Fairbanks Cycle Club News

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Parks Hwy Comment, WM100 registration

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*PARKS HIGHWAY OPEN HOUSE OFFERS COMMENT OPPORTUNITY*The Alaska Department of Transportation and other agencies are working together to identify potential future transportation and access improvements along the Parks Highway corridor (mileposts [MP] 203 and 259) between Cantwell and Healy. An open house on the project runs from November 15 – December 15. People wanting to advocate for cycle-friendly improvements should add their comments.
dot.alaska.gov/nreg/parkshealypel/ <dot.alaska.gov/nreg/parkshealypel/> —-
*ACT WOULD HELP ADD LONG-DISTANCE BIKING TRAILS*Sounds like an interesting bill.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Dec 3 Senators from New Mexico and North Dakota just introduced the “Biking on Long-Distance Trails Act,” aka the BOLT Act, with the goal of funding 20 long-distance off-road bike trails throughout the US. Learn more here. bikepacking.com/news/bolt-act-long-distance-bike-trails/
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*EDITORIAL – BIKE LAWS ALL STATES SHOULD HAVE*Here’s an interesting editorial that advocates for certain cycle-friendly laws. An effort is currently underway to get Alaska to adopt the 3-foot law.
www.theproscloset.com/blogs/news/bike-laws-what-should-all-states-adopt
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*FAIRBANKS BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES?*Know of any Fairbanks businesses that should be considered a “Bicycle Friendly Business”? If so, consider starting an application. Right now Fairbanks has no businesses on the list. UAF is listed as a silver-level university.
Find the Alaska list here: bikeleague.org/bfa/awards
Shared from League of American Bicyclists 58m · Did you know applications for our next round of Bicycle Friendly Business awards are open? We want to help you include everyone who has a role in bettering bicycling in your application process. Be sure to use the ‘Collaborator’ function so that multiple users can access and edit the form, and you can also download a PDF version of the form in-progress to share with others for input and approvals. Visit apply.bikeleague.org to apply for BFB status now ➡️
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*WM100 REGISTRATION OPEN*If you want a big winter challenge, this one’s for you!
Shared from White Mountains 100 Dec 1 Registration is now open! We are using the Chronotrack system, so please read everything carefully before answering. You have ONLY ONE WEEK TO REGISTER. Registration closes December 7th at 11:59pm. Lottery takes place December 9th. If you are selected, you will be notified via email. Register at register.chronotrack.com/r/64852
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*BIKE BALANCE VIDEO*Want to geek out? Check out this fascinating video about the science of how bike balance works.

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*WEEKLY FATBIKE RIDES OFFERED*As you plan your week, remember that there are a few weekly free guided fatbike rides being offered. Beaver Sports has a low-key, no-drop ride on Thursdays (starting at 5pm). Goldstream Sports has two A-rides, one on Tuesdays (starting at 7pm) and one on Saturdays (starting at 8am). The A-rides are for people who want to go hard and probably get their butt kicked! Call either store for more details.
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Infrastructure survey, MTB grants

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*INFRASTRUCTURE SURVEY CLOSES SOON*Alaska DOT wants your opinion by November 30!
As part of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, DOT will be getting more funds to improve Alaska’s infrastructure. Now is the time to express your opinion about cycling and other active infrastructure improvements.
Please take a couple of minutes to answer the anonymous public feedback survey and let them know now what matters to you. Be sure to share comments about the top active transportation improvements that could be made and what your thoughts are on the future active transportation system. The deadline for your feedback is November 30.
dot.alaska.gov/infrastructureact/
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*MTB PROJECT GRANTS*Got a mountain bike trail project you want to work on? Here’s one funding source. The next deadline is coming soon, but these are offered every quarter.
Shared from International Mountain Bicycling Association
Are you working to improve mountain bike access in your community and need funding? 💰
Each quarter, we select projects to be part of Dig In, a program founded by Shimano that offers an online fundraising platform and $2,000 in matching funds. If selected, you will not only receive a matching grant but also get to share your community trail story to a larger audience.
Ready to dig in and get more trails close to home? We are accepting Dig In Program applications from our Local Chapters and Affiliates until November 30th:
www.imba.com/digin
<www.imba.com/digin> – <www.imba.com/digin>—
*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Boro trail plan meeting on Monday, Goldstream Sports offers bike lights

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*BORO TRAIL PLAN PUBLIC MEETING ON MONDAY*The Fairbanks Borough is updating its trails plan. At a public meeting this coming Monday, the public will be reviewing trail recommendations east of the Elliott & Steese.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec Nov 18 🗣Tell us what you think! JOIN US VIRTUALLY: Monday, November 22 @ 6 PM, to review maps and trail recommendations East of the Steese Highway and comment online. 💻 … For more on the Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan, go to: ➡️ www.fnsbtrailsplan.com to follow the process, find links for the virtual meetings, and review and comment on maps and current recommendations. A final Trail Plan draft is expected in Summer of 2022. Your feedback is essential to ensure we have a great plan and great trails for our community!
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*UNIQUE NEW DRIVETRAIN*OK gear geeks. Something new to geek out on!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Check out the recently unveiled split-derailleur Supre Drive, a unique drivetrain that Canadian company Lal Bikes claim is as reliable an internal gearbox, but comes in a lighter weight package… bikepacking.com/news/lal-bikes-supre-drive/
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*TWO TRAILS TO GET UPGRADES*Both trails mentioned below affect mountain bikers.
Shared from Fairbanks Trail Users Open Group Nov 16 Two trail-related ordinances before the Fairbanks Borough Assembly last week passed. Both appropriate matching funds for grants for trail projects, one in the Chena Lake Rec Area River Park Trails and one in the Isberg Recreation Area. This means the trail projects should go ahead as planned. If you advocated for these projects, thank you!
The Assembly Action Memorandum showing the passage of the items is here: www.fnsb.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/7831?fileID=10234
The ordinances are here: –ORDINANCE NO. 2021- 20 – 1H: This will spend matching funds for a Recreational Trails Program grant to reroute parts of the Chena Lake Rec Area River Park Trail due to erosion. The match funds are $8,332 and would comprise 10% of the project funding. www.fnsb.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/7491?fileID=9673
–ORDINANCE NO. 2021-20-1F: An Ordinance Amending The FY 2021-22 Budget By Appropriating $204,258 In Federal Pass- Through Grant Funding And $22,695 In Local Matching Funds FromThe General Fund Fund Balance To The Capital Projects Fund For The Isberg Recreation Area East-West Multi-Use Trail Reconstruction Phase II Project. www.fnsb.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/7476?fileID=9662
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*SAG WAGON TRIBUTE*Want to make a bikepacking trip a little easier? Consider a SAG wagon.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association
Carmen’s Ode to a SAG Wagon: it’s all about getting people on bikes without the requirement of a tiny tent or impeccable self-sufficiency.
www.adventurecycling.org/blog/ode-to-a-sag-wagon/
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*BEAVER SPORTS FATBIKE RIDES*Beaver Sports has some great fatbike rides every Thursday lead by the awesome Jeff Gilmore. Put these on your calendar!
These start at 5 pm from the store and last about an hour or so. Call the store for more details. 907-479-02494
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*GLOBAL FATBIKE DAY – DEC 4*Want to join in Global Fatbike Day? It happens December 4!
“On December 4th, 2021, people from all over the globe will get out for a ride on their fat-bikes! They’ll go for a solo cruise or maybe make plans to gather their fat-bike amigos, for a group ride! Don’t forget your camera, because part of the Global Fat-Bike Day celebration will include sharing your experience, through photos and video!”
fat-bike.com/2021/10/global-fat-bike-day-2021-december-4th-2021-celebration-directory/
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*WHITE MOUNTAINS 100 UPDATE*The White Mountains 100 is happening this winter!
Shared from White Mountains 100 Nov 14 Runners, Bikers and Skiers! An update on the 2022 White Mountains 100:
We are currently moving to a more user friendly registration system and will open the lottery as soon as set-up is complete. Check for updates on our Facebook page or on our website at wm100.endurancenorth.org/ <wm100.endurancenorth.org/>Thank you for your patience.
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*GOLDSTREAM SPORTS OFFERS BIKING LIGHTS*From the Goldstream Community Facebook page:
Have been considering the issue of bicycle rider safety in Goldstream and wondering if there is anything that can be done to improve it. I stopped by Goldstream Sports and talked to Joel, thinking that maybe we could set up a fund to help riders get a discount on safety equipment for their bikes.
Joel came up with a large box of lights that he has that he is willing to give away to those that need them. These lights are halogen rather than the newer more popular LEDs, but they are great quality new lights and the price sure is right! It was agreed that I would get the word out to the community, and the folks at Goldstream Sports will distribute a headlight and a taillight from the box to anyone who comes in and says they want to participate in the “Goldstream Bicycle Safety Program”.
Now we just need to get the word out. Does anyone have some good ideas to do that? Tell your friends and family? I’m not good at doing flyers, but if someone in the group is willing to help me put one together, perhaps we can post at Goldstream Store and anywhere else that we can think of. Thanks all for helping spread the word and to do whatever we can to keep both bicyclists and drivers safe.
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: FAST meeting next week, Call for bike travel photos

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*FAST PLANNING MEETING NEXT THURSDAY*FAST Planning Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting via Zoom – Thursday, November 18, 2021, 5-7 PM.
Main Agenda Items include: *Right Turn Lane Design Considerations at Crosswalk Locations *Project Nomination – Davis Road Path *Prioritization of Non-Motorized Projects
notice.alaska.gov/204389
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*BICYCLING BENEFITS BUSINESS UPDATE*Top findings in the report:
–When people have access to safe bicycle facilities, they often choose to ride a bicycle. –People who ride bicycles purchase bicycles, supplies, and bike share memberships. This puts people in bicycle shops and bicycle industry-related businesses to work. –People who ride bicycles shop at other types of stores, too. Bike-accessible businesses, like Bicycle Friendly Businesses, experience economic benefits by catering to these customers. –People who ride bicycles on vacation buy food, spend on travel, and pay for lodging. This brings millions of tourist dollars to cities and towns across the country.
SHARED FROM League of American Bicyclists
If you’ve been following the League for a while you may remember our 2009 publication on the economic benefits of #bicycle infrastructure. Today, we’re releasing an update on this research and in the 10+ years that have passed, one thing stands true: ‘Bicycling Benefits Business’ » bikeleague.org/content/bicycling-benefits-business
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*BICYCLE PHOTO CONTEST*Got a nice photo from a cycling trip? Consider submitting it to the Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.
SHARED FROM Adventure Cycling Association Nov 11 LAST CALL! The Bicycle Travel Photo Contest is only open for 3 more weeks. Enter your best bicycle travel photography from 2021 for a chance to win $300, a one-year membership with Adventure Cycling, and a 2022 calendar. Visit adventurecycling.org/photocontest for more information. Photo by Ana Zamorano (@remoteana), winner of the Epic category in 2020.
www.adventurecycling.org/adventure-cyclist/bicycle-travel-photo-contest/
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*LEAGUE INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE*The League of American Bicyclists has an update on how the recently passed infrastructure bill affects cycling.
bikeleague.org/content/bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-passes-major-funding-better-biking
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*AK DOWNHILLERS MAKE PODIUMS*Some Alaska downhillers are doing well!
alaskasportsreport.com/2021/11/three-alaska-downhill-bikers-charge-onto-podium-in-washington/
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*MORE FUNDING FOR BIKE LANES, TRAILS*Infrastructure act passage will fund more bike lanes, trails
www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2021/11/08/infrastructure-act-passage-will-fund-more-bike-lanes-trails
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*INFRASTRUCTURE BILL HAS TRAILS, BIKING FUNDS*The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has a good report on how trails and biking are affected by the recently passed congressional infrastructure bill (and the one still being worked on).
Two good things: –A nearly 70% increase for the legacy Transportation Alternatives Program (which includes the Recreational Trails Program) from $850 million to an average of $1.44 billion per year. –A new policy that establishes competitive connectivity grants for projects that connect active transportation infrastructure ($200 million per year).
Downsides? –Funding for the Recreational Trails Program, the only federal source of trail maintenance funding, is still at $84 million per year, despite earning $280 million annually from off-road vehicle gas taxes. –No guaranteed funding for connectivity grants.
Read the whole report here:
www.railstotrails.org/resource-library/resources/new-opportunities-for-trails-walking-and-biking-in-congress-s-package-of-infrastructure-bills/
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*BIKING TRICKS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE*Awesome Danny MacAskill video with many incredible tricks illustrating climate change.

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*FATBIKEGIRL BLOG*Are you a woman curious about fatbiking? There’s a blog for you?
fatbikegirl.com/the-blog/
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Fatbike class, Old Steese comment period

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*

*E-BIKE BATTERY RECYCLE PROGRAM*Good news about one of the downsides of e-bikes.
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org
PeopleForBikes is excited to announce that we are teaming up with Call2Recycle, the largest and most reliable battery recycling program experts in the United States. This partnership establishes the bicycle industry’s first industrywide electric bicycle battery recycling program in the U.S. — becoming the first transportation sector united under one battery recycling solution.
The program officially launches on Nov. 3, 2021, with bicycle industry suppliers and manufacturers signing on to support and fully fund the collection and recycling of electric bicycle batteries nationwide. Bicycle retailers can begin enrolling in the program in February 2022 and collection sites at retailers around the country and at-home collection kits will be available for battery collection in summer 2022.
Learn more at ebikebatteryrecycling.peopleforbikes.org/
And to stay updated and learn the latest, subscribe to PeopleForBikes’ email list to be notified every step of the way!
action.peopleforbikes.org/electric-bicycle-battery-recycling-program/
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*NEW CYCLE TIRE VALVES*These look interesting, if expensive.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Just announced, the new Fillmore tubeless valve aims to triple the airflow, never clog, and ultimately replace standard Presta valves. We’ve been testing a pair over the last couple of months for this review. Spoiler alert (before you skip a seemingly boring tubeless valve review), these things are a game-changer…
bikepacking.com/gear/reserve-fillmore-tubeless-valves-review/
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*BEGINNING FATBIKE CLASS OFFERED*Former FCC Prez Rachael Kvapil will be teaching a beginner fat bike class again with The Folk School. It includes one classroom session on November 10 and a group ride on November 13. Anyone attending will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination. For more details see: folk.school/events/event/get-rolling-with-fat-biking/
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*HELMET CARE AND EXPIRATION DATES*Interesting article about helmet “expiration dates” and how to care for your helmet.
Shared from Western Wheelers Bicycle Club
How to take care of your bicycle helmet (when you are not wearing it), why you should not store it in the back of a hot car, and how long will it last (if you never crash).
www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a37965353/helmet-expiration-dates/
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*OPINIONS SOUGHT ON OLD STEESE PROJECT*Now is the time to speak up about improvements that can make for better cycling along this portion of the Old Steese. From the project description: “The purpose of the project is to improve traffic flow and safety for motorized and non-motorized users along the corridor.
Shared from Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Nov 2 #Fairbanks! Got opinions on the Old Steese Hwy from 3rd St to the Johansen? Now’s the time to let us know! We’re working on a reconstruction project through this busy, commercial corridor. Let us know how we can make it better! Visit our online open house: dot.alaska.gov/nreg/oldsteese/
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*BICYCLE BARON*Short, fun little feature on an Alaskan cyclist dubbed the “Bicycle Baron,” who plans to bike around the world.

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*BEAVER SPORTS FATBIKE RIDES*Beaver Sports has some great fatbike rides every Thursday lead by the awesome Jeff Gilmore. Put these on your calendar!
These start at 5 pm from the store and last about an hour or so. Call the store for more details. 907-479-02494
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*TANANA RIVER CHALLENGE RACE DATE SET*Here’s a fun race to give you a reason to start training! Distances are usually 25 and 45 miles and the race is run on some great trails in our backyard.
Shared from Tanana River Challenge Oct 31 BOO! You know what’s spooky? Your favorite race is less than 5 months away! Better get training! Save the date: March 19th 2022
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*HAUL ROAD BIKEPACKING ARTICLE*Want inspiration for an awesome summer remote bikepacking trip in our backyard? Here’s an article about a guy with little bikepacking experience who did it.
bikepacking.com/plog/deadhorse-diving-board/
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*RIDE REPORT – CACHE CREEK ROAD*Oct 30 Cache Creek Forestry Road is in great shape for biking. Best to have studs, though, as the first part is icy in places. Park at the intersection of Cache Creek and Murphy Dome roads (link below). Though you can drive in farther if you want. There are several places to pull to the side and park.
goo.gl/maps/udPmQwWejBhCQ9QK6
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*TOP 12 BIKEPACKING TRIPS*Have an urge for some travel? Consider a bikepacking trip.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Ever wonder which of our bikepacking routes are the most popular? With nearly 350 original and curated bikepacking routes in our global network, there are certainly many to choose from. In our latest video, we reveal the 12 most popular routes people have been dreaming about in 2021
bikepacking.com/plan/top-12-bikepacking-routes-2021/
<bikepacking.com/plan/top-12-bikepacking-routes-2021/> – <bikepacking.com/plan/top-12-bikepacking-routes-2021/>—
*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter:

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*BUILD BACK BETTER LETTER*If you support IMBA’s stance on the Build Back Better plan, the group has made it easy for you to let your voice be heard.
Shared from International Mountain Bicycling Association Oct 29 🔔 ACTION ALERT! 🔔 We have a B-B-B-Big chance for more meaningful investments in public lands and expanded access to the outdoors through the Build Back Better plan, and your representatives need to hear from you TODAY.
Congress is working to finalize negotiations and vote on Build Back Better. This plan has the potential to include significant investments that will benefit mountain biking: urban park funding, public lands protections, a climate conservation corps, wildfire mitigation, climate resilience, the list goes on. It could unlock hundreds of millions more dollars for the outdoors and for trails in communities across the country, including yours.
We have made it easy to send a quick, personalized letter to your members of Congress. Let your representatives know you support bold action to invest in public lands and outdoor recreation.
secure.everyaction.com/2F5SAMYKL0O0dqpVfGTxWw2
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*SAFE BIKING REMINDER*Good reminder for all cyclists using roads when it’s dark. From the story:
There are also a few things people should do when on the move….Bikers should wear brightly colored and reflective gear as well as a headlight, said REI employee Dorian Granger.
“Visibility is important because we all share the road,” Granger added.
www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/winter-snow-removal-could-present-challenges-this-year/article_8b1b81ea-374f-11ec-ac05-d3562f726811.html
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*BEGINNING FATBIKE CLASS OFFERED*Former FCC Prez Rachael Kvapil will be teaching a beginner fat bike class again with The Folk School. It includes one classroom session on November 10 and a group ride on November 13. Anyone attending will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination. For more details see: folk.school/events/event/get-rolling-with-fat-biking/
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*NEW BIKE AND SKI SHOP COMING*FYI. A new bike and ski shop coming to town.
Shared from Bankstown Bike and Ski Oct 26 Hello Fairbanks! We are excited to announce that we will be available to schedule bookings for all of your bike service and repair needs beginning in April, 2022! There will be updates on exact Launch dates, times, and appointment availability as we get nearer to Spring.
In the meantime, follow us here on facebook and on instagram @bankstownbikeski for progress updates on the Bankstown Bike and Ski mobile shop unit!
Coming soon to a driveway near you…. 🚴🏼🔧 🤙🏼
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*TEACHING LITTLE KIDS TO RIDE*Having a program to teach kids how to ride bikes would be awesome to have in Fairbanks. Anyone want to step up and organize something like this?
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
Here’s a little #bikespiration for the day: After teaching her own daughter how to ride a bike before the age of three, League Cycling Instructor Emi Kubota started KidCycle Club, which teaches kids from the age of 12 months to 12 years how to safely and confidently bike. “She saw her daughter gain self-confidence — and, crucially, develop a love for the outdoors.”
mountainx.com/news/business-in-brief-asheville-mom-starts-kids-cycling-club/
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*TRAIL REPORT FROM MASTODON TRAIL*Ride report from Eric Troyer:
Biked Mastodon Trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area on Sunday. Trail is in good shape. Someone had snowmachined out, probably a State Parks crew. They cleared all downed trees from the trail. They are still working on the new cabin, too. The trail was a bit bumpy in places from the snowmachine tread and footprints (animal and human), but it is solid.
Find the trail on Trailforks: www.trailforks.com/trails/mastodon-trail/
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*BIKEPACKING CARD GAME*For people who like card games and bikepacking! You can help with the development of this game. Already people are asking for the bikers depicted to be of a variety of shapes, genders, and skin colors.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
French designer Alexandre Licata has been working on a bikepacking version of the card game Scopa and is planning to have it produced in French and English. Learn more here… bikepacking.com/news/bikepacking-scopa-card-game/
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*TRAIL REPORT FROM WICKERSHAM DOME*Oct 23 Ride report from Eric Troyer and Corrine Leistikow: Riding is excellent along Trail Creek Trail from the Wickersham Trailhead to Lee’s Cabin. Still rideable after that, but a bit rougher. Wickersham Creek Trail down toward Eleazar’s looks even rougher. Tons of caribou sign out there! We even saw two caribou!
Probably best to go in the morning as temps in the afternoons are getting above 40.
Here’s the trail on Trailforks: www.trailforks.com/trails/wickersham-creek-trail/
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Assembly items, FCC Annual Report, Winter Road Maintenance Forum

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*SUPPORT NEEDED FOR TRAILS-RELATED ASSEMBLY ITEMS*The Fairbanks Borough has a few items on its agenda that cyclists, especially mountain bikers and snowbikers, may want to support. –RESOLUTION NO. 2021 – 37: A resolution supporting a trail connecting Birch Hill Rec Area to the Creamer’s Field trails system, including a Steese Highway underpass. –ORDINANCE NO. 2021- 20 – 1H: This would spend matching funds for a Recreational Trails Program grant to reroute parts of the Chena Lake Rec Area River Park Trail due to erosion. The match funds are $8,332 and would comprise 10% of the project funding. –ORDINANCE NO. 2021 – 20 – 1F: This would spend matching funds for a Recreational Trails Program grant to continue creating a hardened trail from the Isberg Rec Area parking lot through wetlands to year-round trails. The match funds are $22,695 and would comprise 10% of the project funding.
See the full agenda here: www.fnsb.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_10282021-1544?html=true <www.fnsb.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_10282021-1544?html=true>
Show your support (or share your concerns) about these items by contacting Assembly Members. Contact info is here: co.fairbanks.ak.us/Directory.aspx?DID=64
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*FCC 2021 ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE*The Fairbanks Cycle Club Annual Report is online. Link below. If you have any suggestions for improvements for next year, please let us know.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FCC-Annual-Report-2021-FINAL.pdf
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*WINTER MAINTENANCE FORUM COMING*If you cycle the streets in winter, this is a good forum for you!
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning Oct 20 🔥 EVENT ALERT 🔥 ❄️ Our 4th Annual Winter Maintenance Forum is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 26th! You’ll start seeing ads in the newspaper, flyers & postcards around town, & notice boards in the downtown area. Join us in-person or online for this classic event. We have door prizes ready to give out to the first 50 attendees – you won’t want to miss it!
Check-out the event details here: fb.me/e/33LGQdmtr
The event starts at 5:30 PM, but get to the library early to check out snow plows & other snow removal equipment in-person. Pictures welcome!
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*ATVS TO BE ALLOWED ON ROADS*Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has decided to allow ATVs on state roads with speed limits of 45 mph or less with certain restrictions. This will start on January 1. Cyclists should be aware of this new rule. This will start on January 1. Here’s a KUAC story, a News-Miner story, a paywall-free news story, and an opinion piece about it.
KUAC fm.kuac.org/2021-10-21/state-legalizing-atv-use-on-roads
News-Miner story: www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/atvs-to-hit-the-highways-as-city-borough-consider-measures-implications/article_0a5fe1b6-3111-11ec-acae-e741b0e63c5b.html
News story: www.alaskasnewssource.com/2021/10/16/dunleavy-administration-allow-atvs-state-roads-starting-jan-1/
Opinion piece: www.dermotcole.com/reportingfromalaska/2021/10/15/4077fdj7x3xrmy6at13qvg7ub96ohu
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*REALLY RELAXED RIDING*SPD crocs? Maybe spandex pajamas are next for some really relaxed riding!
BIKEPACKING.com
Stiff cycling shoes not doing it for you? On the hunt for better ventilation for your feet? We’re pleased to announce that Paris-based Valcko Studios will soon be releasing SPD-compatible Crocs in very limited quantities. Learn more here… bikepacking.com/news/valcko-spd-crocs/
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*BEAVER SPORTS’ JEFF GILMORE HIGHLIGHTED*Awesome story about Jeff Gilmore. Not only is he a great bike mechanic, he leads the free Beaver Sports Thursday rides and has for years. Thank you, Jeff!
Go meet him in person at the next Thursday ride! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports
Beaver Sports
“Jeff is an absolute Ninja. He’s been wrenching on bikes a long time. He’s seen it all and he knows what works and what is just silly. What makes him so cool is that he really loves bikes. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new carbon fat bike or a sweet pump track bike. He loves working on them and he loves riding them.”
A classic article on our “absolute Ninja,” Jeff! We can’t help but to re-share this awesome piece every now and again!
fat-bike.com/2014/03/jeff-gillmore-fat-bike-mechanic-of-the-stars/
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*TREASURE CREEK TRAIL GOOD FOR FATBIKING*Treasure Creek Trail, off Old Murphy Dome Road, is in great shape for fatbiking. It starts with a lot of fun downhill, so be prepared for some climbing on the way back! The trail is best to the old cabin site because mushers have been using to there regularly. After that, it a snowmachine has laid down track, but it looks a bit rough. www.trailforks.com/…/treasure-creek-trail-partial/
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*ROSIE CREEK ROADS A MIXED BAG FOR FATBIKING RIGHT NOW*Report from Saturday ride on the Rosie Creek trails in the Tanana Valley State Forest: Mixed bag. Flodin Road, Malone’s Cutoff, and Harrington’s Long Shot had a single snowmachine track that has set up nicely. A little bumpy, but mostly good for fatbiking. Alden’s Pine Road below the intersection with Pagh Road is good, too. However above that intersection there’s been a couple of 4-wheelers, so the riding is quite challenging and not doable for most in some places.
It was cool to see the new trailhead access trail. That was a bit tricky going down. Didn’t try going up. Took the Harvest Access road and then went up the Parks.
Check out all the trails on Trailforks: www.trailforks.com/region/tanana-valley-state-forest-rosie-creek-1617851220/
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FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Last day to comment on local roads!

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*YOUR CHANCE TO COMMENT ON BIKES AND LOCAL ROADS*The deadline for commenting on this is today! Check out the interactive map. There’s been quite a few comments suggesting biking and pedestrian improvements. Add your voice! If nothing else, you can give comments a thumbs up or thumbs down.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Planning September 26 at 11:27 AM
Help create safer and better-connected roads in the Fairbanks North Star Borough! The Fairbanks North Star Borough is updating the FNSB Comprehensive Roads Plan to better meet the needs of our changing community.
We need to hear from the community and have extended our survey and interactive comment map deadline through October 15th.
Take a 10-minute survey to tell us what you want out of a new roads plan: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FNSBRoadsPlan
Use our interactive comment map to tell us where you see access or connectivity issues or opportunities: www.mapfeeder.net/comment/index.php?city=Fairbanks
Visit the project website to learn more: fnsbroadsplan.com/
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*WESTERN WILDLANDS VIDEO*Curious about the Western Wildlands Route? A couple from Cordova did it recently and made a short film about it.
Shared from Bikepacking Roots
What’s life like out on the Western Wildlands Route? Christiana and Curtis Fincher of Cordova, Alaska rode the length of the WWR last summer over the course of 40 days and put together a nice short film about the experience – highs, lows, solitude, people met along the way, and more. Check it out at https://vimeo.com/578117784
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*OMD ROAD GOOD FOR FATBIKING*Looking for a place to get your fatbike on real snow? Old Murphy Dome Road and the old Nike missile site side roads are pretty nice right now. It’s a bit tricky in places as it’s not getting a ton of snowmachine traffic yet and some 4WD trucks are traversing it, but it’s mostly good. You can access it from the Elliott Highway and Spinach Creek Road sides.
www.trailforks.com/trails/old-murphy-dome-road-trail-section/
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*CYCLING PAST 50 SURVEY*Are you over 50 or over and cycling? The makers of this survey want your input.
transweb.sjsu.edu/mctm/research/utc/Cycling-Past-50-Nationwide-Survey-Older-Cyclists-Now-Underway
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*KENAI PENINSULA BIKE-KAYAK-PACKRAFT ADVENTURE*This is four years old, but we’re not sure if we shared it back then. It’s a 14-minute video of an awesome bike-sea kayak-packraft adventure on the Kenai Peninsula. One of the adventurers was Bjørn Olson, who’s done some other incredible adventures.
So, what similar types of adventures involving a bike are possible in the Interior?
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association Oct 13 Five friends traverse a large swath of southern Alaska by sea kayak, fat-bike, and packraft. https://vimeo.com/221110753
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*END DISTRACTED DRIVING*Ben Grannis is raising funds for “TextLess Live More,” an organization dedicated to ending distracted driving forever and prevent future needless tragedies it can cause. You can support this cause through his ride.
www.eyesupride.com/
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*INTEGRATED BIKE CAMPING?*Who needs a bike trailer?
“Can you integrate an overnight stay on a bicycle?”
www.core77.com/posts/109890/Fantastic-Industrial-Design-Thesis-Project-The-Cercle-Bicycle-Camper
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*BEST BUDS AND BIKES*A brother knows best! Get a bike!
Shared from Alaska Trails
Great relationships are forged along trails. 💪
When I was 16 my older brother convinced me to (reluctantly) spend all my summer wages on a mtn bike. Why? He bought one and needed someone to ride with! We spent several summers on group rides with the Fairbanks Cycle Club, following a bunch of guys on mostly crappy mining trails all over Fairbanks. They kicked our butts, but we were hooked. We’d be lost in the woods still if we didn’t keep up with them. Each week’s ride was a grand adventure and brotherly bonding.
Fast forward a decade and we were building each others’ fat bikes for our first Susitna 100. Those shared experiences, ranging from excitement to exhaustion, gave us a lasting taste for long trail events. Connecting all those sections of trails helps us connect as brothers. Thanks bro!
And it’s no surprise that some of my best buds are the guys I’ve spent the most miles on the trail with. My high school and college running buddies know me better than most. My fellow trail connoisseur in the north knows just what kind of tempting trip ideas to suggest to get me to cancel all my other plans.
But lately in life there’ve been no more special trail partners than my wife and our little girl. When life is busy, flying by, and all the days are running together, I know our trail outings, however short, are the moments I’ll be able to remember.
Who do you want to connect with? Because you should call them up and see if they want to hit the trails with you this weekend. 🥾❤️
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*TRAIL ETIQUETTE TIPS WITH TANG*Good message and an entertaining read (as long as you don’t mind a few cuss words).
Trail Etiquette Tips from an Old Burnout www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/biking/trail-etiquette-tips-old-burnout/
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Annual meeting on October 13!

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*2021 FCC ANNUAL MEETING*The Fairbanks Cycle Club will be holding its 2021 Annual meeting on October 13 at 5:30pm. This will be a Zoom meeting. All members or prospective members are invited to attend.
More information here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/10/fcc-2021-annual-meeting/
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*FUNKY NEW FOLDING BIKE*Something to make you giggle – the Kwiggle!
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association
A mad scientist from Germany reinvents the bicycle.
robertisenberg.medium.com/behold-the-kwiggle-270de04339d3
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*BIKE ADVENTURE VIDEO GAME*Here’s something a little off the wall. A video game where a woman from a cloistered village is charged with riding a bike around the world to document plants, animals, and cultures, before they disappear. Interesting, but the real thing is still better.
www.adventure-journal.com/2021/09/bike-adventure-video-game/
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*YOUR CHANCE TO COMMENT ON BIKES AND LOCAL ROADS*Here’s your chance to express your ideas about local roads and biking. Take the survey and take a look at the comment map. Let’s make sure the biking perspective is heard. You’ve got until October 15.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Planning September 26 at 11:27 AM
Help create safer and better-connected roads in the Fairbanks North Star Borough! The Fairbanks North Star Borough is updating the FNSB Comprehensive Roads Plan to better meet the needs of our changing community.
We need to hear from the community and have extended our survey and interactive comment map deadline through October 15th.
Take a 10-minute survey to tell us what you want out of a new roads plan: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FNSBRoadsPlan.
Use our interactive comment map to tell us where you see access or connectivity issues or opportunities: www.mapfeeder.net/comment/index.php?city=Fairbanks.
Visit the project website to learn more: fnsbroadsplan.com/.
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/