How do Alaskans get two-wheeled traction in winter? Winter biking, either on fat tire bikes or with studded tires, opens up a winter wonderland to cyclists. Float across glittering snow while fat tire biking or venture across frozen lakes and rivers on bicycles with studded tires.
Winter Biking in Anchorage
Winter bikes gained prominence in Alaska in 1987 with the first winter bike race along the Iditarod trail. But in the last 5 years, winter biking has taken off with everyone from commuters to backcountry explorers. Best of all, year-round rentals are available locally for anyone ready to give it a try. The city and local cross-country ski organization maintain 130 miles along 40 different trails within metro limits, making Anchorage a great place for winter biking. Additionally, Chugach State Park has several trails open for winter biking.
Tour the Anchorage and the surrounding areas with the expertise of local guides, such as Alaska Bike Adventures, Alaska Trail Guides, and Greatland Adventures. Adventure seems limitless with options to cruise trails within the city, traverse terrain only accessible during winter, or fly over the Chugach and cycle among glaciers. For those interested in independent pursuits, Alaska eBike Electronic Bike Rentals, Downtown Bicycle Rentals, and Trek Bicycle Store of Alaska all offer winter bike rentals.
Ready to join a few pedal-powered pals? Winter biking events bring the biking community together. The Frosty Bottom and Big Fat Ride each run through the heart of the city on winter trails. Longer races include famous rides like the Susitna 100, Little Su 50K, and Iditarod Trail Invitational pit the best bikers against wilderness courses.