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    It seems people can't get enough of fat bikes these days. If you're going to try one out, make sure you've got the right gear.

    Aaron Gulley
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    Specialized Fatboy Fat Bike

    Specialized's Fatboy bike ($2,000) marks the end of the fad phase for fat bikes. At 4.8 inches wide, the house-built Ground Control tires are as big as anything on the market, while the 70.5-degree headtube angle and relatively short chainstays deliver the responsive steering of a much trimmer ride. That quick handling, combined with hydraulic brakes, svelte truss-style rims, and a lightweight carbon fork, makes this a respectably lightweight (29 pounds) fatty that's as good for year-round riding as it is in the snow.
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    Arctic Innovations HydroHeater Hydration Pack

    Arctic Innovations' HydroHeater hydration pack ($200) has a secret weapon: a battery-powered heating element. Press a button and it will safely defrost the hose and bite valve in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees.
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    Pearl Izumi Select Barrier WXB pants

    Half-zip legs and a simple drawstring elastic waist make Pearl Izumi's Select Barrier WXB pants ($130) easy to get on and off, even while wearing clunky boots. Sloppy wet snow is of no concern, thanks to fully taped seams and waterproof-breathable fabric.
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    45Nrth Wölvhammer Boot

    Like a mountaineering boot, 45Nrth's Wölvhammer ($325) wraps a fleece-lined inner boot in a synthetic shell for the ultimate in protection from the elements. A pull tab on the heel makes it easy to get on, and we loved the simple cinch-closure lacing system. It's SPD-compatible, but we preferred riding it with flat pedals.
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    45Nrth Helva Pedals

    The wide platform and replaceable alloy pins on 45Nrth's Helva pedals ($165) gave us plenty of grip on all manner of boots, and the low-profile waffle design sheds snow and muck and adds clearance.
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    Dogwood Designs Pogies Plus

    Dogwood Designs' Pogies Plus ($162) are high-loft, synthetically insulated covers you slip over your bars for additional hand protection on the coldest days. They're so well insulated that we rode gloveless in temperatures down to 20 degrees.
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    Castelli Espresso Due Jacket

    The four-way-stretch Windstopper fabric and flip-up collar on Castelli's Espresso Due jacket ($300) kept us warm even when the thermometer dipped below freezing. Zippered chest and wrist vents and the smart floating-shoulder design made it easy to let out the heat, too.
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