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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Despite expense, popularity of fatbikes continues to soar in Alaska @adndotcom


A racer in the snowy woods during Talkeetna's Trio Fat Bike Race on Feb 9, 2013Edward Kessler photo
Exactly when and where fat-tire bikes went from being a northern fad to a mainstream form of winter recreation is unclear, but the phenomenon is here to stay. Look around the state's largest city these days and it sometimes looks like fatbikes, as these bicycles are commonly called, are everywhere.

"During winters 20 years ago, there would be 10 skiers for every biker on the (Tony Knowles) Coastal Trail,'' observed diehard Anchorage Nordic skier Tim Kelley. "Now there are 10 fatbikers for every skier. The days of Anchorage being a ski town are over. Now Anchorage is a fatbike town."

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