Fatbikes and packrafts are the only way to explore a remote section of Alaska before mankind’s approach changes the landscape forever.
On a late July afternoon, we rode our fatbikes off Homer Spit and onto a 176-foot landing craft, a ship loaded with cargo for transport to the remote side of Cook Inlet. Though the vessel had made this crossing many times, passengers were uncommon and in our case, a curious sight. In addition to our oversized bicycles, Brent and I carried one packraft apiece, five days worth of food, plus some minimal camping gear and camera equipment. After an exciting and sleepless night onboard the vessel we were deposited on the far shore of the inlet at 4 a.m. Waiting for the light, we watched the boat unload its cargo and then began cycling the gravel Pile Bay Road to Iliamna Lake in the early dawn.
I was drawn, in part, to this route because Alaska is in the midst of mineral development projects that could entirely transform the landscape. Our route would bring us through a proposed, controversial, open pit copper mine—the Pebble Mine. I wanted to see clear streams full of sockeye salmon, bears and untamed landscapes, as it has been for millennia, before it is allowed to be transformed—forever.Tweet Print
The Brompton factory in West London paused for a moment last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of production of its bespoke folding bikes. The company is still located only a few miles from where the original three employees started, though the modern, 35,000 square-foot factory now employs 200.Tweet Print
We’re looking forward to a new bike share system opening in our hometown next summer, and to lead the way the program is looking to hire an executive director, according to our friends over at Bike Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Bike Share seeks a professional who is passionate about urban mobility and the potential transformational impact of bike share on community livability. The Executive Director will provide the leadership for the fundraising, planning and implementation of tasks necessary to launch the bike share program in 2014.
Have experience leading a complex organization, AND love bikes? Check out the full job description here.
Click the map to see all the proposed bike share station locations.Tweet Print
Fyxation is a Milwaukee based company founded in 2009. Its first product was the robust Session 700 tire, the tall, high volume rubber you see here. Fast-forward a few years and the company now has a complete line of components and frames focused on urban riding.
The Quiver is a 4130 cro-moly frame with rear facing, horizontal dropouts. The company’s proprietary derailleur hanger allows the frame to be offered as a single-speed for $800, or with 1×10 gearing for $1,200, and 2×10 gearing for $1,390. I’m testing the 1×10 equipped with Sram’s Apex drivetrain and rear shifter.Tweet Print
I’m digging this video from Butchers & Bicycles starring the MK1, a cargo bike that tilts into turns, giving you uncompromising performance for such a big machine.
The MK1 is designed and built in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking district, and is expected to go into production in 2014.Tweet Print