All-wheel-drive (AWD) for bicycles is one of those things that’s been around in one form or another for some time now, but is still mostly considered an oddity. In cases where cyclists have to ride on ice or plough through snowdrifts, however, it starts to make some sense … and when those people are riding across Antarctica, it makes alot of sense.
That’s what Australian adventurer Kate Leeming is attempting to do, and if you’ve got the cash, you can buy an AWD fatbike like the one that she’ll be using.Leeming first approached Philadelphia-based bike-designer Steve Christini about the project in 2013.
His company, Christini Bicycles, had started offering AWD mountain bikes in 2001, although it subsequently moved onto manufacturing AWD motorcycles.He proceeded to build her a one-off AWD fatbike, which she was apparently quite pleased with. Steve is now producing a line of bikes based on hers, and offering them to buyers via a Kickstarter campaign – some of the proceeds are going towards her expedition.