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How's the riding in and around Anchorage?

my wife and i will be moving for work, probably at the end of next year. we are open to lots of locations, preferring to remain out west. who knows where we will end up, but i have been whispering "alaska" into her ear ever since we met four years ago, as i have really enjoyed my short visits there in the past. as a matter of fact, i interviewed in anchorage before i ended up in my current city. anyway, wifey recently gave me a non refusal, which was surprising and exciting, so maybe this can happen.

i am a mtn biker, though i also ride the road quite often. she is a road cyclist and budding mtn biker. we had designs on soon getting a tandem road bike, but since we have started talking about about moving to alaska, i am not sure that it makes since to invest in a tandem if we can't ride it. hence my question... is anchorage a decent place to be a cyclist? i understand that the season may be short, but are there safe, fun, interesting roadie routes. how is the mtn biking? i imagine the trails would be muddy most of the summer.

we do not have fat bikes and i am not keen on buying one, though i have not tested a fat bike. whenever i see people riding fat bikes, they look like they are working too hard for what little speed they are carrying. i think i'd rather just ski.

so, i guess i'm asking... is the riding in alaska worthy of all of one's free time? we have xc skis for winter, maybe we can even develop some skills, but i will spend all of the long night waiting to ride. wondering whether i will quickly grow weary or be satisfied with what is available, year-in and year-out.

any insights appreciated.
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