Posted on April 18, 2014
Bike Life in Swedish Lapland is a blog that I have really been enjoying and following for some time now and I have found a lot of inspiration from the creator Olov and his love for fat bikes and cycling in general. Even though I live in a place with somewhat of a similar climate to the Swedish Lapland (at least the winters are as long anyways) and certainly have tons of snow, there really isn’t a big fat biking community here yet and in some great way I follow Olov’s adventures on his Mukluk and through that I have a companion, a true fat bike companion. Even though we have never spoken to one another personally, never met, I feel that through fat biking and cycling as a whole I have a kindred spirit from very far away and much farther north. I have always been fascinated by Scandinavia and Sweden in particular and to know that there is someone out there doing the same things in the freezing cold as myself is comforting and great to know. I’m not crazy after all, just really into riding my bike in the snow just as Olov is.
The blog is really wonderful and he recently added his friend Lars onto the blog as a writer as well, which has been a great addition I think. They both just did a podcast segment on Mountain Bike Radio that I thought was really amazing, informative, and quite inspirational. You can listen to it here: Bike Life in Swedish Lapland on Mountain Bike Radio
Cycling is a huge part of my life and even though I came to it later than most, just over four years now, it really has shown me a great and positive community in the world and it is really nice to know that Olov and his friend Lars are putting so much attention and detail and inspiration into something that I hold very important to my life. Thank you Olov and Lars, you guys are awesome and I’ll always make sure to have a multi tool on hand. I don’t even know how many I have at this point, but they are everywhere. Cheers!
They have a seriously bad ass logo too illustrated by Liv-Jenny.
Posted on April 18, 2014
My Muk (Salsa Mukluk) fat bike has taken me places I never thought imaginable this winter. I have been able to ride every day since the snow fell in late October on every kind of snow imaginable and here we are in the middle of April and the snow just keeps on coming. The Inuit have dozens of names for snow and I think I have now ridden on just about every type of snow possible, from the really dry grippy cold pressed -30 snow, to today’s ride in deep spring wet snow that resembles cement. The Inuit word for this type of snow is maujaq – the type of snow in which one sinks. Every day is practically different and every day is downright awesome when I am riding this bike. It appears that it is going to be awhile before the trails are dry and dirt is once again seen and honestly I could care less at this point, for each day listening to those 4 inch tires gripping the snow just makes me want to go farther and farther into this beautiful landscape I call home. I rode out to Sundance Lodge again today, a proper back country ride and no one but what I believe to be a small bear traveling on the same trail as myself. Any day outside is brilliant, and it is only made that much more brilliant by riding my bike in what most might consider the middle of nowhere. Just me and my Muk.
Of course once the snow finally does come off I will be just excited to ride the Muk on our amazing circuit of technical mountain bike trails in the Bow Valley, I just can’t quite imagine or picture exactly what a dry dirt trail is right now so I will stick with the snow at this point, literally.
My lunch spot. Nobody home. Just me and my Muk and a frozen sandwich.
I have to decide to head back towards town at some point I guess.
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Posted on April 3, 2014
The ice has finally, for the most part, melted off my favorite loop to ride near town. The Minnewanka Loop is still partially closed off for skiing but a good portion of it is now able to be ridden. The weather went from a nice sunny ride to full blowing snow within 10 minutes time today, an old fashioned April ride in the mountains. My Salsa Fargo is definitely my foul weather friend though, it can always get me where I want to go.
Posted on March 31, 2014
If you don’t find me here on this blog you can always see new posts from me on a new project that my wife and I have started called Canoe Wedding. My wife and I both do blog posts regularly on the site and I will link to my posts on this blog from time to time. I spent the day photographing along our beautiful Bow Valley Parkway today, a road that I spend a great deal of time cycling but decided to travel by car today and take along the camera to capture some of the great mountains that abound along this quiet road.
You can view my photos and new post here: Sunday Drive Along The Bow Valley Parkway