Fairbanks Cycle Club News

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: National Bike Month activities, MTB trails group meeting,

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*NATIONAL BIKE MONTH ACTIVITIES*Today is National Bike to Work Day! The Fairbanks borough is putting on two events, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The latter one is in conjunction with the End of School Bike Ride. There’s ice cream involved! Read about those in our article (and consider signing up for next week’s Bike and Pedestrian Count, also in the article.)
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2022/05/national-bike-month-highlights-local-events-resources/
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*MTB TRAILS GROUP*A group is forming to maintain and build mountain bike trails in the Fairbanks area.
Shared from Ester Dome Single Track Joel Buth
Please share this meeting info with others that may be interested in helping
Mountain bike trails strategic planning meeting When: Saturday May 21st, 6 pm. Where: Goldstream Sports Purpose: Put together a passionate group to develop, plan, build and maintain mountain bike trails. Starting with improvements on the Ester Dome Singletrack. Organization: Seek to work through existing clubs like Fairbanks Cycle Club Potential Projects: –Ongoing trail maintenance –Adding features on existing trail footprint –Add Parking and and turn-around by St Patricks trail head. –Develop additional trails via grants and professional construction.
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*BIKE TO WORK BUSINESS SUGGESTIONS*Here are some suggestions for businesses that want to encourage employees to bike to work.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
While finding ways to #biketowork has many benefits, not all people feel that bike commuting is a safe, easy and comfortable option for them. For example, lack of secure bike parking and amenities like showers are common deterrents. #BiketoWorkWeek is as perfect time as any to learn what businesses can do to make commutes more #bikepossible for employees. Read our latest blog for examples.
bikeleague.org/content/how-businesses-can-eliminate-barriers-bike-commuting
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*MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TUBELESS*Do you run tubeless and want to make less of an impact with your sealant? Bikepacker.com has some info. Check out this article, which is about Fillmore Valves’ new sealant, but it also mentions “Orange Seal, which apparently uses vulcanized rubber as an aggregate, and Cantitoe Road’s vegetable-based sealant, which we haven’t tested. Another reader mentioned that Panaracer uses walnut shells.”
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
DISPATCH: Reserve Wheels—makers of the revolutionary Fillmore Valve—just announced a new tubeless sealant that claims to fill tears up to 7mm and uses biodegradable natural fibers to clog holes. Learn more here… bikepacking.com/news/reserve-tubeless-sealant/ Reserve Wheels —-
*BIKES FOR KIDS IN NEED?*Someone asked if there is a program in town that gives/lends bikes to kids in need. Does anyone know if such a program exists in the Fairbanks area? If so, send an email to [email protected].
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*CAMP CYCLING JOB OPPORTUNITY IN NH*We got an interesting email recently regarding a couple of cycling jobs. Anyone looking to cycle and work with kids in New Hampshire this summer? And we checked to make sure it’s a legit place.
Hey there! My name is Lisa, I’m a Staffing Director at Camp Walt Whitman in Piermont, New Hampshire, I wanted to reach out and connect with you. Our camp offers 4–5-day biking trips for our campers and we’re currently looking to hire a couple biking trip leaders for this summer. We offer two trips for our oldest campers to participate in, one is to Burlington VT and the other is to the Seacoast of Maine. Our biking trip leaders are riding along on these trips with the kids, seeing all the sights and doing all the activities when stopped, ensuring that the kids are practicing safe biking practices and keeping the trips on track.
www.campwalt.com/
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*JENNY’S WESTERN WILDLANDS ADVENTURE*FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell is off on a multi-month tour of the Western Wildlands bikepacking route with a friend. We’re keeping track of her adventure.
For more info on the Western Wildlands bikepacking Route see: www.bikepackingroots.org/western-wildlands.html
May 15 entry: Best 2 days of riding so far. Camped Friday night at 6,000’ in the Tonto forest, about 15 miles out of the tiny town of Young, AZ. Up and out of camp by 5:30 and immediately climbed to about 7,600’ onto the Mogollon Rim, a beautiful high plateau of pine trees and meadows.
We found a bike path right at the edge of the rim, had lunch and ice cream at a lake, chatting with a very nice and eccentric cycling hobo, then off to a beautifully treed Forest Service campsite at around 7,900’. Fire danger is super high so no fires are allowed. Had another cold dinner because our cooking system requires a fire 😳, then into tents and up at 4:45 for another early start today. Got our 42 miles in before noon!
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*WEEKLY RIDES*FCC and others hold weekly rides in Fairbanks. Find out about them all on our Rides page: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
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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/

First FCC Tuesday Night MTB Ride canceled

The first FCC Tuesday Night MTB Ride for the season is canceled. There’s still snow on the trail and the parts that don’t have snow are really muddy. Dave and Eric will check out the trails next weekend to see if we can start up the schedule as planned or if we will have to delay another week. We had so much snow this winter and then a cold spring, but the National Weather Service is predicting some warmer temps coming soon!

FCC Bike Swap needs volunteers on June 11

Hello all,
The Fairbanks Cycle Club needs volunteers for the FCC Bike Swap! Here are some details: –The swap will be held June 11 at the Tanana Valley State Fairbanks in the Borealis Pavilion (big blue building). –Volunteers will be needed in four different shifts. The first one starts at 8:45am and the last one ends at 2 p.m. –See the sign up sheet here: tinyurl.com/bdf5ve9y
BIKE SWAP COVID MITIGATION PROTOCOLS COVID is still with us, however, its dangers are much reduced with the vaccines, some natural herd immunity, and the spread of less dangerous variants. We’ve got the whole Borealis Pavilion and the front door will be open. This will give us plenty of room to spread out and should provide good air circulation.
I have sought medical advice, and as a result come up with these mitigation protocols: –All volunteers and entrants will be encouraged to wear masks. Free masks will be available. –Everyone will be encouraged to stay 6 feet away from non-household members. –Hand sanitizer will be available. –Please stay home if you are sick.
Thanks, Eric Troyer Bike Swap Coordinator

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Nat Bike Month stuff; new bikepacking races; CR2R needs directors

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*NATIONAL BIKE MONTH HAPPENINGS*There are several things happening in Fairbanks for National Bike Month. The borough has a Bike to Work Day event in the morning and another in the afternoon in conjunction with the End of School Ice Cream Ride. There’s more. Read about it all here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2022/05/national-bike-month-highlights-local-events-resources/
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Carlson Center May 11 Join us next Friday for National Bike to Work Day!🚲 First 300 people to stop by our booth will receive one of these amazing stickers! 😎 May 20th 7-9am: Morning Madness at the Carlson Center Riverside Path 3-7pm: Afternoon Ice Cream Commute! Stop by the Carlson Center to meet with vendors and then make your way to Griffin Park at 4pm for some free ice cream!!
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*CALL FOR CYCLE/PED COUNT VOLUNTEERS*Reminder that the FAST Planning is looking for volunteers to do a cycle/pedestrian count. Getting accurate counts on cyclists and pedestrians helps guide infrastructure planning for the Fairbanks/North Pole area. You can help make sure cyclists and pedestrians get treated fairly when transportation projects are planned.
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
📢 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! 📢 Its that time of year – our Annual Bicycle + Pedestrian Count is coming up! Tuesday, May 24 – Thursday, May 26th, we need your help from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Reach out to [email protected] to sign up for an intersection and help us get the important data that is used for project planning and design.
To help with this effort, please contact FAST Planning Executive Director Jackson Fox at [email protected] or call 907/205-4276.
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*WESTERN WILDLANDS AND GDMTBR*FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell is riding the Western Wildlands bikepacking route from south to north. The route roughly parallels the Great Divide MTB Route. Now the two are connected in several places, offering many options.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association
The TransRockies Connector links the Western Wildlands Route near Salt Lake City to the GDMBR at Salida, Colorado across the Wasatch Plateau, the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau, the MTB meccas of Moab and Crested Butte, and the majestic Rocky Mountains.
At 947 miles and 77,000’ of elevation, it can be used to create sizeable loops with the WWR and GDMBR, or as it’s a big adventure in its own right. The route has public transportation options on either end for point-to-point riders.
This route was created in partnership with Bikepacking Roots. It traverses traditional lands of the Ute, Goshute, Eastern Shoshone, Great Sioux Nation, Arapahoe, and Cheyenne. Photo by Kurt Refsnider – Ultra MTB.
www.adventurecycling.org/members/news/announcing-intermountain-connector-routes-in-partnership-with-bikepacking-roots/
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*JENNY’S WESTERN WILDLANDS ADVENTURE*FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell is off on a multi-month tour of the Western Wildlands bikepacking route with a friend. We’re keeping track of her adventure.
Today’s entry:
The reason we did the crazy ride up Mt Lemmon today was to go to the night sky program at the observatory run by ASU Tucson. They have the largest public use telescope in the world (32” Schulmam) that we spent hours looking through. Saw white dwarves, multiple new and super old galaxies, and the coolest ever Super Nova that was discovered a couple weeks ago on April 13th (red photo) Ended the evening by looking at the moon – and being blinded by it for about 5 minutes! Rode down the 3.5mile 1500 descent at 10:30pm to the cabins we rented at Summerhaven resort. Completely worth the climb! Tomorrow we head north again.
For more info on the Western Wildlands bikepacking Route see: www.bikepackingroots.org/western-wildlands.html
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*WINTER WILDERNESS RACE LOOKING FOR NEW DIRECTOR*This has been an awesome wilderness multi-sport race. We really hope someone steps up to take over for Ryan and Nikki. Could that be you, or you and a friend?
Shared from Chena River to Ridge
We all love the CR2R Race!!!! So, let’s keep this awesome race going!! After 4 awesome years of providing the best swag and race day smiles, Race Directors Ryan and Nikki are ready to pass on the torch!
This is a good time for someone(s) who love this awesome race to give back and take the reins for a bit. Ryan and Nikki are happy to assist in the transition.
Please let us know if you’re interested! The race must go on!!!
[email protected]
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*NEW ANCHORAGE TO DEADHORSE BIKEPACK RACE*The post we had on the new Hayes 460 bikepacking race is generating a lot of interest. So here’s another bikepacking race that’s coming up in August. The Alaska Divide. This one goes from Anchorage to Deadhorse and is more than 1,000 miles long. Ufda! Looks like you’re on your own in figuring out how to get back home from Deadhorse. Maybe just turn around and bike back?
alaskadivide.com/
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*NEW BIKEPACKING RACE STARTING AND ENDING IN FAIRBANKS*Looking for a big biking challenge that starts and ends in Fairbanks? Consider the Hayes 460: A self supported, completely unofficial, non-stop bike race across the Denali Highway, around the Hayes Mountain Range, making a loop from Fairbanks. No Prizes, No Support, No Entry Fee.
Check it out here: sites.google.com/view/hayes460
It starts August 6.
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*BIKE BINGO FOR BIKE MONTH*Here’s a fun way to celebrate National Bike Month — Bike Bingo!
League of American Bicyclists May 6 The great thing about bikes is that there is always something new to try! Visit bikeleague.org/bikemonth to download the League’s Bike Month Bingo card and explore different ways you can #bikethere this #BikeMonth. We snuck a few new challenges in for 2022. Can you spot them? 👀
It’s here under Promotional Materials bikeleague.org/content/promotional-materials-0
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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/

National Bike Month Highlights Local Events, Resources

May is National Bike Month, a great time to start riding your bike, if you haven’t already.

Fairbanks has several ways to celebrate biking. We’ve got several weekly rides for a variety of riding styles and intensity, plus we’ve got some upcoming special events, ways to volunteer, and more.

Weekly Rides

Fairbanks has several regular rides to offer for a variety of riders. The Fairbanks Cycle Club has four weekly rides, Goldstream Sports has two, and Beaver Sports and Black Spruce Brewing each have one. Two of the FCC rides are for women – one faster and one slower. One FCC ride is a road ride attended mainly by men, but it’s open to everyone. One FCC ride is for mountain bikers, open to all.

The Goldstream Sports, Beaver Sports, and Black Spruce Brewing rides vary in routes, riding styles, and intensity.

To find out more about all these rides, see the FCC Rides page: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/

National Bike to Work Day

The Fairbanks Borough Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating Bike to Work Day on May 20. Organizers will hand out drinks and snacks to cyclists that day from 7 to 9am along the riverside bike path near the Carlson Center.

That afternoon, from 3 to 7 pm there will be an Ice Cream Commute between Carlson Center and Griffin Park, held in conjunction with the End of School Ride (see below). A great way for everyone, especially families, to celebrate National Bike Month. No registration is required for this free event, but helmets are required.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Heather Jensen: heather.jensen (at) fnsb.gov.

For more info on Bike to Work Day see: https://tinyurl.com/mr2muybp

End of School Bike Ride

The Fairbanks Borough Parks and Recreation Department will host the “End of School Ice Cream Bike Ride” on May 20 at Griffin Park from 4 to 7pm. There will be free Hot Licks ice cream, a family friendly bike ride, and other activities and games. No registration is required for this free event, but helmets are required.

Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count

FAST Planning will be holding its Annual Bicycle & Pedestrian Count on May 24 – 26 (Tuesday through Thursday) from 4:30 to 6:30pm each day.  FAST relies on volunteers for this event, which helps the group get an accurate count of where and how many cyclists and pedestrians use our roads and paths. People can sign up for one or more shifts at set locations.

Getting accurate counts on cyclists and pedestrians helps guide infrastructure planning for the Fairbanks/North Pole area. To help with this effort, please contact FAST Planning Executive Director Jackson Fox: jackson.fox (at) fastplanning.us.

FCC Bike Swap

Just a little past National Bike Month, on June 11, the Fairbanks Cycle Club will be holding its annual bike swap. Find out more here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/events/bike-swap/

OTHER CYCLE RESOURCES

Bikeways Map

FAST Planning produces a Bikeways Map, which was recently updated. The map has paths and bike-friendly roads in the Fairbanks and North Pole urban areas. You can view the map online or pick up a free paper copy. Copies will be available at the FCC Bike Swap and are often available in the local bike shops. You can also get them at FAST Planning office: 100 Cushman Street, Suite 205. (907) 205-4276. See the map here: https://fastplanning.us/about/maps/

UAF Green Bikes

If you are a student and/or employee at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, check out Green Bikes on campus. They offer long-term and short-term bike rentals, a bike repair space, and more. Bike rentals are also available to non-UAF community members.

www.uaf.edu/sustainability/greenbikes.php

https://www.facebook.com/UAFGreenBikes/

Bike Rentals

At least two places in the Fairbanks area besides Green Bikes offer bike rentals:

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Cycle/Ped Count; Advocate for Parks, Rec, Outdoor Rec Act; more.

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*ANNUAL CYCLE/PED COUNT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS*The 2022 Annual Bicycle & Pedestrian Count will be held May 24 – 26 (Tuesday through Thursday) from 4:30 to 6:30pm each day. This effort is organized by the FAST Planning group and it relies on volunteers. People can sign up for one or more shifts at set locations. Right now there are many to choose from.
Getting accurate counts on cyclists and pedestrians helps guide infrastructure planning for the Fairbanks/North Pole area. You can help make sure cyclists and pedestrians get treated fairly when transportation projects are planned.
To help with this effort, please contact FAST Planning Executive Director Jackson Fox at [email protected].
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*YANKOVICH IMPROVEMENTS COMING*Despite bumps in the road, work is moving ahead to widen Yankovich Road.
“The eventual goal would be to upgrade and widen Yankovich Road to 32 feet, with 10-foot lanes and 6-foot paved shoulders. Miller Hill Road would be reconstructed and widened to 30 feet (10-foot lanes and 5-foot shoulders) and its bike path would be improved.”
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/yankovich-road-improvement-plan-gets-more-funding/article_66152b14-cc08-11ec-95ed-ebbd5c70a875.html
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*HELP ADVOCATE FOR FNSB PARKS AND REC*The FNSB Assembly will start taking public testimony on the borough budget tonight (May 5). That will continue at the assembly’s May 12 meeting. Now is a good time to advocate for the Parks and Rec budget. Mayor Bryce Ward has been a good supporter of the department, so no worrisome cuts have been made, but advocating always helps.
So, please help the department by letting the assembly know how important it is. And it wouldn’t hurt to advocate for a small seasonal trails crew, which could lead to even more biking opportunities. The Parks and Rec Department has helped support cycling in the Fairbanks area in a number of ways.
–Taking care of parks that are friendly to biking, such as Skyline Ridge Park, and Tanana Lakes, Chena Lake and Birch Hill Recreation Areas. –Putting on events that include cycling, such as the Fall Frolic Youth Mountain Bike Clinic last year and the Try-Athlons, run in previous years that often included biking. –Coming up this month the department will be holding an end-of-school biking and ice cream event and a National Bike to Work day event (more info to come on that one).
You can advocate by attending one of the meetings and testifying. fnsb.gov/415/Stay-Connected-with-the-Assembly
Or you can contact the assembly members by phone or email. fnsb.gov/Directory.aspx?DID=64
Find out more about the budget and budget process here: ak-fairbanksnorthstarborough.civicplus.com/896/Budget
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*ROAD REPORT*For those who haven’t been out on their bikes yet, here’s a report on Goldstream and Sheep Creek roads.
Shared from Rachael KvapilRoad Biking Alaska May 4 It’s riding season in Fairbanks! Today was a mix of sunshine and rain. The bike paths are clean, the roads are still loaded with gravel on parts of Goldstream and Sheep Creek. I’ll be training on my gravel bike for a while.
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*BIKING! ICE CREAM! END OF SCHOOL! *Ice cream and biking! What could be more fun!
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec
Join us for the End of School Bike Ride event! fairbanksak.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30248
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*LAEL WILCOX AND HER AZT FKT*For Lael Wilcox fans, here’s her take on the “controversy” surrounding her AZ Trail FKT.
Shared from Singletracks.com – Mountain Bike Trails & Reviews
Lael Wilcox discusses her controversial Arizona Trail race finish. www.singletracks.com/community/lael-wilcox-talks-arizona-trail-fkt-media-support-controversy-and-the-importance-of-inspiration-interview/
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*CYCLE BALL*WTF is Cycle Ball?!
World cycling culture is incredibly diverse. Have you ever heard of cycle ball? Basically, it’s soccer on bikes. It’s nuts! If someone wants to improve their bike handling skills (as well as those of others), they should start a cycle ball league here in Fairbanks!
Here’s a short video of cycle ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfTM1mMce40
Want to know more? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zhjTqMfCZ0&t=632s
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*OUTDOOR REC ACT OF 2022 PASSES COMMITTEE*According to People for Bikes, “the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources (SENR) Committee advanced America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022, a landmark policy package dedicated to funding recreation infrastructure and expanding access on our federal public lands. The bill would help develop long-distance bike trails and streamline the recreation permitting process.”
This bill also has the support of the American Hiking Society. Though the National Parks and Conservation Association has some concerns.
AHS statement in support: americanhiking.org/advocacy/statement-in-support-of-americas-outdoor-recreation-act-of-2022-s-3266-sections/
NPCA concerns: www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2022/05/outdoor-recreation-act-contains-some-concerning-provisions
People for Bikes has a page explaining its position. The page also has a link to a quick sign-on email that people can send to our senators. If you support this bill, make sure your voice is heard. www.peopleforbikes.org/news/new-bill-prioritizes-recreation-and-mountain-biking
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*GROUP ORGANIZED DUE TO FORT KNOX TRUCKING PROPOSAL*We’ve been keeping a close eye on developments surrounding the proposal by Fort Knox to truck ore from the Tetlin area to the Fort Knox mine near Cleary Summit. We have been concerned about the effects of the increased mining truck traffic might have on cycling. There is a group that has organized to advocate for the rights of highway users and people who live along the route. They call themselves “Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways.” If you are interested in finding out more about this group check out their webpage at: everyfivemiles.com/ <everyfivemiles.com/> —-
*JENNY’S WESTERN WILDLANDS ADVENTURE*FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell is off on a multi-month tour of the Western Wildlands bikepacking route with a friend. We’re keeping track of her adventure.
Yesterday, she and her partner started at the Mexico-U.S. border. Here’s a pic of her bike leaning against the Border Wall. She writes: “It’s very tall!” Now they are off toward Canada!
For more info on the Western Wildlands bikepacking Route see: www.bikepackingroots.org/western-wildlands.html
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*CALL FOR COMMENTS ON PARKS, RICHARDSON RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS*The Alaska Department of Transportation is asking for comments on two road reconstruction projects, one on the Parks Highway (MP 206-209) and one on the Richardson (MP 214-18). This is a good time to remind DOT that cycling is an equal mode of trails along all Alaska highways.
The FCC has sent in comments asking the department to keep in mind cycling, specifically to make sure rumble strips are properly installed. DOT has some good standards for rumble strips: dot.alaska.gov/stwddes/dcstraffic/rumble/rumble_faqs.html#rumble_question5
We have no reason to believe the department won’t follow these guidelines, but we just want to make sure to let the department know that cyclists do care about these things.
If you care, please send in your own comments. The deadline for comment is May 8. And let them know that cycling is good for Alaska: good for the physical and mental health of its residents, good for reducing traffic congestion, good for helping lessen climate change, and good for providing a low-impact aspect of our visitor industry.
Parks Highway MP 206-209 Reconstruction notice.alaska.gov/206155
Richardson Highway MP 214-218 Reconstruction notice.alaska.gov/206150
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*LEAGUE CALLS FOR CYCLE SAFETY TESTING IN NEW CARS*The League of American Bicyclists is asking for cycling advocates to comment on to include “bicyclist-automatic emergency braking (AEB)” in testing of new cars in the New Car Assessment Program. According to the league, “Studies estimate that bicyclist-AEB can prevent or mitigate 50-80% of bicyclist fatalities.”
Find out more, including an easy way to send an advocacy email here: p2a.co/HjHhUN9

Chena Tool Library Tool Swap

———- Forwarded message ——— From: Melissa Head <[email protected]> Date: Mon, May 2, 2022 at 10:53 AM Subject: Chena Tool Library Tool Swap
Looking for some quality used tools for those summer home projects?
Want to make some extra cash by selling your used tools?
*Buy, Sell, or Donate at the Chena Tool Library Tool Swap, Sunday, May 8th!*
The Tool Swap will be held Sunday, May 8th at Goldie’s (659 5th Ave, Fairbanks). Want to sell tools? Drop off is from 9-11am. Shopping for tools? Doors will be open from 1-3pm!
All types of tools in working order are welcome! Automotive, bicycle, carpentry, gardening, sewing, household, etc.
This event is a fundraiser for the Chena Tool Library ( www.chenatoollibrary.org/) and 20% of sales go to support this great local organization.
Unsold items can be picked up 3-3:30pm. Unclaimed items become property of the Chena Tool Library.
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FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Bike Swap this Saturday; weekly rides starting

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*BIKE SWAPS COMING*The first bike swap of the season is this Saturday! FCC will also be holding a bike swap on June 11.
Shared from Beaver Sports Bike Swap Saturday, April 30 10am to 1 pm Under the awning at Beaver Sports, 3480 College Road Drop off: 8-10 Swap 10-1 Pick-up: 1-2
Info on the FCC Bike Swap is here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/events/bike-swap/
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*MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH*May is National Bike Month and the League of American Bicyclists has several ways you can celebrate from actions that take as little as 30 seconds to just getting out and riding your bike!
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
It’s backkkk 😄 We hope you’re ready to kick off #BikeMonth — our annual celebration of #bikejoy and all those working to make it safer and easier to experience it — with #NationalRideaBikeDay this Sunday! Here are all the ways you can join in on the fun » bikeleague.org/content/how-celebrate-bike-month
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*FIRST RIDE BY BLACK SPRUCE BIKE CLUB*Black Spruce Bike Club is having its first group ride of the season! And if you go, Bankstown Bike and Ski will be having a tune-up pop-up.
Shared from Black Spruce Brewing Company
Join us for Black Spruce Bike Club’s first group ride of the season! Erin and Harrison will be leading this week’s ride, which will be a great warm-up ride for the early season. This week’s route will take riders north on Peger Rd then west to University Ave, up Ballaine to Yankovich, down Miller Hill, along Sheep Creek and through UAF then back to Peger Rd. This ride will begin and end at BSBC’s parking lot.
Helmets are required, and hi-viz attire is strongly encouraged. Please note that restrooms at BSBC will not be accessible prior to the ride. All riders are required to sign the Black Spruce Bike Club liability waiver before participating in any club rides or events.
After the ride, stick around to have your bike tuned up by Bankstown Bike & Ski! Enjoy a beer slushee or beer-mosa with a freshly baked Marlo’s pastry while you wait for your bike!
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*HOW TO START BIKEPACKING*Summer will be here soon! Haven’t bikepacked yet but interested in trying? Check out this article.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association
New to bikepacking? Get started with our Bikepacking Basics series.
www.adventurecycling.org/blog/getting-started-with-bikepacking/
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*100 MILES IN MAY*Want a cycling/activity goal for May AND help a good cause?
Shared from Healthy Futures
Time to rally your 100 Miles in May Team!
As you may know this is a great way to get in shape for summer while raising important funds for our Healthy Futures program. And you don’t need to be a runner or any kind of athlete. ALL activity converts to miles. Rake the yard, enter your minutes, and see your mileage total!
Here’s how to get on board: 1. Register at: 100miles.healthyfuturesak.org/ 2. Create a Team: Enter a pledge that fits your budget. See our family of sponsors and sponsor levels here. 3. Invite Team Members: Invite co-workers or friends. If your employer pledges, team members can join at no cost. 4. Challenge other teams (fun groups, workplaces, families, etc) to a friendly competition! Invite your friends outside of AK to join the MOVE-ment. They are welcome to join for a minimal donation to cover our admin cost!
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*WEEKLY ROAD RIDES ARE STARTING*The snow is melting, the roads are clearing up! Time to get out on those skinnier bikes! We’ve got several weekly rides that have already started. WOWs on Wednesdays, LOLs on Thursdays, SCOW on Wednesdays and Sundays. See details on those and our other rides on the FCC Rides page: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
Here are some photos and a ride report from the first LOL ride, which started last week.
RIDE REPORT LOL RIDE #1 in the books!🎉🎉 What a Glorious evening to ride!!
16 LOL’s showed up to enjoy this Sunny evening (temp averaged 47 degrees … Above! 😉) It was so Fun seeing everyone again and meeting new ones!!
Welcome to our brand New LOLs, Mimi and her wife Katrina!! Katrina is the daughter of one of our “old” LOLs who just came back to join us again tonight (after 14 years did I hear?! Welcome back!! And also Welcome back to All of us!! I see that we did not scare Heidi away after her first year last year! 🎉It’s been a long, chilly winter and it is time to get out and RIDE!!🎉
There were a variety of distances ridden tonight – 3 rode to Anne’s Green House & back, 2 rode to Murphy Dome Rd & back, 6 rode to O’Brien Rd & back, 2 rode to Ballaine & back and 3 rode to the Fire station & back!!!
I was one of the O’Brien Rd riders… it was Wonderful to be “Back in the saddle again”…🎶 My Strava read 14.39 miles – I am Ecstatic as well as sore! (My knees) it’s the first time bike riding since last year’s LOL and since I got my total left knee replaced on 1/17/22…I still need to work on my rotations – they are Painful if I use my toe, but the middle of my foot & my heel works! A Big Thank You to Bobbie, Lindy, & Karen for riding my speed tonight – I’m just HAPPY to be on a bike again and HAPPY to be with all the LOLs again! 🤗
Treats were shared as well as laughter & catching up of everyone’s lives…. It truly is a place of Fun, Fitness, Friendship, Family & Food!! …. Ginny added Family after eating a Dove chocolate and reading the wrapper which read: “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe” …. How Perfect can it be??!! ♥️
See you all next Thursday! Be Safe out there!!
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*FIRST TRIATHLON OF THE SEASON*Bikers who want to change up their routine might want to try the Breakup Triathlon.
Shared from Arctic Triathlon Series
The Breakup Triathlon is held on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, starting at noon on Sunday, May 8. All transitions will be at the UAF Patty Center.
This is the first sprint triathlon of the season for Fairbanks, Alaska and the only sprint triathlon within a 250 mile radius in the month of May.
The race will consist of a 500 yard swim. Here are a few images to help you orient yourself for the Breakup Triathlon pool swim.
AF Patty Center Pool is a 25-yard, six lane pool. Lane lines separate the lanes. Swimmers are two per lane, meaning each person has their own half of the lane. Anyone who prefers to swim next to the wall just needs to say so when it is their turn to get in the water. The pool area includes mens’ and womens’ locker rooms which are open for your use (although only showers and toilets are accessible in 2022 due to a renovation).
Spectating? The pool has a viewing balcony with bleachers.
arctic-triathlon-series.weebly.com/
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*WILCOX SETS NEW FKT ON AZ TRAIL*If you’re a fan of Anchorageite ultra-biker Lael Wilcox, you’ve probably already heard about this, but if you haven’t…
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Congratulations to Lael Wilcox, who just completed the 827-mile Arizona Trail in an incredible time of just over nine days, setting a new fastest known time in the process. Find details and photos from her ride here…
bikepacking.com/news/lael-wilcox-azt-2022/
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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 Bike Swap date change – now June 11

Hello all,
For a variety of reasons, I had to change the date of the Fairbanks Cycle Club Bike Swap from May 7. The next available date that works is June 11. It will again be at the Borealis Pavilion on the Fairgrounds.
I’ll be doing a call for volunteers later, but if you are interested in signing up to volunteer now, you can certainly do so. Your help is much appreciated.
Info on the Bike Swap is here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/events/bike-swap/
Volunteer sign up sheet is here: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IVdtVki39Ib3vtH6wbWIoMHEEWV1GZjtd0CLGvzdTMs/edit?usp=sharing
Eric Troyer FCC Bike Swap Coordinator