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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.

4-days and counting to test ride the latest in electric bike technology

Has the idea of using an electric bike, called an e-bike, piqued your interest? If so and you are looking to extend your range of bicycle travel, you are in luck. Coming to Minneapolis, the E-bike Challenge is March 23–24, 2019. Mark your calendar and plan to see and test all the latest e-bike models on the shows indoor test track.

So what is a pedal-assist electric bike

Also called a “pedal-assist” bike, an e-bike has a battery and motor that allows a bicyclist to ride farther, with greater ease. Some cyclists, using an e-bike, can reach a distance of up to 70 miles on a charge. With a pedal-assist system, the rider must pedal to engage the motor to enable a more leisurely ride. see more in the shows: E-bike/Hike Guide to prepare the questions you will want to ask.

With more than 30 bicycle brands exhibiting at the show. Each brand will have several models, so choosing the right type of e-bike for your style of riding. Making it easy to find an electric bike for commuting, recreational riding or hauling cargo, Plus options for shuttling the family, e-trikes, e-fat-bikes, and many e-bike accessories.

A fun test track, many workshop presentations and more

Just imagine, after narrowing down your e-bike selection, taking the bike out for a spin on the indoor track set up around the at the E-bike Challenge. The event also features breakout sessions, a kids’ bike test track, an e-bike theater space, fun family activities, and more.

Breakout sessions at the event include, “Easy commuting by e-bike” and “The secret of ice fishing with a fat tire e-bike.” Another keynote presentation will feature, “How to build the future bicycling friendly city.”

Tickets for the E-bike Challenge are six dollars at the door. When purchased online, they are four dollars; and children up to 12-years with a parent or guardian are free.

For more information about the E-bike Challenge, including vendor information, visit www.ebikechallenge.com, or view this video.

On the 25th day of 30 Days of Biking, dress accordingly as rain is in the forecast, again later today!

Bike Pic April 25, Rain Is Again In the Forecast for 30 Days of Biking

On the 25th day of 30 Days of Biking, dress accordingly as rain is in the forecast, again later  today! This is a good time, also,  to sign-up for the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride

View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour. There are always fun, new rides coming up.

Thanks for Viewing Today’s 30 Days of Biking Pic

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. 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 that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. 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 continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure! 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 move while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

The snow is gone, replaced by rain showers that brings spring flowers and many bike events.

May Bike Events Are Here to Help You See All Those Flowers

by Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

The wait is over! The snow is gone, replaced by rain showers that brings spring flowers and many bike events. Find your favorite trails and countless opportunities to take a ride here. Below are plenty of bike events to start your riding season out right.

Recreational Bike Events

May 6
Fulton Gran Fondo
Fulton NE MPLS Production Brewery
Minneapolis, MN
Start the spring off in the Twin Cities the right way with a nice bike ride followed by by an all ages after party with beer and live music. You have the option of choosing between the 45-50 mile ride and the 100-mile option. There’s also a party goes from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm and is free to get in. Registration is the same price for both options and you can purchase an official jersey for $85.

May 6
Run/Walk/Ride Around Woman
St. Edward’s Catholic Church & Downtown
Longville, MN
A ride portion has been added to this annual event. It follows the same course around Woman Lake in Chippewa National Forest. But unlike the run and walk portions the ride is not timed so it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a Saturday outside. First Saturday in May from 7:30 – 2:00 pm.

May 6
Cinco Du Mayo
Square Lake Park
Stillwater, MN
This event is a mixture of running and biking. The Stillwater event has a short and long course option. The race starts at 8:45 am and is followed by an after party with tacos.

May 7
Tour de Red Wing
Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
Red Wing, MN
Come ride the beautiful bluffs and valleys around Red Wing and help efforts to eradicate Polio. There are also four biking distances to choose from: 10, 16, 37, or 43 miles. There’s a flexible start from 7:00 am – 8:30 am. This year also features The Family Five Bike Ride available to all ages, and starts at 9:30 am.

May 13
Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride
Summit Brewing Company
St. Paul, MN
Help raise awareness and fight for the end of Multiple Sclorsis (MS). You can register as a team or individual. It’s $45 to register and you must raise a minimum of $50. The ride begins and ends at Summit Brewing Company and features a choice of five different urban routes:12, 22, 40, or 50 miles.

May 20
ALS Bike Trek
Big Marine Park Reserve
St Croix, MN
Annual ALS Bike Trek MN at Big Marine Park Reserve in St. Croix. Its goal is to raise awareness of ALS and work towards an effective cure. Registration and other info is online.

May 21
Chocolate City Ride
Burlington, WI
This event starts at 6:00 am at Burlington High School and offers three different course options: 23 miles, 40 miles, and 62 miles. There’s also an additional 10-mile Family Ride for $30 and up to six family members can enter. All pre-registered riders will receive one ticket to the Chocolate City Festival on Memorial Day weekend.

May 26
Burlington Road Race
Port of Burlington Building
Mediapolis, IA
There are three different options to choose from 104-mile, 52-mile, and 23-miles. Each race is catered to different skill levels. There are cash prizes for the 52- and 104-mile rides, and medals for the 23-mile ride.

May 27
Snake Alley Criterium
Snake Alley
Burlington, IA
This race takes place on a 15-block course. There are also different start times for its several categories, and takes place entirely on city streets. Register online at USA Cycling.

May 28
Leinenkugel’s Chippewa
Irvine Park
Chippewa Falls, WI
The ride takes place the Sunday before Memorial Day. There are options of 35-, 50-, 100-mile courses. Each one starts and ends at Irvine Park. Registration is from 7:00 am – 10:00 am and the ride follows immediately. The entry fee is $35 for individuals and the Family Ride is $80. More information is available online.

Bike Race Events

May 19
Alexander 380
Spring Valley Community Center
Spring Valley, MN
This gravel race attracts riders from all over the country. The race starts at 5:00 am.

May 20
Royal 162
Spring Valley Community Center
Spring Valley, MN
Part of Wilderfest, this ride takes participants through the scenic farmland of Southeastern Minnesota. The race starts at 7:00 am.

May 20
Almanzo 100
Spring Valley Community Center
Spring Valley, MN
Part of Wilderfest, this bike race takes riders through the rolling farmland of Southeastern Minnesota. It starts at 9:00 am in downtown Spring Valley.

May 21
RiotGRRRavel
Hope Lutheran Church
Hastings, MN
This ride is to support female, transgender, and gender non-conforming riders so priority will be given to them. Entry is also free and there are 10-, 20-, or 30-mile options. Registration is at 8:00 am – 9:00 am at Hope Lutheran Church. The 30-mile starts at 9:00 am, the 20-mile starts at 9:15 am, and the 10-mile starts at 9:30 am.

May 27
Le Grand Du Nord
Grand Marais
Grand Marais, MN
This event that starts in Grand Marais has a 50-mile and 100-mile course. Riders will climb through beautiful scenery which includes a great view of the US/Canadian border. An after party also follows the ride of Voyageur Brewing Company. Entry fee is $70 and registration ends on May 26th.

Mountain Biking

May 6
Southern Kettles Classic
Emma Carlin Trail Head
Eagle, WI
This bike event is part of the Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series.

May 7
St. Croix Valley Woolly
Woolly Trail Network
St Croix Falls, WI
Spend Saturday afternoon in St. Croix Falls for a free ride on the Woolly Trails and around town. You even have a chance to win cash and prizes. Registration is now open.

BMX

All Month Long
USA BMX
Various Locations
USA BMX has plenty of indoor and outdoor parks throughout the country. There are numerous opportunities throughout the month to participate in clinics, practice your skills, and even enter in races. Spectators can watch most of the races for free.

Multi-Sport Events

May 6
Chain of Lakes Triathlon
Alexandria Discovery Middle School
Alexandria, MN
This bike event starts at 9:00 am and is another great way to start off the season. It starts with a swim at Alexandria Discovery Middle School, and is followed by a 13-mile bike ride with three miles on the Central Lakes Bike Trail. It finishes with a run through a residential area.

May 13
Oakdale Spring Classic Duathlon
Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN
This multi-sport event takes place at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and attracts athletes from all over. It’s a 3-mile run, 14-mile bike, and 2.5-mile run. The event is limited to 500 participants and registration through May 13 is $60 for individuals and $75 for a team. Same-day registration is $70 and $85, respectively.

May 20
Root River Triathlon
Root River Trailhead Park
Houston, MN
This is a non-swimming triathlon in Southeast Minnesota’s Root River Valley in Bluff Country. Participants canoe or kayak six and a half miles down river from Houston to Mound Prairie, and then bike back to Houston. The race ends with a three mile run. An awards ceremony follows and you can register online.

May 20
White Deer Triathlon
Boulder Junction Community Center
Boulder Junction, Wi
This event features a canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard course on Boulder Lake, a 22-kilometer bike ride on the area’s rustic roads, and a six kilometer run along scenic country roads onto a beautiful forest trail. Register online.

May 21
Gear West Duathlon
Orono High School
Orono, MN
This event starts at Orono High School and is mostly off-road. It starts with a 4.5k run, followed by a 20k bike ride, and finished with another 4.5 k run. The race starts at 8:00 am, and you can register online.

May 26
Apple Kid’s Duathlon
Sartell Middle School
Sartell, MN
Kids can enjoy their own race on Friday, May 26th. There are two course options, and each one is designed for specific age groups. Helmet are required.

May 27
Apple Duathlon
Sartell Middle School
Sartell, MN
This event attracts athletes from all over the country. It’s a 5k run, 33k bike ride, and 5k run that starts at Sartell Middle School. The race will start in different waves beginning at 8:30 am.

Bike Sales Events

May 13
Rick Anderson’s 9th Annual Bike Sale
Superior Service Center
Apple Valley, MN
All proceeds from this sale go to the Kids ‘n Kinship youth mentoring program. Bike prices range from $25 to $300 with models available for all ages and skill levels. Those who buy a bike will receive a Famous Dave’s Wings coupon, and can also enter in to win one of two $25 gift certificates for Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurant in Apple Valley. More info is online. Sale goes from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Remember, all these events are just a warm-up. There are also plenty of events going on as the riding season shift into full gear. Until then, enjoy your first bike adventures of the season.

Bike Pic March 1, time to get ready for TRAM.

Time to get the bike ready for TRAM. Here Bev Sorenson (right) and her friend pedal Bluff Country in preparation for The Ride Across Minnesota, annually held each summer to help fight Multiple Sclerosis.

If you didn’t take your bike in for an annual check and tuneup last Fall, now is the time to take it into your favorite bike shop and save, before they get real busy. Have Fun!

#FindYourNextAdventure

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices. 

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike MS Celebrates 25 Years Supporting Those With MS

Tram-1from Maggie Flanagan, MS Society, Midwest Chapter
Nearly 1,000 bicyclists will participate in the 25th annual Bike MS: TRAM Ride, from July 13 to 18, 2014. TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota) is a five-day cycling vacation that covers approximately 280 miles. Every year, TRAM is hosted in a different part of Minnesota, with each host town rolling out the red carpet and providing true Midwest hospitality. This year’s TRAM Ride starts in Pipestone and travels east to Welch Village, Minn. Stops in between include Marshall, Redwood Falls, St. Peter and New Prague.

ms-4Money raised through TRAM helps the National MS Society continue the important work of supporting people who live with multiple sclerosis. More than 17,000 families living in the upper Midwest area are affected by MS and every push of the pedal makes a difference to each one.

The Bike MS team extends special thanks to all the loyal TRAM riders who return each year to hug old friends, experience beautiful Minnesota routes and, most importantly, strengthen the MS movement. We also welcome new riders with a passion for biking and an appreciation for small-town, Minnesota love.

ms-5Join us in celebrating 25 years of TRAM! Visit myMSbike.org or call 855-372-1331 for more information and register today!

Fun TRAM facts:
• The first ever TRAM ride started with only a few hundred riders. This year, we’re expecting nearly 1,000 cyclists to hit the road with us. My TRAM — how you’ve grown!
• TRAM has been hosted by 61 different host towns throughout Minnesota
• TRAM routes have covered a combined 7,500 miles
• TRAM volunteers have served more than 125,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at rest stops

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