‘Rock-N-Roll the Lakes’ bike ride in Southern Minnesota is back

One of the newest bike rides in Minnesota may add to your summer fun

As the hometown of rock-n-roll icon Eddie Cochran, as well as Marion Ross (also known as Mrs. C from Happy Days), Albert Lea, MN, knows how to rock! You’re also likely to spot one of the many eagles, pelicans, and countless other birds and wildlife that live in the area when riding around the local lakes. If you like a beat to your pedal stroke, this year, on August 10th, Albert Lea, MN, will again host the Rock n' Roll the Lakes. Families and friends of all ages will enjoy this fun bike tour around the scenic lakes with food and music along the way!

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Explore Minnesota’s bike skills parks and pump tracks

Riding in a bike skills park or on a pump track is a fun and easy way to learn the technical skills needed for better mountain bike handling. These parks typically consist of a circuit course of rollers, banked turns (berms), and features designed to be entirely ridden by a rider. The term "pumping," by up and down body movements, generates momentum instead of pedaling or pushing. It was initially designed for the mountain bike and BMX scene, and now, due to concrete constructions, it is also used by skateboarders, roller skaters, and other similar activities. Pump tracks are relatively simple and cater to various rider skill levels. Here in Minnesota, you will find many options, we have listed in this artcle.

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With these tips, wood ticks won’t haunt your next outdoor adventure

Unless you enter the annual Woodtick Races in Cuyuna, MN,  on June 8th, these bloodthirsty wood ticks are annoying and could be hazardous to your health. Especially if you are biking or hiking on trails through the woods or in tall grass. Always take note as you enjoy your outdoor adventures. These little critters, especially if they are the deer tick species, can be nasty with disease. Like the wood tick, the deer tick also lurks in any natural wilderness setting. However, they are small as a freckle, have tiny black legs, and you may find them loaded with disease-causing pathogens or Lyme Disease.

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Discover the pleasure of biking around Brainerd

Ride into the Brainerd Lakes Area and you'll see what people love about northern Minnesota. Ride the open roads or the Paul Bunyan Trail and more.

The farther you drive north, the more you'll be surrounded by lakes and never-ending trails. And the Brainerd Lakes Area is no exception. Here, you are in luck when you want to escape the city to taste the come-stay-for-a-while vibe of relaxing by the lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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Being visible and noticed doesn’t end when the sun comes up

Now with spring riding soon in full swing, stay visible and noticed. Wear clothing that makes you stand out to others while riding your bike or walking. Being noticed by others is the key to avoiding accidents. Focus on the two forms, passive and active visibility, to help stay safe. Things like reflectors and bright colors, especially in patterns that make you stand out, are forms of passive visibility. While lights and blinkers are great examples of active visibility, most people focus on nighttime visibility. Though, far more hours are spent in broad daylight riding a bike. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and visible whenever you ride.

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Bike commuting necessities and niceties to make your ride great

Bike commuting is an easy way to increase fitness, jump start your energy level, and enjoy nature. Read and learn about what you need to commute in comfort.

Bike commuting is an easy way to add miles, increase fitness, jump start your energy level for the day while enjoying nature, especially with warmer weather. Once you start commuting by bike, you will find the hassle factor lessens while your overall trip acts as your workout for the day. You are saving yourself hours in the gym. Here is a list of other beneficial necessities to make commuting by bike much more enjoyable.

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The maps in the new MN Bike/Hike Guide offer many fun places to explore

At HaveFunBiking.com, we hope everyone is planning some fun outings this year. Now in our 15th year of publishing the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, tied to all the information at HaveFunBiking, we hope you find all the bike-friendly maps helpful in planning your next adventure. To help you select your next fun outing with family and friends. Consider bookmarking this latest edition of this MN Guide to your cell phone, for easy access when on the go.

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Win this E-bike at HaveFunBiking.com

Sign up for email updates from HaveFunBiking.com, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win this All new Avenue e-bike. The Avenue is a beautifully designed Pedego and well suited to urban riding or commuting. Step-thru frame for easy mounting and dismounting. Powerful 500W 48V power system with a fully integrated battery.

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