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2 BikeLife Tempe BorninAlaska theHistory of FatBikes MAYOR Berkowitzs BIKINGVision WINTER IS COMING Tipsforconquering thecold Fall 2015 BikeLife Sweepstakesseepage11 READ THIS. RIDE OFTEN AnchorageREAD THIS. RIDE OFTEN Berkowitzs AnchorageAnchorage GET ACTIVEDISCOVER NEW LOWER PRICES ON OUR BEST SELLING LIFESTYLE AND YOUTH BIKES THE BICYCLE SHOP- DIMOND 1801 W Dimond Blvd Anchorage AK 99515 907-222-9953 www.bikeshopak.com PARAMOUNT CYCLES 1320 Huffman Park Drive Anchorage AK 99515 907-336-2453 www.paramountcyclesak.com 2 BikeLife Tempe ANCHORAGE CHRIS AREND For more than 37 years Chris Arend has photographed a variety of people and events throughout the state of Alaska the U.S. and abroad. He has worked in Alaskas native villages as well as with its largest corporations. Alaska gives me such a wide variety of experiences with wonderful people. I cant imagine doing anything else. Lynn Guissinger Mike Banuelos Becca Heaton Susan Wasinger Zane Wilson Marc Frutinger Van Le Joe Gilpin Maeve Nevins Lavtar Alli Harvey Sylvia Craig Christi Meyn Zack Fields Brian Litmans Felipe Godoy Diaz Ryan Amirault Michelle Jackson Greg Thomas Shirlee Adolfson Brian Bauer briancatacom.com 303-444-5545 x112 Lynn Guissinger lynncatacom.com 303-444-5545 x106 BikeLife Cities 1515 Walnut Street Boulder CO 80302 Tel 303-444-5545 Fax 800-579-1515 www.bikelifecities.com Contact salesbikelifecities.com for media kit and rate card Contact infobikelifecities.com for submission information Contact infobikelifecities.com for information Publisher Editors Art DirectorDesigner Designer Contributors Online Finance Sales Editorial Office Advertising Story and photo submissions Distribution ON THE COVER Photo by Chris Arend Ethan Berkowitz was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage in May 2015. He is a father husband and local business owner. Mayor Berkowitz spends his free time running biking and skiing on the Coastal Trail and kayaking in Westchester Lagoon. BECCA HEATON Co-editor and contributor Becca Heaton has been riding bikes since she got her first two-wheeler with a banana seat and flower basket in first grade. An avid cyclist she enjoys pedaling the roads and trails around Colorado via road bike mountain bike or her new favorite cyclocross bike. CONTRIBUTORS BikeLife Tempe 3 7 Welcome Letter 9 I Bike Anchorage Meet locals who like to travel on two wheels 10 A Man With a Plan Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on the future of biking in Anchorage 12 One Stop Bike Shop New fleet to serve Anchorage youth 14 Enjoy the Urban Bike Life 6 new city bikes for traveling around town 16 Born in Alaska The history of fat bikes from snow to sand 21 Riding by Example A talk with Brian Litmans bike advocate extraordinaire 22 Build Your BikeLife A commuters guide to biking success 24 Street Makeover Bike Boulevard coming to 27th Avenue 27 Making an Impact Summer program for teens provides work and life experience 29 Winter is Coming Conquer the cold on two wheels 30 Be Seen Finding the right bike light 32 Campus Innovation Seawolves bring bike share to Anchorage 34 The Final Mile Life on the road with the IMBA trail care crew BikeLife Anchorage Fall 2015 ONTHEWEB BikeLifeCities.com FOLLOWUS Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities ANCHORAGE READ THIS ISSUE ONLINE You can access this issue anytime. Share it with your friends by sending a link so they can read it too BLOGS Read fun stories and news about biking every day RESOURCES Were your one-stop shop for everything biking in Anchorage from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Anchorage What would you like to read or write about We want to hear from you. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER Well keep you up to date year- round on all kinds of fun interesting and newsworthy bike-related stories. page 29 page 27 page 16 page 10 ALASKAS PREMIER FAT BIKE SHOP chainreactioncycles.us 12201 Industry Way Unit 2 907-336-0383 Chain Reaction Cycles Alaska Unit 2 907-336-0383 Chain Reaction Cycles Alaska Bright People. Powerful Solutions. Building Alaska. www.crweng.com Northern Lights Blvd Tudor Road 15th Ave Knik Arm Lake Hood Coastal Trail Anchorage Chester Creek Trail Westchester Lagoon PostmarkDr CStreet Need a trail fix The Fixit includes all the tools you need for basic bike repairs and maintenance to get you back on the trail or roadway. CRW Engineering Group is donating and installing 2 Fixit Bicycle Repair Stations along our trails this summer BikeLife Anchorage 7 A lloverthecountrycitiesarechangingthe way they look at transportation. Winter cities like Minneapolis Bozeman Denver Pittsburgh Chicago and many others are realizing that investing in bicycle infra- structure increases a citys economic value liv- ability and sustainability. Providing convenient healthy transportation options encourages people to move to a place and stay despite fluc- tuations in the economy. Most importantly these investments ensure that all citizens regardless of socioeconomic status have a safe way to get around the city. In Anchorage we are lucky to have so many enthusiastic people working hard to make Anchorage a better place to bike. AMATS is proud to feature some of these people in the 2015 fall issue of BikeLife Anchorage. With their help and yours we can make Anchorage a leader in winter-city bicycling. IN THIS ISSUE Introducing Mayor Ethan Berkowitz In July 2015 Anchorage welcomed a new mayor. An avid bike enthusiast and supporter Mayor Berkowitz sat down with Bike- Life Anchorage to discuss his plans to help make our city more bike friendly. Read the interview on pages 1011. OurLocalRockStars Thisissueisallaboutpeopleinourcommunitywhoareworking to make Anchorage a better place to LIVE WORK and BIKE. We hope you are as inspired as we are by the people who are making a difference in our community through bike advocacy bikeway design and engineering improving bicycling in the Anchorage School District creating bikeshare programs empowering Anchorage youth and more. Winter is Coming We know what youre thinking. Once winter arrives how can I continue enjoying my daily commute in dark cold snowy and often icy conditions Although some of us prefer to park that bicycle in the garage for the winter there are a growing number of people who are choosing to commute year round. Learn about best practices for staying warm and safe on your winter commute with the helpful how-to guide on pages 2225. Whats up With Fat Tire Bikes A lot apparently. Built for snow and sand fat tire bikes are changing the way we look at biking and opening up a whole new way to experience Anchorage in the winter. Learn about how fat bikes were Born in Alaska starting on page 16. Enjoy reading share this with your friends and hope to see you out pedaling Joni Wilm AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator wilmjcmuni.org Greetings from BikeLife Anchorage Welcome 248miles of bike trails and bike lanes 18-mile long Tony Knowles Coastal Trail 47ofAmericas Best50BikeCities Bicyclingmagazine Silver-Level BicycleFriendlyCity LeagueofAmericanBicyclists ANCHORAGE by the numbers 541miles planned by 2028 30miles of singletrack trails ALASKA BICYCLE TOURS CYCLEALASKA.COM 1-877-292-4154 VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILED ITINERARIES TOUR DATES Klondike Canoe Bike Inside Passage Golden Circle Canol Road Bike Nome THE BEST OF ALASKA NW CANADA VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILED ITINERARIES TOUR DATES TOURSFULLY SUPPORTED TOURS LOCAL GUIDES SELF-GUIDED TOURS GEAR RENTALS Bike Inspired Books and Art Contact Anchorage Artist Gina Edwards 907-336-2457 or ginaartgci.net www.etsy.comshopginaedwardsgallery www.artistsyouhire.com A r t i s t G i n a E d w a r d s F A TBIKES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY THEBICYCLESHOP 1035 W. Northern Lights 272-5219 THEBICYCLESHOPDIMOND 1801 W. Dimond 222-9953 THE BICYCLE SHOP 1035 W. Northern Lights 272-5219 THE BICYCLE SHOP DIMOND 1801 W. Dimond 222-9953 IT MILD. INDOORS OR OUTDOORS THE BICYCLE SHOP CAN KEEP YOU RIDING LOVING IT GET YOUR SALSA TODAY TRAINERS STUDDED TIRES Where youll always nd SUPER BIKES SUPER PRICES AND SUPER SERVICE. The Specialized for him the Hellga for her and the 20s and 24s for the kids Exclusively at... FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Where youll always find SUPER BIKES SUPER PRICES AND SUPER SERVICE. THE BICYCLE SHOP 1035 W. Northern LIghts 272-5219 THE BICYCLE SHOP DIMOND 1801 W. Dimond 222-9953 RM Consultants Inc. Innovating Today for Alaskas Tomorrow www.rmconsult.com BikeLife Anchorage 9 BRYAN HILL Land Use Planner PDC Inc. Engineers What do you like best about biking in Anchorage Riding my bicycle through Anchorage provides me an intimate view of its history geography and communities. Where are your favorite places to ride There are so many beautiful trails in Anchorage. However if I were to pick my favorite ride it would probably be my regular commute through midtown. Not because it is particularly beautiful or accessible to bicycles but because I feel connected to the community when riding through it. Whats the most important thing Anchorage can do to make biking better We need to foster a culture of awareness of bicycles as a safe and regular form of transportation. When bicycles are accepted as a safe and regular way to get places we all become partners in improving Anchorage and its transportation resources. What are 3 reasons why you commute by bike 1 I love the freedom and mobility I feel by getting places on my bicycle rather than relying on a car. 2 It reduces my carbon footprint. 3 Its fun VAN LE Planning Manager RM Consultants Inc. MOM Hockey Player and Triathlete What do you like best about biking in Anchorage Its an adventure. I never get tired of seeing moose in our city and sometimes a planned route becomes a detour. Where are your favorite places to ride To school and to the park with my elemen- tary school-aged son. We dont live that far from his school but I love that he loves to ride and is proud to lock up his bike and bring his helmet to class. Our favorite place to ride to is probably the yogurt shop on Huffman. Whats the most important thing Anchorage can do to make biking better Providing safe places to bike such as connecting pathways and sidewalks to destinations. People will use them if they are there. I like seeing kids out riding with their friends. I grew up in a small town and we rode our bikes everywhere. What are 3 reasons why you commute by bike Its fun easy and you get fresh air and health benefits too Only a 10-minute ride from my house its convienient and I can run errands since my office is located in Independence Park where there are other businesses and shops within walking distance. ROB WHITNEY Firefighter Anchorage Fire Department What do you like best about biking in Anchorage Im not the most patient person and biking gets me from A to B without a lot of hassle. Biking to work also gives me energy at work and helps start the day off waaaay better with a bit of exercise. Where are your favorite places to ride Bicentennial Park. I grew up on those trails my parents house was right across the street and they never get old rippin around on. Whats the most important thing Anchorage can do to make biking better More bike lanes Cmon Mayor Berkowitz flex those muscles and make it happen What are three reasons why you commute by bike Exercise clears my head I despise sitting at endless stoplights and its often about the same commute time Meet locals who like to travel on two wheels I bike Anchorage What is your vision for the future of bicycling in Anchorage Anchorage has the capacity to be a great city for bikers. Our trails are some of the best and most scenic in the country but we need to improve bike safety especially for commuters. There have been too many bike fatalities and accidents on our roads. My vision for a safe complete bike plan for Anchorage includes trails bike lanes and all-weather biking throughout the city. In your opinion what specific steps does Anchorage need to take to become a more bicycle-friendly city We need better and more lighting on trails and bike lanes. We are a winter city and with that comes long stretches of darkness but that should not hinder bike commuters or put people in danger. Better lighting will increase the safety of bikers pedestrians and vehicles. The more visible we all are the safer we all are. I also want to ensure that the city continues to work with AMATS to connect trans- portation and land use to make sure citizens have easy access to transit. What are some bike infrastructure improvements you expect to be completed in your first term such as new bike lanes or bike boulevards Implementation of the Anchorage Bike Plan is underway. There are several projects planned for construction in 2016. They include bike lanes on Wisconsin Street and C Street a bike boulevard on 10th Avenue improved shoulder road striping along C Street and Tudor road between Minnesota and Old Seward High- way and a shared road facility on McCarrey Street. A bicycle boulevard planned for 27th Avenue is in the initial scoping phase. In addition to these projects more prioritized projects from the Anchorage Bike Plan will be identified for implementation as the AMATS Transportation Improvement Program TIP 2015- 2018 progresses through its four-year planning cycle. Most cities that have experienced a spike in bike use have done so by installing an integrated network of bike lanes bike boulevards and separated bikeways. Do you believe Anchorage needs to take a similar approach to increase biking If so what will you do to help make that happen Here in Anchorage we are privileged to access a world-class network of trails thanks to ground breaking work by Lanie Fleischer and former Governor Tony Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on the future of biking in Anchorage A Man With a Plan Ethan Berkowitz was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage in May 2015. He is a father husband and local business owner. Mayor Berkowitz spends his free time running biking and skiing on the Coastal Trail and kayaking in Westchester Lagoon. You can follow Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on Twitter mayorethananc Facebook and Instagram or email him at mayormuni.org. 10 BikeLife Anchorage Knowles. We have an opportunity to build upon that trail system to create an award winning bike-friendly city. When it comes to increasing bike ridership there are several factors. People need to feel safe when they are on a trail or sharing the road with vehicles. Improving our biking infrastructure by creating a safe network of bike lanes bike boulevards and separated bikeways will make people more comfortable using theirbikesfortransportationandrecreation.Whenwecombine that with easy access to the city by bike we will increase ridership and the safety of Anchorage residents who choose to commute by bicycle. My administration will continue to work with AMATS and ADOTPF to implement the Anchorage Bike Plan. Many other bike-friendly cities have adopted policies on Vision Zero and Complete Streets. Vision Zero is a multi- national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic. Complete Streets are designed to enable safe access for all users including pedestrians bicyclists motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. What do you think of creating Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies for Anchorage Pedestrian and bicycle related fatalities happen far too often. As our city expands and becomes more diverse we will see an increase in the number of people who choose to commute by bicycle and on foot. Anchorage citizens deserve and expect safe streets. Fatalities on city streets should not be inevitable or acceptable. My administration recognizes the importance of creating a Complete Streets policy and will work with AMATS to fashion a Complete Streets policy that makes sense for our unique transportation needs and winter-city climate. What do you love about bicycling in Anchorage How do you think our unique environment adds to the quality of life for Anchorage residents Biking in Anchorage brings a wonderful sense of community. Whether you bike for transportation or for fun you are never alone and you are always passing a smiling face. One of my familys favorite rides is along the Coastal Trail where we constantly run into friends and family. Getting outdoors not just biking ties our community together and improves our quality of life. ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES For details and to enter go to BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES15 WIN A FOUR PEAKS COLLAB BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES Sweepstakes closes November 30 2015. Winners will be posted on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Winners must reside in the contiguous U.S. Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES15 WIN A FOUR PEAKS COLLAB BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM New fleet to serve Anchorage youth One Stop Bike Shop The fleet comprised of Bike Friday one size adjusts to all or OSATA bikes is long overdue according to Anne Schlapia with the Anchorage Depart- ment of Health Human Services. Schlapia has been teaching bike train- ing and education for years and says the bikes kids bring in are often in such poor shape they couldnt be used. Having a dedicated fleet of brand new bikes will make a huge difference according to Schlapia. Im so glad to finally see this project succeed. I think this will help the next generation to be both safe riders and drivers. Shane MacRhodes a graduate of West High School helped design the bike fleet. MacRhodes currently lives and works in Eugene OR as a Safe Routes to School coordinator and was recently back in Anchorage to teach a League of American Bicyclists instruc- tor course. While in town he advised on the best equipment for students instructors and coordinators. Weve been doing bike safety edu- cation in Eugene for over a decade and have learned a lot over the years about what works best for students instruc- tors and coordinators when it comes K ids in Anchorage will soon be sporting brand new bikes thanks to funding from Alaskas Safe Routes to School Program. The funding was secured by the Alaska Injury Prevention Center to create a bike fleet for the Anchorage School District. Written by Sylvia Craig 12 BikeLife Anchorage BikeLife Anchorage 13 to fleet and equipment for training said MacRhodes. The fleet will be housed in a trail- er sourced from local retailer White Spruce Trailers. This mobile bike dispenser is outfitted with helmets materials for setting up a bike skills course and tools needed for simple upkeep and maintenance. Teachers in the Anchorage School District will be able to request and reserve the trailer online its then conveniently delivered directly to their school. The bike trailer will enable physical education teachers to provide active learning about the health benefits of biking bike maintenance and riding safely and efficiently says Melanie Sutton the Health and Physical Edu- cation Coordinator for the Anchorage School District. Biking skills will be taught using a combination of classroom and on-bike instruction following the established Bikeology curriculum. The curriculum was designed by the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recre- ation and Dance with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin- istration. Its meant to serve pre-teen and teen students in grades 6-12. The Alaska Injury Prevention Center and its partners look forward to providing the next generation of Anchorage bikers with the skills and knowledge to confidently and safely bicycle whether for exercise or transportation. Were excited to engage students and provide an equal playing field for kids to learn about the benefits gained from being physically active as well as the skills and knowledge to incor- porate safe satisfying recreational opportunities into their lives says Sutton. The bikes will be deployed this coming school year. Im so glad to finally see this project succeed. I think this will help thenext generation to be both safe riders and drivers. ENJOYTHE URBANBIKELIFE TREK LYNC 3 This silvery blue nine-speed commuter bike is tricked out with integrated front and tail lights fenders and the ability to add a Bluetooth sensor in the frame so you can log your rides if you choose. Reflectivity on the frame and tires boost your visibility after dark. 1020 trekbikes.com When you ride a bike in the city there are so many pluses. You dont waste a second stuck in traffic. There are no payments for tolls or tow charges. Parking is a snap. And you get some exercise while youre pedaling. For many cycling to work is the start of a great love affair with the sport. The choices of city bikes keep growing and growing as more people choose bikes as a way to travel. Depending on your budget and willing- ness to spend more for higher quality or more features you can find a wide array of price points ranging from about 400 on up. Ask at your local bike shop for a bike that fits your bud- get offers efficient pedaling and includes the features you need. And of course let them help you get the proper fit. Weve picked out six great city bikes all with different features and in a range of prices to suit a variety of pedaling needs and styles to help you get around town. 6 new city bikes for traveling around town By BECCA HEATON 14 BikeLife Anchorage BikeLife Boulder 3 GIANT MOMENTUM STREET This classic style bike is fast rolling with upright positioning so youre always in control. Comes with smart integrated features like a built-in cup holder a chain guard to protect your clothes from dirt and grime and a rear rack to carry cargo. 425 pedalmomentum.com STATE BICYCLE FOUR PEAKS Four Peaks Brewing State Bicycle Co. have pulled out all of the stops for this fun beer-inspired commuter. Mustache-bars coaster brake bell and an affixed bottle opener will keep you well equipped on your next pub ride. 579 statebicycle.com LINUS LIBERTINE II With a traditional upright riding position the lovely Libertine II is a comfy and speedy commuter with eight speeds of shifting. Pick from teal or black. 899 linusbike.com NOVARA BARROW The 24-speed Euro-style Barrow features a nice storage basket in front that stays steady in the turns with a stretchy cover to keep everything secure. When youre zipping around town on this seafoam green beauty disc brakes make stopping a breeze. 749 rei.com RALEIGH CAMEO Designed just for gals the pretty purple Cameo has seven speeds of shifting and a nice upright position for riding. The step-through frame makes it easy to ride in a skirt too. 400 raleighusa.com THOSE LITTLE EXTRAS Here are a few goodies to make your bike even more fun to ride. Green Guru Touring Townie Handlebar Bag Made from recycled banners in lots of fun colors and patterns this handy insulated bag mounts on your handlebar. Good for storing drinks snacks phone wallet and more. 34.95 greengurugear.com Mirrycle Telebell Ring this beautiful little bell to let people know when youre approaching or passing. Its melodic sound will be music to their ears. 18 mirrycle.com iOMounts NOMAD Keep your mobile device handy with the easy-to- attach NOMAD handlebar mount. Put your device in the special case the super-strong magnet keeps your device on tight through any bumps. 60 iomounts.com BORN IN ALASKA By JONI WILM The history of fat bikes from snow to sand 16 BikeLife Anchorage SILKY CHOCOLATE MOCHA WITH WHIP CREAM is what Bill Fleming is having at Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge in midtown where the baristas know him by name. Hes a regular apparently. During our interview he calls out greetings to several business proprietors who warmly smile back at him and wave. Blue eyes twinkling its hard not to get caught up in the boyish energy that fuels his work as a bike shop owner fat bike manufacturer bike adventure organizer bike advocate and this story of the fat bike and how it came to be. IT ALL STARTED OVER A GIRL. Like most Anchorage kids growing up in the early 80s Bill Fleming rode a bike until he was old enough to buy a car. Years later Bill met Sheryl the woman who would become his girlfriend and then his wife. Sheryl was involved in the local triathlon scene and it wasnt long until Bill became involved too. Fascinated by the competitive aspect of triathlons Bills initial interest forged a love of cycling that led to him opening up his own south Anchorage bike shop Chain Reaction Cycles. The shop co-owned by Bills friend and business partner Jamie Stull spawned 9ZERO7 Fat Bikes a leading producer of locally-made fat tire bikes that are sold all over the world. Pretty impressive considering that fat bikes only started becoming popular in the mainstream within the last few years. More impressive is that people who want to buy the best highest- quality fat bike being made in the world today can do it right here in Anchorage. FAT BIKES AN EVOLUTION TAKES HOLD. So how did Anchorage a mid-sized city way up in the sub-Arctic become ground zero for fat biking Like most things in Alaska it started with a wild and crazy idea for a race. Proposed in 1987 the Iditabike began outside a small bar near Wasilla Alaska and followed a 200-mile route to Skwentna and back. With no marked course only minimal support and historically frigid race conditions the Iditabike quickly became a world- famous endurance race setting the bar for what was physically possible in human-powered races. And as Bill explained Once you have a race in place it is naturally and quickly followed by an arms race to assemble the best possible gear for competing. The arms race that ensued over the next decade included early attempts at a fat bike starting with the famous Sixpack developed in Anchorage by Roger Cowles and featuring three regular mountain bike rims welded together. Local bike shop owner Steve Baker also created some early fat bikes for the Idita- bike. In 1989 Dan Bull Mark Frise Roger Cowels and Les Matz rode their early fat bikes all the way to Nome on the Iditarod Trail something totally unheard of at that time. Bill remembered that Right away people started to see that if you increase flotation you can increase the ability to ride on snow. The Sixpack was followed by the Snowcat Rim developed by Simon Rakower in Fairbanks Alaska. The beauty of this rim was that it fit the standard 18 BikeLife Anchorage mountain biking frame and allowed anyone to convert their mountain bike into a snow bike. In 2001 Bill used it in his first long-distance winter riding competition the inaugural Susitna 100. Bill explains that at the time the race sounded just completely crazy and he ended up having to push his bike for 60 miles of the course a factor that led most of the competitors to quit. When he finally crossed the finish line it was unlike any other feeling I had ever experienced. A deep satisfying sense of accomplishment like I had done something I didnt think was possible. Bill explained that around this same time Ray Molino owner of a mountain bike guiding business in New Mexico pulled the trigger on making a dedicated wheel and tire system for sand riding by producing an 82-mm-wide rim and matching tire. In 2001 John Evingson and Mark Gronewald of Wasilla Alaska started making bike frames to fit the design from New Mexico. Evingson took his version of the fat bike to QBP a national bike parts distributor where the bike was seen by Dave Gray head of Surly Bikes. Four years later Surly released the first mass-produced fat tire bike the Surly Pugsly. With this release came the ability to order mass-produced wide rims and tires opening up the field for smaller bike manufacturers to jump in. Two years later in 2007 Greg Matyas of Speedway Cycles in Anchor- age released the Fatback Anchorages first locally made fat bike. In 2008 Chain Reaction Cycles released their fat bike 9ZERO7. CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE OF WINTER RECREATION. The fat bike with its ultra-wide rims and matching tires floats over snow and ice opening up a world of terrain that was once only accessible by snowshoes or skis. In recent years these bikes have exploded in the Anchorage winter recreation scene and are changing the landscape of winter commuting and recreation. Although Bill couldnt share specific numbers on how many fat bikes have been sold in Anchorage he said that growth of fat bike sales has been exponential. In 2008 when Chain Reactionplacedtheirfirstorderfor100fatbikeframesBillfelt like they were betting the farm on this new bike. Certain that only other hardcore winter bike race enthusiasts would buy the bikes he was stunned when his small order sold out within four weeks. Half of the frames were sold before they had even arrived in the store he recalled. Those sales were primarily a result of word of mouth marketing. Since then Bill explained that Chain Reaction could never get ahead of the demand and there have never been enough. Whats happened now is that the whole market has changed around this tiny little niche. It seems like every manufacturer has a fat bike now. In less than 10 years fat bikes have revolutionized the bike industry and whats weird is that the people who are buying fat bikes have changed. In the last two years people who are buying these bikes include casual cyclists. It might be their first bike now or maybe their second. They use the bike for commuting or recreation. How has the fat bike changed Anchorage according to Bill Year-round cycling in Anchorage Alaska. No one would have thought that was possible if you had asked them 10 years ago. We have a lot of enthusiastic people who bike and are involved in the bike community good infrastructure and great trails. If you are cyclist this is a great community. SNOW TO SAND. When people think of fat bikes they dont immediately think of Namibia. But Bill decided to go there to ride the Skeleton Coast in 2014. When asked what had inspired him to do this trip he said that the idea was truly spontaneous. Part of what makes Alaska unique is that we have pockets of civilization surrounded by vast expanses of wilderness. I was wondering if there were other places like that. It turns out that Mongolia is the least-populated country followed by Namibia. So I looked up Namibia pulled up a map and saw the Skeleton Coast completely wild no towns no roads for 300 miles. After looking at some photos he thought I have to ride my fat bike there. As Bills wife Sheryl quickly pointed out in the early planning stages water was almost non-existent along the route. After several inquiries to bike shops in the area that elicited responses like Do NOT attempt this trip. You will die Bill realized he would need help to make the trek. Working with local Namibian bike shop owner and former Olympic bicyclist Mannie Heymans aka Mr. Africa the trip evolved and drew the attention of other high-caliber adventure riders. Before he knew it the pair had lined up seven additional riders and four support vehicles. The ride provided an ideal setting to try out 9ZERO7 fat bikes on sand. Bill says Riding through the desert felt really familiar. The same rules applied to tire pressure the way the bikes handled was a lot like riding on snow. The trip also led to a successful partnership with Mannies bike shop. Mannies Bike Mecca in Windhoek is now one of 9ZERO7s largest dealers. The route has also become a popular guided BikeLife Boulder 5 ride for adventure cyclists. Read more about the trip at httpfat-bike.com201409a-traverse-of-the-namib- desert-by-bill-fleming. The mocha cup sitting empty now is all that remains of my hour-long interview with Anchorages Bill Fleming. One thing is clear though thanks to the unwavering pioneering spirit that is Alaska and its people the fat bike revolution is just getting started. Thefatbikefloatsoversnowandiceopeningupaworldofterrain thatwasonceonlyaccessiblebysnowshoesorskis. Thesebikesarechangingthelandscapeof wintercommutingandrecreationinAnchorage. BIKE BAGS ACCESSORIES BUILT IN COLORADO USA. AVAILABLE ONLINE SELECT BIKE SHOPS AND REI. BikeLife Anchorage 21 A talk with Brian Litmans bike advocate extraordinaire It seems that many conversations related to bicycle advocacy in Anchorage can be traced back to one person. Brian Litmans president of Bike Anchorage a non-profit organi- zation with the mission to make Anchorage more bicycle-friendly started the organization after moving from Portland OR in 2007. Litmans and other bike commuters in Anchorage saw the need for an advocacy organization to complement the recreational bicycling organizations already in Alaska. Portland was an easy city for me to get anywhere I needed by bike Litmans said explaining what got him started as an advocate. I never thought twice about it. When I moved up here I knew that becoming a bike advocate was going to be an important thing for me. Why he commutes by bike I love the health aspects of it. I love the mental relief I get biking to work I get to think about things at work and biking home he laughed I get to kind of forget things at work. Litmans also explained that Just being on the greenbelt and enjoying Anchorage in that regard seeing all these folks commuting by car on Ingra and Gambell and going under them through a tunnelits pretty nice to not be in traffic every day. Becoming an integral part of bike advocacy in Anchorage Litmans advocacy for bicycling grew over time as did Bike Anchorage originally Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage. In addition to serving as President of Bike Anchorage Litmans is a member of the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions AMATS Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee BPAC. AMATS is a federally-required metropolitan planning organization that allocates federal transportation funds to projects in the Anchorage area. The BPAC provides recommendations to the AMATS Technical Advisory Committee about bicycle and pedestrian issues. This committee helps to ensure that Anchorage has quality connected routes for bike commuters and recreational users. The future of bicycling in Anchorage Litmans said that what Anchorage really needs is for more people to get involved and speak up about biking priorities. There is a strong community in Anchorage that wants to see the city become a safer place to bike but change in Anchorage wont come without others jumping into the mix. He encouraged BikeLife readers to get involved with Bike Anchorage as a volunteer. Volunteers help with any number of tasks required to run a nonprofit organization including behind the scene duties advocacy and outreach. Reflecting on why this is a rewarding opportunity he said Its fun to know that youre part of something thats changing the city for the better. For more information visit bikeanchorage.orgvolunteer. Riding by Example ALLI HARVEY writer for Alaska Dispatch News sat down with Brian Litmans of Bike Anchorage to talk bike commuting bike advocacy and how people can get involved to improve biking in Anchorage. BUILDYOUR BIKELIFEA commuters guide To biking success By MAEVE NEVINS LAVTAR 22 BikeLife Anchorage Biking is a way of life for Maeve as seen on her wedding day as guests celebrate with an 11-mile cruiser ride from the top of Palmer Creek Road to the ocean-side town of Hope AK. Credit Heather Thamm T he day I moved to Boulder CO my 13-year-old Ford Exploder well exploded. With a new job no transportation and no money my bike became my new best friend. Luckily I had moved to one of the most bike-friendly cities in America. Boulder has seriously invested in the infrastructure to support its biking community with more than 300 miles of dedicated bikeways pedestrian cross walks with push buttons a multi-million dollar bike park and online interactivebikemapstohelpcommutersfind the most efficient route to work or school. Mycommuteconsistedofriding11mileseach way from the foothills of Boulder Canyon east across town via a network of paved bike paths artistically embellished underpasses and on-road bikes lanes all while towing a trailer that carried my senior dog Maggie. It was faster to bike in traffic than to drive and easy to navigate the urban sprawl with the informativewayfindingsignsthatwereposted with mileage amenities and locations. In my first year I won our companys alternative commuter challenge and used my prize money to upgrade my bike from a rusty old cruiser to a Cadillac of hybrid bikes. Flash forward to 2012 when I found myself in Anchorage working in a new position as a park planner. In addition to parks I am tasked with helping the city become more bike-friendly as the project manager on many of our premier bike trails both paved and soft-surface singletrack. While im- proving existing trails is my first pri- ority I am incredibly excited to help build new bike infrastructure and in- spire a culture where everyone finds biking a safe and convenient alterna- tive for commuting and play. Anchorage aspires to become a mod- el of what is possible in urban biking culture where every child has access to a bike where bikes are as available as soda in a vending machine where tourists coming off of the railroad or a cruise boat can affordably rent a bike anywhere and where it is safe to ride in the streets. Weareonthefrontierofthisemerging movement and I believe biking will be a way of life here in the near future. Organizations like the Anchorage Park FoundationandtheAEDCs Live.Work. Play. initiative are currently working hard to implement viable biking solutions for our year-round biking community. Last winter we counted more fat bikers on the greenbelt trails than Nordic skiers. SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE. Teach bike etiquette be a good bike steward and follow the rules of the road. Host a bike repair potluck party teach your neighbor how to fix a flat tire and share a meal together. Spend an hour showing a neighbor the commuter route to work. Host a riding skills course. People often benefit from a bike handling refresher course. Support youth bike education programs like Mighty Bikes in Anchorage or Sprocket Kids in Palmer volunteer to coach or sponsor a childs training. Sponsor a neighborhood bike repair station. Imagine if we had bike repair kits in neighborhood yards like we do mini free libraries Hold work meetings on a trail rather than in a conference room sure it will be less serious than staring at each other over a table but it can build rapport and it will be memorable. Participate in government affairs let your Community Council and Assembly members know what they can do to help your neighborhood be bike friendly. Talk to your employer and politely ask them to consider reimbursing commuters for expenses. The Bicycle Commuter Act of 2008 lets businesses write off up to 240 a year per rider Learn more at bikeleague.orgcontent bicycle-commuter-benefit. The first step to transforming into a bike activist is to harness your inner child and remember the thrill you felt when you rode down your first hill.or the great sense of independence you got from riding your new bike. Then bring that enthusiasm to your neighbors to create safe biking experienes within your own home streets through group riding events. One of my all-time favorite bike happenings that brings out my inner child was the weekly Denver Cruiser Ride. It started small a hundred or so bikers meeting once a week in downtown Denver on Wednesday nights. Bikes and riders of all ages decked out as if going to a costume ball all terminating at a circular course with everyone riding and dancing to live music at Civic Center Park. Now there are literally thousands of bikers riding in neighborhood groups to compete once a week to win best costume tour local breweries and just ride with old friends. I used to plan my vacations so that I could be there on a Wednesday night to dress up with my friends decorate our bikes and ride downtown. Now when I visit I even have my 67-year-old Mom join me on her cruiser bike decked out in boas and beads. Biking as a culture is new to Anchorage empower your neighbors. How can individuals get involved Become a bike activist. Be seen on your bike Show neighbors why biking is for everyone ride often and in all weather ride the talk. Ride your bike to the grocery store rather than driving bike trailers can typically hold a full weeks worth of supplies. Organize a meet-up ride at your local park. Take pride in your ride whether you are into themes or just like bike gadgets add personality to your bike just as you do your wardrobe. CreditKarlLavtar BikeLife Anchorage 23 Bike boulevard coming to 27th Avenue Street Makeover I n 2013 The League of American Bicyclists recognized Anchorage as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community for its commitment to providing a safe comfortable and in- viting environment for bikes. As part of that movement West 27th Avenue is getting a multimodal makeover via recommendations outlined in the 2010 Anchorage Bicycle Plan. WEST 27TH AVENUE West 27th Avenue Safety Improve- ments is not a new idea it has been patiently waiting for its turn to hit the streets as a project in the Anchorage Bicycle Plan adopted in 2010. West 27th Avenue between Minnesota and Blueberry has all the trappings of a pedestrian and bicycle corridor. Connecting the mostly residential area west of Minnesota to the diverse high-density residential and commercial hub of Spenard the three-block corridor is close to five schools seven bike shops and traverses one of the most popular food and entertainment destinations in Midtown Anchorage. People who live and work here are already seen walking and bicycling in large numbers. BICYCLE BOULEVARDS As the popularity of bicycling contin- ues to increase and in the case of winter cities like Anchorage that have seen a dramatic increase in winter biking so does the demand for safe comfortable and attractive bike facilities that func- tion year round. Taking advantage of the fact that most local streets already have the low-traffic speeds and volumes that make them comfortable for walking and biking bicycle boulevards create a low- stress environment for bicyclists and pedestrians. Giving priority to bicycles these streets typically follow desired routes such as between neighborhood destinations or along commercial areas. To optimize the user experience the West 27th Avenue Project will employ traffic calming tools to manage vehicle speeds volume management to discour- age cut-through traffic intersection design and pedestrian safety improve- ments. Since the typical urban bicycle trip is at least two miles long the design of intersections plays an important role in creating a safe and functioning bicycle boulevard. Wayfinding tools such as signage and striping also play an important role. As Anchorages first Bicycle Boulevard this project will lead the way in pioneering this type of street in Alaskas largest city. THE PROJECT The West 27th Avenue Safety Im- provements Project is currently wrap- ping up the concept phase and advanc- ing toward the design study phase this fall. For more information and to sign up for project updates visit W27thAveImprovements.com. Story by Marc Frutiger PE PTOE Van Le AICP and Joe Gilpin RM CONSULTANTS Inc. is excited to help the Municipality of Anchorage carry out its mission of creating safe and comfortable public spaces for all users. We are honored to be a part of Anchorages first bicycle boulevard project and have teamed with ALTA PLANNING DESIGN national Bike Boulevard experts to make this project a reality. A special thanks to 27th Avenue project manager Lori Schanche PLA. 24 BikeLife Anchorage Household detergents leave behind performance-reducing residue. Nikwax cleaners are specially designed to be used on your beloved outdoor gear. LOVE YOUR JACKET CARE FOR IT PROPERLY. USE NIKWAX TECH WASH Cleans safely and effectively Revitalizes waterproof performance Extends the life of your jacket CLEAN YOUR GEAR DIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTYDIRTY CLEANCLEANCLEANCLEANCLEANCLEAN nikwaxna.comblc AVAILABLE AT I n its 10th year Youth Employment in Parks YEP hired 24 diverse teenagers from nine different high schools to help improve Anchorage trails and parks. For many teenagers this is their first paying job and it also gives them the opportunity to work outside. The YEP program is a public-private partnership between the Anchorage Park Foundation and the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department. Aside from working in challenging out- door conditions the YEP crew received regular presentations by local experts on a variety of topics. Speakers includ- ed Wells Fargo financial literacy classes Fish and Wildlife Service salmon ecolo- gy lessons and the Anchorage Commu- nity Land Trust led the crew on an ex- clusive tour of the developing Mountain View Neighborhood. The YEP crew also takes part in an an- nual mentorship week. Crew members are matched with professionals to job shadow for a day in the career they might be interested in pursuing. Two crew members chose to job shadow Anchor- age Parks and Recreation Park Planner Maeve Nevins. As a project manager of several park trail projects Nevins finds efficiency through performing inspec- tions by mountain bike. The Kincaid singletrack trails are some of our most popular multi-use trails in the city Nevins said. As land managers it is our job to ensure trails are properly maintained by the managing user group Singletrack Advocates. Both YEP crew members love single- track mountain biking and were thrilled to be part of the inspection. I am an avid biker says Cannen Burgess a junior at West High School. I would normally be biking if I wasnt working. As they all rode through Kincaid Park their job shadowing turned into quite the adventure. About half way through the ride we saw a black bear said Grayling Simes a junior at Dimond High School. Both Cannen and Graylin understand what it means to have accessible trails for the biking community in Anchorage. Its a good recreational activity if you want to hang out with friends said Bur- gess you just go bike. Through education recreation hard work and strong community partner- ships YEP is a model program to men- tor Anchorage youth and improve trail and park lands. The true program re- sults are lifetime stewards of our trails and public lands. By Felipe Godoy Diaz Anchorage Park Foundation Marketing Communications Intern Summer program for teens provides work and life experience Making an Impact Constructing an Iditarod-themed trail at Balto Seppala Park Bank restoration at Westchester Lagoon on the Chester Creek Trail Landscape improvements at Centennial Park Campground Foot bridge repairs at Earthquake Park Installation of new gravel trails at Far North Bicentennial Park Building a new coastal beach access trail at Kincaid Park Trails repair at Mt. Baldy YEPs first project in Eagle River. This years 2015 YEP crew completed seven projects across the Anchorage park and trail system. Their work consisted of BIKEGOTSTOLEN State Bicycle Co. will get you back on the road with 100 off a new bike. with a police report from the past 90 days E-mail adminstatebicycle.com for details. statebicycle.com Conquer the cold on two wheels Winter is Coming REDUCE SPEEDS WHEN SNOW AND ICE ARE PRESENT. You may do this instinctively. Look for cleared patches of road or non-compacted snow to pedal on when possible. Slow down especially on turns and hills and always allow extra time to stop at signals and stop signs. In Anchorage bicyclists are allowed to ride on the road even in winter. TAKE THE OFF-STREET TRAILS. With one of the most enviable off- street trail systems in the country 248 miles of bikeable trails and bike lanes its easy to plan an off-street route. Most trails in Anchorage are groomed regularly for cross-country skiing and also present ideal conditions for winter riding. Remember plowing time for bike lanes and separated paths may lag significantly behind road clearing. It may be necessary to ride in the road after heavy snow falls. RIDE DEFENSIVELY AND STAY VISIBLE. Even more than usual Less daylight and snowy conditions make it hard for drivers to see you. And theres less room for cyclists on the road due to snow storage and ob- scured lane markings. Always be prepared for motorists to make a mis- take Educate yourself and your friends both motorists and bicyclists on traffic laws and safety. Make yourself as visible as possible by using headlights tail lights and brightly colored clothing with reflective tape. KEEP YOUR BIKE SAFE. Dont get stuck out in the cold Winter can be hard on bikes. Road de-icing compounds can result in rust and breakdowns. Make sure your chain and bike components are in good working condition and put fenders on your bike to protect it and you from wet ice and snow. Think about joining the fat tire crowd Dont you need a new bike Fat tire bikes are great for winter riding condi- tions and cause less trail disturbance for skiers and other trail users. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Like other winter sports bicycling can cause you to heat up. Remember to layer up Then you can remove layers when you get too warm. Cover your head neck hands and feet the added wind chill from riding can cause frostbite. Consider wearing goggles to protect your eyes from wind snow and grit. USE TRANSIT. If all else fails give yourself a toasty break. All People Mover buses are equipped with bicycle racks. n Anchorage many bicyclists continue to ride through the winter. Whether youre commuting to work recreating on local trails or both winter riding can present some unique challenges. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and comfortable while riding your bike in winter. I BikeLife Anchorage 29 Written by Joni Wilm Brian Litmans and Zack Fields 30 BikeLife Anchorage Be SeenFinding the right bike light THE BEST-LIT BIKE is one with front a white LED and rear lights a red blinkie for best visibility to drivers and pe- destrians. If youre riding on roads with street lights lower- to medium-output bike lights work well. But if youre riding on dark streets or trails you should go for higher output or lumens. WHAT ARE LUMENS A lumen is a measure of the to- tal amount of light emitted by a source. The higher the lu- mens the brighter the light and also the higher the price. But when it comes to staying safe paying for the best light that you can afford is wise. Lumens are typically listed in a product name such as Volt 300 300 lumens or Blaze 180 180 lumens. RECHARGEABLE LIGHTS are the best way to go. They can be charged hundreds of times making them a more eco- nomical and environmentally sound alternative to disposable batteries. Unlike battery-powered lights that dim slowly over the battery life most rechargeable lights deliver a consistent beam until their power is exhausted and have a low-battery warning so you know when its time to plug in. WHEN CHARGING BATTERIES be sure to fully charge them. Because inactive batteries lose their charge over time plug in and charge your system before every use just in case. YOUR LIGHTS BATTERY LIFE will depend on what settings you use. The higher steady setting is the brightest beam but also has a shorter total run time compared to flash- ing modes which use less battery power. Most rechargeable lights have multiple settings so you can switch between them depending on what you need when riding. A HEADLIGHT IS TYPICALLY MOUNTED on the han- dlebar but some lights come with an option to mount on your helmet. Red rear safety lights can be mounted on the seat post or a backpack or pannier depending on what mount accessory they come with. Some can also be attached on a rear bike rack. T he long days of summer are winding down bringing cooler temps and less daylight which means its time for lights on your bike for riding in the early morning or after dark. Dont have a light Let us help you pick one. Read on for what to look for or ask about when youre shopping. 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By BECCA HEATON PhotocourtesyofCateye BikeLife Anchorage 31 TheLatestLights NITERIDER LIGHTNING BUG 150 SABRE 35 Easy to pop on and off your handlebar with a tool- free mount the Lightning Bug has three settings low high and a super-bright flash. Team it up in back with a Sabre 35 tail light which also has side lights for added visibility. Lightning Bug 150 35 Sabre 35 2960 for both. niterider.com PLANET BIKE BLAZE 180 USB SUPERFLASH USB Bright rechargeable and compact for riding after dark the Blaze 180 has high and low settings plus a flashing mode. Easy to mount on your handlebars this light has a built-in low battery indicator so you know when to recharge. Pair the Blaze with a red Superflash in back which mounts on your seat post or clips on a pack or pannier. Blaze 180 USB 45 Superflash USB 35. planetbike.com CATEYE VOLT 300 RAPID XREAR The Volt 300 offers up a nice beam for city riding and features five modes from high to normal to slow and fast flash settings. It can be easily mounted on the handlebar or on your helmet. Match it up with the Rapid X-Rear red LED which mounts with an O-ring to your seat post or seat stay and has 6 modes. Volt 300 70 Rapid X-Rear 40. cateye.com LIGHT AND MOTION URBAN 350 Available in four fun colors the Urban 350 has three mode settings high medium low and is easy to attach on your handlebar with its tool-free strap. Amber side lighting offers up 180 degrees of visibility to vehicles as well as to other bicyclists and pedestri- ans. A battery charge status indicator lets you know when its time to recharge. 60. lightandmotion.com All of these lights are available in various lumens and prices. Remember the higher the lumens the brighter the light but also the higher the cost. These lights are all USB rechargeable so you can take them to work with you and charge them on your computer or via other devices at home. Nite Ize has a cool new light called the Inova Swipe-To-Shine Bike Light. No buttons simply swipe the touch sensor left or right for either red or white light. Swipe once for a high steady beam twice for medium beam three times for flash mode. 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The bright red LED can be set to glow or flash modes. 12. niteize.com PhotocourtesyofCateye Seawolves bring bike share to Anchorage Campus Innovation T he University of Alaska Anchorage has brought bike share to our city The bikes Torker single-speeds are available from May 15 through September 30 and can be checked out for up to a month by university students. The Green and Gold bike-share program was one of the first ideas implemented with a student Green Fee. Students pay a 3 per semester fee to fund environ- mentally and socially responsible campus projects. Bike share was approved in 2013 and bikes were rolled out in the spring of 2014. The Green Fee Board tunes up and inspects all bikes and manages maintenance. Students check out bikes from the Consortium Library circulation desk. A staff member will check that the user has a helmet and is a UAA student. The rider signs the obligatory injury waiver receives a key and can also specify if a basket or light is needed. Unlike most bike-share programs students can keep the bikes up to 30 days. Bikes are located all around campus ranging from the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the west side to the Social Sciences Building on the east. The bikes are popular As of mid-July 45 of 50 bikes were checked out to stu- dents. Brandon Clark who works at the Consortium Library circulation desk says that many of the bikes were checked out as soon as they were available this sum- mer but lots of bikes needed maintenance and repairs after the first month of use. The Green Fee Board has ideas to improve the program. Kelsi Swenson a Green Fee Board member says they would like to employ a bike mechanic to assist with maintenance as well as adding bike signage and additional bike racks around campus. For more information on the program visit uaa.alaska.edugreenfeegreen-fee-news.cfm or email uaa_greenfeeuaa.alaska.edu. 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CLIP IN AND ROCK OUT. 2610 Spenard Rd. 562.9642 anchorageyogacycle.com 34 BikeLife Anchorage Life on the Road with the IMBA Trail Care Crew E veryday it happens like clock- work I meet another rider on the trail or am just pumping gas and I get asked So where do you live I still stumble over the answer which usually ends up being On the road or In that there Subaru. Before I can explain I am interrupt- ed with But where do you really live Depending on the day I usually just give an answer that people are expecting to hear which is to pick one place a defini- tive home base that I go back to. I either tell them Idaho where I lived one year ago or Colorado where I grew up. But the truth is my boyfriend Jordan Carr and I live out of a brightly colored hard-to-miss Subaru Outback flashing the IMBA logo complete with two Trek bikes on the back and a Yakima roof box bursting with dirty riding gear and trail building tools. We travel the country working to share our passion for moun- tain biking and trail-based recreation as members of the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew. We visit a different community each and every weekend to educate the local mountain bikers and trail users on sustainable trail development. We col- laborate with land managers to find the balance between their agency goals and providing quality recreational opportu- nities to benefit both locals and visitors. We discuss the health and economic ben- efits with community officials in hopes of getting them excited about trails. Every weekend whether its in Brook- ings South Dakota or Ithaca New York or Moab Utah we are welcomed into the community by enthusiastic mountain bik- ers eager to improve access to trails and the experience of those trails. I accepted this job dreaming of all the different trails I would ride and never adequately an- ticipated the impact these communities would have on me. In each place we vis- it passionate individuals have mobilized into tight-knit communitiesindividuals who may have never crossed paths oth- erwise. It is a passion for the sport of mountain biking and a passion to build and have high-quality trail experiences that bond these individuals. Regardless of anyones profession background or even their riding ability level bikes break barriers that would otherwise inhibit relationships. Riding bikes provides a platform for friend- ships to develop and most of all for a community of likeminded individuals to flourish. As the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew my boyfriend and I take bits and pieces from each visit and share them with the next weaving together a stronger bigger and more inclusive com- munity of mountain bikers. And while nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than a rowdy rocky trail or a fast flowy section that rips through aspen groves it is the close but diverse communities of trail lovers that make me want to set- tle down and find my placeto have my own community that I can be a part of. I am indeed one of the millennial gen- eration who is deliberately choosing to lead a different life than the stereotyp- ically mapped-out path of my parents generation the baby boomers. The majority of folks I get to work with are Boomers and the idea of not having a home is foreign to most of them. While I sometimes agree with the person who wants to hear Ketchum Idaho in re- sponse to their question about where I live the IMBAru is my place for now and allows me to get a taste of communi- ties all over the country. Printed with permission from Dirt Rag and IMBA. Read more great mountain bike content at dirtragmag.com or imba.com. 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