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There really is something more to the saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” And that saying definitely applies right about now, with the cold February winds literally sweeping across Canada and planting frostbite on our faces.

In Buffalo, where extreme weather is also problematic, they seem to have embraced their geography with an idea that is so genius we can’t believe we haven’t thought about it before: ice biking. But before you go picturing some sort of winter bicycle tires strapped onto your shiny red summer models, it’s only fair to say that it looks a little more like ice-bike gliding to us.

Ice biking is currently available at the 21-acre, year-round outdoor attraction spot Canalsidewhere visitors can also currently take advantage of the outdoors by curling, ice skating, playing pond hockey or by partaking in a good old broomball game. According to Ice Bikes Buffalo, which runs the rentals, the contraptions are just like riding a bike and skating, all at once. Only, perhaps with a little less balance required.

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“This stable unit allows you to pedal and steer your way around the rink in the same manner as you would if you were going for a traditional bike ride,” promises the site, which also runs Water Bikes of Buffalo.

The best part? If you fall in love with ice-biking, you can buy one of your own by contacting them directly.

Aside from helping to beat Seasonal Affective Disorder, getting outside and working up a sweat during the chillier months will actually help you burn more calories. Why? Studies have shown people work out harder when it’s cold outside in order to generate more heat, which inadvertently leads to torching more overall calories. Now who wouldn’t feel good about that?

Sounds like the best thing to come out of Buffalo since Buffalo chicken wings, if you ask us. Naturally, you should enjoy some after you go ice-biking.

 

It’s chilly, non? No wonder you’re a bit cranky, what with those frozen fingers and red nose, but before you let the winter blues completely take over, we’ve got just the thing to help you snap out of it. Warm your cold, frozen Canadian heart with daily feel-good stories all winter long right here on The Loop. Get ready, because you’re bound to find yourself smiling at lot more than usual.