Utepils Oktoberfest Fall Fondo 2018

Utepils is taking their Oktoberfest celebration to the trails with their Oktoberfest Fall Fondo 2018. The bike ride has three route options: a 20 mile ($20 ages 12–17, $30 adults), 40–50 mile ($50), and 60–70 mile route ($50), with all the Utepils beer your heart desires waiting at the finish line. Registration begins at 8am, … [ Read more]

St. Paul Classic Bike Tour

For the past 23 years, the St. Paul Classic has showcased the natural beauty of St. Paul’s parks and neighborhoods. In its 24th year, riders can choose to take on the 15-mile, 30-mile, or 47-mile loop. The full course travels down Summit  Avenue, bypasses Downtown St. Paul on Shepard Road, cuts north past Indian Mounds … [ Read more]

Pedals and Pull-Tabs: The dive bars of U.S. Bike Route 41

The North Star Bicycle Route (a.k.a., U.S. Bicycle Route 41) connects St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Canadian border, winding through Duluth, Grand Marais, two national parks, past nine state parks, and along the shores of Lake Superior. The route offers 315 miles of safe and sound pedaling, either on mixed-used paths or highways with bike-friendly … [ Read more]

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Afton Alps pedaling in the mountain biking season June 3

With summer just around the corner, Afton Alps is inviting Minnesotans to trade in skis for mountain bikes on June 3 when they open a new single track mountain biking course. This is the first time that Afton Alps has opened the property to mountain biking since it discontinued its mountain biking program four years ago. The new course is mainly … [ Read more]

A bike route for every personality

Minnesota: the land of ten thousand miles of bike trails (probably). Sounds like a biking aficionado’s dream come true, right? Right. But what about for us normal people? Us, we-love-biking-but-don’t-have-kids-named-Trek, people? We have some of the most beautiful bike routes around, but they can be pretty intimidating—not to mention, poorly mapped. Who has time to … [ Read more]

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Single-Speed Service: The fast-paced world of bike delivery couriers

I arrive at the Uptown Minneapolis office of Rock-It Delivery at 10am on a warm Thursday in June. It’s a cave-like space, dank and minimal, with a vintage couch by the window, a desk with a computer, and, of course, bikes lined up along the far wall. There is a cargo bike for large orders … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: Custom messenger bags at Trash

When Modist Brewing Company painted its trademark teal floor and started pouring beers this spring, Andy Larson, the 34-year-old owner and CEO of Trash Messenger Bags, had a front-row seat. That’s because the North Loop brewery is also his landlord. Tucked into the narrow, low-ceilinged loft above Modist’s brewing tanks, the doorway and stairs leading … [ Read more]

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Pain & Glory: The brutal, beer-soaked, free-for-all also known as Cyclocross

Holy hell this hurts. Holy Hell this hurts. Holy hell This Hurts. HOLY HELL THIS HURTS… What starts as a cursory observation turns into a sadistic mantra that ricochets around the brain during the 45–60 minute full-tilt boogie that is the average cyclocross race. Sure, other thoughts creep in from time to time, like “Why I am … [ Read more]

Rules of the Road: Understanging our shared responsibility to make biking safer in Minnesota

The alleycat bike race sounded easy enough: pedal to as many beaches in the Twin Cities as you can in a set time, and take a photo of yourself at each lake as proof. A scavenger hunt with a lakeside theme—the perfect Saturday in July. The morning of the race, Shaina Briscoe showed up ready … [ Read more]

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Fulton Brewing announces music lineup for 2016 Gran Fondo

Fulton Brewing’s 3rd annual 100-mile bike ride, the Fulton Gran Fondo, returns on May 7th. Bikers can test their mettle on the 100-mile route or the brand new “Medio” 40-mile route. While riders’ days begin early with a mass start at 9am, the free block party open to the public kicks off at 2pm. The block party will feature $5 Fulton … [ Read more]

Twin Cities the first U.S. host of the Winter Cycling Congress

The Twin Cities will play host to an international gathering on winter bicycling Feb. 2–4, reports MPR News. The Winter Cycling Congress is expected to draw hundreds of engineers, policy makers, and bicycling enthusiasts to Minneapolis and St. Paul starting on Tuesday. This is the first time the annual gathering has been held in the … [ Read more]

Bike injuries and deaths on the rise

NPR news recently reported that hospital admissions because of bike injuries more than doubled between 1998 and 2013, according to the findings of JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. The rise was the biggest with bikers age 45 and over. “There are just more people riding and getting injured in that age group. It’s definitely striking,” … [ Read more]

The land of misfit bikers

Team Koochella looks to grow women’s bicycle racing while keeping Minnesota’s sole racing venue alive Photos by Aaron Davidson Anna Schwinn—yes, her namesake comes from the company founded by her great-great-grandfather—is addicted to bicycle racing, specifically on the wooden velodrome track in Blaine, Minnesota. Schwinn’s parents worked in the bicycle industry. She has a mechanical engineering … [ Read more]

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Building better bikers: Quality Bicycle Products’ grand plan to bike-ify America

Photos by Aaron Davidson Many local bike businesses are as friendly to beer as breweries are to bikes. That’s certainly the case at Quality Bicycle Products, or QBP as it is more commonly known. Their headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, boasts multiple beer fridges scattered around the office and kegs are frequently purchased for company events. … [ Read more]

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A tale of two cities: biking in MPLS/STP

It is the best of times or the worst of times for bicyclists in the Twin Cities. It all depends on whether you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul. The Twin Cities have often been cited as among the most bike-friendly places in the U.S. But for the last 15 years Minneapolis has carried most of … [ Read more]

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