Now that spring is officially here and the HaveFunBiking.com Events Calendar is fast filling , here is a sneak peek of bike event listings in the upper Midwest and in the Minnesota Bike/Guide – soon to be out. Add the popularity of fat bike and gravel riding and you will find many fun opportunities to stay active and healthy throughout the year. To find your next adventure here is a list in chronological order, of what we have found to date.
Started six years ago as a way to make every day better, many are now pledging to ride their bicycles throughout April. In return for every 30 people who pledge to ride, a bike will be donated to Free Bikes 4 Kidz, for their distribution program. Plus participants who ride each day throughout April, will discover they meet a lot of new friend with similar interests and feel better about themselves after each day of riding.
My family and I had been on several short bike camping trips close to home, over the last few years. This past summer, we stepped it up a notch to spend a week on a family bike tour. It was the vacation of a lifetime. As we discovered a family bike that: inevitably involve some tears and disagreements; Flats happen; Headwinds blow; and Climbs outnumber descents. But in the end none of that matters, because something magical happened on this bike trip.
At the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Ford unveil two new e-bike concepts that help define its vision for a connected transport future where cars form just one part of a multi-mode travel eco-system. The two bikes displayed are the result of a competition run amongst the company’s employees with the aim of finding e-bike designs that could make a connected journey more efficient, safer, healthier and less stressful.
The first Northland Fat Bike Rally was a huge success on Lake Bemidji last Sunday Morning. Both the 10-K and 28-K race went up to Lake Bemidji State Park and back with 53 bikers participate in the first year.
The race looped through Rocky Point, Balsam and Fish Hawk trails, out to the Paul Bunyan State Trail and back.
If your interest has been piqued looking at all the ride opportunities in the Destination Section or on our Events Calendar here at HaveFunBiking.com then the next step is gaining the confidence to sign up and have a memorable experience. As bike tourism soars the biggest tip we can offer is to know your limitations when planning and gradually build your stamina to achieve your intended trip goals. So, whether you are riding for a charity, an organized touring ride or just for fun with a friend or by yourself, the following five tips will help you prepare
With many parts of the country buried or covered in snow, it’s a good time to start thinking about the joys of summertime, including another season of New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat. The daylong traveling festival honors mankind’s greatest invention – the bike – while encouraging people to let their alter egos shine. The 2015 tour will travel to ten cities this year offering the best way to raise money for local (bike related) non-profits, celebrate two wheels, dress up as your alter ego while being entertained.
After months of searching for new sponsors to help fund the North Star Bicycle Festival, the Event’s board voted to go ahead with the five-day pro bike race and festival for 2015. Formerly called the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the 16-year old race was in jeopardy after Nature Valley, a division of General Mills, pulled out as title sponsor in 2013. Now with new sponsors in place, plans can move forward for the event again this year.
Inspired by water-cooler talk about a cardboard canoe, inventor and craftsman Izhar Gafni became obsessed with the idea of a cardboard bicycle. Despite a number of Gafni’s engineering buddies telling him it couldn’t be done, his enthusiasm and technical/design prowess in the field of mechanical and bio-medical engineering made it a challenge. Even though cardboard doesn’t have the structural properties required to build a usable, durable bicycle frame, he made the impossible…possible.
The whole idea behind folding bikes is that they can be made very small and unobtrusive for transit and storage. It would follow, therefore, that the smaller they can be folded down, the better. Well, Toronto’s Peter Boutakis claims that his company’s Helix bike can fold smaller than any other. It’s also got a snazzy lightweight titanium frame.