Author Archives: Russ Lowthian

Soon everyone will enjoy bicycle outing as summer approaches for some fond memories. Here in this photo where cyclists, many in costume, parading down the Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, on the Tour d' Fat.

Bike Pic May 12, fond memories of bike parades and open street events

Soon everyone will be enjoying some bicycle outings full of fond memories. Here in this photo were some parading cyclists, many in costume, riding down the Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, on the Tour d’ Fat.

What better way to continue enjoying all the fun in 2018. View all the bike travel ideas in the latest HaveFunBiking Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends at one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for viewing our ‘fond memories’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Tips for a fun bike ride on or off the paved riding trail

With warmer temperatures drying out the bike trails for another riding season we thought it be a good to repeat a message developed by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). These tips work well for courteous conduct on both shared-use paths and lanes. Keep in mind that procedures for yielding and passing may vary in different locations or with traffic conditions. By following these six ‘Rules of the Trail’ everyone should have a fun and memorable season.

Bike trail etiquette for a safer ride

Bike riders enjoying the Root River Trail with the majestic bluffs in view and whispering in the breeze, "Come Explore."

Bike riders enjoying the Root River Trail with the majestic bluffs in view.

  1. Ride open trails:

    Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

  1. Leave no trace:

    Riding the red dirt of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail, north of Crosby, MN. photo by Aaron W. Hautala

    Riding the red dirt of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail, north of Crosby, MN. photo by Aaron W. Hautala

    Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

  1. Control your bicycle:

    Here a father and son are out on a Mountain bike trail enjoying some quality time together. Photo taken on a trail near Lakeville, MN.

    Here a father and son are out on a Mountain bike trail enjoying some quality time together. Photo taken on a trail near Lakeville, MN.

    Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

  1. Yield appropriately:

    A little bit of traffic congestion near a local Minnesota mountain bike trail head, as everyone is having fun.

    A little bit of traffic congestion near a local Minnesota mountain bike trail head.

    Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners.                                                                                                                                                           Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

  1. Never scare animals:

    With a full moon gracing the night skies the next couple days, even in the daytime it is not uncommon to see a deer or other wildlife pop out from the bushes onto a road or trail in front of you.

    It’s not uncommon to see a deer or other wildlife pop out from the bushes onto a road or trail in front of you.

    Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

  1. Always plan ahead:

    Here a mountain biker walks his bike back to the trailhead after missing a technical turn along the trail.

    Here a mountain biker walks his bike back to the trailhead after missing a technical turn along the trail.

    Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Search here at:  https://www.imba.com for more riding information in your area or see the new bike guides at: HaveFunBiking.com

 

Yeah its Friday, another beautiful day for riding. After cranking around why not get together with friends and plan that next great bike adventure.

Bike Pic May 11, yeah its Friday and another sunny spring day for riding

Yeah its Friday, another beautiful day for riding. After cranking around why not get together with friends and plan that next great bike adventure this summer. Here in this photo we caught these two biker chicks on last year’s RAGBRAI, pedaling across the state.

What better way to continue enjoying all the fun in 2018. View all the bike travel ideas in the latest HaveFunBiking Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends at one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for viewing our ‘Yeah Its Friday’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Full of bicycle routes and trails for your next adventure. AAA -The Auto Club Group invites you to stop by one of their branch offices to pick up a copy of the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, learn about their bikes benefits program and register to win.

Plot your next adventure and win a bike tour pass from AAA

They’re available for your next adventure, the updated Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide full of bicycle routes and trails to explore in the state. AAA -The Auto Club Group invites you to stop by one of their branch offices to pick up a copy of the new bike guide. When stopping in to pick up a complimentary copy you can also register to win a ride tour pass to one of the three popular Minnesota rides.

Tour of Saints riders having fun on this annual June ride.

Tour of Saints riders having fun on this annual June ride.

Imagine a free wheel pass to the: Tour of Saints; the St. Paul Classic Bike Tour; or the Mankato River Ramble that will be drawn on June 15th. Plus, when you stop in to pick up a guide, learn about the exciting new bicycle benefits program at one of the following AAA branch office locations:

 Burnsville, 600 West Travelers Trail, Burnsville, MN 55337

Coon Rapids, 2170 Northdale Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Duluth, 2520 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811

Mankato, 1930 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Maplewood, 1727 Beam Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109

Rochester, 1535 Greenview Drive, SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Roseville, 2483 Fairview Avenue N, Roseville MN 55113

St Cloud, 3959 2nd Street S, St Cloud, MN 56301

Your next adventure may be the new bike guide

The Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide is a handy pocket sized booklet available in print and online. This year’s edition offers a 100 pages of bike friendly maps, ride events and helpful tips to create fond memories for you and your family or friends.

The new bike program at AAA my add security and a peace of mind

When you have a mechanical problem with your bike AAA is just a call away.

If  you have a mechanical problem with your bike, AAA is only a call away.

When picking up a copy of the new bike guide, ask about the AAA Bicycle Benefits Program.  This new benefit is like having a support vehicle in your back pocket when riding. Rest assured, if your bike has a mechanical failure, help is only a phone call away. AAA Auto Club now includes roadside tows for bicycles as well as vehicles.

Remember to register to win a ride tour wheel pass

The St. Paul Bike Classic is another family friendly ride that happens the first Saturday in September each year.

The St. Paul Bike Classic is another family friendly ride that happens the first Saturday in September, each year.

The Tour of Saints is scheduled for July 8th, starting in St. Joseph, MN. The St. Paul Classic Bike Tour is scheduled for September 9th, on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, MN. And the Mankato River Ramble is scheduled for October 7th starting in North Mankato, MN. Further information is available on these bike tours and more at a AAA branch office locations in your area.

Now, have fun biking with AAA information and support this summer!

Gathering for a ride on the Promenade in Cedar Falls. in this bike pic

Bike Pic May 10, gathering for a ride in Cedar Falls, IA

Fun is gathering for a ride, on the Promenade in Cedar Falls, IA. shown in this bike pic.

Get into the zone and plan your next bike outing with family and friends using the new Iowa Bike Guide. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the new HaveFunBiking Guide.

Thanks for viewing our ‘Wheelie Wednesday’ Pic of the Day  

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year ahead!

This Wheelie Wednesday, with the kickoff of Penn Cycle’s Thursday Night Mountain Bike Races at Buck Hill tomorrow night. Take a chance, if life were a mountain bike trail a wheelie could help smooth out your day-to-day ride.

Bike Pic May 09, wheelie Wednesday may help you into your sweet spot

This Wheelie Wednesday, with the kickoff of Penn Cycle’s Thursday Night Mountain Bike Races at Buck Hill tomorrow night. Take a chance, if life were a mountain bike trail a wheelie could help smooth out your day-to-day ride.

Get into the zone and plan your next bike outing with family and friends at one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the new HaveFunBiking Guide.

Thanks for viewing our ‘Wheelie Wednesday’ Pic of the Day  

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year ahead!

Last year at this time, we caught this biker dude out on the trail with his road bike. With skinny tires and a frame that did a lot of flexing he did pretty good testing his skills in Lebanon Hills Park, in Eagan, MN

Bike Pic May 08, who says you need a special bike for off-road fun?

Last year at this time, we caught this biker dude out on the trail with his road bike. With skinny tires and a frame that did a lot of flexing he did pretty good testing his skills in Lebanon Hills Park, in Eagan, MN.

View the new  National Bike Guide and all the fun rides coming up in 2018.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘Spring Fun’ Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

Riding into the Monday morning sun as our spring weather, feels more like June temperatures. Today's photo was taken on RAGBRAi and shows a biker chick having a great time along the route. What a fun way to bike across Iowa!

Bike Pic May 07, riding into the Monday morning sun

Riding into the Monday morning sun as our spring weather, feels more like June temperatures. Today’s photo was taken on RAGBRAi and shows a biker chick having a great time along the route. What a fun way to bike across Iowa!

Get into the zone and plan your next bike outing with family and friends at one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the new HaveFunBiking Guide.

Thanks for viewing our ‘Monday Morning Sun’ Pic of the Day  

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year ahead!

It isn't every day you see a peloton of touring cyclists tow a canoe down the Mississippi River Trail (Hwy 61). After passing by, so I could shoot some photos Amy & Dave Freeman and crew stopped and explained briefly their journey to Washington D.C. with the canoe.

Cyclists tow canoe to Washington D.C. to save the Boundary Waters

by Russ Lowthian

It isn’t every day you see a peloton of touring cyclists tow a canoe down the Mississippi River Trail (Hwy 61). With an exceptional tailwind out of the northwest this last Friday, five bicyclists made good time pedaling south. I caught them a few miles out of Red Wing, MN, along the Great River Road. Once they went by, my & Dave Freeman and crew stopped to explain briefly their journey to Washington D.C.

Here Amy & Dave Freeman stop and show all the people who have already signed the canoe, petitioning to save the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Here Amy & Dave Freeman stop and show me all the people who have already signed the canoe, petitioning to save the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 

 

Cyclists tow a canoe on a pedaling book tour

It turns out this is a pedaling book tour to save the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), with their book “A Year in the Wilderness.” Checking out their websiteAmy & Dave have been working on this campaign to save the Boundary Waters for years. Now, with added support they are embarking on the next leg of their journey in protecting the pristine wilderness area. Pedaling from Minnesota to Washington D.C. they will collect over 2,000 signatures on the the canoe they are pulling. A two month, two thousand-mile book tour by bike to save 1.1 million acres of wilderness.

Before the bike/book tour

First, they paddled and sailed the Boundary Waters for an entire year so they could broadcast its beauty to the world. Then they wrote the  book, “A Year in the Wilderness.” An illustrated account telling a deeper story of the value, beauty and fragility of this wild place.

It isn't every day you see a peloton of touring cyclists towing a canoe down the Mississippi River Trail (Hwy 61). Here Amy & Dave and crew enjoy a tailwind south of Red Wing, MN.

It isn’t every day you see a peloton of touring cyclists towing a canoe down the Mississippi River Trail (Hwy 61). Here Amy & Dave and crew enjoy a tailwind south of Red Wing, MN.

On this book/bike tour

On this adventure, Amy & Dave will stop at schools, community centers, libraries, bookstores, gear stores and breweries along the way. They will share their stories and images from the book. Along with a video from their time in the BWCA and the importance of this wilderness area. For those who have never heard of the Boundary Waters, here is a chance to experience it through Amy & Dave’s eyes. Those who have been there will see this wilderness area in a new light thanks to their efforts.

Be a part and follow Amy & Dave’s epic tour!

As they depart the Mississippi River Trail and head east, follow their blog and Facebook page. You can also support their Kickstarter Campaign at:  http://kck.st/2w5Zo5d  or #pedaltoDC#savetheBWCA #water

On this ice cream smiles Sunday, we look back to this group of cyclists in the Netherlands who have stopped in a small town along the canal to enjoy a cool sweet treat.

Bike Pic May 06, ice cream smiles Sunday around the world

On this ice cream smiles Sunday, we look back to this group of cyclists in the Netherlands. They who have stopped in a small town along the canal to enjoy a cool sweet treat.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘ice cream smiles Sunday’ Pic of the Day

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable year ahead!