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Cycling is a demanding workout that engages both the lower and upper limbs. For this reason, it is important to prepare your body for the experience ahead with a few targeted bicycling exercises or stretches.

Pre-ride bicycling exercises you should consider before heading out

by Oliver Devon 

Cycling is a demanding workout that engages both the lower and upper limbs. For this reason, it is important to prepare your body for the experience ahead with a few targeted bicycling exercises or stretches. In this article, we will discuss seven of the most useful movements to include in your routine so that your legs, back, torso, and shoulders get equal attention.

Preparing for the ride here are some bicycling exercises or stretches to consider.

Preparing for the ride here are some bicycling exercises or stretches to consider. Image Source: DepositPhotos

 

 

 

Stretches for pre-ride bicycling exercises

1. High Knees

The benefit of high knees is that they emulate the pedaling motion so that you prepare your lower limbs for the activity to come. To perform them, stand upright and lift your bent knee as far up as you can. Repeat on the left side, and keep this motion going for a solid minute. If you want to challenge yourself a bit more, accelerate your pace by hopping back and forth.

2. Butt Kicks

Your quads and hip flexors should be open and limber before a ride. Butt kicks are the ideal exercise for this, as they are the focus on the front of the legs. Jump up and down, alternating which foot you kick back until it reaches the buttocks. Repeat this 10 to 15 times. Don’t tire yourself out by hopping too hard, as the kick’s vigor is the significant aspect here.

3. Active Squat

Prepare your body for the experience ahead with a few targeted stretches.

Prepare your body for the experience ahead with a few targeted stretches. Image Source: DepositPhotos

Cycling is a demanding workout that engages both the lower and upper limbs. For this reason, it is important to prepare your body for the experience ahead with a few targeted stretches. In this article, we will discuss nine of the most useful movements to include in your routine so that your legs, back, torso, and shoulders get equal attention.

4. Runner’s lung

Who said that cyclists can’t benefit from the stretching provided by a runner’s lunge?

The runner’s lunge is a simple move that warms up important muscle groups. Image Source: DepositPhotos

This simple, yet encompassing move warms up a few of the most important muscle groups, namely the quads, the hip flexors, and the hamstrings. All you have to do is step forward with one leg and bent the corresponding knee at a 90-degree angle while keeping the other one extended back.

5. Foam rolling

The foam roller is a useful piece of equipment to have on hand for your pre-ride bicycling exercises or stretching session. It can be used to target the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and hip flexors alike. For total relaxation, roll back and forth over the desired muscle, especially where you experience soreness. This will unwind your body and prepare you for the road.

6. Chest Stretch

The lower part of your body isn’t the only one put under strain by a cycling session. Pay attention to your chest as well and stretch it accordingly. Using your bike as support once again, grab onto the top tube while keeping your feet apart at hip-width. Bend at the waist until your back is parallel to the ground and press down. Repeat five to ten times for noticeable results.

7. Shoulder Reach

Your shoulders are engaged in the pedaling experience as much as the rest of your body is. To exercise them properly before taking the bike out for a spin, stand upright and extend your arms straight above your head. Shrug your shoulders up and down for a couple of minutes to warm up the latissimus dorsi muscles, or lats as they are called in the fitness community.

 Final Thoughts

Stretching your limbs and torso before a cycling session is essential for your comfort and wellbeing. A warmed up musculoskeletal system functions smoothly, just like a well-oiled machine would. It is your responsibility to perform a pre-ride routine and prepare your body for the exercise that lies ahead.

 

About the Author

Oliver Devon is an amateur rider on the gravel and a seasoned veteran when it comes to the world of riding. Sitting on the edge of his seat, he sifts through tons of news daily, everything is stored into his head and everything above that gets posted on BikeGearExpert, the place that he calls home.

Bike Silver Bay, there is still time to make some outdoor memories with fall color season soon approaching.

Bike Silver Bay on the North Shore as the fall colors begin to peak

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

Bike Silver Bay, there is still time to make some outdoor memories with fall color season soon approaching. With your two-wheel stud, make your way into northeastern Minnesota Arrowhead region and soon you will find yourself enjoying the fall colors on the North Shore. While here you can spend all the time in the world at its various parks, like Splitrock Lighthouse or Tettegouche State Park or while enjoying the Gitchi-Gami State Trail.

Family fun riding along the Gitchi Gami Trail with Lake Superior at your side.

Family fun riding along the Gitchi Gami Trail with Lake Superior at your side.

It has plenty of areas for the mountain bike too. to explore and has the Superior Hiking Trail runs through, so make sure you’re ready for plenty of Instagram worthy selfie opportunities. There’s even room for hiking the Superior Hiking Trail, that runs through the area. See the HaveFunBiking Silver Bay Map from the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, for more details.

More About the Bike Silver Bay Area

Resting along the shore of the beloved Lake Superior, get a great view of the lake as you explore the area with your bike or on foot.

The chances to enjoy nature are many, but sometimes you need a break. So when it comes time to take-five indoors you’re in luck. There are plenty of shops to browse and diners to replenish the calories you’ve burned out on the trail. If you’re looking for an artistic experience, the Lake Superior Community Theater always has a production ready for your enjoyment.

Biking Opportunities in the friendly Bike Silver Bay Area

There’s nothing better than riding your bike and enjoying the fresh air with a breeze of the lake. The Silver Bay area has plenty of trails and loops ready for you. You’ll have plenty of scenic views and fun challenges mountain biking here.

In Tettegouche State Park

The northeastern tip borders Lake Superior. And if you’re looking for a scenic adventure through some of Northern Minnesota’s finest nature trails. Mountain bikers can use the 1.5-mile road that also doubles as the service road into the Tettegouche camp. Bikers can also use the 6.5 miles of ATV trails located in and outside the park.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

The fat bike trails loops in Split Rock Lighthouse State are fun.

The fat bike trails loops in Split Rock Lighthouse State are fun.

The park trails here offer a connection to the 10 miles from the park up to Silver Bay on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail. For the mountain bikers, there are also plenty of trails such as the Merrill Lodging Trail and the Day Hill Trail for bikers to enjoy. They can also use the Corundum Mine Trail and there are trails for fat bikers as well.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

About 15 miles south on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail beautiful Gooseberry Falls State Park offers several opportunities for bikers to hit the trails. Mountain bikers will have plenty of trails to travel, and many areas connect to each other providing several loop opportunities.

Gitchi Gami State Trail

Riding along Lake Superior on the Gitchi Gami Trail.

Riding along Lake Superior on the Gitchi Gami Trail.

This trail starts in Two Harbors and travels all the way to Grand Marais. While parts of the trail are under construction, or yet to be started, much of it follows the coast of Lake Superior. You’ll get to travel through Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Tettegouche State Park, and more.

Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for than winding paths and hills out of your bike adventure, give these more challenging trails a try. The North Star State Trail takes you from Duluth all the way through town and up to Grand Marais. Then there’s the Moose Walk Trail that takes you along the Sawtooth Mountains. It also connects to the Red Dot Trail, which takes you on a hilly ride through countless spruce pine.

Where to stay in Silver Bay and thing to do when not biking

At the Heart of the Northshore, you will find everything you need for a couple night stay or a long vacation in northern Minnesota. Located an “incredibly scenic” hour north of Duluth, Minnesota, come and experience the great outdoors with nature activities, fun family attractions, area tours, scenic state parks, hiking and biking trails and more. Stay in luxurious accommodations at one of our resorts, cabins or hotels where you will find comfortable, affordable lodging for every budget. See the waves and observe the ships on Lake Superior, smell the forests, watch the birds and wildlife or enjoy the Superior Hiking Trail. Bike Silver Bay is an experience you will not soon forget!

Sadly, it is sometimes unavoidable to ride in the rain. So, when you do get caught in the rain, use these bike maintenance tips to protect your equipment.

Quick and easy post bike maintenance tips after riding in the rain

by John Brown

Sadly, it is sometimes unavoidable to ride in the rain. In my experience, the rain actually waits for me to get as far from home as possible before starting. So, when you do get caught in the wet weather, how do you protect your bicycle from the damages of water? Read on for a few helpful bike maintenance tips.

The First Step In Bike Maintenance Tips Is Get It Clean!

The first step after a riding in the rain is to get your bike clean. Road grime, mud, and other muck that has accumulated on your bike will hold moisture and encourage corrosion. A bucket of warm soapy water and a sponge is the best way to clean out that crud. Try to resist the urge to point a hose at the bike because pressured water gets into bearings promoting wear.

The Second Tip – Get It Dry

Once your bike is clean, use an old towel to get it dry. Rubber parts like tires and grips don’t need a lot of attention, rather focus on all the metal parts. Really try to address the steel hardware and make sure its dry to the touch before you’re done.

Then, Clean The Rims

Unless you have disc brakes, riding in the rain takes a toll on both the rims and brake pads. All the road grime that attaches itself to the rim works like sandpaper, wearing both the rim and the brake pads when you stop. Therefore, after riding in wet weather you will want to focus on getting all that abrasive grime off the rims and pads. If the dirt is left in place, your brakes can start making noise, be less efficient, and wear out quicker.

Lube The Chain

Water and motion will do a good job of scouring all the lubricant off your chain. Additionally, the same road grime that wears rims and brake pads will wear your chain. Additionally, that wear leaves your chain particularly susceptible to rust. To lube your chain, start by propping the bike up so you can rotate the cranks backward freely. Next, Backpedal the bike, while dripping lubricant onto each chain link. Once the chain is well saturated, give a few moments for the lubricant to penetrate the chain. Finally, wrap a rag around the chain, backpedal, and remove all the excess lubricant. Done!

Lube The Cables

Like the chain, cables will lose lubricant and wear quicker in the rain. To keep your bike shifting and braking well, drip a small amount of lubricant onto the cables where they enter the housing. Once capillary action carries a few drops of lubricant into the housing, shift through your gears a few times and squeeze the brakes repeatedly to help the lubricant find it’s way.

Drain The Bike

A bicycle may appear to be sealed from the elements, but it is, in fact, able to take on water when you ride in the rain. The water that collects inside your bicycles frame can destroy bearings, rust a frame from the inside, or freeze in the winter and burst frame tubes. To drain a frame, pull the seat and seat post out of the bike, and turn the bike upside down. Leave the bike for a few hours to drain and then replace the seat and post.

Overall, when servicing your bike after you ride in the rain be aware of the corrosion and wear rain can cause. Focus on getting the bike clean and re-lubricated, ready for your next ride.

Join the fun this Sunday, October 7th for the eight annual Mankato River Ramble. This year's ride offers three loop options, a 16, 30, or 42-mile route featuring great Rest Stops, ride support, delicious food and beverages, live music and much more.

Mankato River Ramble, the last major Minnesota bike tour in 2018

Join some 2,000 bicyclists on Sunday, October 7th for the eight annual Mankato River Ramble. This year’s ride offers three loop options, a 16, 30, or 42-mile route featuring great Rest Stops, ride support, delicious food and beverages, live music and much more. Routes can be easily combined for those who want to add on additional mileage.

The whole family will like the scenery along the Minnesota River Valley.

The whole family will like the scenery along the Minnesota River Valley.

River Ramble Registration

Even though early registration has closed, day-of registration is open and available. If you have not pre-registered you can come between 8 and 10 a.m. to Land of Memories Park (100 Amos Owen Lane, Mankato, MN 56001) to sign up and begin the ride. See more info here.

Tasty treats, like the pie stop, makes the ride extra delicious.

Tasty treats, like the pie stop, can make the ride extra delicious.

Volunteers needed

The Ramble wouldn’t be possible without the help of 140 volunteers and sever spots are still open. Volunteer sign-up for the 2018 Ramble at www.bikeriverramble.org/volunteer. Volunteers help with putting up signs, helping with registration, passing out treats at rest stops and encouraging riders. Volunteers get a free Ramble T-Shirt and will be celebrated at the volunteer appreciation party at the Mankato Brewery with amazing food from Pub 500.

“Our volunteers are the ones who make each ride what it is. We couldn’t have a successful event without all their donated time. They set the tone of each ride and we are grateful to always have so many generous volunteers at the Ramble each year!,” said Dorian Grilley, Executive Director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN).

The Ramble is a fun place to gather and ride with old and new friends!

The Ramble is a fun place to gather and ride with old and new friends!

The Mankato River Ramble is a fundraiser for the Greater Mankato Bike & Walk Advocates and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. Proceeds after expenses from the event benefit these two organizations. The ride is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mankato Clinic and the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, as well as the support of more than 50 other sponsoring organizations.

More delicious food upon your return and its included in your ride fee.

More delicious food upon your return and its included in your ride fee.

More photos from 2017 Mankato River Ramble can be found online here.

About the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN)

BikeMN is working to make Minnesota a state where bicycling is a safe, easy, fun and cool choice for everyone. The mission of BikeMN is to provide leadership and a unified voice for bicycle education, advocacy and efforts to make Minnesota more bicycle friendly so that more people will ride bicycles more often. More at www.bikemn.org.

About Greater Mankato Bike and Walk Advocates (GMBWA)

GMBWA encourages individuals and families to walk and bike as part of a healthy lifestyle. Greater Mankato Bike and Walk Advocates work with city, county and state governments, businesses and nongovernmental organizations to improve the community’s infrastructure and opportunities for walking and biking. The ride began in 2011, thousands of dollars of profits from the Ramble have gone into signs, outdoor kiosks, and mountain bike trail construction, and other improvements in the Mankato area.

Now into the fall season here are several more bike events October 1st through October 9th for your preferred riding pleasure in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

Discover all the fun bike events over the first nine days of October

Now into the fall season here are several more bike events from October 1st through October 9th for your preferred riding pleasure in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

This fall is full of cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

This fall is full of cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

 

Bike events, 9-days out

Monday Night No Drop Dirt Ride Des Moines, IA  Oct 1 

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City Oct 2 

Renegades CyclocrosDesMoines, IA Oct 2 

Mountain Bike Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis MN Oct 3

Thursday Cross Practice Cedar Falls IA Oct 4

Capitol City Bikeway Tour  St Paul, MN Oct 4

Thursday MTB Singletrack Golden Valley, MN Oct  4

Saturday

Alempics Bike Skills Pentathlon Olympics Ankeny, IA Oct 6

The Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra  St Charles, IA  Oct 6

Shaggy Ridge Ride Tipton, IA  Oct 6

GEARS Greenbush Grinder Glenbeulah, WI Oct 6

FATOBER Osage, IA Oct 6

Willis Dady Run & Ride Festival Decorah IA Oct 6

How to Ride a Bike Bloomington, MN Oct 6

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Bike Collection Day Twin Cities Area Oct 6

“Start Me Up” Day Red Wing, MN Oct 6

Ladies MTB Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis, MN Oct 6

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Grand Rapids, MN Oct 6

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Fergus Fall, MN Oct 6

Teravail Oremageddon Ironton, MN Oct 6

Apple Affair Tour Galesville, WI  Oct 6

Donkey Cross Centuria, WI Oct 6

Sunday 

MN HS League Race #5, River Falls, WI Oct 7 

Mankato River Ramble Mankato, MN Oct 7

Iowa Junior Mountain Bike Race Des Moines, IA Oct 7

Dirt Bag MTB Clearwater, MN Oct 7

Joyful Ride To Minnetonka Orchards Minneapolis, MN Oct 7

Woolly Day 2018 St. Croix Falls, WI Oct 7

Tuesday

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City Oct 9

 

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

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

See More

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with our camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

This Saturday, thousands of people will explore parks and public lands by bicycle as part of the 3rd annual 'Bike Your Park Day'. Nearly 5,000 participants have already registered over 500 rides in 47 U.S. states, including Iowa and Minnesota. See events scheduled or plan your own ride to a park.

Join the fun, discover a park by bicycle this Saturday, September 29

This Saturday, thousands of people will have fun exploring parks and public lands by bicycle as part of the third annual ‘Bike Your Park Day‘. Nearly 5,000 participants have already registered over 500 rides in 47 U.S. states, including Iowa and Minnesota. See events scheduled or plan your own ride to a park. Most green spaces offer free admission when you drive your bike vs. a car when visiting.

Many parks, (local, state and national) offer mountain bike trails.

Many parks, (local, state and national) offer mountain bike trails.

Fun for all

“Bike Your Park Day is a great way to encourage visitors to explore their national parks and public lands by bicycle,” said Krista Sherwood with the National Park Service’s Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Programs. “Bicycling as active transportation and healthy recreation is a fun way to experience the setting in a more natural way while also promoting public health, resource protection, and other economic and social benefits while also reducing vehicle congestion and contributing to the quality of life for surrounding communities.”

The city park, around Lake Winona is an option in Southern Minnesota.

The city park, around Lake Winona is an option in Southern Minnesota.

Planning a Bike to Park Day visit can be fun

People who want to participate in Bike Your Park Day can design their own ride — any distance, any style of bicycling, and any type of green space or public land that is open to bicycles. Participants register their ride for free at BikeYourParkDay.org, and an interactive map displays all of the rides taking place.

Bike Your Park Day’s interactive map includes many rides that are open for others to join. People can contact the ride organizer via the interactive website. Those who have questions about Bike Your Park Day can contact one of the Bike Your Park Day volunteer advisors based in 36 U.S. states and six countries. They can answer questions about bicycle safety, bike-friendly routes, and nearby parks and public lands.

Introduce a child to biking in a park. They will thank you in the years to come.

Introduce a child to biking in a park. They will thank you in the years to come.

Plan your own ride

Tools are available for those wishing to share or promote their ride, including the Bike Your Park Day logo, sample social media posts and images, a template press release/newsletter article, and a downloadable fill-in-the-blanks poster. The Bike Your Park Day hashtag is #bikeyourpark.

In the past two years, the event has seen more than 20,000 people participate, from all 50 states and over a dozen countries.

Generous sponsors of Bike Your Park Day include Ridgeland, MississippiAmtrak, and Black Coffee Roasting Co.

As summer slips into fall and we are into our last week of September, here are several more bike events September 24th through October 3rd, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

Discover all the fun bike events, Sept. 24th and continuing into October

As summer slips into fall and we are into our last week of September, here are several more bike events September 24th through October 3rd, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

This fall is full cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

This fall is full of cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

Bike events, 10-days out

Full Moon Ride  Slater, IA Sept 24 

Monday Night Mountain Ride St Cloud, MN  Sept 24 

Women’s MTB Clinic Burnsville, MN  Sept 24 

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City, MN Sept 25 

Renegades Cyclocross DesMoines, IA Sept 25 

Mountain Bike Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis, MN Sept 26 

Pop-Up Bike Park #3 Minneapolis, MN Sept 26 

Wednesday Night CX Maplewood, MN Sept 26 

Northwoods Epic Bikepacking Stage Race Grand Marais, MN Sept 27-30 

Thursday MTB Ride  Golden Valley, MN Sept 27

Loess Hills Parks & Peaks Bicycle Tour Sioux City, IA Sept 27 – 30

Thursday Cross Practice Cedar Falls IA Sept 28 

Saturday Events

Women’s MTB Skills in the Park Roseville, MN Sept 29 

Bikes 4 Kids Legacy Ride Maple Grove Sept 29 

Heck of the North (gravelTwo Harbors, MN Sept 29

Bike Your Park Day Worldwide Sept 29 

Brew & Bikes 2018 Grand Rapids, MN Sept 29 

Bucktoberfest at Buck Hill Burnsville, MN Sept 29

End of the Season Poker Ride Prior Lake, MN  Sept 29 

Fall Classic Duathlon  Lake Elmo, MN   Sept 29 

Introduction to MTN Biking Class -Level 1 Woodbury, MN Sept 29 

Karma CX New Brighton, MN Sept 29-30 

Mississippi River Bike & Brew Tour St Paul, MN  Sept 29 

Utepils Brewing Oktoberfest Fondo Minneapolis, MN Sept 29 

Oktobershred Cottage Grove MN Sept 29 

Progressive Dinner on the Greenway Minneapolis, MN Sept 29 

7th Annual Raw Rotary Ride Across Warren Co. Indianola, IA Sept 29 

Saturday and/or Sunday Events

Jingle Cross Festival Iowa City, IA  Sept 29 -30

Open Streets Minneapolis University of MN  Sept 30 

MN HS League Race #4, Detroit Lakes, MN Sept 30

Gravel Grovel 5 Miesville, MN  Sept 30 

MTN Biking Tour of the Twin Cities Woodbury, MN Sept 30 

LCTA Ride & Learn  Marion, IA  Sept 30 

October Events

Monday Night No Drop Dirt Ride Des Moines IA Oct 1 

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City, MN Oct 2 

Mountain Bike Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis MN Oct 3

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

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

See More

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with our camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

The MN HS League headed to Southern MN for Race 3# of the season. Battling high temps and dusty wind gusts, September 16, mountain bike racers from across the state arrived in Gamehaven to test their skills in the third race of a seven-race series.

Minnesota High School Cycling League, Race #3 highlights from Rochester

From the MN High School Cycling League Race Report

The MN HS League headed to Southern MN for Race #3 of the season. Battling high temps and dusty wind gusts, September 16, mountain bike racers from across the state arrived in Gamehaven to test their skills in the third race of a seven-race series. Here in the photo are Freshman Boys in their D2 Race at Gamehaven | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

The Gamehaven Trail on the Boy Scout Reservation just south of Rochester, MN is normally open to the public. The trail offers a mix of singletrack and rolling hills; with a bit more elevation, increasing the level of trail difficulty as the season progresses.

RACE #3 – RACE RESULTS AND PHOTOS

With the bye week schedule in place, the number of racers on the course drops from 1,500 to 700. In addition, with a different mix of teams at each race, students get to compete against different racers and the league is seeing a variety of racers on the podiums.

With temperatures over 90 degrees at the height of the day, many of the racers were not only challenged by the trail, but by the heat. Each racer gave it everything to cross the line.

In the Middle School competition in Race #3

Here there are two teams which dominated the podium. Stillwater and Prior Lake. 8th Grade Boys D1, Stillwater had the top 6 spots and in 7th Grade Boys D1, Prior Lake took 4 of the top slots. However, with strong finishes in other MS categories, Prior Lake edged out Stillwater to take home the first place team trophy.

In High School competition in Race #3

Division 1: Stillwater took the first place trophy with Duluth East and Prior Lake, not far behind in points. Division 2: Highland Park, St. Paul beat out Crosby-Ironton for first place in the team competition. Alexandria Area took home the 3rd place trophy.

RACE RESULTS
View Full Results

PHOTOS


View Race Photos. Photo Credit: Todd Bauer and David Markman – MN League Official Photographers.

RACE #4 – Scheduled for next weekend

The next race in the fall Minnesota High School Cycling schedule is Detroit Lakes, September 30th. See more here http://minnesotamtb.org/events/2018-race-4-detroitmtn-2!

Learn more

If you would like to participate or volunteer check out the Leagues web site:   www.minnesotamtb.org/

As summer slips into fall this coming Sunday, here are more bike events September 19th through 24th, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now approaching, on Sept 22nd, you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses. 

Discover all the fun bike events, Sept. 19th and continuing into the fall

As summer slips into fall this coming Sunday, here are several more bike events September 19th through the 24th, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now approaching, on Sept 22nd, you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

Bike events, 7-days out

Renegades Cyclocross DesMoines, IA Sept 18

Wednesday Night CX   Brooklyn Park, MN Sept 19 

Thursday Cross Practice Cedar Falls IA Sept 20

Tour de Fall W. Des Moines to Lanesboro, MN.  Sept 21-23 

Trek CX Cup Waterloo, WI Sept 21-23  

Wild Ride Mountain Bike Lebanon Hills – Eagan, MN   Sept 22 

3rd Annual Save Summer Bike & Brew Fest Walker, MN  Sept 22 

Root River “Taste of the Trail” Rushford, MN   Sept 22 

Tour De Hugo  Hugo, MN Sept 22 

Central Lakes 24/7 Duathlon Fergus Falls, MN  Sept 22 

Headwaters 100  Park Rapids, MN Sept 22

Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater, IA Sept 22

Arthritis Bike Classic  San Francisco to L.A. Sept 22-29

The Ride  Sun Prairie WI Sept 23

Hero Gravel Classic  Stillwater, MN Sept 23 

GIRG (Gravel Iowa River Greenbelt) Ride Steamboat Rock, IA Sept 23

Full Moon Ride Slater, IA Sept 24

See More

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with the HFB camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

Your favorite music keeps you pedaling in high spirits through the toughest rides like nothing else. So how do you bring your favorite tunes along with limited space while riding a bike? Take a look at these few tips below about some of the most popular options.

Easy ways to ride your bike with your favorite music

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

Your favorite music keeps you pedaling in high spirits through the toughest rides like nothing else. So how do you bring your favorite tunes along with limited space while riding a bike? Take a look at these few tips below about some of the most popular options.

Earbuds for Music

The most common way people listen to music is through earbuds. Earbuds do a great job because they fit snugly into your ear (eliminating a lot of wind noise), are light and collapsible, and don’t need an additional power source. The downside of earbuds is they can limit your ability to hear your surroundings. We take for granted how much our auditory sense contributes to our ability to ride comfortably through the world. If you want to use earbuds it’s best you use just one. Most media devices will allow you to shift all music to one earbud, leaving your other ear open and keeping you safe.

Speakers

Another simple option is to use the speakers in your phone and a mount to hold our phone. Doing this option works okay, but music quality and battery life end up being an issue. Although this is not a great option, many riders use their phone as a GPS device, so it is already available to be a media player.

Another popular choice is to use your phone paired to a portable speaker. Lots of riders find it easy to mount a speaker to their bike or person. Portable speakers maintain good sound quality, rely on their own internal battery, and allow you to hear the world around you. The best part is the volume can be adjusted so that others outside of your immediate vicinity won’t hear your choice of boyband!

As the beat goes on drive your bike safely.

As the beat goes on drive your bike safely.

Rock and pedal responsibly no matter what music you choose. Be responsible to yourself by not eliminating your ability to hear the world around you, and respect others who may want to enjoy all the sights and sounds uninterrupted.