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 Post subject: Re: Alaskan riders...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:28 pm 
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I'm at the airport now but I'll need to be up here by July 30th and I'm driving the Alcan and hope to do it in about 10 days, take my time and enjoy it so that would be great if we could meet up when I'm back up here and get all moved in etc. gotta get my truck winterized too etc!

Would you recommend remote start as well?


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 Post subject: Re: Alaskan riders...
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:33 am 
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Cool yah, you can send me an e-mail at matthewgruber (at) gi . alaska . edu

I guess a remote start would be nice, but I think the best recommendation for regular car use in winter in Fairbanks is: limit it by using a fat-bike. There are trails all over town that become packed and it's easy to get around with a snow-bike. Bikes are trouble free with a little mag-1 grease, literally you just keep them outside all winter, mine still looks brand new. That way you can use your car just on the weekends and warmer days to pick up some water, it'll have a much longer life.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaskan riders...
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:38 am 
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sweet thanks! While I was there I actually talked quite a bit with the guys at Beaver Sports about a fatback build. We put together a list of parts and now I'm just waiting on a final price to see how soon I can pull the trigger on that. But I definitely plan on getting a fat bike for around town. From where I will be living, everything I would need (including getting to work) is all within about 2-3 miles!!! not bad at all I must say :)


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 Post subject: Re: Alaskan riders...
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:52 pm 
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Well since you pulled the trigger and are headed up there is not much sense in beating up on FAI but I do want to clarify one thing. There are big mountains and no crowds there but the snowpak is not good. There is a reason most of the heli ops you see in videos is coastal. Coastal area's get more snow and its wet. Wet snow means that what looks like sheer cliffs actually become rideable. The bright side is that compared to some people in the states you not that bad off. You do have local access and if you wanted to head south for the weekend that can be worked out. Sounds like you're working instead of/in addition to going to school, but when I want to school there I eventually worked out a Tuesday Thursday only schedule. So a lot of weekends I'd head to Anchorage to ride for the weekend and come back on Monday. You also have something almost no one else has realistic access to "the Brooks Range". The road to Proudue Bay goes right through there and in terms of late season riding that will kick ass. The end of May is still winter there so that's pretty cool.
I will back stomp pow up on the scene difference between ANC and FAI. ANC is Alaska's only real city (everything else people from the states would call a town). I hang my, oil skin, hat in Juneau where we have coastal conditions, low crowds (especially in the back country), super easy access, small town feel (by Nation Standards), and a University.
Good luck with your adventure. Fairbanks is a cool place and your time there will defiantly build character. If your looking at a fat bike I would encourage you also to check out arctic cycles http://www.arcticcycles.com/ . He's based out of ANC but don't hold that against him. He does bike rentals so if the custom build is too expensive you might be able to pick up a lightly used and well loved fat bike from him. I'll leave you with two saying that were common when I lived in Fairbanks.
"in Fairbanks you don't loose your girlfriend you just lose your turn"
"Fairbanks, where men are men and so are the women"

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 Post subject: Re: Alaskan riders...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:58 pm 
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The coastal snowpack is definitely much more epic, tons of plentiful snow that sticks to steep lines, then dries out over night... thick snowpack on all aspects that opens up endless line opportunities...
But: while there may be fewer options here where the snowpack has any potential, the potential is there and it can be epic. Specifically on the North-East aspects of the Southern half of the Alaska Range in April-May,
it seems that it can temporarily be better up here than on the coast. In a good snow year it seems that lines may open up here which are very different than on the coast, in a time of year when the coast may be rainy or crusty. Of course in a cold and dry year maybe it's 100% better on the coast at all times.

The Brooks Range does seem enticing and I've been up there a bit, but from all the beta I'm getting from people working up there in April-May, the snowpack seems very minimal and rotten. The mountains are so unique though and the scenery is so fantastic that it may be worth it mid-spring if they get some snow, although I doubt the snow would be better 8 hours North than 2 hours South.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaskan riders...
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:09 pm 
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anyone from Southeast? I am born and raised in Anchorage, now living in Juneau.


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