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Is road cycling in Alaska unrealistic?

Old 05-05-05, 09:04 PM
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Is road cycling in Alaska unrealistic?

Hey all. I'm headed up to AK this summer for 2 months and have been searching endlessly on ways to get my road bike to accompany me. While visiting a local REI, the clerk who had lived in AK for 9 years, said "don't bother". He claims that no one road bikes in AK due to the road conditions. In fact he claims to have never seen cyclists in his time there. Are there any Alaskian cyclists that can refute this claim? I'd hate to leave my bike behind only to find the roads pristine upon my arrival.

much thanks.
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Old 05-05-05, 09:07 PM
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Alaska is an awfully big place - what part/s are you headed too?

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Ill be based just south of Denali in Talkeetna.
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I'm sure the roads are bad but honestly just because nobody else is doing it is no reason for you to not at least try.

This reminds me of a conversation I had with a guy before we went on a ski trip to Snowbird and Alta (amazing Utah resorts):

Him: "Should I bring my three pairs of skis out to Snowbird or should I just bring one"
Me: "What's the point of owning three pairs of skis if you don't bring them to Utah?"

Honestly why not bring the bike. The worst thing that could happen is that the bike sits in the box for two months.
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Alaska Bicycle Tours is located in Talkeetna - I bet they'd be a big help.

www.akbicycle.com
PO Box 782
Talkeetna, Alaska
United States 99676
Phone: (866) 252-4537
Email: akbicycle@akbicycle.com

Or call the chamber of commerce at: 907.733.2330

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I wouldn't worry about road conditions too much honestly, I've taken my Road bike onto an unpaved muddy rail trail. These bikes will take more than you'd think...just watch for potholes.
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monument man. i dig your reply. however the worst thing that could happen is that my bike sits in a box and i'm out $160-300 to have gotten the bike transported. plus she deserves better.
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Originally Posted by reykacj
monument man. i dig your reply. however the worst thing that could happen is that my bike sits in a box and i'm out $160-300 to have gotten the bike transported. plus she deserves better.
The highway in that area would be OK riding I'd think. One to two lanes in each direction with a shoulder. Rolling, picturesque. Farther south in Eagle River, my husband didn't have much to complain about riding on the highway shoulder and up to the local ski area. Just don't bring your bike to the Bluegrass festival.

Hey, why's it going to be that pricey? Are you taking a puddlejumper from Anchorage?

EDIT: Check out these webcams near Talkeetna for road conditions: https://www.dot.state.ak.us/iways/roa...cam04_sw.shtml

You wouldn't be the only bike on the road, and folks are used to having to wait for tourists in giant RVs going 15 mph or stopping in the middle of the highway to gape at Dall sheep.

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Old 05-06-05, 06:03 AM
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I actually read an article awhile back concerning riding in Alaska. (Bicycling, I think.) Anyway, it said the roads are fairly good and there is some excellent scenery. In the summer of course!
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I don't think it's unrealistic at all, in the summer, and as long as you take the same precautions you would anywhere else. I should think you'll be witness to some enviable scenery, as well.
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In the summer of course!
winter too
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I think you will be fine.
The roads i saw up there were great.That was not Talkeetner but all the same, you will have a blast......! The road down to Seward was amazing.
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yea and when you need a snack you can just open your mouth and eat a bunch of mosquitoes... sorry I have no idea what your talking about...

and now back to your regulary scheduled program.
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Old 05-07-05, 11:24 PM
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As an Alaskan, I can say road cycling is possibe. However, if you're based in Talkeetna, the amount of paved roads for you to ride is rather limited.

Check out the Arctic Bicycle Club. They're based in Anchorage, but they've got some good info.
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I was in Alaska (Cordova and Anchorage) last week. It was sunny and 65-70 degrees for most of the week and lite until 10:30 PM. Lots and lots of roadies heading south on the Seward Highway out of town looking like they were having a great time. I was very impressed with the all of the bike lanes/trails/shoulders in the Anchorage area.
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i have a ton of family in the anchorage area. last time i visited, i only rode mtb. BUT, i did notice how nice a lot of the roads were. two of my cousins up there -- life-long MTB'ers -- just bought road bikes after a couple of weeks of riding around down here, so i imagine if it's ok for them(and others on this thread), then it's probably pretty decent.

just watch out for moose. in my two weeks there, we almost hit two in the car and came close to another on the trails.
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