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Wishing everyone a memorable and safe Thanksgiving!
HFB MN Guide
This handy bike guide offers free maps of fun destinations in Minnesota to explore and also includes hundreds of events to participate in for your #NextBikeAdventure.
HFB IA Guide
This handy bike guide offers free maps of fun destinations in Iowa to explore and also includes hundreds of events to participate in for your #NextBikeAdventure.
From the Blog
For many of us, being active outdoors (biking, hiking, etc.) with the uncertainty of the Coronavirus has been challenging. This year has been like no other in recent memory. Despite the lifestyle changes caused by this virus, there's still plenty of fun to be had. In fact, seeking out healthy activities outdoors maybe even more important now as winter approaches. Doing something you enjoy outside can distract you from problems and help you cope with all the new obstacles in life. You will soon discover, if you haven't already, outdoor pursuits pose a lower risk of getting sick than indoor activities do.
Working on the gift section in the winter edition of the MN Bike/Hik Guide, coming out in early December, we tested a new bicycle bell from SpurCycle. The Compact Bell is perfect for the mountain bike or a flat bar commuter. The bell also offers the same high-frequency ping as their original bell, just smaller with less moving parts. However, with more people walking and biking, is it better to use a bicycle bell or your voice command to bring attention as you approach?
This Saturday, as the days become shorter visibility is key
With school now in session and fall in full swing, we should all consider using the visible gear now available as a key component so we are better seen while riding our bikes. The two main forms of visibility we need to focus on are passive and active visibility. Things like reflectors and bright colors are forms of passive visibility. While lights and blinkers are great examples of active visibility. Read on to see where each one is helpful and most efficient.
This Tuesday, September 22nd, is the first day of fall and international #CarFreeDay. With warm summer air temps and sunny skies in the forecast, sign-up and try out being car-free while celebrating in your community. In the Twin Cities, @MoveMpls is sponsoring a region-wide event, with a free e-bike giveaway a part of the event. Inspired by World Car Free Day, this Tuesday, leave your cars parked and enjoy one glorious day, with thousands of neighbors all moving on bikes or by foot, scooter, transit, or even telework.
With the summer season officially ending on September 21st, fall is a great time to extend your bike riding adventures in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. As the leaves change colors along the miles of paved and mountain bike trails, cyclists will find a kaleidoscope of peak colors at every turn. Especially with the abundant rainfall we have had this year. Colors along the trails and roadways are predicted to be spectacular. If the weather remains sunny during the day with cooler temps at night, conditions favor stunning vistas while exploring the upper Midwest.