The Ultimate Guide to Bike Safety

BY: Cathy Carlson / August 21 , 2014

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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Rider of the Week: Corwin K. from Roseville

BY: Cathy Carlson / August 19 , 2014

What is your favorite ride?

Gateway Trail

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Rider of the Week: Tavia P. from Columbia Heights

BY: Friend of Pedal MN / August 08 , 2014

What is your favorite ride?

Luce Line is lovely. All our bike lanes make me smile. Novel trails I've never ridden are exciting.

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2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference Survey

BY: Cathy Carlson / August 07 , 2014

Help us plan the next Pedal Minnesota Bike Conference that will take place May 3rd-5th in Minneapolis.

In order to plan a robust and dynamic event, we want to understand what topics, speakers, learning format and settings are most important and of interest to you.  We’d like to ask for a few minutes of your time by taking a survey to help us plan the 2015 Pedal Minnesota bike conference.  


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CLMTBC Mountain Bike Cyclists Survey

BY: Aaron Hautala / August 06 , 2014

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.


How does this survey help the Cuyuna area and our community business partners? Well, part of the Crew’s mission statement reads, “… strengthen our local communities through active living and cycling.”  This survey will provide them hard data on how you, the cyclist, economically impacts the local communities. The results of the survey will also identify how the Crew and local communities can serve you best. The final report will be presented at their Annual Wrap-up Meeting in January of 2015.


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HealthPartners & PedalMN Offers Free Bike Maintenance

BY: Cathy Carlson / August 05 , 2014

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. 

Cycles for Change, a local nonprofit community bike shop, will be staffing the trike at these Twin Cities events:


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Tuning Up Cycling with HealthPartners

BY: Cathy Carlson / August 05 , 2014

It’s prime cycling season, and we, through sponsorship of HealthPartners, have installed 10 permanent bicycle tune-up stations in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. 

Each station offers tools and an air compressor tire pump for quick and easy bike maintenance. Find a station near you!  To accompany the tune-up stations, two vending machines with bike accessories, equipment and healthy snacks can be found in Minneapolis.


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St. Cloud STRIDER Championship Series

BY: Cathy Carlson / July 31 , 2014

Cuteness ensued as the Strider Championship Series rolled through St. Cloud on July 12. Over 100 enthusiastic riders, between the ages of 2 and 5, participated in this third and final stop of the 2014 Strider series. Priceless moments were captured as toddlers made their way around a course set up near the Lake George Municipal Complex.  

Here are some of the most ‘aww-dorable’ photos and one pretty cute video you must see: 



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Rider of the Week: Jerry J. from Minnetonka

BY: Cathy Carlson / July 29 , 2014

What is your favorite ride?

Western 'burbs, Lebanon Hills, and Murphy

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Hennepin County Bike Photo Booth

BY: Cathy Carlson / July 24 , 2014

To capture the multiple types of cyclists that live and ride in the county, Hennepin County brings to you a "Bike Photo Booth." These pictures may be used in the upcoming Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan.  So if you love bicycling (or just want to show off your rad bike,) stop by and have your photo taken.  You'll be (almost) famous and get a free digital copy of your photo! 

Dates and locations as follows:


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Rider of the Week: Dave L. from Rochester

BY: Cathy Carlson / 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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