Forget dehydration and sunburn. In Alaska, bikers worry about frostbite and burned bronchial tubes.

FAIRBANKS — Each fall I compile a to-do list for winterizing my bike, determined to get around to these things before the first flurries of white "termination dust" make tinkering outside undesirable:

• Slightly deflate tires for better traction on snow. (No money to buy studded ones.)

• Put on low-temperature chain grease. (Makes riding in low gears actually feel like riding in low gears.)

• Retrieve "pogies" from storage trailer and attach to handlebars. (They're mitten-like...

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