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BY MATTHEW BEAUDIN

ONE BY ONE, they slink by my window on Pacific Street; in the darkness they seem an amalgamation, part cyclist, part animal, part shadow. I look down and keep filling my flask with cheap whiskey. It is dark, and it is cold. Everything shimmers, lit up by headlight or moonlight. This is what one expects in the middle of February in the San Juan Mountains—a crystalline clarity in the air, thinned by the simple cold and filtered through a distilled blue haze. This is the color of mid-winter. The wolves arrive at my house. They come in, littering the alley outside my tiny shed with bikes that are more menacing than they are elegant. A snow bike (FatBike, Pugsley, etc.) is an unholy creation designed to take riders over unfriendly terrain such as snow, sand, or mud, with the help of tires that are four and a half or five inches wide. If the world were to end tomorrow, this is the sort of bicycle you would want, as it could roll over zombie corpses as easily as other bikes roll over dirt. It’s time to go. I lace up my boots and plunge into the dark. It’s brewery loop night, meaning we’ll ride the River Trail to the Valley Floor and out to the Telluride Brewing Company, where we’ll walk in, stomping our feet, with our cheeks rosy and our throats dry from forty-five minutes of pedaling through snow and ice in the cold, and the anticipation of a heavy beer. Of course, knowing what’s coming and actually going though it are two profoundly different things. There is a different feeling pedaling in winter than any other season: progress is slow, and it’s noisy. The huge tires nestle themselves into the snow, which whispers back in a steady rasp. Every inch is earned in the winter, and every breath hurts a little—even more so as the temperature drops. PHOTO BY BRAD FOLEY

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