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Thursday fun memories on the Natchez Trace
HFB MN Guide
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From the Blog
For many unfamiliar with the bold north, biking or walking on water is a fun winter tradition when incorporating a few ice safety tips into the adventure. Mother Nature's annual temperature swings in the upper Midwest will determine when it's safe to venture onto a frozen body of water safely. From mid to late December through February, riding a bike across a body of frozen water is a regular occurrence. This year, ice is already forming, and the fun may begin sooner and extend the season of outdoor fun.
This Thursday, no auto repairs equals more money for the holidays.
With a growing demand for e-bikes, the electric bike expo organizer of several significant events in Europe is returning with the E-bike Challenge. Back at the Minneapolis Convention Center, March 11 -12, 2023, this will once again be the place for consumers and businesses alike to test and compare the many e-bicycles and cargo bikes. Deemed a success this spring for the second year, attendees of all ages and abilities will again be able to test-ride the latest e-bikes on the enormous indoor cycle track. As the E-bike Challenge returns with more e-bikes and cargo bikes to test ride, mark your calendar and plan to attend.
Over the past quarter-century, I have helped many riders get going on their bikes without back pain. I've been lucky to see the life-changing power of proper posture while riding a bicycle. I have also seen riders walk away from cycling due to simple discomforts and not understanding the reason. No discomfort is as debilitating as back pain. Luckily, back pain is usually caused by a few easy-fix issues. These issues manifest themselves in lower back pain and upper back pain. See more on some causes and simple fixes to enjoy cycling again.
If you live near or close to the Twin Cities, help the Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) program in its 14th year. Volunteer to help put more smiles on children's faces. Donate your time to help clean, prep, or wrench some of the 1,000s of bicycles collected this year for their distribution drive before the holidays and again in the spring.
Electric bikes, like most standard bicycles, are water-resistant and can be used in any type of inclement weather. Though, you may need some accessories (like rain gear or studded tires for winter) to ride safely. Most e-bike models also provide a high-quality, water-resistant casing to protect your battery when wet and cold. You can ride an e-bike at any temperature, but the colder it is, the more it may impact the battery’s range. So bring in your battery (or the entire bike + battery) inside if you’re not riding it if possible. Do not leave the battery on the bike if parking the e-bike outside in the winter at any time.