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Flashback Friday to last winter in the Minnesota River Bottoms.

Bike Pic December 6, fashback Friday, Minnesota River bottom fun

In this Bike Pic, It’s flashback Friday as we look at last winter and the fat biking fun ahead riding in the Minnesota River Bottoms in Bloomington, MN.

As you gear up for your winter adventure, check out the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find a new place to explore this winter and next summer.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Flashback Friday Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

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 do 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 next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Jan 04, yeah its Friday and a January thaw ahead

This Bike Pic Friday, with warmer weather ahead, we caught this biker dude out having fun on his road bike near Bloomington, MN.

What better way to continue your fun, finding your #NextBikeAdventure. See all the great ideas and bike destinations in the 2019 Bike/Hike Winter Planning Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Friday’ Bike Pic’  

Now rolling into our 12th year as a bike media, our goal is to encourage more people to have fun. In this expanded e-guide issue, we have added more free bike maps to review for planning your next adventure.

As we continue to showcase more destinations you can explore, we are all about capturing fun photos to capture those memories. Hopefully, some worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post at HaveFunBiking (HFB)? If so, please send your picture(s) to editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Please include a brief caption (for each), who is in the photo (if you know?) and where you shot the picture. Your photo submitted should be at a medium resolution or more, for consideration. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit at HaveFunBiking 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 next bike adventure. Here you will find all the information you will need when visiting one of our Community Map Partners, accessible on your mobile-friendly devices.

Watch for our spring print guides in April.

As 30-Days of Biking progresses in April, the spring 2019 Bike/Hike Guides will be available in both print and digital format. So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure.

Please share all our pic’s with your friends and us on our Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to smile; we may be around the next corner with our HFB camera, ready to capture you for the next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable New Year!

Check Out Some More Weekend Bike Events in Minnesota for another Fun Biking Adventure

by Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

This next weekend may still feel far away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for it . We’re back with another list of bike events to for you to choose from over the next ten days. And if you have the urge to find something out of state, we added events from our neighbors that could make for a nice weekend road trip.

This Next Weekend’s Bike Events

In Minnesota

Saturday, February 18th

Fat Frozen Fun Team Relay Race
Elm Creek Regional Park
Champlain, MN
Fat Bike

If you care more about having a good time than competing for first place, then this is the bike event for you. This relay bike event is geared towards those who are relatively new to riding fat bikes, or are nervous about competing solo for the first time. There’s a two-hour option for teams of 2 or 3 riders, and a 4-hour option for teams of 2 – 4 racers. There’s also a solo 2-lap for those just getting into fat biking and mountain biking.

Sunday, February 19th
Does this Fat Bike Make My Butt Skinny Fat Tire Fat Bike Ride
Waconia Brewing Company
Waconia, MN
Fat Bike

Start a new tradition with the Waconia Brewing Company’s inaugural bike event. It’s an 8-hour event starting at 2:00 PM. You register on the day of the ride starting at 11:00 AM at the brewery. Registration is free with the donation of a canned or dried food donation to the Waconia Food Shelf.

Sunday, February 19th
Ladies Fat Bike Ride
Tonka Cycle & Ski
Hopkins, MN
Fat Bike

These bike events should give you nice selection through Presidents Day. If you can’t make any of these, then there’s plenty of events going on every month in the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Just keep an eye out so you can find your next chance to ride.

Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour

Also, think about the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, in Southeastern Minnesota this summer.

Join the fun as the nine Root River Trail Towns host the 2nd Annual Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour over the weekend of July 7-9, 2017. A repeat of last July’s successful inaugural Bicycle Tour, this year’s three-day ride offers a whole new set of routes and scenery. Starting in the Norwegian community of Peterson, participants will pedal through some of the most scenic back-county roads and trails rolling through Minnesota’s Bluff Country.

In North Dakota

Sunday, February 19th
Bikecicle Fatbike Race
Rhombus Guys Brewing Company
Grand Forks, ND
Fat Bike

If you feel like heading out west to North Dakota next weekend maybe you can cap it off with this bike event. It’s a fat bike-exclusive race for all skill levels consisting of 15-20 miles on Grand Forks’ Greenway trails. It’s a loop that starts and ends at Rhombus Guys Brewing Company.

In Iowa

Friday, February 17th
Ames Bike Summit
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ames, IA
Informational Event

The main discussion this year be about the steps being taken to make transportation healthy, and the Complete Streets strategy that makes sure roads are usable for everyone. It’s open to the public and admission is free.

Saturday, February 18th
1st Annual Bondurant Winter CHOWDER Ride
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bondurant, IA
Bike Ride

It’s the perfect time of the year for a free bike ride that takes riders from Bondurant, IA to Berwick, IA via the Chichaqua Valley Trail. They’ll then turn around and go back to Bondurant which will result in a ride roughly 10 miles long. After the ride, participants will be able to enjoy a much-deserved meal at Reclaimed Rails or Founders Irish Pub.

This Tuesday, why not grab your bike and hit the trails? The weather is nice so why not before the arctic blast hits us again?

Bike Pic Jan 3, Jumping On The River Bottom Trails This Tuesday

This Tuesday, why not grab your bike and hit the trails? The weather is still nice so why not get out there and explore some new trails before the arctic blast hits us again? This picture was taken last winter along the Minnesota River in Bloomington, MN, As you can see, being adventurous is the best cure for the winter blues.

For more places to explore see more places to explore in 2017 by downloading the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Jumping On Some New Trails Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

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 do 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."- John F. Kennedy, U.S. President. This Wise Words Wednesday we reflect back on this JFK quote.

Bike Pic Dec 28, Wise Words Wednesday On Biking, a Simple Pleasure

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President. With this Wise Words Wednesday we reflect back on the quote made by JFK about biking. Do you get that feeling of serenity and peace when you’re on your bike ride? This photo was taken by John Brown, from HaveFunBiking.com, along the Minnesota River Bottoms, in Bloomington, MN.

Also, registration is now open for our Second Annual Root River Bluff & Valley Tour in scenic Southeast Minnesota. Enjoy a 3-day trek through the beautiful country-side in Bluff Country. Register today and discover the memorable magic of the Root River Trail Towns July 7 – 9, 2017.

See all the places to explore and reflect on your bike in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Wise Words Wednesday Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

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 do 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

These bike events are a great start to March. You can get some more fat biking in, hone your BMX skills on an indoor track, and more.

Bike Pic December 5, The Fun of Fat Biking is in the Air

As the temps start dropping and snow is now on the ground, over most of Minnesota, the experience of fat biking can make the winter season more fun. The photo above was taken last year at a Penn Cycle event along the Minnesota River in Bloomington, MN.

As many upper Midwest bike riders are changing their gear over to winter activities, including fat biking, ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing and other cold weather sports. See all the places to explore, throughout the year, in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Fat Bike Fun Pic 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

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 do 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

What started as another annual Free Bikes 4 Kidz pilgrimage, to collect, clean and distribute 5,000 plus slightly used bikes to kids in need has come to fruition this Weekend

Bike Pic December 4, Smiles and Magic at the MOA with Free Bikes 4 Kidz

What started as another annual Free Bikes 4 Kidz pilgrimage, to collect, clean and distribute 5,000 plus slightly used bikes to kids in need has come to fruition this Weekend. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, the Mall of America  and people who donated bikes, Terry Esau and his crew are once again witnessing the joy and magic his program brings to those less fortunate before the holidays.

Here the Free Bikes 4 Kidz crew is putting finishing touches and sizing the bike as they roll out of the Male of America.

Here the Free Bikes 4 Kidz crew is putting finishing touches and sizing the bike as they roll out of the Male of America.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a nonprofit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need.

 

Thanks for viewing the Free Bikes 4 Kidz Sunday Smiles Pic of the Day

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

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 do 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Nov 2, Smiling Once Again as They Cross the Old Cedar Bridge

After all these years, they are smiling once again as they cross the Old Cedar Bridge, from Eagan across the Minnesota River into Bloomington, MN. The bridge was closed to auto traffic in the late 90’s and then was used only by bicyclists and pedestrians up until 2002, when it was officially closed to all modes of traffic crossing the river. See an assortment of photos on the history of the bridge here.

With the leaves turning and perfect biking weather, we hope you get out on your bike and enjoy all the fall riding possibilities and Halloween decorations along the way. See many more bike-friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing the Old Cedar Bridge Day Pic 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

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 do 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

Still finding the fall color in the Twin Cities. Here in this photo a cyclist is on a bike route headed for the Old Cedar Bridge recently restored in Bloomington, MN.

Bike Pic Oct 29, Still Finding Fall Colors in the Twin Cities

Still finding the fall colors in the Twin Cities. Here in this photo a cyclist is on a bike route is  headed for the Old Cedar Bridge recently restored in Bloomington, MN.

With the leaves turning and still in there prime, we hope you get out on your bike and enjoy all the fall riding possibilities and Halloween decorations along the way. See many more bike-friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing the Fall Colors Biking Pic of the Day 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

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 do 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

Fat bikes aren't just for winter. They are great year-round since they were originally invented to tackle snow and sand.

History of Fat Bikes and Why Fat Bikes Exist

Fat Bike Season: Fat Bikes are “In” for This Winter Season

by Jess Leong, HaveFunBiking

Been to a bike shop recently and noticed the Fat Bikes? If so you are aware that these bikes look a little different from the normal bikes you’re used to seeing. What makes these weird bikes stand out are their large tires that make them look like a bike version of a monster truck! You know, except most of the frame designs are normal looking and everyone I have interviewed say “they are a blast to ride.”

These seemingly unusual fat-tired bikes – many prefer ‘badass’ or are also known as “fat bikes.” They also are known as “wide-tired bikes,” “balloon-tired bikes,”  “winter bikes,” and my favorite “fatties.” Don’t let the term “winter bikes” deter you though. These bikes are great year-round since they were originally invented to tackle sand and snow.

Why Fat Tires?

Fat bikes are not replacing mountain bikes they are just adding adding another dimension to the sport of cycling.

Fat bikes are not replacing mountain bikes they are just adding adding another dimension to the sport of cycling.

Fat tires were developed so that bikes could become all-terrain compatible. The fat tires allow the bikes to have more stability and traction to diverse surfaces. This includes surfaces such as snow, mud, sand, pavement, and more. This works because the tires have more area that touch the ground at any given point. Having that contact, the bike tires are able to keep some sort of grip on solid ground.

Additionally, the fat tires allow bikers to enjoy mountain biking or other biking activities in the winter. They ride a bike that can keep them safer due to the tire’s gripping ability and weight dispersal. Plus, the tire pressures aren’t something to worry about. Due to the design of the fat bike tires, the rider doesn’t have to worry about air pressure within the tires as they ride (at least for the most part)!

Fat Bikes, a Brief History

The Beginning Origins

Fat bikes are becoming popular on mountain bike trails throughout the year.

Fat bikes are becoming popular on mountain bike trails throughout the year.

Fat bikes have been around since the early 1900’s. However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s to 1980’s that the modern-looking fat bikes came to life. Before this, there were bikes that had 2-3 wheels that were cleverly put together side by side to try to increase that surface area contact to the ground.

It wasn’t until bike frame builders in Alaska began looking at and experimenting with the different parts of the bike and tires to make the bike safe for the winter months. They began putting together multiple bike rims so it could hold multiple tires on a bike’s front and back. While someone would roll their eyes and say that it was ‘of course’ the Alaskans that took it to the next level, there were people in Mexico also working on a project. It was in the late 1990’s, 1999’s Interbike convention, where the two designers met to discuss what they had produced. It was around this time when a builder named Mark Gronewald, an Alaskan frame designer, coined the name “Fat Bike” in 2001 for his bikes. In 2011 he was able to build a bike that had a full range of gearing that riders could use.

Making it Commercial

In 2005, the company Surly Bikes – located in Bloomington, Minnesota – went on to release their specialized frame. They called it the Pugsley which had an offset wheel and frame build.

Fat bikes are great year-round, here is a Surly bike at a race in the Minnesota River bottoms in Bloomington, MN.

Fat bikes are great year-round, here is a Surly bike at a race in the Minnesota River bottoms in Bloomington, MN.

Their design was the one that moved into local bike shops around the world. The pugsley made fat bikes commercially available for bikers. Since then, many other bike companies have gotten in on the action and produced their own designs for fat bike riders.

Ten years ago fat bikes seemed like a novelty and were considered an oddity and weird. Today, however, it’s more accepted, common, and even affordable for the average Joe. I mean, as far as bike prices go.

Fat bikes have expanded around the world due to the versatility aspect of the wheels. With the ability to ride on snow and mud, they can be used year-round. So now biking season is all season long!

What is riding a fat bike like? Learn more in our article highlighting how fat bikes can make winter riding more fun!