Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fairbanks, AK.
Bikes: 2002 Mongoose DH 1.5, 1983 Raleigh Gran Prix
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I live in a wood heated cabin without running water located about 5 miles north of
Fairbanks. I commute by bike 16 to 22 miles each day regardless the conditions
(which haven't been too bad lately). I probably bike more in winter than summer,
since my car is not legally drivable from Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 (seasonal tags), and
that snow covers the ground most of the year.
Biking conditions are generally the worst just after a major snowfall followed by
very low temps. (although my -40 degree performance has inproved lately ).
My favorite surface to ride on is recently plowed hardpack snow that provides
very little rolling resistance. I manage to keep mostly warm despite the cheap
clothing and bunny boots I often wear. Up here there is a lot of darkness in
midwinter, so I have 2 battery powered headlights and blinking tailight on my
bike. Fairbanks typically has clean dry winters, making winter biking relatively