One Hep Cat
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: N 44.91577 W093.25327
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check (commuter), Lemond Sarthe (sports car), Schwinn fixed gear conversion (for fun)
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I missed the question on how many months you can ride in Anchorage. The answer is 12. I don't do much serious riding in winter, but I do put on a pair of Schwalbe "Ice Spikers" and take my mountain bike out on nice winter days. Some of the more gung-ho bikers mount up the mega-light systems and ride year-round. What limits me more than the snow and cold weather is the darkness. Sunrise mid-winter is around 10:00 AM and sunset is around 4:30 PM or so, as I recall. I could invest in a lighting system, but I just don't have much desire to peddle around in the dark. They don't plow down to the pavement in Anchorage, so the streets are packed snow and ice, which can be surprisingly enjoyable with studded tires. "Break-up" when everything melts, is a sloppy mess. March into April is generally pretty sloppy and unpleasant. After that, its clear roads and and looooooooooooong days. Great place to ride a bike. I used to live in Madison, WI, and I find Anchorage as good or better for riding. The scenery certainly beats Madison (sorry - I really do love Madison).