Oct 24, 2008

Fatbacks at Speedway Cycles in ANC

Today after work I stopped in at Speedway Cycles in the heart of the colorful Spenard section of Anchorage. Speedway is the home of the Fatback bicycle. For those that do not know these machines, they are the Rolls Royce version of a Pugsley. Titanium frames, high end components, etc. Speedway was started about a year ago by the inventor/creator of the Fatback.

According to the website, a Fatback can be built out to about 23 pounds(!). They are not cheap - the price tag on the one I fondled was $3,999, but they are very nicely finished titanium dream machines.

Anchorage is much better off with Speedway in town. There was no LBS selling high end bikes off the floor in Anchorage prior to this. Yes, The Bicycle Shop had some high end Specialized and Trek's, and That Other Shop carried Giants, but Speedway has a few Moots, Parlee's and lots of Kona's on the floor and ready to go.

There is also some old (like 1980's) racing gear on display in the shop as well - I suspect the owner might have ridden the Coor's Classic and other U.S. circuits in the early '80's but I did not get a chance to talk to him.

So, with that, I leave you with a sunset over seedy and storied Spenard. Check the link for Speedway and stop in the shop if you get a chance. It's well worth the time.

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