Crested Butte is blessed with a nordic ski center that practically starts down town, and a well-designed bus system that will take you from your doorstep to the lifts. The streets were full of ski-toting people biking and walking to the bus stop to get to the slopes.
The evolution one-speed cruiser to modern mountain bike is present in all its forms in this mecca of fat-tired transport. Stock 1960s Chicago Schwinns rub wheels with modified cruiser proto-MTBs; top-of-the-line mountain bikes from one or two decades ago serve the same purpose as the garage-sale cruiser--carrying you where you need to go with fat-tire stability and a touch of style, regardless of weather, temperature, snow level, or sobriety.
Text & photos by Tarik Saleh, February, 2008.