With a recap of the Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour, on September 7th, recreational riders have another chance to ride with the Mankato River Ramble. As the bike events here in the upper Midwest winds down, come and find out why Mankato thinks its Minnesota’s best kept secret, as a bicycle destination.
Bike gloves are not an item that can afford to go unwashed. On top of their intended use they often serve as tissues, sweat absorbers or bacteria collector and need to be cleaned often. Before packing away your cycle gloves and gear for the winter and for regular cleanings throughout the season follow these steps for healthy and extended use of both your cloth and leather gloves.
Don’t put your bike away for the winter just yet!
On the weekend of October 11th and 12th, the Trek Bicycle retailers around the United States will host the 9th annual Trek Breast Cancer Awareness ride. Each ride will feature a 10- and 25-mile family-friendly group rides with proceeds donated directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Soon, on the Root River, in Preston, MN. you find a deluxe public work stand, complete with everything you need for minor bicycle repairs. The station will be located at the Preston Trailhead with universal bike tools, an integrated air pump and a wheel chock to allow one bike to fill its tires while another bike is using the tools. There’s even a QR code on the side where users can scan their phone and receive step by step instructions.
With many great memories from this riding season it is now time to think about getting your bike(s) ready for next year. Unless you are planning on running your two wheel steed through the winter for commuting or on a trainer, it’s time to prep it for storage. Then, next spring, when the temp rises you are riding and not cleaning and lubing your bike. Worse yet, waiting two-to-three weeks for your bike shop to tune it up.
Discovered on the Events calendar at HaveFunBiking, Steven Steuck shares his adventure exploring Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region this summer. A remarkable North Shore Bicycle Tour he recalls, the tour made a loop starting in Duluth and visited the communities of Virginia, Gilbert, Biwabic, Aurora, Tower, Ely s and Beaver Bay, before returning.
The Occam Cycle, a very simple design, will allow you to travel short distances, going to and from train/bus stations or around town to complete errands… just don’t plan on sitting while you ride it.
Buck Hill, in Burnsville, Minn. became the location for the first race in 2014, of the MN High School Cycling League’s mountain bike racing on Sunday, September 7th. Attending were over 425 racers, from 41 teams, who poured in from all parts of Minnesota.
Join the fun at the 2nd Annual Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival coming to Lebanon Hills Park, in Eagan, October 4th. This fun-filled event will introduce new riders to the sport while allowing avid mountain biker’s a chance to check out one of Minnesota’s best mountain bike trail systems and an opportunity to demo some of the newest bikes on the market.
As the vibrant colors of fall disappear and the winds blow predominately out of the northwest it’s time to ask. Should I ride my bike in the snow, ice and frigid elements of winter or should I take my faithful two-wheeled steed into the shop for a tune-up and store it away?