Would you ride in below 0 weather?
I like to ride in cool crisp weather but this is extreme. Fairbanks Alaska has a surprisingly hardcore bicycling group. I'm not taking roadies who like to pound the hills wearing spandex and riding a carbon fiber Trek Madone but instead a commuter. A hardcore Fairbanks Alaska commuter. Multiple layers of clothing and steel frames. Carbon fiber not wanted in the temperatures of 20-40 below zero.
The cabins are heated by burning wood. Your bathroom is an outhouse unless it is too cold then you use a bucket inside. These hardcore winter bikers that live in cabins make Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie look like he has an easy life.
Winter commuting in weather that would keep us bicycle riders in the lower 48 from even venturing outside is not always a necessity. Alaska also has a fair share of bikers who's only form of transportation is the bicycle but Alaska also has many more recreational cyclists. In fact Fairbanks has a club that meets for Sunday mountain b
Cold weather, bright sun, fresh snow pack, and these bikers find it ENJOYABLE to go ride in snow. If you find your legs a bit weak in the spring because you did not ride during the winter then maybe you should consider moving to Fairbanks Alaska and going on the weekly winter Sunday bicycle ride. Your Guaranteed to have muscular legs come spring time if you avoided frostbite and moose attacks during your winter bicycle commute.
The grueling riding conditions these Alaskan bikers cycle in would make most of us lower 48 cyclists hide like cowards in the corner crying. Instead these Alaskans commute year round by bicycle and or gather for the winter trail rides and prepare for the summer months with cool jobs such as pedaling the Minnie Moose Pedicab around Fairbanks.
The bicycle is the only mode of transportation for many people in the world. Alaska is no exception.
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