Seeking a new bike trip destination this summer? Here’s an idea to consider: Pack your gear and bike to one of the new yurts at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.
Are you ready to discover Minnesota by bike this summer? With hundreds of organized events popping up on the calendar now you can explore a new paved trail, a scenic road route that meanders around some of the 10,000 lakes in the State, take an adrenaline-pumping ride through the woods or just relax and watch all the fun at one of the festivals. Any way you look at it there is something for everyone and here are 10 of my favorite family friendly bike events as spring rolls into summer.
Minnesotans from Albert Lea to International Falls are getting their bicycles out of storage, filling tires, lubing chains, and hitting the road. They are gearing up and taking the pledge to ride all 30 days in April.
The Bike Alliance of Minnesota wants to reward Minnesota's stellar bicycling community at their annual meeting on May 3 with the Minnesota Bicycling Awards. And they need your help!
Learning to ride a bike is a big moment in a child’s life. Sometimes this moment can mean even more for children with Down Syndrome. Returning for its second year to Duluth, Strider Learn to Ride Camp helps make this dream come true.
Learn how Minnesota is building the Bike-Friendly State.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation appoints it's first Scholar-in-Residence to
Fat bikes are making their way around Minnesota! If you haven’t seen them yet, they are probably not far from your local parks, trails, or bike shops. These incredible bikes with over-sized tires are giving a whole new meaning to the term "winter biking," especially in Minnesota. Instead of riding on a layer of ice or slush on the side of the road, take your cycling to the beautifully snow-packed hills in the middle of a state park or trail.
To bike or not to bike, that is the question. The Goldstein Museum of Design’s upcoming exhibition Design Cycles: A Bike Show answers that question handily.
January 24, 2015 through May 10, 2015, opening reception January 23rd 6-8 pm
Biking has many benefits beyond the great things that it does for our bodies, brains, wallets, and overall well-being. Among these, it’s great for the environment!
Yes, winter can be cold and icy, but it doesn't necessarily mean you should deprive your young bike enthusiast from riding. There is a lot of specialized gear for riding in the winter, but after buying a set of studded tires, you probably have most of what you need right in your winter gear box.
In the movie “Purple Rain,” Prince explores his favorite hangouts on a customized 1981 Honda. Recently, the City Page’s cardboard Prince traveled 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.