NPR logo Snow Cyclist Checks In: What a Bike

Biking the Iditarod

Snow Cyclist Checks In: What a Bike

Fat goes far. hide caption

toggle caption

Somehow, while training to ride 350 miles in this month's Iditarod Invitational, snow cyclist Jill Homer found time to move to a new apartment, keep her day job and consider the bike she'll use to carry herself and her gear across the Alaska Range and beyond.

Her bike's a Pugsley, and it's phat. Also fat. If you've got even a dash of gear fetish, you'll know what Homer means when she writes:

You wore the purple remnants of somebody's bad '90s ecstasy trip, and even when they finally painted you gray, I could still see your skewed fork and crooked frame and offset rims — purposeful deformations just to make room for all that excess fat.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.