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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Craft Culture: Custom Bike Frames at Prairie Crow Bikeworks

Photos by Matt Lien Tucked among the houses of Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood sits the Shasta building, a sprawling industrial fortress, whose lungs make a constant metal on metal rasp. Alex Heegaard-LeGros of Prairie Crow Bikeworks brings me back through the long hallways, past the scores of tenants clanging and banging, to his corner space. “I’m … [ Read more]

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30 Days of Biking

By Patrick Stephenson In March 2010, during an especially balmy and bright Minneapolis spring, best friends Patrick Stephenson (yours truly) and Zachariah Schaap co-founded a Social Media Beast named 30 Days of Biking. The premise of 30 Days of Biking was beautifully simple: Pledge to bike every day in April, 1–30, no matter the weather, … [ Read more]

Explore the Winter Landscape on Two Wheels

Courtesy of Explore Minnesota Just because the snow is falling doesn’t mean it’s time to put your bike away until spring. In Minnesota, many paved trails and mountain biking areas welcome riders year-round. Here’s what you need to know to keep riding all winter long. [Read the full story on Explore Minnesota’s website]

Twin Cities: Best Cities for Bicycling to Beer?

By Amber Collett, Northeast Ride Sure, Minneapolis has been declared one of Bicycling magazine’s top cities for bicycling—but I’d like to add to that honor by declaring the Twin Cities, as a whole, the best cities for bicycling to beer. Now I realize that my award may not carry the prestige Bicycling magazine’s does, but … [ Read more]