I love using a bicycle to get around Inuvik. It’s cheap and easy since everything is at most ten minutes away.
The question of course, is what happens in winter?
This winter — meaning, from now until May —- I have a challenge to keep using my bicycle. I picked this “cruiser” style bike at a garage sale earlier this year. It’s very heavy but it seems sturdy.
I think having only one gear will be helpful since it won’t jam with ice. No pad brakes to jam up either….just pedal backwards to stop.
I store the bicycle indoors at work and at home, so it’s never locked outside for more an an hour maximum. (Let’s say if I am shopping at North Mart.)
So far, the results have been great! Inuvik has a very dry cold and I am very impressed by the grip of my winter tires.
Here is the setup I’ll be using this winter:
1. Big luggage rack in the front (for carrying briefcase, bags, boxes, etc.)
2. Basket in the back with blue, waterproof bag (contains: chain for locking, pump, spare tubes, wrenches, etc. All the tools to fix a flat.)
3. Winter tires! Got two “ice spikers” from Mountain Equipment Co-Op which have metal cleats. They’re expensive but work better than I imagined.
I’ll be posting updates and photos now and then.