Category: Ice biking

Aaland flag

Biking the Iceroad to the Åland islands

Editors note: The Åland Islands group consists of nearly three hundred inhabitable islands, of which about eighty are inhabited, the remainder being desolate rocks. These islands form a continuation of Åbo skärgård (in Finnish, Turunmaan saaristo), the archipelago adjacent to the southeast coast of Finland. More info about the Åland Islands. Visibility   There were

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Arrowhead walk bike trails

Arrowhead 135 Bike Race Report

“Hello, this is Richard Chin. I’m calling from…” ” Oh great, another telephone survey. It was Saturday morning and I was packing for an adventure. A telephone survey was not going to happen. I was about to hang up when he said “…ththe Pioneer Free Press in St Paul. I’m a reporter covering the Arrowhead

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Sunrise in the mountains

Alaskan Trails – A Bike Racing Report from Alaska

Before we get practical a little of the magic. Cruising through a white landscape while the sunlight makes the snow sparkle like millions of microscopic paparazzi popping off as you glide by. The light provided by a low sun making a fine layer of powder snow rising off your front tire glowingly reveal hypnotic changes

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Mountains in Alaska

Iditasport Impossible – Completing the Circle of Ice Racing

Legendary among racers and largely unknown elsewhere, the Iditasport Impossible is a human-powered winter journey tracing Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail. It’s more of an expedition than a race; we navigate unmarked dogsled and snowmachine routes 1,100 miles from Knik to Nome, and support is limited to boxes of food and clothing sent to checkpoints prior

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Snow trees

Iditasport Extreme 98 – How It Really Was to Participate

In March of 1998 I completed the Iditasport Extreme, an on-snow race which followed the Iditarod trail for about 350 miles, beginning at the roadhouse on Knik Lake and finishing in the village of McGrath, in interior Alaska. In the months prior to the race I drew on all of my wilderness and endurance racing

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Mountains in Austria

Austrian Ice – A Mountain Bike Report from Austria

I am a long time Mountainbike Journalist from Austria. My friends and me have formed a progressive Mountainbike Freeride group years ago, Headquarters in Innsbruck, Tyrol/Austria. The Group is called the “VertRiders”. There’s also a web project which is planned to be updated in January. Believe me, the “Verts” are totally addicted to winter riding.

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Winter cyclists

What do Ice Bikers Wear For Underwear (Underwear Layering)

Icebikers have special needs when it comes to the layers next to the skin. While normal outdoor winter activity may require a simple pair of cotton long johns under jeans, this simply won’t do for winter cycling. Cyclists produce great amounts of heat (and sweat) and the traditional approaches to warmth just don’t work. First,

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Winter cycling stories

5 Cycling Stories Covered in Snow and Ice

Ice bike ride Saturday After last weekends hectic organization of Winnipeg’s inaugural Ice Bike Event this weekend was spent in more leisurely pursuits. On this Saturday the whole family rose late. After breakfast Josh and I headed off for a ride up the Red River. There was a strong South wind so we ended up

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Historic snow bike

The History of Ice Biking and Winter Cycling

Icebikers sometimes think themselves unique or inventive, and almost always believe themselves to be resourceful. These beliefs are all true of course, and athletic, competitive, self reliant and macho suggest themselves frequently as well. Icebikers sometimes think that winter cycling is relatively new, an invention of the last 10 years or so, made possible by

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Biking in the snow

This is Why You Are Cycling Slower in the Winter

There is frequently much discussion as to why we cycle slower in winter than in summer. There are several reasons put forward for this often observed phenomena, some of which are well reasoned and some of which are pure nonsense. Why Slower? Some of the reasons put forth for slowness in winter are as follows:

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Winter cyclists in snow

Get to Know the Winter Cyclists and Ice Bikers

In the winter of 98/99 Icebike.org conducted a survey of winter cycling using an automated web page which tallied answers to the twenty questions printed below. The survey was first posted only on the Icebike mailing list. After the membership of that list responded, the survey was made available to the internet as a whole

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Cars on a road

Pam Blalock’s 5 Best Tips to Winter Cycling

A lot of people have ask me how I can possibly ride through a New England winter. Dressing properly for the weather certainly has a great deal to do with my enjoyment of it, but I have to admit that I also really get a kick out of the looks on people’s faces when I

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Biking in snow

Winter Cycling Techniques for Any Kind of Snow and Ice

There are certain common techniques that seem to be useful in many varieties of snow and ice. If you are new to icebiking you may find the collected experiences of dozens of other icebikers from all over the world useful in your first year. These tips were garnered from the mailing list topics. You will

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Studded winter bike tire

The Ultimate Guide to Winter Bike Tires and Studded Tires

Your tires determine how safe you’ll be out on the road this 2019/2020 winter season. So, have you checked yours lately? We’ll make it easy for you to shop like a pro and look after your tires like an expert cyclist. Everything you need concerning winter bike tires can be found here. We’ll teach you

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Dark road in Alaska

Find the Best Bike Lights, Batteries and Reflectors

Lights aren’t really a winter cycling issue, but since it is dark longer in winter, you tend to need bicycle lights in the winter. You want to be sure that your choice works in the cold. Remember, that if you ride the roads, you need brighter lights than on the trail, because roads tend to

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Winter cycling, fat bike

Winterizing Your Freehubs for Winter and Ice Biking

Winterizing a freehub is simply overhauling it with the right lubricant. This piece should help you decide whether you need to winterize your freehub and get you through the procedure if you decide to try. Manufacturers assemble freehubs with varying amounts of fairly thick grease in the bearings and pawls. At temperatures below about 20

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Bike fenders in snow

Fenders for Ice and Rain Biking (Mudguards)

Many icebikers end up being rain bikers or snow-melt bikers or in some other way attract a lot of dirty water to the backside of their biking togs. Sooner or later the original idea of fenders dawns on the soggy rider and then the search is on of a good pair, which weighs nothing, looks

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Cycling mirror

What You Need to Know About Cycling Mirrors

Cycling mirrors are one of those subjects that bring on arguments almost as intense as the “Helmet Wars” found on any cycling discussion on the Internet. They come around once every 6 months or so, and usually leave a lot of acrimony hanging in the ether. Roadies think they are too sexy to use mirrors,

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Ice covered Alaska road

Cycle Computers for Winter and Ice Cycling

In winter everything becomes problematic. Even the simple bike computer. The problem is not the computers themselves, but trying to use them can be maddening when you have winter gloves, or worse, lobster claws or mittens on, and your fingers are an inch wide. Those little buttons are often hard to push. Since much winter

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Winter rain pants

How I Got Custom Made Winter Rain Pants

Last fall I noticed that my well used rain pants were no longer waterproof. They tended to cling when wet, and the nylon had worn thin in the seat. The zippers had long since failed, and been replaced with Velcro, and even that was failing. No matter how much ScotchGard Outdoor I used on them

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Winter cycling tights

Layering Winter Cycling Pants and Tights

What do you wear on your legs when it gets really cold out? Looking in all of the various bike catalogs you see that the super warm tights are good down to – get this, 45 Degrees (F). Well, that takes care of October, but what about Winter? The availability of cold weather tights has

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Winter cyclists with different cycling jackets

How to Layer Winter Cycling Jackets

What to wear in the winds of winter? How to keep from freezing? This is what keeps a lot of folks from icebiking, fear of the cold. But as we have stated elsewhere, fear of overheating is more warranted. This is not to say that you can’t get cold out there. However, as long as

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Winter cycling in a blizzard

Winter Cycling Caps, Hats and Headgear

You loose a lot of heat through your head. The old ice-fisherman’s adage is that if your feet get cold put a hat on. When icebiking, the heat loss through your head can be a blessing if you are working up a sweat. However, most of the time you are fighting wind-chill of the face

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Ice biking gear, backpack

The Ultimate Winter Cycling Gear Guide

Here we cover the type of equipment you can use for icebiking. You will find a wide variety of opinions on the topic of equipment. So diverse, that you eventually come to the conclusion that they can’t all be wrong. There must be multiple “right” solutions. I rather suspect that, in the end, almost any

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Extreme ice biking

How to Choose Extreme Winter Cycling Shoes, Boots and Footwear

What to wear on your feet is a big question and the source of much discussion among icebikers. There are basically two schools of thought one the subject. Use shoes designed for cycling, making additions or changes to accommodate the cold, such as adding neoprene booties over the shoes or Gore-Tex socks to retain the

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Cycling in winter clothing

Winter Cycling Clothes – The Ultimate Clothing Guide

Each climate requires different clothes. Being somewhat more stubborn than others, it took me two years to figure out combinations that worked well in all conditions. With an aim toward shortening the learning curve we present the following discussions on clothing options. Now, just because you don’t see it here doesn’t mean it won’t work.

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Ice bikers

Ice Biking – How To Do Winter Cycling in Ice and Snow

Why do we ride in the winter? I’m frequently asked as I walk into a pub or movie theater, “aren’t you cold?”. I just smile warmly and say “nope”. Nearly every day coworkers used to ask if I had taken my bike, thinking “its worse weather than yesterday, there’s no way he rode his bike”

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