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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.

Regardless of the length of your bike ride, don’t forget to bring plenty of H20

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!

 

 

With the days getting a bit shorter as the fall bike event season progresses, there are several more bike events from October 23 through November 24th to enjoy for your preferred riding pleasure in the upper Midwest.  With cooler temps drifting south enjoy all the colors of the season along the way.

See more fun fall bike events scheduled over the next 30-days

With the days getting a bit shorter as the fall bike event season progresses, there are several more bike events from October 23 through November 24th to enjoy for your preferred riding pleasure in the upper Midwest.  With cooler temps drifting south enjoy all the colors of the season along the way.

Many more fun bike events are out there to extend your fall season off riding.

Many more fun bike events are out there to extend your fall season off riding – So have some more fun!.

Fall bike events ahead

Renegades Cyclocross   Des Moines IA Oct 23

Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater IA  Oct 27

Iowa City Gravel Race Lone Tree IA Oct 27

Pedal for Karen Reynolds Cedar Falls  IA  Oct 27

Siouxland Halloween Ride Sioux City IA Oct 27

Women On A Roll Minneapolis MN  Oct 27

Spooky Cross  Altoona IA Oct 27-28 

Valley Junction Alley Cat Fun Ride West Des Moines IA Oct 28 

TCBC Halloween Ride Como Golf Course, St Paul  Oct 28 

MN HS State Championships Mankato MN  Oct 27 – 28 

Renegades Cyclocross   Des Moines IA Oct 30 

2018 MN Fall Corporate Bike Forum  Eagan, MN Oct 30

Halloween Costume Ride Des Moines IA Oct 31

Bike events through November 24th

Creekside ReUnion Cross  Coralville IA  Nov 3-4 

Winter Bike Expo  Eden Prairie, MN  Nov 3-4

Dirty Duathlon Des Moines IA Nov 10

Frosty Cross LeMars IA  Nov 10-11

Midwest Mountaineering Expo Minneapolis MN  Nov 16-18

Make-A-Wish Iowa Altoona IA Nov 17

Valley Cross West Des Moines IA Oct 17

Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater IA  Nov 24 

Pie Burner Fat Bike Ride Hibbing MN  Nov 24

Did we miss an event?   Please submit the event or pass this link to the director for our Calendar Listing at HaveFunBiking, so it’s in the next e-Mag – thanks!

See more bike fun!

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with our camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

Here in this bike pic, we captured this biker dude having fun pedaling into the morning sun. Can' t make it out today, check out all the fun upper Midwest ride events happening this weekend at HaveFunBiking.

Bike Pic Oct 04, fun riding into the Thursday morning sun

Here in this bike pic, we captured this biker dude having fun pedaling into the morning sun. Can’ t make it out today, check out all the fun upper Midwest ride events happening this weekend at HaveFunBiking.

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

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘HaveFunBiking’ bike pic

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to 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 continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo appearance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic of the Day.

Have a great day!

Now into the fall season here are several more bike events October 1st through October 9th for your preferred riding pleasure in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

Discover all the fun bike events over the first nine days of October

Now into the fall season here are several more bike events from October 1st through October 9th for your preferred riding pleasure in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

This fall is full of cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

This fall is full of cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

 

Bike events, 9-days out

Monday Night No Drop Dirt Ride Des Moines, IA  Oct 1 

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City Oct 2 

Renegades CyclocrosDesMoines, IA Oct 2 

Mountain Bike Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis MN Oct 3

Thursday Cross Practice Cedar Falls IA Oct 4

Capitol City Bikeway Tour  St Paul, MN Oct 4

Thursday MTB Singletrack Golden Valley, MN Oct  4

Saturday

Alempics Bike Skills Pentathlon Olympics Ankeny, IA Oct 6

The Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra  St Charles, IA  Oct 6

Shaggy Ridge Ride Tipton, IA  Oct 6

GEARS Greenbush Grinder Glenbeulah, WI Oct 6

FATOBER Osage, IA Oct 6

Willis Dady Run & Ride Festival Decorah IA Oct 6

How to Ride a Bike Bloomington, MN Oct 6

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Bike Collection Day Twin Cities Area Oct 6

“Start Me Up” Day Red Wing, MN Oct 6

Ladies MTB Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis, MN Oct 6

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Grand Rapids, MN Oct 6

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Fergus Fall, MN Oct 6

Teravail Oremageddon Ironton, MN Oct 6

Apple Affair Tour Galesville, WI  Oct 6

Donkey Cross Centuria, WI Oct 6

Sunday 

MN HS League Race #5, River Falls, WI Oct 7 

Mankato River Ramble Mankato, MN Oct 7

Iowa Junior Mountain Bike Race Des Moines, IA Oct 7

Dirt Bag MTB Clearwater, MN Oct 7

Joyful Ride To Minnetonka Orchards Minneapolis, MN Oct 7

Woolly Day 2018 St. Croix Falls, WI Oct 7

Tuesday

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City Oct 9

 

Gathering for a ride on the Promenade in Cedar Falls. in this bike pic

Gathering for a ride on the Promenade in Cedar Falls, in this bike pic..

See More

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with our camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

As summer slips into fall and we are into our last week of September, here are several more bike events September 24th through October 3rd, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

Discover all the fun bike events, Sept. 24th and continuing into October

As summer slips into fall and we are into our last week of September, here are several more bike events September 24th through October 3rd, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now here you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

This fall is full cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

This fall is full of cyclocross bike events for all levels of riders.

Bike events, 10-days out

Full Moon Ride  Slater, IA Sept 24 

Monday Night Mountain Ride St Cloud, MN  Sept 24 

Women’s MTB Clinic Burnsville, MN  Sept 24 

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City, MN Sept 25 

Renegades Cyclocross DesMoines, IA Sept 25 

Mountain Bike Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis, MN Sept 26 

Pop-Up Bike Park #3 Minneapolis, MN Sept 26 

Wednesday Night CX Maplewood, MN Sept 26 

Northwoods Epic Bikepacking Stage Race Grand Marais, MN Sept 27-30 

Thursday MTB Ride  Golden Valley, MN Sept 27

Loess Hills Parks & Peaks Bicycle Tour Sioux City, IA Sept 27 – 30

Thursday Cross Practice Cedar Falls IA Sept 28 

Saturday Events

Women’s MTB Skills in the Park Roseville, MN Sept 29 

Bikes 4 Kids Legacy Ride Maple Grove Sept 29 

Heck of the North (gravelTwo Harbors, MN Sept 29

Bike Your Park Day Worldwide Sept 29 

Brew & Bikes 2018 Grand Rapids, MN Sept 29 

Bucktoberfest at Buck Hill Burnsville, MN Sept 29

End of the Season Poker Ride Prior Lake, MN  Sept 29 

Fall Classic Duathlon  Lake Elmo, MN   Sept 29 

Introduction to MTN Biking Class -Level 1 Woodbury, MN Sept 29 

Karma CX New Brighton, MN Sept 29-30 

Mississippi River Bike & Brew Tour St Paul, MN  Sept 29 

Utepils Brewing Oktoberfest Fondo Minneapolis, MN Sept 29 

Oktobershred Cottage Grove MN Sept 29 

Progressive Dinner on the Greenway Minneapolis, MN Sept 29 

7th Annual Raw Rotary Ride Across Warren Co. Indianola, IA Sept 29 

Saturday and/or Sunday Events

Jingle Cross Festival Iowa City, IA  Sept 29 -30

Open Streets Minneapolis University of MN  Sept 30 

MN HS League Race #4, Detroit Lakes, MN Sept 30

Gravel Grovel 5 Miesville, MN  Sept 30 

MTN Biking Tour of the Twin Cities Woodbury, MN Sept 30 

LCTA Ride & Learn  Marion, IA  Sept 30 

October Events

Monday Night No Drop Dirt Ride Des Moines IA Oct 1 

World Championship MTN Bike Time Trials Minnesota City, MN Oct 2 

Mountain Bike Skill Builders Clinic Minneapolis MN Oct 3

Gathering for a ride on the Promenade in Cedar Falls. in this bike pic

Gathering for a ride on the Promenade in Cedar Falls, in this bike pic..

See More

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with our camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

As summer slips into fall this coming Sunday, here are more bike events September 19th through 24th, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now approaching, on Sept 22nd, you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses. 

Discover all the fun bike events, Sept. 19th and continuing into the fall

As summer slips into fall this coming Sunday, here are several more bike events September 19th through the 24th, here in the upper Midwest.  With fall now approaching, on Sept 22nd, you will notice cooler temps and more colors as the season progresses.

Bike events, 7-days out

Renegades Cyclocross DesMoines, IA Sept 18

Wednesday Night CX   Brooklyn Park, MN Sept 19 

Thursday Cross Practice Cedar Falls IA Sept 20

Tour de Fall W. Des Moines to Lanesboro, MN.  Sept 21-23 

Trek CX Cup Waterloo, WI Sept 21-23  

Wild Ride Mountain Bike Lebanon Hills – Eagan, MN   Sept 22 

3rd Annual Save Summer Bike & Brew Fest Walker, MN  Sept 22 

Root River “Taste of the Trail” Rushford, MN   Sept 22 

Tour De Hugo  Hugo, MN Sept 22 

Central Lakes 24/7 Duathlon Fergus Falls, MN  Sept 22 

Headwaters 100  Park Rapids, MN Sept 22

Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride Slater, IA Sept 22

Arthritis Bike Classic  San Francisco to L.A. Sept 22-29

The Ride  Sun Prairie WI Sept 23

Hero Gravel Classic  Stillwater, MN Sept 23 

GIRG (Gravel Iowa River Greenbelt) Ride Steamboat Rock, IA Sept 23

Full Moon Ride Slater, IA Sept 24

See More

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with the HFB camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

As summer slips away over the next week most bike events, here in the upper Midwest, will continue to enjoy warm days and cool nights, low humidity, very few insects as the autumn colors changes the landscape.

Discover the fun fall bike events, September 9th through the 16th

As summer slips away, over the next week most bike events here in the upper Midwest will continue to enjoy warm days and cool nights, low humidity, very few insects as the autumn colors change the landscape.

Bike events, 8-days out

Here is a list of bike events you may want to check out over the next week:

RideMN1 Bike Crossing  Browns Valley to Taylors Fall, MN   Sept 9-14

Door County Holiday Sturgeon Bay, Wi Sept  10-14

Renegades Cyclocross  DesMoines, IA Sept 11

WNCX Battle Creek  St Paul, MN Sept 12

Thursday Cross Practice Cedar Falls, IA Sept 13 

Ride the Ridges  Winona, MN Sept 15 

Mora Bike Tour Mora, MN Sept 15  

Pedal the Parks Lakeville, MN Sept 15  

Purple Ride Stride Maple Grove, MN Sept 15 

Root River “Taste of the Trail”  Preston, MN Sept 15 

Woodtick 100  Deerwood, MN Sept 15 

Bar-B-Kee Bash Waukee, IA Sept 15 

Big Creek Bike Ride Polk City, IA Sept 15 

Capital City Cross  DesMoines, IA Sept 15

Embrace the Hills Mondamin, IA Sept 15

Tour De Fire Ottumwa, IA Sept 15 

Jack Lake MTB Deerbrook, WI September 15 

Gopher CX Zimmerman, MN Sept 15-16 

Hawkeye Human Race Weekend Cedar Rapids, IA Sept 15-16

MN HS League Race #3 Rochester, MN Sept 16 

Minneapolis Bike Tour Minneapolis, MN Sept 16 

Manchester Gravel Ride Pub Crawl Manchester, MN  Sept 15

Bicycle La Crosse Gravel Eduro Series Houston, MN Sept 15-16

Solidarity Cycling Gravel Series Ride #4 Vermillion, MN  Sept 16

New Heartford Omelet Ride Cedar Falls, IA Sept 16

Farm Cycle Iowa City, IA Sept 16

Relay Cross Des Moines, IA Sept 16 

Autumn Trek Ride River Falls, WI  Sept 16

Bike the Barns Reedsburg, WI Sept 16

See More

See more events further out in both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. As you explore all the bike-friendly destinations we have covered, please share your experience with us. And, don’t forget to smile we may be around the next corner with the HFB camera ready to capture you for our next pic of the day!

Reflecting back, there were a lot of fond summer memories this last year. Is your bike ready for that #nextbikeadventure ahead in 2018?

Bike Pic 30, fond summer memories on the cycle cross course

Reflecting back, there were a lot of fond summer memories this last year. Is your bike ready for that #nextbikeadventure ahead in 2018?

Have you had your bike into the shop for a tune-up yet, check out our article on why winter is the best time to get your bike ready.

View the new  National Bike Guide and all the fun rides coming up in 2018.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘summer memories’ Pic of the Day

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 destinations you can have fun at 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 latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

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

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

Bic Pic Jan 20, more fond summer memories from last year

Reflecting back, there were a lot of fond summer memories this last year. Is your bike ready for that #nextbikeadventure in 2018?

Have you had your bike into the shop for a tune-up yet, check out our article on why winter is the best time to get your bike ready.

View the new  National Bike Guide and all the fun rides coming up in 2018.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘summer memories’ Pic of the Day

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 destinations you can have fun at 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 latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

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

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

Reflecting back, there were a lot of fond summer memories this last year. Is your bike ready for that #nextbikeadventure that lays ahead in 2018?

Bike Pic 13, fond summer memories on the cycle cross course

Reflecting back, there were a lot of fond summer memories this last year. Is your bike ready for that #nextbikeadventure that lays ahead in 2018?

Have you had your bike into the shop for a tune-up yet, check out our article on why winter is the best time to get your bike ready.

View the new  National Bike Guide and all the fun rides coming up in 2018.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘summer memories’ Pic of the Day

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 destinations you can have fun at 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 latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

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

Have a great day and a memorable new year!