I got back from a shitstorm of fun on Sunday night, after an amazing weekend in Anchorage. I went up for Global Fatbike Day, and since my move back to Alaska- Anchorage is my new Portland. Turns out there are lots of dirtbag bike folks that like to drink beer and have bum fires in parks. Sure, the weather is about 50 degrees colder- but a little whiskey warms the body and good conversation warms the heart.
I met too many people to remember- but all were nice.
Time in Anchorage when coming from a town with no road out is not without the errand running to stores, purchasing things that aren’t available in Cordova. Since I’m currently doing construction, I made a stop to buy some hand tools. I also made the rounds to the bike shops, to see what might be new and interesting. Here’s what I found in my rambling around Anchorage:
Tomorrow in Anchorage and around the world, people will be straddling their fatbikes and going on rides with friends and making new ones. The majority of my trips and rides are done on my own and I’m looking forward to meeting some people in the Anchorage area. It feels a little like that time in 2006 when I showed up to a Fast Friday in Seattle- not knowing anybody, but that turned out pretty well.
Love them or hate them, fatbikes have made a big impact in the cycling world. It feels a little similar to the fixed gear boom that started about 10 years ago- though there isn’t a conversion kit for a shitty 10sp so you can get in on the cheap. Nope, these bad boys cost some dough.
Global Fatbike Day Alaska Facebook page
Anchorage info- taken from the FB
Ok folks so the details you have all been waiting for. The ride will start from West Chester Lagoon around 7. The group ride will head east on the chester creek trail towards the hillside with many chances to branch off on single track that will re-connect with the bike trail. The ride will continue on the chester creek trail making its way across northern lights and through the university/ medical center area again taking chances to ride more single track along the way. Once back on the bike trail the ride will head across the tudor overpass onto the tour trail and make a shorter loop on some campbell creek science center single tracks. Trails will most likely include blue dot, moose tracks, lynx, birch meadow, Speedway, moose meadow, lower rovers, salmon run and continuing along the tour trail back to westchester. The loop through the campbell tract trails can be done in either direction its up to you! The single tracks that turn off the chester creek trail and the tour trail will be marked come the day of the ride. We will announce what kind of marks to look for because weather may dictate one form of marker over another (marking paint on the snow vs flagging) come ride time.
I would like to stress the listed route is only a loose guideline. If you are not comfortable with any of these single track off shoots sticking to the bike path as well as the tour and larger trails like moose tracks is just fine and continuing on your way towards campbell creek science center is another option. The great part about doing that is you will most likely be constantly riding with fellow fat bikers on the way. The ride is meant to be about having some fun and be done at mellow conversation speed. The route listed above should be largely doable for some within an 1.5-2 hour range however please do not feel like you must do the entire length of route in that time. Ride as much of the route as you can and make sure to be back at the lagoon by 9 ish for the swag give away. Be sure to bring some additional warm layers so you can be comfortable while hanging around post ride. Also be sure to stash some snacks and beverages of your choice in your packs for post ride (or during the ride) up to you really.
Global Fatbike Day general Facebook page. Find your area, and go on a ride! Start one up! Be it solo or in a group- get on your bikes and ride!
You want some of my old shit? I’ve got a mess of stuff that I don’t need. Here we have a Cadence hoodie- size large, won at a Fast Friday event in Seattle- 2007. (Quick stop I believe.)
What do you have to do? How about a haiku? Leave one in the comments and I’ll pick one out of the hat next Friday. Hell- I’ll even pay the shipping.
You can see more on the GMG calendar or at the Arctic Cross website
Tonight (Friday August 22nd) at 5:00 p.m. New Mystics and Back Alley Bike Repair commemorate the closing of the Nord Alley kinetic sculpture exhibit “Natural Movement” with a social hour, sunset group ride, alley cat race, BBQ, and hyphy dance party featuring new songs by WIZDUMB.
If you haven’t seen the Natural Movement exhibit this is your last chance and you wont want to miss it. The evening is going to be a blast and help to raise money to send off local bike polo champions “The Guardians” to the world championships in Paris France this fall.
Remember Chrome’s new store in Seattle? And their new forged rubber shoes? Well tonight and tomorrow you can see how the contraption works. First 100 people get 50% off if they wear a clown wig to the event.
Hey ladies, this Saturday June 14th Menstrual Monday is hosting the fourth annual all-girl alleycat race Girls of Summer 2014. The sponsor list is a mile long and the grand prize is a complete Raleigh Capri 2.0. So whether you are riding for fun or to win you are sure to have a blast and end up with something from the prize table.
Registration starts at 2pm at Jose Rizal Park, race starts at 3pm.
More info & RSVP HERE.
Come out this Saturday May 10th for The Pollinator Alley Cat Race. This is the 2nd annual race hosted by Bombus Bikes as part of the Seattle leg of the Mobroll Tour.
Registration starts at 4pm, Race at 5pm sharp. $10 to race, which also gets you into the after-party for free! Its going to be a blast so don’t miss it!