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This Bike Pic Friday, digging through the summer archives we found this biker dude enjoying a Hiawatha Bike Club ride with his friend on trails through the Twin Cities.

Bike Pic Nov 15, yeah it’s Friday with fond summer memories and fun times

This Bike Pic Friday, digging through the summer archives we found this biker dude enjoying a Hiawatha Bike Club ride with his friend on trails through the Twin Cities.

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

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Friday’ 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 Pics of the Day.

Have a great day!

Not realizing why old buildings and streets were laid out the way they were, a Magical History Tour changed all that.

A magical fall bike ride and history tour of the south Twin Cities Metro

It is amazing the things you don’t know about an area you have been pedaling around by bike, for many years. Though you may have wonder why an old building or a street is designed the way it is? But it’s not a top priority and you put off finding the answer. That all changed when I had the opportunity to tag along on a special ride of the Hiawatha Bicycling Club.

The ride called the Magical History Tour was lead and narrated by Joe Metzler, one of the club’s many ride leaders. Joe is an architect and enjoys the history of the building landscape in the Twin Cities. On this 24-mile tour, Joe took us through neighborhoods in southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and Edina.

Gather for the Magical History Tour in south Minneapolis.

Gather for the Magical History Tour in south Minneapolis.

A History Tour of south Minneapolis

With close to 20 riders on the tour, Joe stopped periodically to share some unique facts about the buildings, streets, and structures along the way.

Joe,, leading the group head north to the tours fist stop.

Joe, leading the group heads north to the tour’s first stop.

Leaving from the Lyndale Farmstead Park, in south Minneapolis, MN, our first stop was at a porcelain-steel prefabricated building used to sell hamburgers. From there the history tour meandered a few blocks further north, straddling Lake Street to view a 1907 needle manufacturing site, purchased by a greeting card company that renamed the building. Further along, the tour stopped at a fountain on the north end of Lake of the Isle. Originally built to honor fallen horses of World War I, it’s still a mainstay attraction to the parkway. After visiting a few homes, associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, Joe lead us into St. Louis Park.

The first stop on the tour was White Castle #8

On the history tours first stop the group learned more about White Castle #8.

On the history tours first, stop the group discovered several interesting facts on White Castle #8.

Located at 3252 Lyndale Avenue. in south Minneapolis, the porcelain-steel prefabricated building was modeled after the Chicago Water Tower. In the picture above notice the octagonal buttresses, crenelated towers, and parapet walls. The structure was designed to be dismantled and then reassembled when needed. However, after moving it the 3rd time to its current location it was moved in one piece. See more on the history of this site here.

Here Joe share information on the many uses of the Buzza Building.

Here Joe shares information on the many uses of the Buzza Building.

The Buzza Co. Building at 1006 W. Lake St, Minneapolis

This building was purchased and renamed after the second-largest greeting card company in the early 20’s country. After the business folded around 1942. Then the building was been used by the War Department; followed by Honeywell, the veteran’s administration and later by the Minnesota military district, dubbing it “Little Pentagon”.  See more on the history of this site here.

After stopping at the Purcell-Cutts House you will want to come back for one of the scheduled tours.

After stopping at the Purcell-Cutts House you will want to come back for one of the scheduled tours.

Purcell-Cutts House (Lake Place) at 2328 Lake Pl, Minneapolis

Considered by many a Prairie Style masterpiece the design of this 1913 residents was intended as a house for “modern American family life”. The home is now owned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and is open for tours the second weekend of each month. See more on the history of this home here.

The Peavey Fountain, a gift to Minneapolis for watering horses is a gem to the Lake of the Isles Parkway.

The Peavey Fountain, a gift to Minneapolis for watering horses is a gem to the Lake of the Isles Parkway.

Peavey Fountain on Kenwood Pkwy & W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy

This was a gift to the city in 1891, from Frank Peavey a local grain broker. The fountain was to provide drinking water for horses. After World War I the fountain was rededicated to honor horses from the 151st Field Artillery, killed in action. See more on the history of this fountain here.

A pictuques setting for a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home.

A picturesque setting for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home.

Neils House at 2801 Burnham Blvd, Minneapolis

One of only two homes in Minneapolis designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This home, built-in 1950-51, was the only house Wright designed that used marble wall cladding, or “culls” leftover from other building projects. See more on the history of this home here.

Tour riders found a charming neighborhood round-a-bout on their way to the next stop.

Tour riders found a charming neighborhood round-a-bout on their way to the next stop.

The history tour moves on to St. Louis Park

Pedaling to the southwest, into St. Louis Park the group of inquiring minds used the south spur of the Cedar Lakes Trail to stop at a park. Here they viewed the beehive barbeque and a tower in the background dubbed “Peavey’s Folly.” The next stop on the ride was to McDonalds #93. This restaurant location St. Louis Park was the second to open in Minnesota, in 1958.

More info on the tour

In Lilac Park the group viewed one of the remaining Beehive Grills here.

In Lilac Park the group viewed one of the remaining Beehive Grills here.

Lilac Park (originally part of Roadside Park) at SE corner of Hwy 7 & Hwy 100, St. Louis Park

The last of five parks along “Lilac Way” (now Hwy. 100), these parks were originally built in the late 30s by WPA artesian stonemasons. The fireplace here, along with another located in Graeser Park, are the only two remaining beehive fireplaces in the nation. Find out more here.

Riding out of Lilac Park back to The Cedar Lakes Trail.

Riding out of Lilac Park back to the Cedar Lakes Trail.

Peavey-Huglin Experimental Concrete Grain Elevator east of Lilac Park of Trail

Due to skyrocketing insurance rates from the constant threat of wooden grain terminals catching on fire, Frank Peavey had the Peavey-Haglin Experimental Concrete Grain Elevator built-in 1899. The 122-foot structure was dubbed “Peavey’s Folly,” by skeptics who expected it to crack and explode. Now a National Historic Landmark it is on the grounds of the Nordic Ware company, just east of Lilac Park. Find out more here.

McDonalds #93 at 6320 W. Lake St, St. Louis Park

In 1958, this location was Minnesota’s second, and the world’s 93rd McDonald’s ever built. At the Gala Grand Opening, there was a line that stretched more than a city block long, waiting for hours to be served. You can find more info here.

Having fun on the HBC bike tour

Having fun on the Hiawatha Bike Club bike tour.

The history tour now rolls into Edina

Now pedaling along Minnehaha Creek the group discovers how Edina got its name when stopping at a mill site that once operated here. Another interesting stop was the Grange Hall. Both the building and organization were established to improve life on the rural farm and a place to socialize. This practice was helpful for the women at the time who had little opportunity to interact with others outside of the farm. After visiting a few more historic buildings in Edina the ride now turned back to the northeast, following the old Minneapolis Streetcar (right of way) that once stretched all the way out to Lake Minnetonka.

More info and stops along the tour

The stopped here at the Grange House.

The stopped here at the Grange House.

Grange Hall at 4918 Eden Ave, Edina

Even before Edina incorporated as a village the Grange Hall served the area with many historic events, including the final decision to name Edina. This is one of the few remaining Grange Hall structures standing in the State of Minnesota today. You can find more info here.

Cahill School at 4924 Eden Ave, in Frank Tupa Park, Edina

One of Edina’s oldest surviving buildings, built-in 1864, the Cahill School continued to serve children of all ages until the 1950s. It is one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in the State of Minnesota. Find more info here.

Stop at the park where remnants of the old Edina Mill can be seen.

Stop at the park where remnants of the old Edina Mill can be seen.

Edina Mill at West 50th St and Browndale Ave, Edina

The Edina Mill was one of the first gristmills to be built on the Minnehaha Creek between 1855 and 1876. The mill and the tiny settlement that sprang up around it was originally named Waterville Mills. After being sold in 1869, the new owner gave the mill and the city its present name. Edina was a nickname the new owner had for Edinburgh, Scotland, that appeared in a poem written by Scottish poet Robert Burns. Find more info here about the mill and how Edina progressed.

The oldest house standing in Edina, The Grimes House is a rare, well-preserved example of cottage architecture from the early settlement period.

The Grimes House is the oldest house standing in Edina.

Grimes House at 4200 W 44th St, Edina

Built-in 1869, it is the oldest house standing in Edina. Stopping by and viewing it from the street, it is a rare, well-preserved example of cottage architecture from the early settlement period. The Grimes who settled here also established a 16-acre ‘Lake Calhoun Nursery, which is the present-day neighborhood of Morningside. Find more info here.

The tour circles back into Minneapolis on the old streetcar route

If you look carefully, while out in front of the Grimes house, you can see traces of the old streetcar right-of-way that provided public transportation, back and forth, from Minneapolis, through Edina and out to Lake Minnetonka.

Streetcar Right of Way through the Linden Hills Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Through this neighborhood, you can still see remnants of the old streetcar right-of-way line. The Linden Hills neighborhood was at the end of the line for commuters coming from the inner city of Minneapolis. Then in 1905, the line was extended out to Lake Minnetonka, making Linden Hills a transfer stop between the two rail lines. See more info here.

A brief stop in an area once covered by cottage homes.

A brief stop in an area once covered by cottage homes.

Chadwick Cottages at 2617 W 40th St, Minneapolis

The two cottages here were originally built by Loren Chadwick in 1902 and combined in 1972 as a single dwelling. The individual cottages were typical of the size home being built in the early 1900s as a resort area. This is the reason the neighborhood was known as “Cottage City”. See more info here.

Here stopping on this bridge, where the streetcar tracks run below, the group had a chance to see a modern day trolley pass by.

Stopping on this bridge, where the streetcar tracks run below modern-day trolley passes by.

Interlachen Bridge at William Berry Dr. over streetcar tracks, Minneapolis

The oldest reinforced concrete bridge in Minnesota covered by a stone veneer. The bridge was built using a system patented in 1894 by a Swiss engineer. Steps on the west side lead down to a streetcar stop known as the Cottage City stop.

Pond Cabin Site/Lyndale Hotel Site at 3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis

Overlooking the eastern shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) the Pond brothers built a cabin when they came to Minnesota to convert Native Americans from the Dakota tribe to Christianity. Then on this same site in 1877, the Lake Calhoun Pavilion (later named the Lyndale Hotel) was built with the streetcar line passing by. In the ECCO neighborhood in the Minneapolis, the original streetcar alignment crossed 36th St. on an overpass and continued along the top of the bluff, passing the Lyndale Hotel and overlooking the lake on what is now a walking path. The resort was a popular stop offering guests a dancing hall, billiards and a wide variety of recreational activities centered around the lake. Find more information here.

Even with cool temps in the mid-forties everyone was smiling as they returned to the starting point.

Even with cool temps in the mid-forties, everyone was smiling as they returned to the starting point.

This brought this Magical History Tour back to the park where the ride began. Joe says, he has a couple more Magic History Tours in mind that he plans on leading, through the club next year. If you would like to go on one of his rides, check the Hiawatha Bicycle Club ride calendar periodically.

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking

Bike pic Sept 05, picture-perfect skies makes for a great touring day

Today’s bike pic with picture-perfect skies, plus ideal air temp makes for a great day to tour the western suburbs of the Twin Cities with friends. In this photo, we captured this group of touring cyclist riding though Hopkins on a Hiawathatha Bicycle Club bike ride.

Get into your bike ride planning mode to continue your summer fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the fun ideas and HaveFunBiking Destinations in both the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and the Iowa Bike Guide.

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Now, rolling into our 14th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search for more fun photos worth a grin, share your stories so more can find their next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, be prepared to smile. You never know where our cameras will be and what we will post next!

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As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please see our media’s to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for in the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile devices where you may see some additional bike pics – maybe of yourself 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!

The 20th Tour D’ Amico photo recap shows the fun many enjoyed on the 4th

by Russ Lowthian

In this photo recap, the Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) celebrates the Tour D’ Amico (TDA) bike ride and picnic for the 20th year. A premier 4th of July bicycle celebration, it all began as a fun club gathering to bring old and new friends together to build membership and community ties. With the slogan “Eat Well, Laugh Often and Ride” the tradition of Tour D’ Amico hasn’t changed much over the years with the long-standing partnership with D’ Amico and Sons Restaurants. Each year, on Independence Day, the Tour offers several scenic route options with a fabulous picnic lunch at the end. No different this year, the delicious buffet was served al fresco style, around the water fountain at the Golden Valley D’ Amico’s location. Delicacies include special pasta salads, fresh fruit, dessert bars, and beverages as you will notice in some of the pictures below. Enjoy by all!

A special thanks to Hoang Pham for helping me shoot some of the photos you are about to enjoy.

This first picture shows Ed Newman (The 2019 TDA Director) and some of his staff enjoying dinner at D’Amicos in Golden Valley, after some preliminary TDA set-up the evening before.

Ed (in white cap) and some of the TDA Crew enjoying a meal after the preliminary set up the evening before.

Along with all the HBC volunteers it takes to make this annual holiday celebration a success, a special thank’s the TDA sponsor: D’Amico & Sons, Plymouth Hyvee, Bread Smith, Great Harvest, Kwik Trip, Tonka Cycle, Brown’s Bicycles, and Wheely Good Bikes. Please stop in and thank them for their generosity.

The 20th Tour D’ Amico bike ride and celebration

First thing in the morning as riders arrived, HBC volunteers were there to greet and direct them to where they should park their cars in the complimentary parking area.

One of our Happy TDA volunteers directing riders into the lot to park their cars.

At the registration area, riders visited with old and new friends while checking in.

TDA riders checking in for the 2019 4th of July ride.

 

 

Heading out on the first leg of TDA

With a few adjustments to the 21, 29, 42 and 62-mile routes, from previous years, riders headed towards the Plymouth Station.

TDA rider ready to roll, heading out of D’ Amico’s from the Golden Valley Shopping Center.

We caught these biker chicks heading out with Steve from Tonka Cycle in the background cheering them on.

Lifetime memories were made between this father and son duo.

Families with children of all ages had fun on TDA

Notice the great jersey this TDA rider is wearing? You can still order one, see below!

Happy TDA riders on routes riding towards the Plymouth Station.

The first TDA rest stop

These biker chicks enjoyed the shade and snacks provided by the Plymouth Hyvee while socializing at this rest stop.

Here Papa Wheely (Jeremy) is making some adjustments to keep this rider on the course.

More happy TDA riders enjoying the snacks provided by Hyvee.

A special thanks to Plymouth Hyvee and Wheely Good Bike Shop for making this rest stop possible.

On the way to Wayzata

With hydration and energy needs covered riders were back on their selected route, making their way to D’ Amico’s in Wayzata.

More riders having fun at a mid-point turn.

Here on Hunter Drive, the 29, 42 and 62-miler come together rolling down this scenic country lane.

There is always a show-off on the ride!

Riding downtown, motorists are courteous to cyclists making the community of Wayzata a bike-friendly place to ride.

You may have a chance to ride next to a vintage big wheel bike, as these TDA riders enjoyed while passing through downtown Wayzata.

The next rest stop D’ Amico’s in Wayzata

A special thanks to D’Amico & Sons Restaurant and Tonka Cycle & Ski for making this rest stop possible.

Our HBC volunteers at the Wayzata stop were eager to dish up samples of two new D’ Amico salads to try.

 

 

 

TDA riders out in front of D’ Amico’s

More TDA riders out in front at the Wayzata D’ Amico’s.

With that smile, you know the food is delicious.

A group photo before leaving for Hopkins.

Steve from Tonka Cycle, checking over the drive train on an e-bike.

An orange smile that compliments here jersey.

Along Lake Minnetonka to Hopkins

Rolling out on the next leg of their ride.

Leaving D’ Amico’s in Wayzata riders enjoy a cool southwest breeze off the lakes while riding along the shoreline on their way to Hopkins.

 

TDA riders getting ready to roll out.

One last look as riders arriving, departing and enjoying the delicious samples of foods before returning back to Golden Valley.

On the road again

A thumbs up, from this biker chick, for a beautiful day.

This lakeshore drive (McGinty Road) is popular with all types of activity as out TDA rider, following, observed.

A very happy TDA rider!

One of our HBC Ride Leaders, checking the route markings on the course.

Haooy TDA riders enjoying the route.

Not everyone is as formal as this TDA rider. I hope he isn’t expecting white table linens at the picnic?

Another father/daughter duo enjoying this year’s Tour D’ Amico.

Rolling through the neighborhoods in Hopkins the next rest stops was just ahead in Burns Park.

The Hopkins rest stop

Hydration and energy snacks were the name-of-the-game here.

A new location, due to the construction of the Southwest LRT, the Burns Park offered a relaxing atmosphere for TDA riders who stopped. A special thanks to BreadSmith, Great Harvest, KwikTrip and Brown’s Bicycles for making this rest stop possible.

John, from Brown’s Bicycle Shop, was there to help with any mechanical needs.

This rest stop had a place to cool off as some TDA riders indulged.

Cute, but sunglasses are for your eyes, not your teeth?

 

Time to head back for a D’ Amico’s 4th of July picnic buffet.

A short distance from the Hopkins Rest Stop, TDA riders turning onto the Cedar Lake Trail.

Heading back to Golden Valley.

All the hydration and energy stops paid off, these TDA riders looked in good form.

Many flower gardens, along the TDA Routes, were also enjoyed throughout the day!

 

Back to Golden Valley for a delicious picnic

Back at D’ Amico’s, in Golden Valley, TDA riders enjoyed a sinfully delicious picnic spread.

So many choices, oh my!

With a packet of mayo in hand, this TDA rider is ready to indulge.

Enjoy a 4th of July picnic lunch around the water fountain.

Happy TDA riders with a great picnic lunch, well deserved.

These TDA riders enjoying the picnic al fresco style around the water fountain.

More happy TDA riders.

She said and I quote ” If you missed all the fun this year, don’t forget to mark your calendar for TDA next year, you won’t regret it”!

 

Don’t be a stranger, Hiawatha Bike Club offers rides through the year

For all that have ridden TDA, thank you, the Hiawatha Bike Club enjoys sharing the routes they ide. Check the HBC Calendar and come ride with them throughout the year. Otherwise, “Eat Well, Ride Often” and they will see you on the 4th, in 2020.

Bike Pic July 03, ready to dance on your pedals this 4th of July?

This Bike Pic Wednesday, we are counting down in preparation for celebrating the Fourth of July. If you don’t have plans and are in the Twin Cities over the 4th, Tour D’ Amico is one option to start your day and #NextBikeAdventure.

See all the great ideas and bike destinations in the 2019 Bike/Hike Planning Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of many HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘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!

Share your adventures at HaveFunBiking.com

Do you have a fun bicycle related bike pic of yourself or someone you may know that we should post at HaveFunBiking (HFB)? If so, please send your bike pic 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. Please share your biking adventure pic’s with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on Instagram at #NextBikeAdventure.

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.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic July 02, two days and counting are you ready for the 4th?

This Bike Pic Tuesday, we are counting down to prepare for celebrating the Fourth of July. If you don’t have plans and are in the Twin Cities over the 4th, Tour D’ Amico is one option to start your day and #NextBikeAdventure. 

See all the great ideas and bike destinations in the 2019 Bike/Hike Planning Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of many HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘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!

Share your adventures at HaveFunBiking.com

Do you have a fun bicycle related bike pic of yourself or someone you may know that we should post at HaveFunBiking (HFB)? If so, please send your bike pic 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. Please share your biking adventure pic’s with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on Instagram at #NextBikeAdventure.

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.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic June 22, a fun day to ride with old and new friends!

This Bike Pic Saturday, we wanted to recap the fun the Hiawatha Bicycling Club is having with their Progressive Ride program. In preparation for their 20th Annual 4th of July, Tour D’ Amico Bicycle Ride, the event starts and ends in Golden Valley, MN with a delicious picnic buffet.

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

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘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!

Share your adventures at HaveFunBiking.com

Do you have a fun bicycle related bike pic of yourself or someone you may know that we should post at HaveFunBiking (HFB)? If so, please send your bike pic 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. Please share your biking adventure pic’s with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on Instagram at #NextBikeAdventure.

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.

Have a great day!

Fond summer memories were enjoyed by this biker couple on the 4th of July Tour D'Amico Bicycle Tour last year summer. This year's 19th annual tour offers several new scenic routes through the Twin Cities western suburbs.

A family-fun 4th of July bike tour opportunity with delicious food

If you are looking for some biking fun, and food on 4th of July join Hiawatha Bicycle Club (HBC), on the Tour D’Amico (TDA) this next week. It will be the 20th anniversary of Tour D’ Amico, with some new scenic routes, rest stop locations and a buffet lunch provided by D’Amicos and Son at the end. The TDA 4th of July ride begins and ends in Golden Valley, MN.

The family-fun 4th of July Tour D’ Amico bike tour

The routes are scenic and fun

All four routes are scenic and fun for the whole family

Select your TDA route with options of riding 20, 29, 40, or 60-miles through the scenic western suburbs of the Twin Cities. All four courses mapped are well marked with SAG support, rest stops, and maps provide for you and your friends. See route maps here.

TDA and the 4th of July food

Hydration rest stops along the way offer tasty snacks

Hydration rest stops along the way offer tasty snacks

The annual ride is a partnership with D’Amico and Sons Restaurant, who provides some delicious samples at the Wayzata rest stop and a mouth-watering picnic buffet at the end. Other stops locations include the HyVee stop in Plymouth and the Hopkins hydration stop.

Celebrate the 4th of July with a D'Amico & Sons picnic after the ride, you deserve it!

Celebrate the 4th of July with a D’Amico & Sons picnic after the ride –  you deserve it!

Have fun, still time to register and save!

Find old and new friends on the Tour D'Amico Bike Ride

Find old and new friends on the Tour D’Amico Bike Ride

Capped at 450 riders, TDA day of registration cost is $45 (free for kids under 18 accompanied by an adult). However, the fee is only $25 for Hiawatha Bicycle Club members. So, if you are not a member, please consider joining HBC today ($25 single or $35 annual household membership) and your participating TDA price as a member $25. You will be saving $20 or more for TDA while enjoying a calendar full of HBC club benefits throughout the year. Find more info on our website at www.hiawathabike.org.

If you register for TDA online and want to save by becoming an HBC member, if you are not already a member, please use the invitation code ‘HBC Members’ to unlock the $25 (rather than $45) price. Alternatively, show up on the morning of the 4th and take care of everything then. See more details of the TDA event on Meet-up or the HBC club website.

Hope to see you on the 4th of July!

If you are in the Twin Cities over the 4th of July and want to ride, consider the Tour D’Amico bicycle ride.

Spend the early part of your 4th of July riding the Tour D’Amico bike ride

If you are in the Twin Cities over the 4th of July and want to ride, consider the Tour D’Amico (TDA) bicycle ride. The Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) and D’Amico & Son’s invites you to start your Independence Day celebration with a scenic bike tour. Upon your return enjoy a delicious Italian picnic lunch. Now in its 20th year, select from one of four scenic routes options for a fun day.

Tour D’Amico bike ride registration

 

Find old and new friends on the Tour D'Amico Bike Ride

Find old and new friends on the Tour D’Amico Bike Ride

Registration is in the court area outside D’Amico Restaurant in the Golden Valley Commons Shopping Center, just off Highway 55 and Winnetka Avenue. Pick up your ride packet or sign up with day-of registration and start riding between 8 to 10:30 a.m. on the Fourth.

Starting out on the bike ride from Golden Valley

Rider start out on TDA from D’Amico’s in Golden Valley

The Tour D’Amico bike ride routes

The routes are scenic and fun

All four routes are scenic and fun for the whole family

What a fun way to spend the early part of your 4th of July holiday. Leisurely ride the scenic parkways and trails with family and friends. Choose between the 21, 29, 41 or 62-mile scenic routes. All loops are mapped to give everyone riding a chance to explore some of the Twin Cities newest bike boulevards and trails. Along the way, you will ride through parts of Hopkins, Minnetonka, Plymouth, and Wayzata before returning back to Golden Valley.

TDA Routes are on bike lanes, quite country roads and trails

TDA Routes are on bike lanes, quiet country roads, and paved trails

All four routes, through the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, are signed and supported. Maps and Ride with GPS will be available to further assist you on this fun bike tour. Along the way enjoy stopping at several rest stops for refreshments and treats. Then at the end of your ride savor a D’Amico & Sons American/Italian al fresco picnic lunch.

The Tour D’Amico rest stops and Italian buffet

Hydration rest stops along the way offer tasty snacks

Hydration rest stops along the way offer tasty snacks

You will not go hungry or thirsty on the Tour D’Amico! Hydration rest stations will be provided along the routes. Menu samplings and snacks will be served along the way. At the end of the ride, back in Golden Valley, D’Amico and Sons will greet you with a post-ride buffet lunch when you return to Golden Valley. With so many choices and the dessert bars are sinfully delicious.

Celebrate the 4th of July with a D'Amico & Sons picnic after the ride, you deserve it!

Celebrate the 4th of July with a D’Amico & Sons picnic after the ride –  you deserve it!

Everyone always enjoys the fine food and refreshments D’ Amico’s served after the ride – Sign up today!

Share the TDA memories with a Tour D’Amico jersey

Order one of these fun TDA jerseys and share your 4th of July experience throughout the year!

Order one of these fun TDA jerseys and share your 4th of July memories throughout the year!

Before leaving the bike ride, order a TDA Jersey, with a full zipper and pockets in back.

About Hiawatha Bicycling Club

Join the club at Hiawathbike.org to learn more about all the fun rides they lead, like the Tour D’ Amico.

Proceeds from the Tour D’Amico benefits the Children’s Lighthouse, trail maintenance projects in the Twin Cities and the bike education program of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

If you are in the Twin Cities, what a fun way to spend the early part of your 4th of July, then the Tour D'Amico (TDA) bike ride. 

Consider the Tour D’Amico Bike Ride on the 4th of July

If you are in the Twin Cities what a fun way to spend the early part of your 4th of July, then at the 20th Annual Tour D’Amico (TDA) bike ride. This year the Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) and D’Amico & Son’s Restaurants invites you to start your Independence Day celebration with a scenic bike ride and a delicious picnic upon your return.

Find old and new friends on the Tour D'Amico Bike Ride

Find old and new friends on the Tour D’Amico Bike Ride

Now in its 20th year, select from one of four scenic Tour D’ Amico routes options for a fun day.

The 19th Annual TDA begins in Golden Valley, MN

Registration is in the court area outside D’Amico Restaurant in the Golden Valley Commons Shopping Center, just off Highway 55 and Winnetka Avenue. You can pick up your ride packet or sign up with day-of registration and start riding between 8 to 10:30 a.m. on the Fourth.

Starting out on the bike ride from Golden Valley

Hiawatha bike club members greeting riders as they check in at the registration table.

TDA Bike Routes

If you are in the Twin Cities over the 4th of July and want to ride, consider the Tour D’Amico bicycle ride.

If you are in the Twin Cities over the 4th of July and want to ride, consider the Tour D’Amico bicycle ride.

All four routes through the western suburbs of the Twin Cities are signed and supported. Maps and Ride with GPS will be available to further assist you on this fun holiday bike tour. Along the way enjoy stopping at several rest stops for refreshments and treats. Then at the end of your ride savor a D’Amico & Sons American/Italian al fresco picnic lunch.

In Minnesota's lake country, the Heartland Trail Area never lacks when it comes to outdoor recreational activities. Discover many fond memories pedaling the trails and attending festival scheduled throughout the summer here. 

An adventure awaits this Family as they leave Golden Valley on TDA

Choose from the 21, 29, 41 or 62-mile scenic route all mapped to give everyone riding a chance to explore some of the Twin Cities newest bike boulevards and trails. Riding through parts of Edina, Hopkins, Plymouth, and Wayzata before returning back to Golden Valley.

TDA Routes are on bike lanes, quite country roads and trails

TDA Routes are on bike lanes, quiet country roads, and trails

What a fun way to spend the early part of your  4th of July holiday.  Leisurely riding the scenic parkways and trails with family and friends.  The Tour D’Amico bike ride starts and ends in Golden Valley.  The 44 mile Tour D’Amico map

Riders on the Tour D’Amico route in past years

They have come to ride the Tour D’ Amico from as far away as Pitsburg, PA. to ride

Today's 'riding into the Monday morning sun' bike pic captures another beautiful  spring weather day before summer begins. Here, bikers are on the annual Tour D'Amico (TDA) bike ride, on the 4th of July.

Here, bikers on the 15th on Annual Tour D’Amico (TDA) bike ride, on the 4th of July.

 

 

 

 

Riding the scenic roads, around the lakes, in the western suburb of the Twin Cities on the HBC Tour D’ Amico.

 

 

Our happy Hiawatha Bicycling Club hosts at the Plymouth Station Rest Stop.

 

 

 

 

Hydration rest stops along the way offer tasty snacks

Hydration rest stops along the way offer tasty snacks

 

A happy TDA participant stops at one of the rest stops. Riders enjoying bananas and other treats before heading back out on the course.

This Bike Pic Monday, fond memories, of riding into the morning sun with warmer weather ahead.

Riding the scenic trails on TDA

With beautiful weather scheduled, riders will enjoy the low traffic roads, fun trails, and scenic landscapes along the way.

This guy knows how to travel and celebrate the 4th of July, will you join him?

 

Riding the route to the next rest stop, D’ Amico’s in Wayzata.

You know it’s good… do we need to say more!

TDA riders always enjoy some of D’ Amico and Son’s tasty salads, fruits and other treats at the Wayzata rest stop.

It looks like this rest stop was as good as the last two!

 

Time to head back for a Tour D’Amico picnic buffet

Here, this TDA rider makes her way back to D’ Amico’s in Golden Valley for the delicious picnic.

Here, this TDA rider makes her way back to D’ Amico’s in Golden Valley for a delicious picnic.

Celebrate the 4th of July with a D'Amico & Sons picnic after the ride, you deserve it!

Celebrate the 4th of July with a D’Amico & Sons picnic after the ride, you deserve it!

 

 

Join in on the fun sharing your TDA experience with old and new friends over a D’Amico’s picnic buffet after the ride. With so many choices, save room for the dessert bars, they are sinfully delicious.

Everyone always enjoys the fine food and refreshments D’ Amico’s served after the ride – Sign up today!

About Hiawatha Bicycling Club

To learn more about the Hiawatha Bike Club (HBC) and all the fun rides they lead, like the Tour D’ Amico, see more at Hiawathbike.org.

Proceeds from the Tour D’Amico continue to benefit the Children’s Lighthouse, several trail maintenance projects in the Twin Cities and the bike education program of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.