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Happy New Year! We hope 2017 is the best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking! We have some great events coming up!

Bike Pic Jan 01, Happy New Year’s with fun memories

Happy New Year, we hope 2021 is the best year yet! With this Bike Pic, start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking! The photo above was captured at a cycle cross meet in Aquila Park, in St Louis Park, MN.

Get into the zone when continuing your time outdoors 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 Today’s Best Year Yet Bike Pic Wishes

We are now rolling into our 16th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward, 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 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 13th year of producing this handy 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 and a memorable 2021!

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.

Thanks for viewing our ‘Monday’ Bike Pic  

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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Do you have a fun photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us publish? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be at least 900 pixels wide for us to use them. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

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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.

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: [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 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: [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 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: [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 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!

Happy New Years as you begin 2018, we hope its you best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking like this father/son duo, in the photo at last years Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race, in Excelsior, MN.

Bike Pic Jan 1, father son duo plans for the Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race

Happy New Years as you begin 2018, we hope its you best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking like this father/son duo, in the photo at last years Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race, in Excelsior, MN.

Join us there January 13th, then, see all the other places to explore in 2018 by downloading the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s 2018 Fat Tire Race Pic

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more 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: [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 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!

If you never try, you'll never know what you're capable of.

Bike Pic Feb 7, Get Out There and Try Something New, You May Be Surprised

John Barrow once said, “If you never try, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.” This Tuesday we challenge you to get out there and try something new. You never know, you might discover your next passion or something you’re really good at.

Cylecross photo here was taken last summer a at Aquila Park, in St Louis Park, MN.

Planning your #NextBikeAdventure? View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Try Something new this Tuesday Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [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 do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

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

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Dec 11, Miles of Sunday Smiles as She Takes the Lead

Miles of Sunday Smiles as she takes the lead on her cross bike. Each Wednesday Night throughout the summer, CX Races are hosted by area bike shops at Aquila Park, in St. Louis Park, MN.

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

Thanks for viewing Today’s Miles of Sunday Smile Cross Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [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 do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

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

Have a great day!

This Tip Thursday, make sure you check your tire pressure .

Bike Pic Dec 8, Tip Thursday- Tire Check, Better Safe Than Sorry

For Tip Thursday, make sure you check your tire pressure before you ride as well as making sure everything else is secure, as this cross bike cyclist is doing. Having tires properly inflated is crucial to riding safe. You wouldn’t want to end up in an accident along the way from a tire blow out. This photo was  taken at a Penn Cycle cross bike event, in St Louis Park, last summer.

As you patiently wait for winter to take full effect or for the season to change, check out the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to plan your next bike adventure.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Tire Check Tip Thursday Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [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 do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

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

Have a great day!