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You summed it up nicely, that covers the basics of bike packing. It's not cheap to get into but once you've dropped the coin your set for a long while. Make dam sure you have the right gear for your environment. I'm up in Alaska so heat is not usually an issue but staying warm…
Looks like a lively conversation has been spurred. I am wrapping up my first summer on plus wheels. I'm sporting the RaceFace ARC 35's shrouded in 2.8" Nobby Nics. These wheels are on my Fatback Skookum. Absolutely love this set up. For Alaska trails they work great. I'm usually at a higher PSI between 11…
 
I live in Anchorage and can attest to great trails in city limits. Kincaid Park is awesome flow and the Single Track Advocates (STA) have also built amazing trails on the Anchorage Hillside. Far North Bicentennial Park also has good single track that ties into the Hillside STA trail network. It's not as hard to…
I also have the Bontrager flash charge, it was cheaper than a compressor. I've used it to install everything from 2.1" to 5" fat bike tires. I usually put a tube in first to set both beads then pull the tube, makes it easier. I found that when installing my Dillinger 5's if I leaned…
I live in Anchorage and ride Kincaid trails. The trails are amazing but be prepared for moose encounters especially in May and June which us calving time. It's not uncommon to have to change your planned ride due to moose. It is a potentially deadly situation to get caught between mama moose and her calves.…
Great write up Nancy! You really hit the major points of getting into fat biking and making it an enjoyable experience. I live in Anchorage, AK and ride my fat bike many times every week of the winter. I'd add taking a back pack or stuffing your frame bag with some extra layers, gloves and…
I'm still riding my first fat bike, a 2014 FatBoy. In the summers I've been riding Husker Du's (4") and in the winters I use studded Dillinger 5's. I have a full suspension 29er that I still enjoy riding but over half of my summer time rides are on the fat bike. I bought bike…
Great tips Roger! I live in Anchorage, AK where our average winter temps are in the 20's but we certainly get much colder and see below zero temps for a week or longer. We recently had overnight lows down to -27 for three straight nights. I had issues with my feet when I started fat…
I would add in Central Oregon Community College or The Oregon State University Bend Campus. The insane amount of single-track right out the front door is reason enough. The fat bike scene is taking off, groomed trails exist and locals pack out other trails. Not to mention Mt. Bachelor, a 9,000 ft. volcano that gets…
thub   on Jan 23, 2017
commented on 10 Mountain Biking Trail Fouls
 
Great list! I agree with all but have an exception to the Doppler DJ. I use a small Bluetooth speaker at a low level. I'm up in Alaska and can't count the number of moose encounters I've avoided by making some noise. I just can't stand the all day ding ding ding of bells. I…
Routing for Alaskan Will Ross, good luck Will!
thub   on Jan 23, 2017
commented on Watch: Grizzly Bear Charges Mountain Bikers
 
Make noise constantly. Use bells or a Bluetooth speaker. Carry bear spray. Keep it accessible, not in your pack. I occasionally carry a Ruger 454, don't carry a gun if you don't practice and feel comfortable.
 

Arctic Valley is a dusty washboard of a dirt road. Stout climb for training. I wouldn't call it a trail....
thub   on Jan 23, 2017
replied to Keeping my Bike Clean in Winter
 
I'd recommend rinsing it well in your shower.  I live in Alaska,  using the hose in my yard is not an option.  I primarily ride trails only and transport in my truck...
thub   on Jan 19, 2017
replied to Fatbike in snow...again...getting stuck
 
Fat bikes rock in fresh snow up to about 2 or 3 inches. Anymore than that get ready to push. When we get a good amount of fresh snow I  break out...
 
The Snowshoe 2 XL makes sense if most of your riding is in fresh snow or consistently soft conditions. It also makes sense if you don't like changing out tires a lot. The lack of studs makes it questionable though. I ride studded Dillinger 5's all winter, covers all conditions.
The best trail ever is the one your on.
 
Great read, thanks Alec! Cool to see you guys testing budget oriented fat bikes. Heavy wheel sets seems to be the issue with most budget bikes but if your just getting into fat biking who cares. If you only ride once in a while you still have a fat bike to ride and if you…
I was fortunate to meet Ray Molina at the Fat Bike Expo in Anchorage, AK last year. Great guy, really enjoyed talking with him. Ray was one of the guest speakers in the Fat Bike pioneer roundtable discussion that I was privileged to attend. Ray was instrumental in the development of fat bikes, in particular…
Spot on assessment Jeff, great read. I went mid-range with my full suspension ride and have only replaced the bar stem for a better fit. It is a mostly XT bike that has been solid. I bought a Specialized Fat Boy in 2014, I went with the base model as I wasn't sure I'd be…
I live in Anchorage, AK. Everywhere is bear and moose country. Both are regularly seen on trails in town and the back country. I ride with a Bluetooth speaker usually. I can only take so much bell noise. I always pack bear spray in spring, summer and fall. I stay away from trails along creeks…
thub   on Dec 26, 2016
commented on Opinion: The Anti-Fat Biking Manifesto
 
Up in Alaska Fat is where it's at. With proper gear / layering the possibilities are endless. When winter hits our trail options expand exponentially. Breaking in trails is tough work but once packed, we'll worth the effort. It's all about getting outside and enjoying the trails. I also ride my fat bike in the…
thub   on Dec 19, 2016
replied to Fat biking year round???
 
I live in Alaska and ride my fat bike year round. I also have a full suspension 29er.  It's nice having both. If I was going with just one I'd take the...
Solid advice Michael. You make great points. Getting a proper fitting frame is important, having proper stand over height is crucial if your riding in snow. Nothing worse than crushing the family jewels! I'd also add that if you live in a land of snow and ice studded tires are essential, it can be the…
Awesome trip through amazing country. Exceptional way to bring awareness of a serious issue to all Alaskans to the forefront. Bjorn, Kim and crew have accomplished amazing feats of strength and endurance all over Alaska. Hope to see you at Big Fat Bike Festival in Homer, AK this winter.
thub   on Nov 30, 2016
commented on Watch: Fat Biking in the Yukon
 
Great footage. I've driven through the Yukon several times, was always in a hurry and never had the time to explore. Such an amazing place, I might just have to check it out this winter. I'm guessing the video was shot in the spring as they looked lightly layered. Better bring extra layers!
thub   on Nov 23, 2016
commented on Celebrate Global Fat Bike Day on December 3
 
Happy GFBD 2016! May the flakes fall and everyone in snow zones get their snow.
Great list Greg. I'm up in AK and I bought the 45nrth Wolfgar boot. For my neck of the woods it's a great boot as we get stupid cold at times. One item I'd add is an insulated water bottle, if it's stored in your frame bag you'll actually have liquid. I'm probably going to…
I guess not many Alaskans read Singletracks. Surly brought the Pugs to mass market with much consultation from Alaskan John Evingson who was already making his own fat bikes in AK. Mark Gronewald was also making the Wildfire fat bike before the Pugs came to market. FatBack and 9:zero:7 followed shortly after with their complete…
thub   on Oct 28, 2016
commented on Over a Beer: Riding to Live
 
Hey Mongwolf, make it happen! Night rides on snow are amazing, the best is when the trails are already packed and it's lightly snowing. I've pedaled through a few heavy snows, which is also a blast but you burn out faster if your packing trail. It's why I love Anchorage, so many people on fat…
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