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Saturday cycling event to celebrate 'the weirdness that is fat bikes'
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Saturday cycling event to celebrate 'the weirdness that is fat bikes'

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Fat bike rider David Burke (right) takes off with his fellow large wheelers for a morning ride in 2017 outside the Cycle Works shop at 27th and Vine streets. 

Despite its name — Global Fat Bike Day — you don’t need 4-inch tires to take part.

Everybody on two wheels will be welcomed at Saturday’s seventh annual event — a pair of 16-mile rides through Lincoln followed by a chili cook-off at Cycle Works.

Still, the day is intended to spotlight the all-terrain bikes with oversized rubber, said organizer Rob Evans.

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“It started as a way for everybody to celebrate the weirdness that is fat bikes. They’re a whole lot of fun to ride and the people who ride them are a little bit goofy, as far as cyclists go.”

The free event — always on the first Saturday in December — was launched globally in 2012, and Cycle Works started hosting the Lincoln celebration a few years later.

“It’s kind of a time when there isn’t a lot going on,” said owner Kris Sonderup. “It’s kind of a free holiday.”

The celebration drew about 30 riders the first year. More recently, it was drawing up to 90, Evans said, though COVID-19 cut into last year’s participation. He hopes Saturday’s relatively warmer weather boosts the turnout.

Both 9 a.m. rides start and end at Cycle Works at 27th and Vine streets. One route hits the single track at Wilderness Park for the fat bikers and mountain bikers; the other stays on pavement for a ride to Pioneers Park.

And neither is meant to be competitive.

“It’s not a race; it’s not meant to be challenging,” Sonderup said. “It’s just meant for fun.”

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7254 or psalter@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSPeterSalter

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