Hercules Fat Bike
Joe Viger (@joevigerphoto) is our Reid rider of the month for March!
Joe has become our Reid rider of the month for March on his Hercules fat bike after catching our eye on Instagram for his impressive cycling photos! We caught up with Joe to find out more about him and his journeys on the fat bike…
My name is Joe Viger and I live in Freedom, New Hampshire, just south of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range and Mount Washington. I’m a freelance photographer and I photograph endurance sports like cycling, trail and mountain running as well as landscapes, real estate and portraits.
When and how did you get into bike riding?
I’ve been riding bikes on and off since the late 1980s when mountain bikes first started appearing. At the time, it was mostly trail riding on a bike with no suspension and then ultimately a hard tail. In several years, I hadn’t been on a bike consistently. However, in 2019, I became hooked again. As a photographer, most rides become mini photo shoots with my trusty iPhone. I think the opportunity to combine exercise, the adventure of the ride and the fun of engaging creativity is one of the greatest things that get me out on my bike.
So, what made you choose Reid and why the Hercules for you?
I purchased my Reid Hercules Fat Bike on impulse at a Fall sale about two years ago, thinking it might jump start my riding. After that, I ended up using it like a beach cruiser to go to the lake and joy ride, never really riding the bike on trail seriously. Last summer, I acquired a gravel bike and that got me riding again. Over the summer, I had built some fitness, so when we got our first 4 inch snowstorm here in NH, I hopped on the Reid. Soon after, I installed studded tires and it’s been amazing to ride all winter on the Hercules.
Is this your first Fat Bike?
It is. I love the confidence it creates with a sure footed ride that seems to be able to roll over anything and the ability to ride low pressure, fat tires in the winter.
How has the Hercules treated you so far?
It’s been great! It was a super economical bike and is a great ride. The build quality is great and the Hercules has been reliable. This is important for me as I don’t really enjoy turning wrenches.
What and where have you been with it?
I generally ride on trails local to my house, including a network of snowmobile trails that get packed out in winter. There are fantastic groomed trail networks popping up in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Actually, I’ve visited several of those this winter including Bethel Village Trails (ME), Wolfeboro Singletrack (NH) and PRKR Mtn (NH). Interestingly, my local nordic trails at King Pine Ski area opened up to fat bikes this winter. I’ve been riding there quite a bit. Recently, I entered in my first race at the Snowmageddon Fat Bike Race hosted by Bethel Village Trails.
Do you have any other future adventures planned?
I’m looking forward to riding the Coos Trail Network in Northern NH soon. Otherwise, there are still many options to explore close to home I’m looking forward to checking out.
Finally, what advice would you give to those who have never been on a biking adventure or even a bike?
Just get out there! If you’re riding in the winter, it’s never as cold as you think it is. You will have a blast. As you ride more, it will be more and more fun!
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