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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Good job! FatBiking 101

    It's Official!

    Our Recreation, RECR 193, Winter Cycling (aka FatBiking 101) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus is a go!

    Maybe this is a first of its kind at the University of Alaska! Curious if others are doing anything like this in an academic setting...please let me know if you are?

    I use the website as a repository - focal point for the class. It includes: the syllabus (obviously), links to course resources like the fatbikealaska weblink, videos, pictures and even uptodate tweets regarding class happenings.


    A little taste of the syllabus below:


    Course Description
    RECR 193 is a survey of winter bicycling in Alaska. Topics covered include: Alaskan Winter Cycling Roots &History; Performance & Off-season Training; Bike Design, Performance & Construction; Expedition Readiness and Wheel Building. Practicum will include in-region day-rides and bike-building opportunities for all students. Upon completion, students will have a better understanding of the new levels of fitness and the safe enjoyment of the out-of-doors that this growing winter sport can provide.

    Course Goals
    * Exposure to some of the unique bicycling history in Alaska
    * Understand the roots of Snow Biking and the Development of 'FatBikes' in Alaska
    * Develop a broader knowledge-base regarding ultralight camping and self propelled travel
    * Understand critical design and construction components for winter bicycles
    * Develop basic mechanic skills and confidence through hands-on bike shop experience
    * Review off-season training tools and performance
    * Recognize and practice safe wilderness travel etiquette

    Last edited by qayaq_alaska; 03-15-2009 at 08:23 AM.

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Jan 2004

    Way to go, Martin!

    Leave it to Bush Alaska to raise awareness of winter cycling/self-propelled travel. What a great course for kids/folks who are so attached to the snowgo.

    They'll learn pretty quick that they can sneak up on supper easier on a bike than on a snowgo.

    Good luck with the course and keep us posted on how it's going or if we help in any way.


  3. #3
    Bill M

    Great Idea

    Good Job Martin!!!!! What tough duty though having to teach a class where you have to go ride in the snow. Ask if there is anything we can do to help. A post graduate "carrot"?

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    "Off-season training"

    Haha, had to laugh at that one. So is off-season for winter biking really just summer biking?

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Off Season...

    NO...that is not really what I meant.

    for: [Lower Kuskokwim River, western Alaska]


    OFF season for 'biking' is the summer months. This is when ice and snow trails no longer exist.

    Winter trail riding is the only practical biking season here...period.

    Freeze-up is usually firm ~ end Oct....we usually bike until trail breakup (onset is already occurring) !


    Quote Originally Posted by phatskier
    "Off-season training"

    Haha, had to laugh at that one. So is off-season for winter biking really just summer biking?
    Last edited by qayaq_alaska; 04-13-2009 at 10:41 PM.

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    Jan 2008

    ...off season training...

    ...12 oz. curls...advanced excercises utilizing 25 oz training materials are conducted under direct supervision at Dr. Foster's office...(907) 436-2436
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    Last edited by damnitman; 04-14-2009 at 08:16 PM. Reason: can pic

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