Fat bikes are all the rage! Maybe you've seen them on the trails, or in bike shops. Now is your chance to get a taste of what these monster trucks of the bicycle world are all about. Once you go fat, you'll never go back!
Winter cycling can be a fun activity to stay healthy and fit year-round. Fat bikes (a.k.a. snow bikes) may look heavy and slow, but they ride just like a regular mountain bike. The huge tires give you plenty of traction and float over deep powder like snowshoes. Try one out; it's a blast to ride year-round!
$15 per hour, plus sales tax. No credit for partial hours.
To schedule your snow bike rental, please call us the Peninsula store at 330-657-2209. Rental is by the hour only. No overnight rentals.
Walk-in rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
When you come into the store to get the bike, you'll need to fill out a responsibility/release form, provide a driver's license (or other valid photo ID), and a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card. We'll charge you for the first hour when you leave, and charge you for any additional hours when you return.
RIDE RESPONSIBLY! You will be charged for any damage to the bicycle that occurs while the bike is in your possession!
Snow bike rental hours begin when the store opens. Bikes must be returned before the store closing time or a late fee will be assessed. The last time we will let rental snow bikes be taken out is 2 hours before the store closing time. See our Store Locator page for our current store hours.
At this time, we only allow riding our snow bikes locally on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Do I have to wear a helmet?
A. Yes, and a helmet is provided with each snow bike rental at no extra charge. You can bring your own helmet if you wish. A ski/snowboard helmet works well in cold weather.
Q. What kind of pedals are on your snow bikes?
A. Our snow bikes have platform BMX-style pedals with metal pins that grip well on snow boots or hiking boots. If you have your own pedals that you prefer, you may bring them, and we will install them on the bike for you. We do not have other pedals available for rent.
Q. Is there a speedometer/odometer on the bikes?
A. No. Expect to go a good bit slower than you would on a regular bike. If you want to know how far you've ridden, we have maps of the Towpath Trail with mileages between trailheads.
Q. Are emergency repair supplied included?
A. No. Flat tires are very rare when riding in the snow.
Q. What if I break down and can't get going on my own?
A. In the unlikely event that you break down on the Towpath Trail on one of our snow bikes, we recommend that you carry a mobile phone with you. Call us at 330-657-2209 and we'll figure out a way to rescue you.
Q. Are water bottles included?
A. No, you should bring your own water bottles, or buy some in the store when you come to ride the bike. The snow bikes have two water bottle holders that fit standard bicycle water bottles. You may also want to think about filling your water bottles at home, too, because our running water in the store is non-drinkable. There is a water fountain near the trailhead, but it will likely be frozen or shut off during the winter.
Q. What should I wear for riding in the snow?
A. You should dress for the temperature, taking into account that you'll be building up heat with physical activity. Dress a little warmer than you would for winter trail running or cross-country skiing. Dress in layers so that you can add or remove layers as you warm up or cool down. Thick, warm gloves are recommended. A balaclava, ski mask, or warm cap that can fit under a bike helmet is a good idea. For your feet, wool socks and waterproof hiking boots are your best bet. See our tips for dressing for winter cycling for more details.
Q. Can I take a snow bike in my car/truck to ride on another trail?
A. No, sorry. Check back with us next year, but for now, we're trying to keep things simple by sticking with just allowing riding on the Towpath Trail
Q. Are your rental snow bikes for sale?
A. Not for the time being, but if you decide you'd like to buy a snow bike that we have in stock within 14 days of riding our rental snow bike, we'll apply the price of your rental towards the bike purchase!
Trail Etiquette & Safety
The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is a shared-used trail, so be prepared to encounter walkers, runners, wheelchairs, dogs, cross-country skiers, and other bicyclists.
- Ride at a speed that you can maintain control.
- Be aware of your surroundings, both seeing and hearing. Do not use earphones.
- Ride on the right side of the trail; do not take up the whole width of the trail.
- If riding in a group, move to single-file when passing other trail users.
- Pass on the left, and announce your presence well in advance by ringing a bell or calling out "Passing on your left."
- Move to single file if other trail users are approaching from the opposite direction.
- In the winter, if there are cross-country ski tracks present, do not ride in the ski tracks. Cross over the ski tracks only when necessary.
- Ride defensively. If other trail users do not acknowledge your presence, assume they do not see or hear you. Be ready for small children, dogs, or other trail users to suddenly move in front of you.
- Be extra-cautious in wet weather, especially on wooden bridges and boardwalks. Wet wood is VERY slippery. Ride slowly, don't lean excessively, don't apply the brakes suddenly. Walk if you don't feel safe riding.
- If you need to stop, move completely off to the the side of the trail.
- Do not litter; garbage cans are available at most trailheads.
- Per park rules, do not feed, disturb, or attempt to capture or kill wildlife. Do not remove rocks, plants, or other park property. Respect any trail closures.
For mechanical issues with our bicycles, call us at 330-657-2209. To report unsafe trail conditions or other hazards within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, call the Park Dispatch/Communications Center at 440-546-5945. In the event of an emergency, call 911.