715-634-8685 availability.

Rent – buy – enjoy a fat bike today!

 

 

2019 FAT BIKE BIRKIE Preview!

Oh yeah, it’s time for that annual, bouncy-tire, bike party we all know as the FAT BIKE BIRKIE! There are some new twists this year and even more fun, prizes, yummies to be had. Here are a few notable items. Lets roll with Joe V, Ben Popp and yours truly…

1. Bib pick and Expo – Great Hall, Birkie Start Area. New Moon will be on hand Friday and Saturday supporting our great partners TOKO Gloves,  GU Energy Labs, and new this year, Anderson’s Maple Syrup Pure Fuel energy food.

TOKO: Take advantage of great deals on premier TOKO fat biking gloves and accessories. Keep those paws warm & have more fun! Meet US TOKO brand manager, Ian Harvey, one of the nicest, most knowledgeable people in the world of aerobic winter fun!

GU ENERGY: Dennis Porter from GU will help you formulate an energy plan for your race day. GU features a wide variety of energy nutrition focused on aerobic athletes. What’s your race energy plan?

ANDERSON’S PURE FUEL: New Moon is proud to partner with Wisconsin’s leading Maple Syrup producer, Anderson’s. Pure Fuel is 100% pure, USDA Organic Maple Syrup specially packaged in convenient, biker and skier-friendly packets, like other popular energy gels. Pure Fuel is the natural (and yummy) way to fuel your race!

2. New Moon FREE DIY S’MORES TENT. That’s right – S’mores. We’re bustin’ out the fire ring and the marshmallows for some tasty, sweet treats. Why, you ask? Because we can! Look for the New Moon tent right outside the Great Hall Friday and Saturday. We can gather ’round the fire and share our race stories!

 

3. All new, non-competitive “10K FAT BIKE TOUR”: In attrition to the popular, 47K and 21K races, a fun 10K has been added for newer riders or those looking for a less demanding option. The Tour will surely be a hit! Don’t be fooled though, it’s still a hilly course!

4. Specialized Fat Bike Demo Tent: Just like candy, but you get to ride it. Test out some sweet, carbon-fiber, 1X12, FAT-TIRE goodness from global bike leader, Specialized. On hand will be FATBOY Comp and FATBOY Experts in all sized. Be sure to reserve a test time! 5. After Party Fundraiser: New Moon and Specialized have teamed up to offer a lucky raffle winner a 2019 Specialized FATBOY SE! This FATBOY is snow-ready with tubeless-ready rims, 4.6″ tires and a 1X drivetrain ready to gobble the steepest climbs! A $1600 value! Just one of many other great prizes to be given away or auctioned that evening! All proceeds go directly to CAMBA FAT grooming efforts. It will be a blast!

6. Free Beer and Brats With GU & New Moon. And if all this fun isn’t qiute enough, Stop in at New Moon Sunday to help us celebrate the launch of GU’s all-new, craft-beer-centric energy gel flavor, “Hoppy Trails”! We’ll be sampling the new flavor along with Wisconsin Brats and Beer from local brewmeisters, Angry Minnow Brewery – all for FREE! Our resident beer expert, Ian Finch, noted that Hoppy Trails is “…quite delicious and sure to motivate thirsty, beer-loving racers to the finish line!” See you at New Moon Sunday!

One last look at the amazing 2018 race:

Good luck and see you at the start!

– Chris

 

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