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Holy pork chop! We spotted Batman and Robin ridding bicycles on RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) last week.

Bike Pic July 23, will we spot Batman and Robin on RAGBRAI this year?

Holy pork chop on a stick! This Monday morning we  will be looking for Batman and Robin ridding bicycles their bicycles on RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) again, this week. See more fun photos from last year, here.

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

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘RAGBRAI’ 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: 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 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!

Interbike brings new and exciting options for custom clothing for biking

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

The importance of good cycling clothing cannot be overstated. Comfortable shorts allow you to ride longer and in greater comfort, Jerseys move moisture to keep you cooler, and jackets make those otherwise chilly fall rides warm and comfy. So now that there is no question on if you should be wearing cycling clothing, how do you find the right pieces for you? You can cruise down to your local bike shop and try the clothing on or make your own. “Make your own clothing?” you say. Yes, one thing I learned at this year’s Interbike show was that there are loads of companies looking to make custom clothing to match  your imagination.

What is Custom Clothing

By custom, I am not encouraging you to go designing a piece of clothing from a functional standpoint. No need to start specifying where each zipper and seam goes. Instead, let the professionals figure that out. What I mean by custom is the appearance. This can be something as easy as just picking a solid color, or creating a pattern that shows off your company, club, or a favorite picture of your group.

Who are the players

It seemed like you couldn’t turn a corner at interbike without seeing another custom clothing maker, but there were major themes. Overall, it appears that you have one of two avenues to custom clothing. You can contact a manufacturer in China like Bohang sports. They offer custom cycling clothing with a minimum order quantity of 1 piece. Or you can work with an American company like Athlos sports and Primal. Athlos will make any quantity of custom apparel you want, but also offer design services if you aren’t able to

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Athlos and Bohang were both showing their best out at Interbike

What is the process of ordering from China

If you plan to order from China, it is best to have your artwork completed by an artist in the U.S. Most companies have templates that your artist will fill out and save in a .PDF or .AI file type. From there, you share your art with the company and they return a proof to you. The proof, is effectively your art, modified slightly to fit their production machines settings. Once you approve the design, you will need to pay for the product in advance before they start production. Costs for a normal jersey range from a few dollars to a few hundred depending on quantity and quality. While you can make just one of anything, the cost to do a single item is way higher than a group of products.

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An Example of Bohang’s custom jersey

Ordering from the Athlos

Every company is different, but a great example of what US companies do well is Athlos sports. The process to order with Athlos is pretty easy. You can either develop your own artwork (as you would with a Chinese company) or have the professionals at Athlos do it for you. You can go to them with a strong idea of what you want, or just have a good conversation and let their creativity run. Once you approve the design, you pay for the products and four weeks later the jerseys land on your doorstep. Where Athlos really shines is if you are organizing a team or group. They offer some amazing features that allow you to setup a virtual shop and have each individual pay independently. No more trying to track down each rider, just set the date of production and share the payment info.

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This is what a design proof might look like for your custom Jersey

What’s the better option

Both Chinese and US companies have their pros and cons. Mostly it comes down to service vs cost. Without a doubt, you can get clothing cheaper if you deal directly with manufactures in Asia. The Downside to dealing with the factory, is that most are setup to work with brands who have art, marketing, and product management departments. Operating as an individual can lead to problems if you are not exactly sure of what you want made. U.S. companies, on the other hand, may be a few dollars more but are equipped with all the support you will need. With a US company, you could submit a sketch on a napkin, have  a few conversations and get what you want. On top of that, payment is far easier and re-orders are a breeze.

Learn how to wash bike gear when it is soaked with sweat and smelly with this great list of tips on how to keep your cycling gear clean, fit and functional.

Tips and tricks to keeping your bike gear clean, fit and functional

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

This is the time of year where the days are long, hot and the sweat begins to pour into your bike gear. While we spend a lot of time focusing on bicycle clothing like shorts, jerseys and gloves, we sometimes overlook how to keep them clean. They absorb our sweat, act as an impromptu tissue and sometimes clean grease and dirt off our bikes. While your gear is still soaked with sweat, let’s review some great tips for cleaning those articles in your bike bag.

Along with sweat and other body fluids, wet weather and mud can play a toll on your bike gear.

Along with sweat and other body fluids, wet weather can also play a toll on your bike gear.

Most cycling apparel is made of synthetic material that can be machine washed. The only time where very special care needs to be taken is with your gloves if they use natural leather palms. For the most part though, it’s a good idea to review the manufacturers recommendation before you wash any cycling gear.

Why does bike gear and clothing need to be cared for differently

Cycling clothing and gloves use fabrics woven specifically to quickly move perspiration off you. Additionally, these materials are designed to glide and stretch comfortably over your body while riding. So to keep these synthetic materials in the clothing clean, special care needs to be taken so the material breaths properly.

When washed incorrectly, cycling clothing won’t preform properly. The fabric that should move moisture off your body may become clogged. So rather than moving moisture away it will trap it against your body making your gear wet and sticky. Also, washing synthetic fabrics in the wrong conditions can make what was once a soft and flexible material rough and brittle.

Tips to wash bike gear

Keep it cool. Try to avoid excess heat when washing and drying your cycling clothing. In my experience, heat from washing and especially drying can transform soft materials into feeling harsh.

Use a perfume and dye free detergent. There are several types of detergents on the market that will clean your gear. For the best results look for a product like Tide (free & gentle). This product will not clog the moisture wicking properties and will neutralize the bacteria that creates odor.

Cycling clothes use delicate materials that can be damaged easily. To avoid damage, zip up zippers on your jackets, jerseys and tights, and close Velcro on gloves and shorts. Additionally, if you are machine washing, be sure to run the delicate cycle as to avoid harsh agitation. For the same reasons, resist the urge to throw your gear in the dryer, hang them to dry instead.

Cleaning on the go

On trips when you don’t have access to washing machines, There’s no need to just endure dirty and smelly clothes. I find it easy to clean cycling clothes while showering after a long day. Use a dime size drop of detergent and scrub your gear, then rinse it with fresh water. Because cycling gear dries so fast, you can just hang it up and it should be dry and clean for the next day’s adventure.

It’s no secret that cycling gear is expensive, but, with a little effort it can work well for a long time. Beyond avoiding crashes, the best thing to do for your gear is wash it properly.