The former gold rush boomtown of Rossland, BC turned mecca for mountain bikers, and ski addicts sits tucked in the West Kootenay region, high in the Monashee Mountains. Rossland’s downtown is speckled with great coffee shops, an art gallery, some ski shops and Revolution Cycles bike shop. During the heavy snow months you’re sure to spot owner Tyler Merringer flying around the streets of Rossland on his electric assist mountain bike, dog in tow. It’s from this excellent bike shop that we rented Surly’s snow bike “Moonlander” for a go.
For starters, Surly’s Moonlander runs 4.8” tires on 100mm rims, which you ride at really low pressure (4-5 psi). This means great traction, regardless of what you’re going over. The steel frame’s geometry and disk brakes are very similar to a regular mountain bike and so once you start powering up, there’s really nowhere you can’t go.
Today I rode along a single track through the woods, along un-ploughed roads and down a fierce little luge run. Top five about the experience: riding the peaceful footpaths that run through the woods, working like a demon and not sweating (on account of the -15C temperatures), being able to fly down a road covered in fresh snow, soft landings that the snow provided on my wipe outs and the gearing that lets you ride up or down anything.
If you find yourself in Rossland, BC be sure to look up Tyler & Caroline at Revolution Cycles – it ends up it’s always a great season for cycling!