In the movie “Purple Rain,” Prince explores his favorite hangouts on a customized 1981 Honda. As City Page’s cardboard Prince travels across the pond to London with Explore Minnesota, we thought we would pay homage to The Purple One himself—but on a different type of bike.
When I was in my 20s—in the ’70s— a friend and I decided to get on our bikes and see how far east we could get before we had to be back in school. We left from Moorhead in early August and wrapped it up in Watertown, N.Y., in mid-September. We cheated in that we took buses around major metro areas, but it was still a trip to remember. I biked very little after that trip; life got in the way.
Fast forward to July 2014: same guy, a lot older, minimally wiser. I’ve been biking a lot the last few years, enjoying the sense of freedom and strength I feel biking the rural highways near Pelican Rapids. So I figured it’s time to honor, in a small way, my trip of nearly 40 years ago and “Bike Across Minnesota”—or, for short, BAM. I will start in Fargo, N.D., and complete my trip in St. Croix Falls, Wis.
I see a lot of contentious stories about road relations between people who bike and people who drive. They can be a challenge to avoid, as it seems there’s a constant stream. The ‘Us vs. Them’ narrative brings in page views, and page views pay the bills, so writers keep coming back to it.
Why do you love biking in Minnesota? The list could go on and on, but here are ten reasons why we think Minnesota is a fantastic place to live and ride.
Jim and Hebe Shipp are a retired husband-and-wife duo who adventure on many cycling trips throughout the year. They say:
"We love the feeling we get while biking. It’s like we are 10 years old again and are flying down hills free as the wind. Being Minnesotans, we know only too well that soon will come what Garrison Keillor calls 'the long, dark time.' We are storing up memories to get through!"
Just recently, they made some new memories on a trip in the Twin Cities.
Alex Cook is a soft-spoken 26-year-old who has received increasingly widespread recognition in recent years for his ability to hand-build bicycles.
Clint Roberts is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, an association with more than 50 member breweries and brewpubs across the state. He offers his take on a perfect day out riding a bike and exploring St. Paul's brewery scene.
Bike Fixtation is a locally owned and operated company specializing in public bicycle repair. As one of PedalMN's partners, they designed and manufactured all of our HealthPartners-sponsored tune-up stations as well as some super neat PedalMN bike racks. Chad DeBaker and Andy Lambert of Bike Fixtation have been vital in bringing these stations to trails across Minnesota. We had the chance to chat with Andy to learn more about this innovative company.
On a few restless summer nights, the Central Minnesota Bicycle Club has gathered for it's newly dubbed "Handlebar Happy Hour." With nearly 20 bicyclists in tow, the club pedals their way around central Minnesota conversing of their next bicycling purchases or trips. And perhaps enjoying a refreshing beverage.
The 3rd Annual Cuyuna Klunker Ride and Festival of Trails is a must-see event in Downtown Ironton on September 13. Equipped with food, music, guided trail rides, and all types of bikes from vintage mountain bikes to your true klunkers, the Klunker Ride and Festival of Trails has all the right fixings for a family-friendly good time.
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The League of American Bicyclists named Minnesota the second-most bike-friendly state in the country this year, thanks in part to our more than 4,000 miles of paved trails. One such trail stretches nearly 30 miles between Wayzata and New Germany, passing by charming towns, glistening lakes and rolling pastures along the way.
Bicycle use is on the rise. In fact, Minnesota saw a 13% increase in bicycling from 2012-2013. Not only does cycling support a healthy lifestyle, but also is environmentally (and wallet) friendly. Being a safe cyclists means knowing the rules of the road, proper gear to stay safe, and how to navigate the bike lane stress free. Created by CustomMade, this graphic gives a guide to bike safety.
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Luce Line is lovely. All our bike lanes make me smile. Novel trails I've never ridden are exciting.Read More
Help us plan the next Pedal Minnesota Bike Conference that will take place May 3rd-5th in Minneapolis.
The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew cares deeply about the Cuyuna area. They also care about community business partners. To better serve the communities surrounding the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails and to give the community valuable feedback on local and traveling cyclists, they are happy to announce the release of the 2014 Cyclist Survey.
Bike commuting to an event this summer and notice your tires are flat while on the way? Well, don’t you worry! HealthPartners has sponsored a PedalMN bike maintenance trike to be at five Twin Cities locations this summer, that’ll fix all of those needs while you’re on the road.