MaHa Fat Tire Bikes

Fat Tires made for Snow

Bob Krause, Outdoor Committee Cycling Committee, Chair

If you’ve been to Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation during the summer in the past two years, you’ve probably seen the new “Fat Tire” bicycles cruising the trails.  Troop 156 from the Glenview Community Church recently visited Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan for their annual winter campout and gave the bikes a ride in the snow.  The extra -large, low-pressure tires provide good traction and sure-footing on trails and let these scouts share a type of bike ride that few have experienced.  Who would have thought they would be riding a two-wheeler on the surface of Lake Killian?

If your troop would like to try this new adventure, you don’t have to travel all the way to Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.  NEIC High Adventure Director, Adam Hoeflich can outfit you with fat times for a ride in the snow right here at home.  Northeast Illinois Council has fourteen bikes that are now available for rental.

Based at Camp Crown, the bikes are available now. There are many great bike trails in right in camp but if you are looking for even more excitement we can get the bikes over to Silver Lake Recreation Area for professional maintained mountain bike trails. We can also bring the bike down to Camp Oakarro for a unit campout. Located near Camp Oakarro is the Des Plaines River Trail which runs from the southern-Chicago suburbs, through the entire length of the Northeast Illinois Council north to the Wisconsin border.  The Des Plaines River Trail is immediately accessible to Camp Oakarro and is a perfect trail for Fat Tires.

Troop 924 from Evanston started their ride in January at Camp Oakarro to enjoy a day in the snow on wheels. Yes, it is important to have warm clothes, stay hydrated, ride carefully and observe the rules of the road. But, what better way to enjoy the outdoors and have a day in the sun than riding the trails?

NEIC Fat Tire Bikes are also available to be transported to whatever location your unit wishes to ride.  Contact Adam for information about rental, transportation and get your own cycling adventure started! [email protected] or 847-748-9154.


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