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The outdoor summer gear guide

Get out and enjoy the warm weather and bright sun as the summer season progresses. Especially with some of the new gear for biking, hiking, camping, lounging on a beach, or in a boat that we, here at HaveFunBiking, have discovered. Enjoy!

A summer gear guide to make that next outdoor adventure perfect

CrazyCap 2

CrazyCap 2 insulated water bottle/purifier

CRAZYCAP cleans and then pays for Itself using modern UV-C water purification technology to purify your water and cleanse your bottle. The ultra-durable design of the bottle not only lasts a decade but also keeps away tons of single-use plastic usage. The award-winning bottle is tested and certified by NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation) and is perfect for moderate adventure when used in Crazy Mode. The self-cleaning bottle has built-in UV-C LED water purification, with a rechargeable, long-life battery (7 days on a single charge), and the ultra-insulated bottle keeps water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. For $79.00 in the gear guide, see more details and order options here.

Themacell is an intelligent mosquito defense

The Thermacell E55 offers a 20 ft. radius of protection from mosquitos.

Developed specifically for the avid outdoors person, it keeps mosquitoes away while doing what you love outdoors with the simple push of a button. Perfect for that nature stops when biking or hiking, and ideal for fishing, gardening, and lounging in the yard with a 20-foot zone of advanced mosquito protection. The EX55 Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller is portable and easier to use, with audio cues and LEDs status indicators to let you know you are protected. Compact, durable, and easy to grip, its IP54 rating protects against dirt and moisture. Air travel-friendly size, the EX55 delivers reliable performance regardless of the elevation of your next adventure. For $39.99, see more details and order options here..

Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito & Tick Repellent Spray

Murphy’s Naturals lemon eucalyptus oil mosquito/tick repellent spray

Murphy’s lemon eucalyptus oil mosquito/tick repellent is the only spray powered by the only plant-based active ingredient recommended by the CDC that works as well as DEET. Murphy’s repels mosquitoes, including those that may carry Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Dengue Virus, and Chikungunya Virus, for up to 6 hours. Each application also provides 4 hours of protection against Deer Ticks, which may transmit Lyme Disease. And will repel Lone Star Ticks and Brown Dog Ticks for more than 8 hours. For $9.99, see more details and order options here.

Mio MiVue M760D Rider Dash Cam offers the best view to the rear

The Mio MiVue M760D Rider Dash Cam. are perfect for your electric or motorbike.

A great model for e-bikes, the Mio MiVue M760D Rider Dash Cam. is the perfect companion when traveling on two wheels, with a battery hookup. It installs easily on both electric and motorbikes and records footage front and rear with its dual cameras and a Premium STARVIS™ Low Light Sensor so you can capture any incident in all lighting conditions. The device is IP67 Waterproof designed and has WIFI for real-time viewing and backup. The M760D captures the evidence you need when you need it. For $329.99 in the gear guide, see more details and order options here.

Please note – The installation of MiVue M760D Rider Dash Cam above requires 12V power input. With different battery capacities of different e-bikes, the installation may increase the power consumption of the battery. With the open wire design, M760D is also able to be installed on e-bikes. If you want to install M760D on an e-bike, please make sure that you connect it to the 12V power input. (Do not use USB ports, they are usually only 5V.)

The Frost Buddy can cooler

Frost Buddy vacuum sealed stainless steel cooler

You will find the HandleStash Frost Buddy above the perfect holder for all your favorite 12 and 16-oz cans, slim cans, and bottles. You never have to switch can coolers; with the double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel, 9-in-1 design, your beverage will stay cold for up to 12+ hours. Bring your Universal Buddy anywhere; you’ll have every drink covered and cold to the last drop! Whether camping, biking, on the beach, or relaxing for the night, it’s better with a Buddy. With a price of $29.99,see more details and order options here.

HandleStash cup holder

HandleStash bicycle cup holder

 

The cup holder is so good; it’s like having an extra hand to cushion your favorite beverage at every bump, crack or tun on your ride. It looks like a million bucks, and the heavier fabric does an even better job absorbing vibrations and resisting unwanted movement. Same design as the other cup holders in the line. See the video. With the unique fabric, holds your drink with diamond hands. With a price of $38.00, see more details and order options here.

Allett Hybrid Card Wallet w/Micro Pen

Allett wallet, with pen

Our next item is the Allett Hybrid Card Wallet. This sleek and tidy wallet has space for a stack of folded bills. The intuitive design of the wallet has two internal card pockets, a clear ID pocket, plus a tiny strap loop built to hold the micro pen. Plus, the exterior side of the wallet has one card pocket. This cardholder/wallet hybrid is a good option for that person on the go with a price of $58.00. See more details and order options here.

Pale Blue USB Rechargeable Smart Batteries

Pale Blue USB Rechargeable Batteries.

Pale Blue focuses on creating a better way for customers to meet their battery needs without creating unnecessary waste. The company offers several sizes of lithium-ion batteries able to fast charge through your USB  lithium. By leveraging technology, innovation, and inspired product creation, each Pale Blue battery will give you a 1000+ charge cycle with onboard safe charging technology. For $29.99, see more details and order options here.

The BUFF® Pack Speed Cap

Buff-pack-speed-cap

The perfect gift for long road rides or muddy trails, the BUFF® cap fits comfortably under your helmet and will keep you protected on your ride. The cap is extremely light to wear and easy to pack for travel. Minimal effort for maximum use; unfold your cap and go. You will also find the BUFF® product line continues to grow with hats, caps, gloves, and arm sleeves. Perfect for high UV sun protection to extreme cold weather conditions to keep the fun and adventure outside longer mindfully. For $30.00, see more details and order options here.

Mountain Heritage Wool Socks
Micro weight Full Cushion Mini Crew

Minus33-Micro Weight Full Cushion-Mini Crew

A sock for every active outdoor occasion by combining Minus33’s knowledge and what they learned after redesigning their classic sock styles, this brand new sock collection could meet your needs when tackling that next adventure. The entire bed padding makes this Merino Wool sock versatile in all aspects of the outdoor playground. Wear the Mountain Heritage Micro Weight Full Cushion Mini Crew Sock while hiking, biking, or playing tennis. Regardless, this sock will provide you with features like venting, elastic support, and heel and toe plating, all with a micro weight and minimal feel. For $16.49, see more details and order options here.

Tickless Active

Tickless Active chemical-free tick repellent

Tickless Active is an ideal solution to keep ticks away during outdoor activities like hiking, biking, camping, and gardening. Tickless is non-toxic and environmentally friendly and works without releasing chemicals or odors. The Tickless device offers long-lasting protection and is perfect for your pets too. This rechargeable device emits a series of ultrasonic pulses undetectable to people, pets, or wildlife but interferes with the ability of ticks and fleas to orient themselves. With a price of $59.99, see more details and order options here.

Pannier Backpack – The convertible office

The Two Wheel Gear 2.0 Pannier/Backpack

Two Wheel Gear’s Pannier Backpack Convertible 2.0 PLUS was voted “Best bike pannier to hold a mobile office” and is perfect for commuting, touring, and bike packing. And its plus-sized makes it easy to hold even more gear, with its organizational pockets, including a 15″ padded laptop protection slot, With a pocket on the side to have a water bottle and a clasp on the back to attach a helmet. For $179.00, see more details and order options here.

Bish’s Original Tear Mender

Tear Mender’s sewing kit in a bottle is a practical tool for those who lead busy lives and do not have time to mess with a needle and thread. The glue forms a prominent, waterproof bond to any porous material such as fabric and the underside of the leather. The unique formula works well to repair rips, tears, and snags on pants, jackets, sweaters, shirts, and even shoes. Keep a bottle of Tear Mender handy for emergency repairs on the go. The Tear Mender product, along with their vinyl and fiber patch line, is filled, packaged, and shipped by employees from Lighthouse for the Blind. For $7.99, see more details and order options here.

Pirani Life, the reusable, insulated tumbler cups

Pirani Insulated Party Tumbler helps reduce single-use plastic.

Party sustainably everywhere you go with this stainless steel, vacuum insulated, stackable, and easy to carry. The last cup you will ever need, the Pirani reusable insulated tumbler keeps the spirit of the occasion alive, hot or cold. While earning you some good environmental juju by helping eliminate the 500 billion single-use cups wasted around the world each year. Bring this Reusable Party Cup to your coffee shop, tailgating before a game, or on your next outdoor adventure. Your drinks are guaranteed to be perfect in the middle of summer or dead winter. For $25.95, see more details and order options here.

The DaHÄNGER | DaBIGRING Wall Hanger

DaBigRing pedal hook

DaBigRing pedal hook is a horizontal bicycle storage system that holds the bicycle by the pedals with adjustable legs with three settings. The 18, 25, or 30-degree angle setting will allow you to put your bike in the best position regardless of application. This pedal hook unit holds up to 65 lbs. and includes everything needed for installation, with a price of $64.00, see more details and order options here.

CyclGage – bike compass and dial thermometer

CyclCage Bike Compass & Thermometer easily clips on /off your handlebars.

One of the must-have bicycle accessories for road bikes, mountain bikes, and kid’s bikes. Clips to the bike handlebars for instant direction and temperature reading. Both compass and thermometer are cushion-mounted and liquid-filled, luminous for visibility while biking in low light conditions, and the thermometer reads to -20 degrees Fahrenheit and includes freeze and heat-warning zones. With a price of $24.99 in this gear guide, see more details and order options here.

Fenix TK20R V2.0 Rechargeable Flashlight

Fenix Rechargeable Flashlight

This ultra-bright tactical flashlight is perfect for that next adventure, with an output of 3000 lumens. The Luminus SFT70 LED flashlight has excellent features that include USB Type-C Charging, inner waterproofing, and dual rear switch operation. At the highest output, the TK20R V2.0 has a visibility range of 1558 ft. The eco mode on the TK20R will give you a runtime of 48 hours with the included 5000mAh 21700 battery. Additional features include an IP68 waterproof rating and impact resistance up to 4.9 ft. The TK20R can be used for many tasks, including patrolling, search & rescue, self-defense, and EDC with various brightness levels. This version is an upgrade from the previous best-selling TK20R commonly used by law enforcement and military personnel.

The Fenix TK20R is also compatible with many Fenix accessories, including the ALG-16 M-Lok rail mount, ALG-18 barrel mount, AOT-M Traffic wand, and the AOD-M Diffuser tip. For $129.95, see more details and order options here.

 I’d Rather Be Camping Socks

I’d Rather Be Camping (Green/Blue) Socks

Perfect for the person who loves the great outdoors, these funny camping socks will keep the feet warm and spirits high! One of many themes to choose this design features a beautiful camping scene complete with a bonfire, mountains, lake, canoe, starry night sky, and bear prints. While the bottom of the socks showcases a funny saying: “I’d Rather Be Camping.” Any outdoorsy man or the house lady is sure to love these socks! Perfect for those who enjoy hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, and exploring. For $11.95 in the gear guide, see more details and order options here.

CBD Warming Balm + Arnica + Menthol

Soothing CBD warming recovery salve

A salve that soothes the aches and promotes recovery with 1,000mg CBD + Arnica + Menthol in a luxurious warming Recovery Balm. This potent blend of Hemp derived CBD with soothing Arnica extract and cooling Menthol relieves soreness and inflammation from arthritis, tendonitis, and the wear and tear of an active lifestyle. A natural ointment that can be an effective alternative to the pharmaceutical NSAIDs. For $59.99 in the gear guide, see more details and order options here.

Pro Tip: This warming balm is designed for going deep, staying lubricious for 10+ minutes, and is great for targeted self-massage or partner massage.

DARIAN – Insect/Sun Shield Garment

Darian -Insect Shield Mossy Oak® Camouflage Shirt

Dad will find the jacquard weave of this shirt available for his next adventure. This long-sleeve tech hunting shirt is made from a lightweight, 4-way stretch material powered by Hydroplex™ cooling technology with 50+ UPF sun protection. The shirt features activated sweat and moisture reduction, tested and proven EPA-registered Insect Shield®, bug repellent technologies to protect against diseases like West Nile Viruses the mosquito carries, and Lyme Disease from ticks. For that next outdoor adventure, a comfortable shirt also works great as a layering piece in cooler weather for added warmth. For $36.99 in the gear guide, see more details and order options here. 

Kali Gritt | Road and Gravel Adventure Helmet

Kali – Gritt, an all-new performance road, and gravel adventure helmet.

Kali’s newest venture into the performance road category, the Grit Helmet, is now available. The Grit features a Rheon low-density layer (LDL) to protect Dad in the case of a low-G linear or rotational crash. Plus, their proprietary Supervents increase the overall strength and help with ventilation. The Grit also features our new Frequency Fit System, with vertical adjust and dial retention for maximum comfort and a precision fit at $200. See more details and order options here.

FREEWAY LONGHAUL 50 – CARRYALL DUFFEL

THE FREEWAY LONGHAUL 50 – CARRYALL DUFFEL BAG

The Freeway Longhaul is a rugged organizer that conveniently transports your gear from the home to your car, to the hotel, campsite, beach — wherever the road leads you.

The Freeway Longhaul features a customizable divider system and numerous pockets to keep your gear organized, secure, and easy to access. Plus, the bag folds flat to save space when in storage. And like all Think Tank products, we built the bag with high-quality materials and construction techniques that will serve you far into the future. For $149.75 in the gear guide,see more details and order options here.

The MEDI-DYNE | TULI’S PLANTAR FASCIITIS INSOLES

MEDI-DYNE | TULI’S PLANTAR FASCIITIS INSOLES

Help Dad find comfort in every step or pedal stroke with this insoles’ unique design. Tuli’s Plantar Fasciitis Insoles are full-length premium arch supports explicitly designed for plantar fasciitis for use by both men and women. The inserts with their 4-degree medial heel wedge evenly distribute the body weight pressure throughout the feet to help improve stability, balance, and posture. The insoles can be trimmed, at the time of fitting, for optimal casual, dress, or athletic shoes. Priced at With a price of $39.99. See more details and order options here

The  Wind Blox | Wind-Blox Focus

Wind Blox | Wind-Blox Focus

Is it time dad replaces his bulky earmuffs with a sleeker look? The Wind-Blox Focus provides full ear coverage, the perfect solution for all-season riders and commuters. Wind-Blox patented technology is wind tunnel tested and engineered to block more than 80% of wind noise. The Focus biking ear covers allow cyclists to keep the sounds they want to hear and remain tuned into their surroundings for audible riding at $20.00. See more details and order options here.

Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses

 

Also in the Fathers Day Gift Guide is Tifosi Optics’ most unique cycling sunglasses specially designed to enhance your ride. You will find an unrestricted view of the road or trail, offering maximum coverage and ergonomic face-fit protection from the elements.

The Kilo is available in three models, with two of the models equipped with multiple lenses. With a polarized smoke lens, their Blackout model is perfect for those looking for a single-lens solution. The Kilo line, with the Blackout, starts at $69.95 in the gear guide, see more details and store locations here.

Watch for our Christmas Gift Gear Guide coming in early November at HaveFunBiking. Plus, enjoy several product reviews from our field test performed this summer in our blog.

Bike Pic. a fun medley of photos celebrating the 4th of July

On this 4th of July, here is a bike pic medley of bicyclists having fun while showing their patriotic colors.

Get into the zone when continuing your time outdoors and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Iowa or Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking destinations. And now, check out more stories at Let’s Do MN.

Riding through the neighborhood on the 4th of July. (2013)

Riding through the neighborhood on the 4th of July. (2013)

Father and son riding with Old Glory waving in the breeze. (2012)

Father and son riding with Old Glory waving in the breeze. (2012)

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Now rolling through our 18th year as a bike tourism media, enjoy! As we pedal forward, our goal is 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 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.

Dorian Grilley, BikeMN, showing of his Stars and Stripes. ( 2011)

Dorian Grilley, BikeMN, showing of his Stars and Stripes. ( 2011)

Do you have a fun bicycle-related photo of yourself or someone you may know 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 pic was shot? 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 13th year of producing this handy 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 appearance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic of the Day.

Have a great day with a safe, and memorable year ahead!

Have a safe and memorable holiday as you enjoy the weekend!

The summer is prime time for fun in the sun. Take a look at how to plan for an enjoyable, safe, and prepared bike trip this summer.

A guide to planning a safe and fun bike trip this summer

By John Brown

Now that summer is just about here, for fun in the sun, let’s plan a bike trip adventure. While hundreds of people flock to the lakes and local pools to cool down. Many, like myself, will find refreshing the soul on two wheels the best way to go. Please take a look below at how I plan for an enjoyable bike trip through the summer.

A Short Bike Trip

Just because you are limited on time doesn’t mean you need to miss out on riding your bike. You can have fun right around your neighborhood! I have found that a great way to plan a short ride is first to determine a destination point. That destination can be an ice cream parlor, a road you have driven down but never seen up close, or maybe a nearby water park? Once you pick your destination, try to link in some sections of a bike path, rail trail, or some quiet back streets or road, even though they may not be the most direct route to your destination. After you pick a destination and a route, the rest of the planned excursion tends to materialize easily.

What To Bring Along

For a short trip, pack water and the tools to fix a flat. These rides usually only last an hour or so but can do a lot to help your peace of mind.

Bike Trip

Ice cream is always a great mid-ride snack, whether it’s a long or short bike trip.

A Long Bike Trip

It takes a bit more planning on a longer bike trip, though it follows the same order as above. Pick your destination with several attractions or points of interest close to one another. Then, add some bike-friendly routes, and the rest of the planned bike trip will materialize. On longer trips, it is also important to make sure your bike Is working well. Lube the chain, adjust the brakes, check your fit, or drop it off at your local shop for service at least two weeks before you plan to depart.

For longer trips, I like to employ guide books (Like our Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide) to find the best places to ride. Once you determine the location, reach out to local businesses like bike shops, hotels, business associations, or tourism boards to find more details about the area. As I mentioned before, a bike guide is a great place to start planning and reach out to the local tourism bureau. Bike paths and trails have become a popular attraction for most towns. The visitor centers we list are more than happy to talk about their bike-friendly amenities and usually have the most up-to-date information. Also, consider using software programs like Ride with GPS, Map My Ride, and Strava for more route ideas.

Packing For A Longer Trip

Packing for a long trip is more involved than what a short trip normally requires. If you are driving a long distance or flying to get to the ride, you don’t want poor weather to keep you off your bike – so pack for the worst! For example, I once did a 24-hour long mountain bike race in West Virginia in July, and while the race started under sunny skies at 95 degrees, it was snowing on the top of the mountain that night. Please take a look at our comprehensive bike trip list for all the items you may be forgetting.

Bike safety

A great bike trip is a safe bike trip. There is no more important part of bike safety than a helmet that fits. While crashes are uncommon, they do happen, and a helmet is the best way to protect yourself from serious damage. Other than the helmet, practice riding safely with hand signals, situational awareness, and limited distractions to keep you out of trouble. If you are on a family trip, it’s also important to talk to your kids about bike riding safety.

Bring The Bike Lock

If your ride involves time stopping, maybe at a restaurant or ice cream parlor, be sure to lock your bike securely. Follow these three rules when locking your bike. One, Lock it to something secure. If the bike rack or a signpost you plan to lock your bike to isn’t secure, you are making a would-be bike thief’s job easier. Two, Lock the frame and at least one wheel of your bike. Locking just a rear wheel or front wheel makes it easy for someone to walk away with the rest of your bike. Three, Lock your bike in a well-trafficked area. Bike thieves will be less likely to try and take your bike with witnesses around.

It’s All About The Fun

The most important part about making a bike trip memorable; it is all about fun. We all have days that start late, roads that get closed, out of the blue rain falls, and generally stuff that happens. Remember that the bike trip is all about the ride, not necessarily the destination so enjoy your time in the saddle.

Bike Trip

Always keep it fun!

About John Brown, the author

As a lifelong cyclist and consummate tinkerer, John operates Browns Bicycle in Richfield, MN. It all started for him in grade school when the bike bug bit and that particular fever is still there. Now, and over the past thirty years, he has worked at every level in the bike industry. Starting, like most, sweeping floors and learning anything he could about bikes. He eventually graduated as a service manager and then to a store manager.  Through the years, he has spent extensive time designing and sourcing bicycles and parts for some of the largest bike companies in the world. All the while focusing on helping as many people as possible enjoy the love of riding a bike. In that pursuit, he has taught classes (both scheduled and impromptu) on all things bikes. John also believes in helping every rider attain their optimal fit on the bike of their dreams. Please feel free to stop in any time and talk about bikes, fit, parts, or just share your latest ride. You can also see more of John’s tricks and tips on the Brown Bicycle Facebook Page.
This Wise Wednesday cyclist on the Root River Bluff & Valley Bike Tour, last July, discovered a set of wheel from agriculture's past.

Bike Pic Oct 13, wise Wednesday and wheels of the past

This Wise Wednesday a cyclist riding in Southeast Minnesota this summer discovered a set of wheels from agriculture’s past.  This photo was taken in Mabel, MN where the steam engine stands along Hwy 44, to promote the annual Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days, held each September.

Get into the zone when continuing your time outdoors and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Iowa or Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations. An now, check out more stories at Let’s Do MN.

Thanks for viewing our latest bike pic  

Now rolling through our 16th year as a bike tourism media, enjoy! As we pedal forward, our goal is 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 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 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 pic was shot? 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 13th year of producing this handy 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 appearance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic of the Day.

Have a great day with a safe, memorable 2021!

It’s Friday and time to ride off on another weekend of fun

Bike Pic Sept 24, yeah its Friday time for that next bike adventure

It’s Friday and time to ride off on another weekend of fun taking as mild fall temps, in the upper Midwest, hang in there.

Get into the zone when continuing your time outdoors and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Iowa or Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations. An now, check out more stories at Let’s Do MN.

Thanks for viewing our Friday bike pic  

Now rolling through our 16th year as a bike tourism media, enjoy! As we pedal forward, our goal is 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 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 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 pic was shot? 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 13th year of producing this handy 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 appearance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic of the Day.

Have a great day with a safe, memorable 2021!

Bike Pic Nov 12, wearing sunglasses makes fond memories

In this bike pic photo, we demonstrate that wearing a helmet and sunglasses can set the stage for a truly fun ride!

What better way to plan your 2020 summer fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Iowa Bike Guide and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day, hope you enjoyed the photo.

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 bike pic 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 appearance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pics of the Day.

Have a great day!

 

Here cruising down the Mississippi River Trail we spotted a patriotic bicyclist celebrating the 4th, riding his bike, with a United States Flag mounted on the top of his helmet.  

Bike Pic July 4, celebrating our freedom on the 4th, wherever you are!

Here, cruising down the Mississippi River Trail we captured this patriotic bicyclist riding his bike, celebrating the 4th of July. Notice the United States flag mounted on the top of his helme?.

From all of us at HaveFunBiking, wishing you safe and memorable holiday!

Thanks for Viewing ‘Celebrating Our Freedom’ Bike Pic  

We are now rolling into our 10th 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 appearance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

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When you were a kid, wearing a bicycle helmet was probably something you tried not to do. They were heavy, hot, and never fit well.

The bicycle helmet: what it does and how to find the right one for you

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking,com

When you were a kid, wearing a bicycle helmet was probably something you tried not to do. They were heavy, hot, and never fit well. Now you’re older, wearing a helmet isn’t just a logical safety choice, but it is also very comfortable. Read on to learn how helmets protect you better, have become lighter, fit better, and are more comfortable than ever before.

Ensuring a Bicycle Helmet’s Impact Protection

bicycle helmet impact testing

Any bicycle helmet sold in the US must pass the same 4 CPSC tests to be sold legally (3 impact 1 roll off). Each of the 4 tests are completed in cold, warm, hot and wet conditions. The varying conditions ensure that the helmet will still do its job regardless of the environment.

New Focus on Rotational Forces

bicycle helmet Mips impact testing

Some manufacturers are also incorporating testing that exceeds what is legally required. These helmets use what is called MIPS (Multi-directional impact protection system), which helps the helmet protect against both impact and rotational forces. The theory goes that while experiencing a sudden bicycle dismount, you could be experiencing rotational forces. Any sudden stop to these rotational forces (impact with the ground) could stop your body but allow momentum to continue rotating your brain and cause damage. MIPS helmets isolate the outer shell of a helmet from the inner portion. This isolation allows the outer shell to absorb rotational forces during impact. Most helmet brands now offer products with MIPS and without.

The Right Fit

Happy tron helmet

Comfort

The biggest concern with purchasing a new bicycle helmet is comfort. You’re more likely to wear one if it’s comfortable, so be sure and test out different brands to find the right one. It should feel snug around your head without any lateral movement, and should not have any individual points of pressure.

Retention

Different helmets will have different ways of being retained on your head. Some low-cost models will use a one size fits all retention device (it works a lot like the dial sizing of a hard hat). The more expensive models usually have multiple sizes and retention devices that can be adjusted for diameter and height. The size specific helmets are usually more comfortable. In all cases, the helmets pads and retention device do a great job absorbing and managing perspiration, keeping you more comfortable.

Ventilation

Ventilation of helmets vary greatly. A more complicated production method is required to get larger vents and better ventilation (cooler) while maintaining impact protection. The more ventilated a bicycle helmet is, the more expensive it becomes. With each passing year, helmet manufacturers are bringing the cost of high ventilation down, so If you are replacing a 4 year old helmet, chances are the new one will allow more airflow.

A helmet’s weight is also important for overall comfort. The most comfortable models will often time be the lightest. What you give up with that light weight is durability. It is not uncommon for commuters and casual riders to pick heavier helmets with hard plastic covers over lightweight mostly foam versions. The added weight of a hard plastic shell helps protect the helmet from impact. It’s important to understand that that shell doesn’t make the helmet any safer, but it will be more durable when knocking around the trunk of your car, or hanging off your backpack while in transit.

Adjusting Your Helmet

Once you have picked the best fitting model take a few minutes to dial in the fit.

Retention

Helmet retention device

Retention in action!

Start by placing the helmet on your head so it is level. Adjust the retention mechanism (in the back) so the helmet is snug on your head (you should be able to lightly shake your head without the helmet falling off or shifting). If the retention mechanism sits too low for your head (or hair) to be comfortable, look inside the helmet to adjust the retention up if possible.

Straps

Having the toggles below the ears, buckle tight, and still being able to speak comfortably means that your helmet is adjusted properly

In tandem with the retention device, the straps hold your helmet in place. Start by adjusting the side toggles on the straps so they sit just below your earlobes. Once the toggles are in place, tighten the buckle enough so it can’t be pulled past your chin when closed. Be sure to not make the straps so tight that they choke you when you open your mouth.

Lifespan

All bicycle helmets will have a production date on the inside. Pay attention to that date, because most manufacturers recommend you replace the helmet every 3 to 5 years after production. With time, the padding and foam inside a helmet can degrade, leaving it unable to absorb impacts adequately.

Follow the above tips and you’ll find the kind of head protection you need. You’ll be on your way to a safer, more enjoyable ride.

Yeay its Friday and this biker chick is excited about all the fall events here in Iowa.

Bike Pic Oct 27, Yeah its Friday, time for that next bike adventure

It’s Friday and time to ride off on another weekend of fun taking in that next bike adventure that maybe includes a Halloween festival in Bike Iowa. With mild fall temps hanging in there, here in the upper Midwest, it looks like another perfect weekend to pedal and explore.

What better way to continue your fall fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations.

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

We are now rolling into our 10th 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!

It’s Friday and time to ride off on another weekend of fun taking in that next bike adventure that maybe includes a fall festival.

Bic pic, Oct 20, yay its Friday time for that next bike adventure

It’s Friday and time to ride off on another weekend of fun taking in that next bike adventure that maybe includes a fall festival. With mild fall temps hanging in there, here in the upper Midwest, it looks like another perfect weekend to pedal and explore.

What better way to continue your fall fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Yah Its Friday’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 10th 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!