Rider of the Week: Dave L. from Rochester

July 22 , 2014

What is your favorite ride?

Any and all gravel.

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Ten Things to do at Tour de Fat

BY: Will Wlizlo / July 15 , 2014

Many people who’ve never attended ask, “What is the Tour de Fat?” A better question might be, “What isn’t the Tour de Fat?” It’s men dressed as cheerleaders. It’s bicycles that look like Viking boats. It’s face paint and body glitter and good music. It’s hard to explain. But in short, it’s a carnival that celebrates bikes, beer, and bemusement sponsored by New Belgium Brewery.

Here are 10 things we recommend you do when the Twin Cities Tour de Fat rolls into Loring Park on Saturday, July 26th. 


1. Ride in the bike parade and be your own float.


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Introducing: “I Can Mountain Bike!”

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / July 10 , 2014

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Club, has launched “I Can Mountain Bike!” a program to teach beginner mountain biking skills.

As the newest addition to the Minnesota State Parks and Trails ‘I Can!’ programs, “I Can Mountain Bike!” provides participants the opportunity to learn shifting, braking and body positioning, along with the basics of safety and trail etiquette.  A guided tour of the premier biking trails will be offered following the class.  Three introductory classes will be held on July 26th at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. 


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Rider of the Week: James R. from Zimmerman

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / July 10 , 2014

What is your favorite ride?

Anywhere that leads to a tour. 

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Bike Camping 101

BY: Kari Osmondson / July 09 , 2014

So you say you want to bike and camp?  Well here are a few ideas and tips to make your bike camping trip successful and one to remember!


1. Pack Lightly


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And The Winner Is... ('Bike Mom' Sweeps)

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / July 07 , 2014

We drew her name from the thousands of PedalMN readers who entered. The prize pack includes an outrageous spread (a literal "mother lode"!) of bike gear from Yuba, Weehoo, Banjo Brothers, Yakima, Freewheel Bike Shop, and Strider Sport.

"NO WAY. CRAZY! I'M SO EXCITED!" -- Those were the first words from Alix Magner, a Minneapolis mom and the overall winner of our 'Mother Of All Bike Gear Giveaways' contest.


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Final Week! 'Mother Of All Gear Giveaways'

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / July 02 , 2014

After eight weeks of stories, social media, and contests, it’s all come down to this... it's your final chance this week to enter our 'Mother Of All Bike Gear Giveaways' contest.

There's just a few days left to win a literal mother lode of bike gear from Yuba, Weehoo, Banjo Brothers, Yakima, Freewheel Bike Shop, Strider Sport, and more.


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Biking Spring Valley

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 30 , 2014

A little bit of everything can be a good thing. If ever there were a town that encompasses that phrase, it’s Spring Valley, Minnesota.

Perched along the Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway, as well as in Minnesota’s farm heartland, Spring Valley has the best of both worlds: a quaint hometown feel, peaceful farm scenes, and picturesque river bluffs. In short, a little bit of everything.


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Growth of Walker Trails

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 30 , 2014

Located on the banks of Minnesota’s third largest lake, Leech Lake, Walker has long been a destination. More recently, the area has beefed up its trail system, attracting even more visitors.

As a kid, I always wondered why I never spotted Paul Bunyan or Babe the Blue Ox during annual up-north family vacations. They were supposed to be so darn big, how could I miss them? Back then, summer seemed endless, and packing for the yearly summer vacation was an Olympic trial. While the rest of the family packed the fishing boat, I worked on strapping my banana seat bicycle to the truck.


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Coming Soon: PedalMN Bike Conference

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 26 , 2014

It's time to save the date! 

We will be hosting the 2015 PedalMN Bike Conference on May 3rd-5th in Minneapolis.  Join us and learn how parks and recreation, public health, tourism, transportation planners, engineers, elected officials, law enforcement, school officials, advocated, and other are making their communities more bike friendly. 


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Winners! 'Bike Mom' Captions

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 25 , 2014

From funny to real, we received dozens of entries to our Bike Mom caption contest last week. Thanks to all who submitted a comment and caption. (See the original article here.)

Today, we have picked our 10 favorite captions. See below for the full spread. These readers win gear from PoCampo and Timbuk2, two of our Bike Mom project sponsors.


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Biking in Traffic for the Casual Cyclist

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 23 , 2014

Stephen Hannon is an AmeriCorps member with the Minnesota GreenCorps, serving in the Bike and Pedestrian Section of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Here, he reflects on his experiences riding in traffic, and offers up suggestions for how to best encourage safe urban riding.


As a kid growing up in Jackson, Michigan, my bicycling experience was mostly riding on the neighborhood streets with my dad. When we wanted to go for a longer ride, we would go to the off-road paths at Cascades Park a mile from our house. These were short but enjoyable recreational rides. I never biked for transportation growing up, and doing so was not common in Jackson at that time. I was always a casual cyclist, and I didn’t think much about biking as a form of transportation, social interaction, or sport.


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Rider of the Week: Matt F. from Little Canada

June 23 , 2014

What is your favorite ride?

Anywhere, I just love to ride.

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Getting Back in the Saddle

BY: Verónica Jaralambides / June 20 , 2014

I went riding with my friend Janine, who recently got back on two wheels after many years of not riding. And she’s already set a goal of riding 1,000 miles in a year! This is what I learned about her new adventure.


Q: What inspired you to start riding again?
A: My 11-year-old daughter. I had an old bike in the garage, and she kept asking me why, if I had a bike, didn’t I ride it? I realized I should set a good example to her, as someone who is willing to do something I was intimidated by. I (finally) got back on my bike last Fall.


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Mountain Biking with Kids

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 19 , 2014

Katie Seipp Deblock has been riding at legendary Minnesota mountain biking destination Cuyuna Lakes since 2012. She’s been riding the trails with her two young daughters nearly as long. Here, she offers up five tips for riding off-road with youngsters.


Those who have had the pleasure of staining their mountain bike tires with the rusty red dirt of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System will tell you that I’m lucky to live here. I’m lucky, indeed, that my home is roughly one mile from trail access in Ironton, MN, and that I can proudly refer to this incredible, world class trail system as my “backyard.”


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Contest: Caption This!

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 17 , 2014

You may have seen this picture in our recent photo contest, where it served as a hallmark representing an ultimate "bike mom." This week we're challenging readers to caption the photo for a chance to win gear from PoCampo and Timbuk2.

Simply leave a comment in the comment field below this article with your best idea for a caption. (We will approve the comments and make them live.) Be creative, and submit as many captions as you can. Be funny, and no foul language, please! 


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Gateway to Biking Mankato

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 17 , 2014

Blue Earth County’s family-friendly Red Jacket Trail is the gateway to cycling in the Mankato area. The trail’s six miles of gently rolling terrain follow rivers and ravines from Mankato to the village of Rapidan.

The trail can be accessed between the YMCA and Mankato West High School on South River Front Drive in Mankato.


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Rider of the Week: Aaron H. from Cuyuna

June 16 , 2014

What is your favorite ride?

Cuyuna

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Q&A: Riding With Kids

BY: Verónica Jaralambides / June 16 , 2014

'Bike Mom' Ambassador Verónica Jaralambides has two young daughters. They bike from their Hopkins home to run errands as well as for fun. After more than five years of riding with kids Jaralambides said she has fielded dozens of questions from curious (often non-biker) parents.

Here are her responses to common inquires she gets on the topic of riding with kids:


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Winning Shots! 'Bike Mom' Photo Contest

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / June 13 , 2014

Last month we encouraged readers to send in photos as a part of our "Bike Mom" project. (See the original contest post here.) Well, the response was huge and today we are happy to announce 10 winners!

See below for the full spread. Thanks to all who participated, and congrats to the winners. They get gear from our sponsors, including Louis Garneau Women Carbon LS-100 Cycling ShoesBasil Elegance Shopper Bike Bags, Nutcase Kids Helmets, and Avex Pecos Water Bottles.


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