Biking

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Making The Most Of Your Minnesota State Fair Experience

Thousands of people will flock to the fairgrounds in St. Paul Thursday for the first day of the Minnesota State Fair. “This is the very end of that sprint to the end of the marathon for us,” Minnesota State Fair communications manager Brienna Schuette said.

08/26/2015

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Police Search For Suspect In Cement Chunk Attacks On Bicyclists

Minneapolis police are asking for the public’s help to find a driver who is throwing chunks of cement at bicyclists.

08/12/2015

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‘Tour De Tonka’ Bikers Rise Early To Enjoy The Ride

At an early hour on a near perfect Saturday morning, it seems like the entire Minnesota biking community came together for the annual “Tour De ‘Tonka” ride.

08/01/2015

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Traveling Bicycle Tour Rolls Into Loring Park

A traveling bicycle show on a nationwide tour rolled into Loring Park today. It’s called the “Tour de Fat,” named for the Belgium Brewing’s flagship beer Fat Tire.

07/25/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Beer, Biking & A Floating Library

Here’s a look at some weekend events that all seem to involve a lot of food, a few beverages, books and bikes. But not all at the same time.

07/23/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Increasing Diversity in Cycling

Minneapolis consistently ranks among the best cities for cycling in the United States. But as I tool around on my steel horse I can’t help but notice that most of the other cyclists I encounter look like me: a white, middle-class male.

07/10/2015

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Top Cyclists In Town For North Star Grand Prix

The 17th annual North Star Grand Prix is underway. Executive Director David La Porte says the event is the most prestigious race on the USA Cycling Racing Calendar. He says the riders are not in it for the money.

06/17/2015

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Minnesotan To Meet: Crank Sisters’ Martha Flynn

Life can take so many twists and turns. For instance, imagine going from a nurse to an IT project manager, or from an inline skater to bike enthusiast. In both cases, that’s Martha Flynn, who is now so dedicated to getting other young women to ride bikes, she’s in charge of the Crank Sisters.

06/09/2015

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Church Offers Blessings For Wheeled Travelers In Minneapolis

The Basilica of Saint Mary hosted their first-ever Blessing of the Wheels today. It was open to owners of all types of personal wheeled transportation, including roller blades, wheel chairs, strollers, and bicycles, to name just a few.

05/31/2015

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Brookview Introduces Bike-Friendly Golfing

The Twin Cities is known as one of the most bike-friendly areas in the country. Cycling enthusiasts now have one more spot where they have the chance to ride around on two wheels — a golf course.

05/23/2015

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It’s National Bike To Work Day!

It’s National Bike to Work day! As part of National Bike Week the group behind the event is asking everyone to hop on their two-wheelers and ride down to work.

05/15/2015

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Retired Generals Say Kids Today Are Too Fat To Fight

Some former top-ranked military officials in Minnesota say prioritizing gym class and healthier school meals are a matter of national security.

04/30/2015

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Nice Ride Minnesota Rolls Out Bike Tours

We have been having an incredible spring with so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the weather. Minnesota’s bike share program — Nice Ride — continues to expand, offering up a chance for anyone to hit the many miles of trails our state has.

04/18/2015

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Guy On A Bike: 30 Days Of Biking

If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve seen a friend or connection post something about 30 Days of Biking recently.

The idea, which spawned right here in Minnesota in 2010, is to get people to pledge to ride a bicycle every single day during the month of April. Whether you’re a daily bicycle commuter, Cyclo-cross junkie or even a non-cyclist, you are invited to take the pledge.

03/30/2015

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Experience Twin Cities Trails With ’30 Days Of Biking’ Challenge

The cycling community is offering up a challenge that could improve your health and introduce you to the Twin Cities biking trails. It’s called 30 Days of Biking.

03/26/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Paying for Bikeways

For the better part of the past decade, the Twin Cities has been heralded as one of the best areas in the nation for cyclists, despite six months of frigid temperatures, icy roads and corrosive salt. As the popularity of cycling continues to grow, government agencies from the feds down have increased spending on bicycling infrastructure and upkeep. Every year it seems as if miles of new black ribbon open up to enthusiastic riders.

03/06/2015

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Guy On A Bike: MnDOT State Bicycle Plan

Once again, the state of Minnesota is seeking your input as it continues to develop its Statewide Bicycle Plan. According to a Department of Transportation press release, “the plan will identify a statewide system of bicycle routes, improve existing facilities and refine MnDOT’s bicycle planning process.”

02/05/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Fat Bikes Are Gaining Traction

Our January warm-up has not been good for cross-country skiers and snowshoe hikers. But more people are now getting into a different type of outdoor exercise — fat biking — which doesn’t need much snow at all.

02/01/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Ghost Bikes

Whether you ride a bicycle or not, chances are you’ve noticed an all-white bicycle locked up near an intersection. Often times they look neglected, as if they have been there for some time. They are known as Ghost Bikes and serve as a constant and somber reminder of a life lost while cycling.

01/24/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Almanzo 2015

In Minnesota, the Almanzo is synonymous with gravel racing. In fact, I would go so far as to state that gravel racing wouldn’t be what it is today were it not for Chris Skogen, and the hallowed gravel century. What started as a small ride with a group of friends ballooned into something that would draw riders, of all skill levels, from the Upper Midwest and beyond, to Fillmore County in southeastern Minnesota. On the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend the population of Spring Valley swells by 50 percent, and spandex-clad, carbon-fiber riding enthusiasts might grab a stool at Elaine’s Diner

01/10/2015

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Bicyclists Not Deterred By Bitter Cold

The wind chill is 25 below zero, but that’s no matter to Becky Sheehan, who works in downtown Minneapolis. She has a bike with spikes and is fully dressed.

01/07/2015

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Cyclists Pledge To ‘Save The Velodrome’ In Blaine

Minnesota cyclists are trying to save an aging track that’s in need of repair. The National Sports Center Velodrome has hosted several national championships, along with the 1992 Olympic trials. But the years have taken their toll on the outdoor track. When it first opened, engineers estimated it would last about 20 years in Minnesota’s harsh climate. That was 25 years ago.

12/15/2014

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Guy On A Bike: Dressing for Winter Cycling

This marks my fourth consecutive winter of cycling to work at WCCO-TV. With some preparation, and a lot of luck, I’ve ridden to work every single weekday in that timeframe. Over that span, of more than 1,000 days, the temperatures have varied by more than 120 degrees! (On January 6 of this year I rode in minus 22 F, while the mercury peaked at 102 F on July 6, 2012.) Needless to say, I truly live by the old motto that there are no bad days to ride, just bad preparation.

11/19/2014

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Guy On A Bike: Winter Cycling

We’re still two weeks away from stuffing ourselves with turkey, followed by tryptophan-induced naps on the couch, and yet many of us have put away the bicycles for the year. With snow possible from October to April, Minnesotans have one of two choices: bike only half of the year, or learn to ride in the winter months.

11/13/2014

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October Sees The Tenth Top 10 Weather Day In Minnesota

This Top-10 Weather day wasn’t just based on sunshine and 70 degrees. “It was kind of spur of the moment. We looked at the weather cast and knew we wanted to do something,” Ed Greene said.

10/16/2014

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