Bike Pic: Nov 13
Its Wheelie Wednesday and fun memories on the trail
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
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From the Blog
For many, not familiar with the bold north, biking or walking on water is a fun winter tradition when incorporating a few ice safety tips into the experience. Here in the upper Midwest, Mother Nature’s annual temperature swing allows many to safely move or frolic on frozen water, by December. Then, typically for three to four months, riding a bike across a body of frozen water is a regular occurrence. This year, with below-normal temp's early, ice is already forming and the fun may begin sooner and extend the season.
The Bloomington Ferry Bridge is the starting point for some of the metro areas last natural trails – The Minnesota River bottoms to locals, is a trail network stretching from the southwest corner of Bloomington, along the Minnesota river, all the way to the trails of Fort Snelling State Park. These trails are worn in by mountain bikers, hikers, and runners who frequent them.
When mountain biking or hiking, it’s nice to find the right gear that can help cut down on carrying extra weight, like water. On a recent backcountry field trip into Minnesota's north woods, I had the opportunity to use the Aqua Research H2gO Purifier. This purifier was the perfect device to provide safe drinking water without adding additional weight to the gear I packed. No regrets choosing the H2gO Purifier for this Bold North trip was easy to use and safe.
No matter how brave you are sometimes weather conditions keep you from conquering those trails. This is especially true as the mercury drops and turns our beloved Earth into something reminiscent of the Russian front. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to have fun with indoor biking.
Taking your bicycle with you is not always possible, but don’t give up on the idea of riding when you travel all together. Renting a bicycle is an easy way to try new bikes and experience new places. Before you travel, read some of the tips in this article to help you when renting a bike.
In the Twin Cities, help the Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) program in their 12th year. Volunteer to help put more smiles on children's faces. Donate your time to help clean, prep, or wrench some of the 7,000 plus bicycles collected this year. Back in Bloomington, MN, FB4K is busy preparing all the bikes donated to prepare for their distribution drive before the holidays.