Fat Tire Biking in Calgary with Nomad Gear Rentals | Canada
All about our Fat Tire Biking Calgary Nomad Gear Rentals adventure during our Gay Couple City Weekend Calgary in winter time! How is that possible? With a new trend “winter sports” called fat tire biking with spikes for the ice parts on the street. The city of Calgary as gay- and bike-friendly metropole in Alberta, Canada offers quiet some kilometers of well-prepared and safe bikeways throughout Downtown Calgary but also along relaxing scenic attraction by the Bow and Elbow River. Although the temperature on the thermometer dropped down to minus 20 degrees Celsius, we decided to take the opportunity of clear fresh winter air and sunshine to bike around Calgary.
First of all: it was super fun! We as gay travel blogger rented two fat tire bikes from Nomad Gear Rentals Calgary to experience the oil and car city Calgary by bike. Those surprisingly light bicycles are equipped with metal spikes on their tires and made touring around Calgary safe and very comfortable. The streets in Calgary are very wide and the few bikeways well maintained. Furthermore, the most beautiful sights and attraction are easily approachable by bike, too. Join us on our half-day fat tire bike tour around Calgary starting from Fairmont Palliser Hotel to find the best view over Downtown Calgary and see the bike-friendly city through a couple of men’s eyes.
Good to know: where and how to bike in Calgary
We started our Nomadic Bike Adventure from our gay-friendly Hotel Fairmont Palliser Calgary in a Western direction. Be aware, that the street system in Downtown Calgary is made up of one-way streets that alternate from every second street, at least most of the times. We took the 8th Avenue that offers a separate bikeway. The beginning, coming from Stephen Avenue was partially shared space on the street. Especially during working hours, none of the streets is super busy. That changes of course, during rush hours in the morning and late afternoon/evening.
All info about our half-day biking tour Calgary
Our first goal was the world famous red Peace Bridge designed by the Spanish architect Calatrava. Built for pedestrians and cyclists, the designed bridge offers great photo opportunities with Skyline View. After a scenic ride along the Bow River, we crossed the water at Prince’s Island Park to bike along the southern riverside. Our next stop was the Fort Calgary, the first settlement of Calgary established in 1875. At that point, the Elbow River flows into the Bow River. Take a turn right, pass by the Bison statue on your right and after 10 minutes ride along the Elbow River you will arrive at the remarkable Scotiabank Saddledome, the home of the ice hockey team Calgary Flames. The arena was actually built to host ice figure skating and ice hockey matches during the Olympic Winter Games in 1988. We fixed our bikes onto the small bridge over the Elbow River and hiked all the way up to Scotsman’s Hill, one of the view points of Calgary (see picture below). For your way back, you can choose from different ways into Downtown Calgary, using, for example, the 12th Avenue.
Where and how to rent Fat tire Bikes in Calgary?
We tried the new, upcoming Nomad Gear Rentals Calgary company with a free delivery service of your chosen activity gear. The well maintained Rocky Mountain fat tire bikes arrived on time in a set with complementary flexible combination locks. Do you need a helmet to bike in Calgary? Currently, there is no obligation to use helmets while biking in Calgary but if you wanna stay on the safe side, you can rent them for just 5 Canadian $ from Nomad Gear Rentals. After getting some extra tips where and how to bike Calgary, our fat tire bike adventure began. If you are planning to end a tour at another location as you started, you just have Nomad Gear Rentals Calgary know about the pickup point anywhere in the Canadian city.
Map of our half-day biking tour around Calgary
For a better overview, we created this Google Map of our fat tire biking adventure in Calgary in Winter. But this is, of course, only one option how you can explore Calgary by bike. We are curious about your ways, choices, and experiences since we will be back in Calgary hopefully soon in summer time!
Fat Tire Biking Calgary Nomad Gear Rentals:
NOMAD Gear Rentals
803 64 Ave SE, Unit #1174
Calgary, AB T2H2C3, Canada
Official Website: nomadgearrentals.com
Contact: Tel.: +1 587 585 6531
Good to know:
Mike knows how to bike! Get your copy of the “Calgary by bike” map of Mike’s Bloggity Blog and you won’t miss any important route, turn, or sight. Prices: from 55 Canadian $ per day (for more days, the prices will drop). Enjoy your Fat Tire Biking Calgary Nomad Gear Rentals adventure!