Thursday, December 27, 2007

Curious subculture

My interest in bike commuting has led me to an interesting discovery, the emerging pastime of "snowbiking." There are dozens of people, mainly in northern lattitudes, who devote their time to riding bicycles in the snow. Some of them train to race hundreds of miles across the frozen wastes like dogsledders. Many of them ride the Pugsley, a mountain bike with freakish 29" studded tires. It is interesting to see them overcome their obstacles with the latest equipment, physical conditioning, and inner fortitude. Here are a couple of representatives of this curious community:

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