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It's back! Snow that is...

The bike was cleaner when I got back from my ride yesterday than when I left. That can only mean one thing - snowbiking season is here. Just two inches or so at the 700-800 ft level, but it was enough that I had to drop tire pressure to keep from spinning out on the steeps. When I heard the crunch of snow under fat rubber I realized how much I missed that sound. Three cheers for winter! vb
 

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here are a couple from my summer:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4879878741/" title="0731001940 by alang60, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4879878741_0fddc2d393.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="0731001940" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4880491450/" title="0801001652 by alang60, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4880491450_9030941825.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="0801001652" /></a>

looking forward to getting out on the mountain this winter. maybe even do a wintry bikepack.
 

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veloborealis said:
Been having computer troubles in recent weeks, but today I was finally able to get some pics up of recent rides. vb
Musk Oxen?! Dang, how far north are you? Gorgeous terrain. Something about the Arctic fascinates me. I love the emptiness...
 

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This far, Will:

Nome AK 64° 30' 4" N - 165° 24' 23" W. You'll recall from the last election that we can see Russia from here. I sure wish they would haul off their junk and mow the grass cause it's hurting my property value. Musk oxen are as common as cows up here. A fellow rider jokingly referred to them as "cockroaches" the other day after locals complained to the newspaper they can't walk their dogs without getting charged. I still love seeing them, though. vb
 

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veloborealis said:
Nome AK 64° 30' 4" N - 165° 24' 23" W.
Hey VB, have you ever ridden out to the Last Train to Nowhere site? (Solomon, is it?) Love to see pics if you've got them... :)
 

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Kikinik, I keep seeing photos of your bike and absolutely love the frame and fork. Who made it?

Cheers
 

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Thanks for the kind words. I am also a fan.
It was made by Curtis Inglis out of Napa California.
He makes bikes under the name Retrotec and Inglis.
This was his first Fat build. I had it built with the Fat winter/29er summer mentality.

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Solomon it is, Mauricio

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Hey VB, have you ever ridden out to the Last Train to Nowhere site? (Solomon, is it?) Love to see pics if you've got them... :)

I have Last Train pics somewhere but all are from motorized excursions. Sounds like you've been up this way before? Here are a few other shots from around the area. vb
 

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I have Last Train pics somewhere but all are from motorized excursions. Sounds like you've been up this way before? Here are a few other shots from around the area.
Have not been, but would really like to—looks like very scenic country. I ask because Last Train to Nowhere is pretty famous in photography circles. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to make some snaps for us with a fatbike included for scale... :thumbsup:
 

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Here's my contribution from this morning's ride to work:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mababo/5102285123/" title="Fatbike in the Wild by Mauricio Babilonia, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1202/5102285123_104183a23e.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Fatbike in the Wild" /></a>
 

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veloborealis said:
Nome AK 64° 30' 4" N - 165° 24' 23" W. You'll recall from the last election that we can see Russia from here. I sure wish they would haul off their junk and mow the grass cause it's hurting my property value. Musk oxen are as common as cows up here. A fellow rider jokingly referred to them as "cockroaches" the other day after locals complained to the newspaper they can't walk their dogs without getting charged. I still love seeing them, though. vb
As common as cows? But they're not domestic like cows right? Or are people tending them for their fur or something? Also, I thought they circled up when threatened, not charged. Guess I'm misinformed. I've got to get to Alaska one of these days. I feel crowded in Vermont, and it's pretty rural...
 

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kikinik - what handlebars are those? I like the wrist angles of my Space Bar and my H-Bar, but they both have equipment mounting disadvantages. Your bars look much more friendly toward my only complaint.

(That bike is stylish as hell, and the bars even complement the excess joint appearance)
 

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Perhaps I exaggerate...

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As common as cows? But they're not domestic like cows right? Or are people tending them for their fur or something? Also, I thought they circled up when threatened, not charged. Guess I'm misinformed. I've got to get to Alaska one of these days. I feel crowded in Vermont, and it's pretty rural...
Or perhaps I should have said vastly more common than cows since the nearest cows are probably 400 miles away. Certainly they're not as common as cows in Vermont. These guys are wild, but hunting them is restricted around Nome and the population has grown dramatically in the last 10 years. There are three herds within 20 miles of town totaling maybe100-150 animals. A coworker had some in his yard the other day. You're right, they typically circle when threatened, but people with dogs have been getting charged lately for some reason. The local animals usually ignore me on my bike, or trot off 50 yards and stare. No crowds here, man, and no fences for 500 miles. But then there's not much else either. Can make a person feel small and insignificant, which is a good way for humans to feel now and then. Cheers and thanks for taking an interest. vb
 
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