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    Couple of questions

    How long do you guys have to ride during the day in winter?
    Do you ride more in the winter than the summer?
    Finally in few words would you describe a typical year of riding in AK?
    It would seem that it would be a fun ride but poses a few unpredictable challenges.
    I am from the Texas panhandle. We get plenty of winter weather but yours is entirely different
    Thanks.
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    Define what a "day" in Alaska is during winter. In some places it's dark for 24 hours in a day, others its dark for 16 hours a day. I ride whither its light or dark.
    I ride the same amount in either season.
    Wake up, drink coffee, commute to work, drink more coffee, commute home, drink beer, eat, drink more beer, sleep, repeat. Replace commuting with riding single track, multi-use trails, snow, ice, gravel, sand, dirt, roots, rocks, pavement.
    There is no bad weather, just bad gear.

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    I have a friend who put 5,000 miles on his road bike this summer. AK 'summer' isn't that long. With that said, I put 2,400 on my road bike but I also mountain biked and rode the fat bike in winter. Winter riding, at night with lights, is awesome! You have to embrace winter if you want to live in AK and be sane! Bring on the snow is what I say...I've got my fat bike and I'm ready to go.
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    As a side note, friend who put 5,000 miles on road bike just bought a fat tire bike and loves it! He likes to ski but since conditions aren't so good for that, he rides the bike now. No waxing required!
    Last edited by AKPeach; 01-07-2015 at 05:19 PM. Reason: spelling error
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    Quote Originally Posted by velo99 View Post
    How long do you guys have to ride during the day in winter?
    Do you ride more in the winter than the summer?
    Finally in few words would you describe a typical year of riding in AK?
    It would seem that it would be a fun ride but poses a few unpredictable challenges.
    I am from the Texas panhandle. We get plenty of winter weather but yours is entirely different
    Thanks.
    1. I have a bike light, ride any time.
    2. Same, same
    3. spring: crust, sun longer days.
    summer: bugs, bears, moose,
    fall: rain, mud, moose, bears
    winter: ice, snow, wind, darkness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co-opski View Post
    1. I have a bike light, ride any time.
    2. Same, same
    3. spring: crust, sun longer days.
    summer: bugs, bears, moose,
    fall: rain, mud, moose, bears
    winter: ice, snow, wind, darkness.
    And all of the above are good, except maybe the bears. I love it when I see them but hate the thought of them when I don't.
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    Some long x country rides in summer or winter. Hike a bike opportunity, dh bike park 45 minutes away, several different zones to ride, 12 hr drive from Whitehorse which is cool, .
    I have a snow bike, ht 29r, f/s 26, dh bike, and a road bike, in order of how much I use them. Really has evolved the last 10 years as far as riding goes here. Still a lot of places I wish they'd open to bikes, but a lot of places to ride nonetheless.
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    Excellent responses, thanks to all. As I was reading thru a few of your posts and threads yesterday it seemed to me that y`all didn't let the weather cramp your riding. That's why I was curious about your riding habits.
    Thanks guys, keep the rubber side down.
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    We have 24hrs/day to ride summer and winter.

    I ride comparable amounts year round.
    Summer riding has to compete with lots of other seasonal activities (fishing, paddling, etc.) Winter riding opens up areas and trails that aren't possible or pleasant to ride in the summer due to marshy/brushy/buggy/bear-y conditions.
    just pedal

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    Ride my bike more in the summer and my snowmachine more in the winter. Except for this winter............Headlamps, studs, and gore-tex.
    To prepare for a race there is nothing better than a good pheasant, some champagne and a woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    There is no bad weather, just bad gear.
    In this day and age this speaks truth.

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