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I know this is not proper form, but I figure it would be too interesting to folks here to pass up. Helen Skelton is planning an attempt to cycle to the South Pole on a slightly odd looking all-terrain bike.

It rides on what are basically golf cart tires, has a suspension fork, 21-speed derailleur gearing, and rear disk brakes.

I'm personally a hair skeptical of the tubeless tires and the rear derailer that seems to clear the "ground" by only a few inches. But the folks doing this have a lot of experience.

Is what they're planning even possible? What will be their biggest problems?

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In the video they imply that they're going to be doing a lot of snowkiting (and maybe walking) and less with the bike. –  Jefromi Jan 4 '12 at 16:01
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I was woken up early this AM by a telemarketer, and then went on the net and saw this. I assumed this was just an excuse to post a cool link and voted to close, but later looked at this again and realized that it's a good question but that the question is all in the title. I added the last paragraph in an attempt to make that plain and keep others from making the same error I did, but please do roll my edits back if I've again missed the point? –  Neil Fein Jan 4 '12 at 18:32
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This still seems more likely to generate ideas or opinions, rather than answers. It does not seem at all like a practical, answerable question based on actual problems that you face. –  freiheit Jan 4 '12 at 18:43
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I think the BBC article does a good job of explaining how you cycle to the South Pole. –  Ambo100 Jan 4 '12 at 18:50
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Riding a bike to the South Pole absolutely can not be done without a significant support team. Getting just myself with gear, over crevasses in the Cascades is challenging. And I haven't had a bike to carry along. –  user313 Jan 4 '12 at 20:22
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closed as not constructive by freiheit Jan 4 '12 at 18:49

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