Jeff Hiatt and his fats bike
Some folks select stationary hobbies, like taking part in video video games or taking part in playing cards. Jeff Hiatt selected a pastime that will get his blood pumping in new and distant areas throughout the state. The Tub native, who now lives in Lansing, works a day job in stock management — however to really see him in his aspect, you’ll have to go to a number of the space’s wooded trails and parks, ones with rideable trails. Right here’s what Hiatt, 38, needed to say about his favourite factor:
My favourite factor is my Specialised Fatboy fats bike. I bought it again in 2017 from Denny’s Central Park Bicycles in Okemos. I named it Basic Sherman, which is from a “Simpsons” episode.
I needed a fats bike so I might trip year-round on the snow and grime. They trip very properly on sand, too. Mainly, it’s the proper Michigan bike!
Rising up, I’d at all times been into driving bikes as a child and was just about fearless on one. That mentioned, I used to be a reasonably respectable rider instantly. About six years in the past, I offered a guitar I not often performed and at last purchased my first mountain bike. I used to be immediately hooked.
I began driving nearly day-after-day – although, after I first began, I couldn’t do greater than 10-20-mile rides. I first began exploring the Lansing River Path, then native parks with singletrack trails particularly for mountain biking — locations like Anderson Nature Park and Burchfield Park.
Thus far, my Specialised Fatboy is holding up, however the know-how strikes so quick within the trade that it’s already out of date. It’s additionally a lot heavier than the brand new fats bikes in the marketplace.
At present, I nonetheless trip nearly day-after-day, although my rides now vary from 20 to 100 miles. After I’m not driving domestically, I’m often on the DTE Basis Path in Chelsea, Yankee Springs in Hastings, or another extra superior mountain biking path system. I additionally “bikepack” now, which is principally tenting on a bicycle. I like doing that within the Manistee Nationwide Forest and different distant areas.
Hitting up spots like these permits me to get out into nature and actually respect it. It’s additionally a enjoyable and straightforward solution to keep wholesome. I’d completely suggest anybody get a Specialised Fatboy. They’re a blast all 12 months, however actually shine on groomed singletrack.
For me, it’s all in regards to the journey of all of it. I like exploring new locations you possibly can’t get to by automotive. It’s meditative. It’s thrilling and stress-free multi functional. It additionally retains me in good bodily form.
Past well being advantages, biking actually is the perfect factor I might have ever accomplished for myself. It helped me kick addictions and psychological demons. It’s additionally related me with superb folks all around the nation that I’d have by no means met in any other case.