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August 19, 2014

Lefse, Pies and Trout Highlight “Taste of the Trail”

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With Taste of the Trail, here in the Bluff Country, all the towns you will visit focus their attention on the local foods grown and enjoyed, giving you a sampling of what each community has to offer. With a fall festival atmosphere the event, for bikers, hikers and motorists, is scheduled for three consecutive Saturdays in September.

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August 18, 2014

MN High School’s Mountain Bike Race Schedule

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With summer winding down, mountain bike practices are in full swing and there is a little under three weeks until the first race of the Minnesota High School Cycling League begins. So check the schedule and come out and cheer on your favorite team.

Dust off those cowbells – race season is almost here!

Take a look at the lineup for this year. MN League

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The Bike of the Future, Just Around the Corner

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In the coming years, what can we expect to see in bicycle design in American cities? Maybe the “next-wave urban bike,” will be things like turn signals, automatic-gear shifters, motors and things you’d expect on a good moped -
And perhaps maybe that is the point of this Bike Design Project.

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August 17, 2014

Riding a Bike, You Are Never Too Old in Minneapolis

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If you’re a grown adult and have never learned how to ride a bike, where do you even start? If live in or around Minneapolis you will find that you are never to old too ride – says SPOKES student-turned-bike advocate’s Hayat Ahmed and Maria Padilla.

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August 15, 2014

A Day Trip In Bike Friendly Winona, MN

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Here in Southeastern Minnesota, along the Mississippi River Trail, enjoy local resident Marcia Radcliff’s colorful description of riding in and around Winona. With paved trails, bike friendly city streets and quite county roads, those who wish to explore the area will find plenty of options and hospitality that can’t be beat.

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August 13, 2014

My ABUS U-Lock Review

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When securing your bicycle investment, you want the very best! I’ve tested ABUS’ Granit X-Plus 540 and the Granit U54 Mini U-Locks. Both of which are equipped with ABUS patented technology, and top rated security features that will give you the piece of mind when securing your cherished bicycle.

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August 7, 2014

Couple Wed at Tour de Tonka, After Meeting In 2013

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Tammy Nelson and Dan Diepenbrock met at the starting line at Tour de Tonka last year and six hours later, at the end of a 100-mile bike ride, the duo was still chatting. At this year’s Tour de Tonka, Aug 2nd the couple shared their wedding vows before the ride, at the same spot they met a year ago. Now out in front, at the start of this year’s ride the newlyweds were followed by their wedding party and 3,000-plus cyclists registered for the annual event.

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August 5, 2014

Future Tour de France Challengers, Strider Bike Racing

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As the Tour de France pro racers moved through the Col de la Croix des Moinats range in France, some of cycling’s future participants were competing, for the first time, in St. Cloud, Minn. Riding on balance bikes, as rain threatened to ace out the day’s activities, families ventured to this Central Minnesota community for the Strider Champion Race Series. With many fun activities scheduled toddler’s from ages two, up to five showed their potential as future cyclists.

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Pedal Into History On The Gitchi-Gami Bike Ride

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Enjoy a recreational ride on the scenic Gitchi-Gami State Trail along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Join the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association on their 14th Annual ride on August 16. Along the way, choosing either the 28 or 34 mile route, tour the historic Split Rock Lighthouse, stop Beaver and explore Gooseberry Falls and State Park.

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August 4, 2014

Bicycling Helped Heal A Broken Heart

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Last week, Sports Marketing Surveys USA released new data on the most popular sports and fitness activities in America — and biking ranked #6 on the list, with more than 41 million participants in 2013. While we often talk about the health benefits of bicycling, we focus on the physical: losing weight, managing diabetes, increasing energy. But, as Josie Smith, a rider and blogger in Decorah, Iowa, shared with us, cycling can heal our hearts and minds, as well. Enjoy her story…

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August 1, 2014

It’s Time To Evolve the Bicycle Lane, So More Bike

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You can see big changes happening across America as forward thinking communities adopt bicycle practices popular and practical in other countries. Protected bike lanes are standard practice in the Netherlands, where 27 percent of all trips throughout the country are made by bikes. That’s because people there feel comfortable biking on the streets with bike protection measures in place. Dutch bike ridership has doubled since the 1980′s, when protected bike lanes began to be built in large numbers. If safe measures in bicycle progress are slow to happen in your area please share this article with your community leaders and ask them – why?

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July 31, 2014

Record Attendance at the Tour de Fat- Minneapolis Raised $40,000

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As thousands gathered in Loring Park, in downtown Minneapolis, Minn. for a day of fun, beer and bike love, jammin’ music, and a crazy costumes parade down the Nicollet Mal, the Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised approximately $40,000 last Saturday, July 26. Benefiting the Midtown Greenway Coalition, Minnesota Off Road Cycling (MORC) and Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN,) this is an increase of about 66 percent from last year, thanks to about 5,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts who came to Loring Park for the event.

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July 28, 2014

A HaveFun Photo Moment – Open Streets Minneapolis

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Here is a fun photo moment at Open Streets in Northeast Minneapolis. Here volunteers from the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota tent were weighing-in, as the sky darkened, how much rain would really fall.

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How to Lube and Clean Your Bike Chain

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Most of us can’t often be bothered cleaning and lubing our bike chain, yet by following these five simple steps the job can be done quickly and easily. So next time you ride, your drive train shifts smoothly and you won’t get chain bites marks on your leg or grease on your socks.

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July 27, 2014

A HaveFun Photo Moment – Tour de’ Fat

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HaveFun Photo Moment – Make a costume event available and you can always find someone in the crowd participating, who reverts back to an old childhood trait.

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