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Many times, riders will assume that because the weather is cool or a ride is short they don’t need to bring water with them on a bike ride. Truth be told, the biggest drain to your energy while riding can be related to dehydration.

Don’t forget to bring plenty of water on any length of a bicycle ride

Many times riders will assume that because the weather is cool or a ride is short they don’t need to bring water along with them on a bike ride. Truth be told, the biggest drain to your energy level while riding can be related to dehydration. Stay hydrated by bringing water or a sports drink along on all rides.

Yeah water, bring plenty along!

Yeah water, bring plenty along!

Stay hydrated before, during and after your ride!

Here are five tips on how much to drink and what to drink when biking:

1. On days that are going to be hot, first thing in the morning drink at least a pint (20 to 24 Fl. OZ.) of water. If you have a lemon handy, squeeze some juice in with the water. This combination wakes up your metabolism and replaces lost water from sleep. Plus the vitamin C from the lemon helps build resistance to catching a colds.

2. Then, one to two hours before heading out on your bike consume another pint of fluid, an hour before you start riding. This is particularly important on the hotter days.

In colder weather, try to avoid consuming large amounts of fluids in the morning before your bike ride. This is because in cold weather your body will want to reduce the supply of blood going around your body. It will do this by making you want to go to the bathroom to get rid of excess fluid.

3. On longer rides when you are out riding for several hours replace fluids an electrolyte drink. Evidence shows that people hydrating only consuming water don’t replace electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and chloride. This will result in a dramatic drop in performance and create fatigue. With several brands on the market use a richer mix during the winter (because you are drinking less) and a weaker solution during summer (because you’ll be drinking more).

On longer rides consider mixing one of your water bottles with an electrolyte drink mix and grapefruit juice. Or, for a high carbohydrate burn rate use gels with water.

Drink before you get thirsty

4. The main thing to remember when cycling, drink before you get thirsty. Sip on the water and the electrolyte drink on those hot days. Ideally target to take a couple sips of fluid every two or three miles on really hot days. Everyone is unique so this still might not be enough on really hot days. However, it is better to consume plenty of fluids early on in the ride to help reduce the chance of hydration issues later on in the day.

5. Hydrate and replenish after each and every bike ride. Do not just get home and have some water! You need to replace protein, carbohydrates, electrolytes and water alone wont help your body recover quickly for that next planned activity. A quick recovery drink alone isn’t enough, you have to pay attention and keep hydrated the rest of the day too

Remember – Staying hydrated is unique to each individual. So please experiment with the steps above and the products available on the market to find out what works best for you. If you feel faint, dizzy or start to get a headache while out riding please stop and seek shade or an air conditioned room) and call medical assistance ASAP.

So, stay hydrated and have fun no matter how hot it gets!

Remember - Drink water before you get thirsty!

Remember – Drink water before you get thirsty!

 

 

Ready for his tenth annual used bike sale, Rick Anderson has over 400 bikes primed to ride for your #nextbikeadventure

Apple Valley used bike sale benefits Kids ‘n Kinship Youth Program

Are you looking for a gently used bike? If you are and you are in the south Twin City Metro on Saturday May 12th, you may be in luck. For his tenth annual used bike sale, that benefits a kid’s you program, Rick Anderson has over 400 bicycles primed and ready for that #NextBikeAdventure.

Rick Anderson with a wide assortment of gently used bikes ready for the sale in Apple Valley, this Saturday.

Bike sale details

The public bike sale will be held Saturday May 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at
Goodyear Superior Service Center, at 14580 Glenda Drive, Apple Valley, MN (Located at the Red
Line’s 147th Street bus stop.)

There are models for all ages and skill levels, including some top-quality cycles from Trek,
Specialized, Cannondale, Schwinn, Raleigh, Giant, and Fuji. There will be road bikes, mountain
bikes, cross bikes, city bikes, cruisers, hybrids, BMX, vintage, classics and even a recumbent tandem. With 400 bikes for sale, they will range in price from $30 to $500 dollars.  Much more
information and a map to the sale are at www.ricksbikesale.com.

Used Bike Sale Benefits Youth Program

The bikes generally sell fast. Anderson recommends arriving promptly at 9 a.m.. Monetary
donations to Kids ‘n Kinship and DARTS will be accepted on site. Anyone who purchases a bike
can register to win one of two $25 gift certificates for Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant in Apple
Valley.

For additional information about the Kids ‘n Kinship mentoring program, visit
www.Kidsnkinship.org . For additional information about DARTS, visit https://www.darts1.org/

For More information see .

The Dakota County Kids ‘n Kinship is a private non-profit organization that matches children who have a need for an additional supportive relationship with carefully screened adult volunteers. Once a match is made, volunteers spend 1-4 hours per week with the child. Typical activities might include picnicking, attending sporting events, sharing interests or going to the movies.

Kid’s bikes are the gateway to lifetime of fun. What’s best for your rider?

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

When it is time to get your child on the bike for the first time, or upgrade to a bigger size, knowing the differences between kid’s bikes will make the job easier. Read below for more details.

BMX

In the early 1970’s kids began racing their bicycles on the dirt tracks of southern California. This racing led to the national explosion of the BMX bike. Over the last few years the “Bikelife” movement has given BMX a renewed interest around the world and ushered many different frame and wheel sizes into the category of BMX. These bikes all share the similarities of one rear brake, single speed, high bars, and low saddle even though the wheel sizes are different.

MTB

The Mountain Bike boom of the 90’s spread across the globe and included options for every size of rider. Today, kid’s mountain bikes live in two categories; “Off road” and On road”. The “Off road” mountain bikes have lower gearing to traverse loose trails, suspension designed for control, and lightweight components. “On road” mountain bikes are built to be ridden around the neighborhood rather than off road. They have higher gearing for smooth paths, suspension designed for ascetics rather than function and they typically weight a lot more than the “Off road” versions. Both come in 20”, 24” and 26” wheel sizes.

Balance

Balance bikes are sweeping the world as the best way to teach children to ride bikes. What is a balance bike and how does it work? These bikes look a lot like a normal bike with two wheels, frame, seat and handlebars. What you won’t see on a balance bike is a crank, chain and pedals. Balance bikes are designed to teach kids the most difficult portion of riding, balance, before incorporating pedals.

Road

This category is a bit newer to kid’s bikes, but has existed in cycling for over 100 years. More recently, parents who enjoy riding their road bikes wanted to share that experience with their young kids. Thanks to a few perceptive companies, kid’s road bikes came to the market with great acceptance. To find the size that fits your child best, try different brands to find something that fits your child well.

Sizes

Most kid’s bikes are sized by wheels size. As an example, a child from 32”-42” tall would ride a 16” wheeled kids bike. That does not mean that all 16” wheeled kids bikes are the same size. Where they differ is the overall height of the frame, and the distance from the seat to the handlebars. When getting a new bike, try a few brands to see which frame fits best.

Brakes

Smaller kid’s bikes (>16” wheels) usually use a pedal brake. Therefore, to have the child stop, they pedal backward. Once you grow into kid’s bikes with 20” wheels most manufactures use a hand brake and a pedal brake so that kids can get comfortable with hand brakes. At 24” wheels and above, bikes are almost exclusively built with hand brakes only.

Materials

Thanks to the increase in aluminum production and costs for the material coming down, many kids bikes are now made out of aluminum. This is great news for kids of the world because aluminum frames are lighter than steel. Steel frames are not always a detriment to kids bike though. In the case of BMX bikes, Steel’s durability and strength end up being a huge benefit for riders doing more aggressive moves.

Attributes

-weight

Kids bikes typically weigh a lot in relation to the child. But that is not to say these bikes are heavy. As an example, a 25-pound bike is proportionally heavier to a child who weighs 40 pounds than to a 150-pound adult. Getting your child the lightest bicycle available, will go a long way to make it easier for them to ride.

-durability

Durability is a difficult metric to qualify when buying a bike for a child. Something that will be durable enough for path riding, might not hold up to the rigors of off road use. Durable things to look for are metals rather than plastics in the braking and shifting components, and aluminum rims rather than steel. Beyond everything else, take into consideration the child who will be riding the bike when determining how durable it needs to be. Some kids are gentle on their equipment while others are far more kinetic.

-gears

Gears are great for neighborhoods that have hills or for riding off road. Multiple gears give kids a mechanical advantage to ride steep grades or high speeds with relative ease. On the other hand, if your typical riding locations are completely flat and paved, gears will probably just add undue complexity to your child’s bike.

How to buy

Now that you know all about what makes a kid’s bike, let’s talk about how to buy one. I cannot recommend your local bike shop highly enough. A child’s enjoyment of riding a bike is hugely effected by the quality of the bike, fit of the bike, and function of the bike. For those reasons, no entity does a better job of getting your kid on the right bike than the local bike shop. It is not a secret that there are less expensive places to buy a bike than a bike shop. Even though others may sell bikes for less money they are not the same product in fit, function, or service.

Additional materials

When going to get your child a new bike, remember to look for a few other products as well. First and foremost is a Helmet. Helmets have limited lifespans and should be replaced frequently. Also consider the things that will go on your kid’s new bike like a bell or bottle. Round out the purchase with gloves or a jersey and your kid will be looking forward to mile after mile of great riding.

If life were a mountain bike trail and Wheelie Wednesday helped smooth out your ride why not review the following tips and get into your sweet spot.

Bike Pic Sept 20, Wheelie Wednesday may get you into your sweet spot

Remember, take a chance! If life were a mountain bike trail and Wheelie Wednesday helped smooth out your day-to-day ride or aided you in dropping into your sweet spot, why not review the following tips to make your week an adrenaline high?

Get into the zone and plan your next bike outing with family and friends at one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing our ‘Wheelie Wednesday’ 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.

So smooth out your day-to-day ride with Wheelie Wednesday, and:

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!

On the 27th day of 30 Days of Biking in April, with cool temps and cloudy skies, it's time for a little monkeying around before Minnesota's Ironman Sunday.

Bike Pic April 27, A Little Monkeying Around While Riding 30 Days of Biking

On the 27th day of 30 Days of Biking today with cool temps and overcast, it’s time for a little monkeying around before Minnesota’s Ironman Sunday. If you are  up for one more challenge and looking for bragging rights, sign-up for the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride, this Weekend. It’s in Waconia, MN, only 30-Minutes from Downtown Minneapolis.

Also, 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: [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 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!

Waterproof clothing is the best way to stay dry. Before you buy anything labeled “waterproof”, understand that all waterproofing is not the same.

Bike Pic April 26, Rain Continues To Hamper 30 Days of Biking

On the 26th day of 30 Days of Biking through April, dress accordingly. The rain, in the upper Midwest, continues to make it tough for those riding the last few days of this month. If you are  up for one more challenge and looking for bragging rights, sign-up for the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride, this Sunday.

Also, 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: [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 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!

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: [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 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.

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 Events: Check Out These Cycling Events to Kick Off March

By Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

This time of the year, where everyone is getting antsy, spring feels as if it’s just on the horizon. However, Mother Nature isn’t done teasing us with more snow. Luckily, there are still some bike events coming up to scratch that cycling itch while we start planning our #NextBikeAdventure. Over the next few weeks, weather permitting, consider a fat bike rally in Bemidji and several chances for mountain bikers and BMX riders to hone their skills while waiting for warmer weather. Now, get those bikes out and get ready to ride!

Upcoming Bike Events .

Minnesota

BMX Events

Thursday, March 2nd
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM
Entry: $15 (Pre-registration required)
Isanti, MN
These clinics are designed to help you improve your skills no matter your skill level. Each clinic will go over specific aspects of BMX racing such as going through the gates and jumping. These sessions are also taught by certified coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers.

Friday, March 3rd
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Entry: $11.00
Isanti, MN
It’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride. So get yourself ready for those crazy outdoor tracks by getting some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll be able to meet other riders, and also hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather.

Saturday, March 4th
Local Race
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Race follows ASAP registration
Entry: $16.00
These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get into these bike events for free.

Sunday, March 5th
Northland Fire & Ice Series
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Entry: $16.00
This popular racing series will have two races each month and will culminate with the final event in December 2017. Also remember that everyone is welcome to race in these bike events.

Tuesday, March 7th
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Entry: $11.00
It’s March but the weather may not allow you to hit the tracks yet. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather.

Friday, March 10th
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Isanti, MN
It’s the weekend! So kick it off right by hitting the BMX tracks at Rum River. Hone those skills in time for the upcoming outdoor season so you can really show off at all those spring and summer bike events.

Saturday, March 11th
Rum River BMX Local Race
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Race follows ASAP registration
Entry: $16.00
These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get in for free.

Sunday, March 12th
Sunday Funday Racing Event
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Entry: $16.00
You may have to go back to work or school tomorrow, but enjoy Sunday afternoon at the tracks! These races are open to all skill levels.

Tuesday, March 14th
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Entry: $11.00
Isanti, MN
It’s March and you can almost feel warmer weather coming your way. So get yourself ready for those crazy outdoor tracks by getting some good practice on the indoor BMX tracks. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills.

  • The Rum River BMX Center is just North of the Twin Cities Gateway, for lodging and more things to do when in the area.

Fat Bike Events

Saturday, March 4th – Sunday, March 5th
Northland Fat Bike Rally
Lake Bemidji State Park
Bemidji, MN
If you want to get in on some fat bike action before the snow melts, then this your event. There are two days, but the main rally is on Saturday. There’s a 10K and 28K option for all experience levels, and a brand new kids’ event that will be around 1K. There will also be a group ride on Sunday.

Iowa

Educational Bike Events

Thursday, March 8th
Women with Wrenches: Basic Maintenance
World of Bikes
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Registration: $35
Iowa City, IA
This women-only clinic will cover every part of your bike. You’ll learn how to clean your bike, adjust the seat height, basic day-to-day maintenance, and more. You can also bring along any tools and small bike accessories you have questions about.

Bike Tours

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.

These bike events should help feed your urge to pedal and help get you ready for the spring and summer. If the winter blues are keeping you down just remember spring is on its way. And soon you’ll be on your way to your #nextbikeadventure.

With the gorgeous change of seasons the October bike events we have listed will keep you pedaling through crisp autumn scenery, here in the upper Midwest.

Top October Bike Events in the Upper Midwest for Fun

Itching to take out your bike again for more biking fun this fall? With the gorgeous change of seasons, the October bike events we have listed here will keep you pedaling through the crisp autumn scenery, in the upper Midwest.

October Bike Events Include:

Open Streets Minneapolis – October 1st

Community Bike/Walk Event

Cedar Riverside/West Bank/Dinkytown, Minneapolis, MN

 

Heck of the North Gravel – October 1st

Gravel Road Race

Two Harbors, MN

 

Cirque du SoGay VIII – October 1st

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

Minneapolis, MN

 

Champlin Blue Line Memorial Bike Ride | Facebook Event Page – October 1st

6 & 20 miles ride Recreational

Andrews Park, Champlin, MN

 

Nicollet Bike Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – October 1st

Kiwanis Park Mountain Bike Trailhead – Mountain Bike Ride

Mankato, MN

 

Wild Ride Mountain Bike FestivalFacebook Event Page – October 1st

Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trailhead – Mountain Bike Ride

Eagan, MN

 

Apple Affair Tour – October 1st

Recreational Ride

Galesville, WI

 

MN High School Cycling League-Race #3 – October 2nd

Mountain Bike (Youth)

Gamehaven Rochester, MN

 

No Name Alleycat Race – October 2nd

Recreational Bike Race

Minneapolis, MN

 

Revocross | Online Registration – October 2nd

Cycle Cross

Clearwater, MN

 

Specialized Bicycle Demo with Erik’s Bike Shop  – October 2nd

Mountain Biking

Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trails Eagan, MN

 

Woolly Day 2016 – October 2nd

Mountain Biking

Woolly Bike Club St. Croix Falls, WI

 

Wednesday Night CX-Race #6 | CX-MN Facebook Page – October 5th

Cycle Cross

Aquila Park – All City/Fulton, St. Louis Park, MN

 

Lake Ahquabi State Park – October 5th

Mountain Bike Racing

Park State Park, Indianola, IA

 

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Bike Donation Day | Facebook Event Page – October 8th

Bike Donations

Twin Cities Metro Area Allina Clinics/Hospitals and various other locations in Twin Cities, MN

 

F-Octoberfest Gravel Grinder – October 8th

Gravel Road Race 25 & 50 miles

F-Town Brewing Company Faribault, MN

 

North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships – October 8th

Mountain Biking

Spirit Mountain Duluth, MN

 

Oktobershred – October 8th

BMX

Cottage Grove Bike Park Cottage Grove, MN

 

Salsa Oremageddon | Online Registration – October 8th

Mountain Biking – 50, 25, 12 Miles

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails Crosby/Ironton, MN

 

Save the River Bottoms Fall Celebration – October 8th

Mountain Biking

Lilydale Trailhead Bloomington, MN

 

Donkey [email protected] Orchard – October 8th

U.S.A. Cycling – Cycle Cross

Centuria, WI

 

Thunder Down Under | Website – October 8th

WEMS Championship – Mountain Biking

Merrill, WI

 

MN High School Cycling League-Race #4 – October 9th

Mountain Bike (Youth)

Spirit Mountain Duluth, MN

 

The Filthy 50 | Facebook Page – October 9th

52 Mile Gravel Road Race   

Stewartville, MN

 

Mankato River Ramble | Online Registration – October 9th

12, 26, 42, & 50 Mile Recreational Ride

Land of Memories Park Mankato, MN

 

Cuyuna 5-0 – October 10th

Mountain Biking

Crosby, MN

 

Wednesday Night CX-Race #7 | CX-MN Facebook Page – October 12th

Cycle Cross

Aquila Park – Tonka Cycle in St. Louis Park, MN

 

Nocturnal Mountain Bike Races | Facebook Event Page – October 12th

Mountain Biking

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

 

Will to Ben Bike Tour – October 8th-14th

Multi-Day Ride

Sparta, WI

 

BELCH and Brew Ride | Online Registration – October 15th

Recreational Bike & Brew Tour

Blue Door Pub Minneapolis, MN

 

Farmstead Fall Fest – October 15th

Recreational

Farmstead Bike Shop Minneapolis, MN

 

More October Bike Events:

Dirt Bag | Facebook Page – October 16th

30, 60, & 80 Miles of Gravel Road

Clearwater, MN

 

Green Acres Premium Cyclocross | Facebook Event Page – October 15th-16th

Cycle Cross

Lake Elmo, MN

 

MN High School Cycling League-Race #5 – October 16th

Mountain Bike (Youth)

White Tail Ridge River Falls, WI

 

Let’s Joyride Together: October Edition – October 17th

Recreational Ride

Boom Island Park Minneapolis, MN

 

Nocturnal Mountain Bike Races | Facebook Event Page – October 19th

Mountain Biking

Elm Creek Singletrack Trail Champlin, MN

 

Black’s Grove River Crossing Mountain Bike RaceFacebook Event Page – October 22nd

Mountain Biking

Black’s Grove Park Wadena, MN

 

Velo CXFacebook Event Page – October 22nd-23rd

Cycle Cross

National Sports Center  Blaine, MN

 

Traffic Skills 101 Minneapolis – October 28th-29th

Bicycle Education

U of M Twin Cities Campus Minneapolis, MN

 

MN High School Cycling League-State Championship – October 29th-30th

Mountain Biking (Youth)

Mount Kato Mankato, MN

 

2016 MORC Gala | Facebook Event Page | Tickets (On sale October 1) – October 29th

Bicycle Festival

Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis, MN

 

Angry Cross | Online Registration – October 30th

Carver Lake Mountain Bike Trailhead Woodbury, MN

 

Tommy CX – October 31st

Minnesota Cycling Federation – Cycle Cross

Mendota Heights, MN

There are so many October bike events and more events this fall to come that you shouldn’t put away your bike quiet yet! Watch for more events in the Fall digital version of the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guidecoming out this coming Monday

Please let us know if we missed any events you are planning or would like to attend – just submit them into the HFB Events Calendar – it’s free!