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Join the 'Ride Like a Bear' crew at the St Paul Classic Bike Tour

Bike Pic Aug 23, ride like a bear on the St Paul Classic Bike Tour

Pedal your bike down along Summit Avenue and join the ‘Ride Like a Bear’ crew at this years St Paul Classic Bike Tour, September 10th.

What better way to ride through the tail end of  the summer 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 ‘Bike Tour’ 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!

Bike Pic June 12, miles off smiles Sunday!

A Fun Multi-modal Bicycle Experience

Bike riders out having fun, getting ready for the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota’s (BikeMN) Train & Trail Tour, June 25th.  This is a multi-modal experience riding the Northstar Commuter Rail, with your bike, out to Big Lake, MN and then pedaling back to the Twin Cities on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). BikeMN is also the beneficiary of the Saint Paul Classic, held the second Sunday each September, which also supports bicycle safety and promotion of biking in Minnesota.

Find many more bike events and friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

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

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media source, 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 cameras 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: [email protected] 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!

Another chance to ride the Headwaters to Hills Bike Trip

Kerri Kolstad, Wahoo! Adventures

For the second year in a row, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) will host the Headwaters to Hills Bike Ride, July 10-17, 2016. As the name suggests, the ride will start at the origin of America’s great river, the Mississippi River’s Headwaters, in Itasca State Park. As last year the tour follows the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) downstream, enjoying endless bluffs and greenery until reaching the Iowa border. Over the seven days you will have a chance to bike almost 500 miles on beautiful roadways, paths and trails, passing through several Minnesota cities large and small and some diverse state parks.

Headwaters to Hills Bike Riders posing with Paul Bunyan and Babe on the 2015 tour.

Headwaters to Hills Bike Riders posing with Paul Bunyan and Babe on the 2015 tour.

As part of Minnesota’s State Park’s 125th anniversary, the Headwaters to Hills Bicycle Tour takes you through six state parks, traverses two state bicycle trails and overnight at two state park campgrounds. All riders on the tour will also earn the 125th Anniversary Bike, Boot, and Boat Challenge badge.

The Headwaters to Hills bike ride full of fun Minnesota history,

In Hastings you’ll learn about a Civil War Veteran at the LeDuc Mansion. In Little Falls, we visit the birthplace of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. And of course we can’t leave out Paul Bunyan and Babe his Blue Ox in Bemidji, or the home of Red Wing Pottery and Red Wing Shoes, or the always-stunning National Eagle Center in Wabasha. Of course there’s quirky history as well: the birthplace of waterskiing in Lake City or the Eelpout Capital of Walker, and even the fishing bobber water tower in Pequot Lakes!

Bike riders on the 2015 Headwaters to Hills Ride celebrate their accomplishments as they get close to the end, in Bluff Country.

Bike riders on the 2015 Headwaters to Hills Ride celebrate their accomplishments as they get close to the end, in Bluff Country.

Whether you are a Minnesota history buff, a cyclist fascinated by the Mississippi River and want to add some state parks to your “bucket list”, or just want to say you pedaled across Minnesota, the Headwaters to Hills ride has you covered.

Sign up today and pedal the Mississippi River Trail through Minnesota July 10 – 17!

Bike Pic May 5, all-aboard for the Train and MRT Trail Tour

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (Bike MN) and Metro Transit will host the fifth annual Train & Trail Tour on Saturday, June 25th. This multi-modal event allows you and your bike a chance to ride the rail, from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake, then back following the scenic Mississippi River Trail back to the Twin cities.

See many more bike friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

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: [email protected] 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!

All Aboard for the BikeMN Train & Trail Tour

from the BikeMN website – photos HaveFunBiking.com

Don’t miss the train! Pre-registration is required and space is very limited for the fourth annual Train & Trail Tour, on Saturday, June 20th Again this year the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) and  Metro Transit will host this popular bike and rail event between Minneapolis and Big Lake, along the Mississippi River Trail State Bikeway.

Train & Trail participants riding a the quite river road  along the Mississippi (2014)

Train & Trail participants riding a the quite river road along the Mississippi (2014)

The Mississippi River Trail, designated as Minnesota’s first state bikeway, provides opportunities tailored for bicyclists of all types and ages to follow America’s great river. When traveling the Mississippi River at the pace and intimacy of a bicycle, you’ll see what many tourists never will. You will be immersed in the river’s way of life and experience a route filled with history, enchantment, and remarkable adventure!

Train & Trail participants enjoying lunch in Elk River (2014)

Train & Trail participants enjoying lunch in Elk River (2014)

Pre-registered participants will meet at the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Headquarters parking lot (2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, 55411) at 10:30 a.m. Cars may be left there for the entire day.

Train & Trail participants riding along the Mississippi River Trail, passing under Hwy 169, in Champlin (2014)

Train & Trail participants riding along the Mississippi River Trail, passing under Hwy 169, in Champlin (2014)

The ride begins with a short pedal to the Target Field Station, there riders will hop on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line with their bikes. On the return trip, event participants will pedal approximately 40 miles along the Mississippi River on lightly travelled and slightly hilly roads. This is a go-at-your-own-pace ride, not a race.

Train & Trail participant coming off the the scenic MRT in North Minneapolis (2014)

Train & Trail participant coming off the the scenic MRT in North Minneapolis (2014)

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 140 riders. The cost is $30 per person or $25 for members of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota – “Join today!” The registration fee includes your train ticket, a catered picnic lunch in Elk River, maps and route assistance and a treat at the end of the ride. This event will take place rain or shine. Refunds will not be available.

QUESTIONS? Email [email protected]