June 3, 2012 at 5:48 am | Posted in anchorage, biking, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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weigh station rest stop

Biking to Eagle River with Claire and Michael.



January 8, 2011 at 8:51 am | Posted in anchorage, biking, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Mid-afternoon bike ride along Campbell Creek.

Municipal Bike to Work Day catching on

May 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Posted in anchorage, biking, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I saw about five times as many bike riders in the morning as on a typical day, and the city and a league of sponsors set up refreshment stations [including a ‘bacon station’ — ha!] on various bike routes. 1,880 riders on 155 teams registered for the event.

Anchorage is a fantastic place to get around by bike — as many have realized for a long time, with more and more joining in all the time.


May 16, 2010 at 6:33 am | Posted in anchorage, biking, photo du jour, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Lunch with my son -- bus station pizza with a Knik Arm view.

Nice night for a ride

May 18, 2009 at 7:31 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, biking | Leave a comment
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Bike blast from Mt. View to Kincaid Park and back again.  28 miles.

Skin is in!

November 15, 2008 at 7:33 am | Posted in biking | Leave a comment
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Looks as if naked bike riding is still OK in Seattle.

What a relief!

Get this cranky old guy out of the spotlight already

August 27, 2008 at 6:20 am | Posted in biking | Leave a comment
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Cyclelicious has a bit on Rob Anderson’s appearance on National Republican Radio‘s Talk of the Nation phone-in show today.  Apparently they lobbed him some softballs about how annoying, arrogant and dangerous most bicyclists are.

Yakota Fritz of Cyclelicious describes part of the broadcast [agrees with Paul’s assertions in previous thread’s comments]: “Noah Budnick noted that current research that shows accommodating different transportation modes is not a zero sum game, like Anderson claims, but that traffic demand is elastic. Case after case shows that when commuters are given alternatives, they’ll make use of those different modes. Anderson was then allowed to respond; he sneered a little about transportation ‘experts’ — you could almost hear the quote marks in his voice — and expressed his distaste toward experts and planners who shove their design paradigms down the throats of the public.”

It makes me feel dirty and strange to have all these sinister motivations applied by Anderson and his ilk to what started off as a way to lose weight, be perkier and save gas money.


August 26, 2008 at 5:59 am | Posted in biking, photo du jour | 1 Comment
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Asphalt patch, midtown bike trail.

Asphalt patch, midtown bike trail.

Unexpected meeting with a Big Dummy

August 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm | Posted in biking | Leave a comment
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I really got caught up in the hype, earlier this year surrounding the debut of the Surly-built Xtracycle, but I didn’t anticipate seeing one in Anchorage.  When I showed up for a party at the home of a member of a Saturday night biking group I’m trying to belong to, there it was in the garage!  The owner was standing around telling a couple other people about his bike wrecks [something about hopping over a shrub on his girlfriend’s bike, and hitting the pavement when the rusted out fork caved in].  He said he coated the inside of the Big Dummy to avoid such corrosion problems.  I told him about the trick with the little piece of innertube to cover the joint where the Xtracycle rack is inserted into the frame posts [as I’d read in the Surly Slog].  His example was an 18″ frame and it was a fine machine, solid but relatively lightweight.  Good handling and all the utility you could want.  I stopped short of asking for a test ride.  I still want to own a Big Dummy one day.  Maybe after the hype dies down a bit, maybe the price will drop and/or maybe some used ones will become available.

Bike thief of the century confounds investigation

August 23, 2008 at 11:29 pm | Posted in biking | Leave a comment
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The chronicles of Igor Kenk get weirder, as Kenk comes up with multiple choice answers to why he stole and warehoused nearly 3,000 bikes in Toronto.  The bike repair shop owner is obviously not mentally sound.  A pretty frustrating situation for those who lost a bike there.

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