Klinger’s Trail

Friends and family of Kleon Swahn (aka Klinger) have rallied together to incorporate a walking trail in his memory.

Kleon was born and raised in Rose Valley and spent a lot of his childhood years at Marean Lake. He married Jamie Schweitzer from Archerwill and had two children, Braden and Kiana. He worked his dream job with SaskPower for 23 years until he was killed in a workplace accident on Dec. 20, 2014. They resided in Saskatoon but spent any time they could at their cabin at Marean Lake. He was a great man and deserves a great legacy.

The trail will be 8 kms in length and join the two communities of Marean Lake and Greenwater Lake. It will meander through dense bush mostly in Greenwater Park and have scenic views of the lake and shoreline.

There are six smaller bridges planned as well as a large 40’ bridge. The trail will consist of base gravel with crusher dust topping. There will be rest areas along the way with sponsor benches provided. This trail is greatly needed in the area as people now walk on the grid roads which are dusty and dangerous.

The local trail group has received permission from all parties involved and hope to begin construction in early 2020. This project is a labour of love and has been two years in the making.

You can donate to this project at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/saskatchewan-trails-association-inc/.

Fat Biking in Saskatchewan

Fatbikes, also known as Fatties or fat tire bikes, are a fun and exciting activity that allows cyclists more freedom from their traditional bicycle. Although fatbiking is currently growing in popularity, it isn’t new. With all of the possible new adventures that fatbiking can bring, here are the basics that you need to know about fatbiking.

Fatbiking is similar to biking or cycling in that the bicycles are very similar with only a few differences. The main difference is the fat or large tires. The increased tire size and decreased tire pressure makes it easier to stabilize yourself and thus provide an easier ride for all people.

Fatbiking can be a lot of fun and is a new activity for plenty of people. Due to the thickness of the tires, more surface area touches the ground and allows for more traction, stability, and an over all smoother ride.

So what? I know what you are thinking, it’s just a bike with bigger tires. Hold up, these specialized tires allow even the most beginner riders to take on terrains that most bicycles could not.

These fatbikes can travel on gravel, mud, dirt, sand, rocks, asphalt, and well pretty much anything you want to, but with more ease. This makes fatbiking a perfect fit for hitting the trails under almost any condition and even heading off the beaten path to make your own route or trail.

An added bonus, fatbikes can be used on wet terrain as well as snow. So rather than riding a bike on pavement for a few of the warm months in Saskatchewan, you can ride a fatbike, year-round on and terrain, through any condition. The fatbike community is growing in the province as well!

Fatbiking is another amazing activity to partake in year-round to burn those calories off, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors all year round regardless of weather. For those of you looking to learn more or talk to other Fatbikers, you’re in luck, we have just the thing for you!

The FatLanders FatTire Brigade is a group dedicated to the riding of fatbikes in Saskatoon. They are Saskatchewan’s first recognized fatbike specific cycling club and the only one in Canada. Go join them and discover the pure joy and pleasures of riding on snow and sand in and around Saskatoon.

Join the group and learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/447916948562568/! There are also many other fatbike groups, websites, and Facebook pages that can help you to learn everything you need to know, including where to get one!