Sean Crampton tucked two freshly rolled burritos into a “Star Wars” lunchbox and jumped on his bicycle after pulling his Gore-Tex face mask over his long hair. Pedaling hard he was on his way on this cold winter night to the Bemidji Brewing Company, where someone had placed an order. Along with the cold riders have to be careful of other hazards, like passing cars. “See and be seen”, Crampton said. “It’s a big priority.”
One hundred and thirty-five miles is a long drive, one many people wouldn’t consider if it was 40 degrees below zero. Even with milder temp’s for this morning race start at 6 a.m. the select few will attempt to travel the 135 mile course this year via. a bike, cross-country skis or on foot through the backwoods of northern Minnesota.
As biking is on the rise here and across the country, the Twin Cities is also a leader in bike innovations and technology as demonstrated at the Goldstein Museum of Design in St Paul, Minn. Now through May 10th, the exhibition: “Design Cycle” will help to answers that question handily “to bike or not to bike.”
As we move into our 9th year of sharing news and information at HaveFunBiking.com, more and more winter bicycle activities are being scheduled to make it conducive to bike year-round. Add the expanding popularity of fat bikes along with more people winter bike commuting and the landscape here has turned into four-seasons of fun – Helping you to stay active and healthy.
An awe inspiring story, Rhonda Martin weighed 457 pounds when she decided, two years ago, that she was tired of just existing and wanted to live again. Now, losing nearly 300 pounds thanks to a healthier diet and an exercise regiment that included riding an electric assist bike, she is having fun and enjoying life.
It is that time of year and a call is out to all businesses, event coordinators and those interested in promoting biking opportunities here in the upper Midwest. As we begin designing the 2015 Edition of this popular pocket-size guide, please send in any bike events, bicycle related stories and suggestions for the next issue of this publication.
Fat biking has been an emerging winter sport in the Midwest for the past few years and is expected to continue to grow as a winter activity. With its popularity comes the question of where fat bike riders can safely and legally ride. Recently the Minnesota State Parks and Trails have implemented a pilot project for fat bike riding this winter. The following information will be helpful for finding a place to ride in the land of 10,000 frozen lakes.
Normally safety videos are made as an educational tool. However this helmet safety video is entertaining, fun and worth sharing. It features fast cutting, quirky humor and good information that is suitable for a wide range of age groups.
New York-based ZumZum wanted to design a balance bike that could do more than just give kids something to putter around on a Saturday afternoon. It wanted a design that would get kids excited about biking from an early age while giving them balance skills to take with them onto pedal bikes. To meet this goal, they reached out to a multitude of designers and manufacturers and put together a team centered around pro mountain biker Steve Peat.
Spreading the joy, volunteers for Free Bikes 4 Kidz and Allina Health created 6,000 stories of bikes and smiles for the holiday season, in the Twin Cities. The organizations 5th year of spreading joy, more than 3,000 Minnesota volunteers, stepped up to help collect, clean, repair and distributed the bikes.