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meet my bike

I realise that my bike has been, until now, entirely absent from the blog and this is probably a serious oversight. We are still bonding, my bike and I; it is a new bike bought for this trip. I’m not the type to give my bike a name but if I did I would name it Sputnik, after the spaceship.

It is a good bike and I trust it. It is sturdy and simple, built for comfort and reliability rather than speed. My old bike had 27″ wheels and this one has 26″ and I rather regret it but this bike has a steel frame and I love that. Overall, I am very happy and I am finally starting to make an impression in the Brooks saddle. Even without having made much of an impression in it, I find it more comfortable than a soft seat.

I would like to very warmly thank Thomas, from Radspannerei, in Berlin, for the effort he put into building my bike for me.

At Pump Station 4 on the Dalton Highway between Deadhorse and Coldfoot.

At Pump Station 4 on the Dalton Highway between Deadhorse and Coldfoot.

Under the spruce trees between Coldfoot and Fairbanks.

Under the spruce trees between Coldfoot and Fairbanks.

At the Arctic Circle.

At the Arctic Circle.

The end (or the beginning depending on where you start) of the Dalton Highway.

The end (or the beginning depending on where you start) of the Dalton Highway. Don't be fooled by the asphalt - the road is largely unpaved.

Squirrel.

A squirrel checking things out.

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