The best way to stay dry is to wear waterproof clothing. While most synthetic fabrics still insulate when wet, being wet diminishes their ability to keep you warm.

Staying dry with waterproof clothing is a sure fire way to stay comfortable

Staying dry is the most critical and challenging part of riding when biking in the rain as spring arrives. The best way to keep warm and dry is to wear waterproof clothing. While most synthetic fabrics still insulate when wet, being damp diminishes their ability to keep you warm. Therefore, a waterproof jacket and pants are a great way to start, but waterproof socks and gloves make the outfit complete. While many materials are naturally waterproof, once perforated with stitching, zipped closed with generic zippers, and left to be loose at all the cuffs, their waterproofing goes out the window. Before you go out and buy anything labeled “waterproof,” read on to understand that all waterproofing is not the same.

What is an electric assist bike, or e-bike and is it for you?

You have probably read about electric-assist bicycles, commonly known as e-bikes. With many improvements, the past couple of years, this type of bicycle has grown in popularity around the world. So what exactly is a pedal-assist bicycle? Simply by pedaling, instead of using a twist or thumb throttle, you activate the motor to help turn the drive-train. If you are curious and would like to check them out, stop by a bike shop near you or visit the E-bike Challenge. Either option, here are some questions you may want to get answers for.

There have been many improvements to electric bikes over the last few years and before checking them out here are a couple questions that should be asked.

Choosing an electric bike for your style of bicycle riding

You have probably heard about electric bikes and the improvements that have been made in the last couple of years. If you are curious. before checking them out here are some questions that should be asked before purchasing one of them. 

Has the idea of using an electric bike, called an e-bike, piqued your interest? If so you are in luck, the E-bike Challenge is coming to Minneapolis, MN.

Selecting the right type of electric bike motor for your style if riding

Electric bike motors have technologically come a long way in the last few years and can typically be located in three different locations on an e-bike. The first two locations use a hub motor that can be found on either the front or rear wheel of the bike.  In recent years the center mount motors, in the crank area have been gained in popularity.

Has the idea of using an electric bike piqued your interest? If so the e-bike Challenge is coming to Minneapolis March 23-24.

Maximizing the range your electric bike can travel per charge

The distance an electric bike will go on a battery charge is called range. This is an important specification to pay attention to when comparing e-bikes with your desired riding style. For example, if your commute involves steep climbs, you don’t want to run the battery low halfway up the hill. Without power, an e-bike can be an uncomfortable mode of transportation that demands more energy for the cyclist to pedal. So the range of an electric bike generally depends on the following. 

An electric bike is perfect for commuting to work.

Helpful tips to considering before purchasing an electric bike

They are fun, but the real advantages of an electric bike includes their climbing efficiency, taking a bite out of wind resistance, and the ability to expand your range of travel. Before purchasing an e-bike, it is important to know how far you want to go and what type of terrain you will be riding it on.

On this bike pic Wednesday, as Santa departs for another year, we hope you received the gift you were looking for to make this Holiday season the best.

The top holiday gift ideas for that active person in your life

Find the perfect holiday gift for that active outdoor person in your life with our growing list of ideas at HaveFunBiking. Each Friday, up through November 26, 2021, we will be adding more gift-giving ideas to help you find that perfect item for that special someone.

This Bike Pic Thursday, we caught this biker dude out having fun in the Minnesota River bottoms near Bloomington, MN.

Fun ideas for staying fit fat biking Minnesota’s winter

The winters here in the upper Midwest can be long. But living in Minnesota with four unique seasons, fat biking can be a fun way to pass the time in the winter, plus getting a good cardio workout. Many studies have stated the benefits of staying active outdoors in cold weather, and actively riding a fat bike will do that. Growing up in a winter wonderland of the cross-country ski trail, we now see changing conditions overnight. The fat bike is a great alternative to stay active and comfortable when the ski trail turns into a bobsled run.