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December 30, 2012
After the passing of one of cycling’s revolutionary engineers, Steve Hall looks at the mavericks whose ideas have shaped the modern bicycle.
Everything is laid bare on the bicycle, you’d think. The motorcycle is cylinders and sparkplugs; you can replicate a bicycle design out of Lego – pretty simple Lego at that. The mistake, however, would be to confuse simplicity and boldness of design with lack of character.
If you were cavalier enough to get on your bike and ride across the Welsh hills, through the Powys countryside to the town of Landrindod Wells you’d be able to visit the UK’s National Cycling Museum and see bicycles lined up from 1819, right through to the current day. You’d see that, from an aesthetic standpoint, from the machine’s evolution that has been sporadic and rarely featured, not like the leaps forward that captured the imagination of the general public the way space travel or the internet has. Click on the title above to read the rest of the story
December 29, 2012
Total Cycling Performance Hosts All-Woman Boot Camp on a Bike™ Class Throughout the Winter In Woodbury, Minn.
Total Cycling Performance, the top training company for cyclists and triathletes in the Twin Cities, is launching their women's only Boot Camp on a Bike™ at PENN Cycle in Woodbury on January 2nd. Classes will be led by Woodbury's Angie Schmidt and South St. Paul's Kelli Swenson. "We are so excited to have a fun group of women get together and kick butt throughout the winter so we are beach and race-ready by spring," Swenson says.
Click on the headline above for all the details.
December 26, 2012
Scientists are confirming what most cyclists instinctively know – that riding a bike has extraordinary effects on our brain chemistry. Share this with your non-biking freinds!
You need only look at the physique of Bradley Wiggins to appreciate the potential effects of cycling on the body. But what about the mind? For as long as man has pushed a pedal, it's a question that has challenged psychologists, neurologists and anyone who has wondered how, sometimes, riding a bike can induce what feels close to a state of meditation. Click on the headline above for the full story.
December 24, 2012
It’s becoming more and more common for new cars to have air pressure sensors built into the wheels, so that drivers can receive real-time air pressure readings for each tire. So, why don’t bicycles have them? Well, perhaps they should ... and that’s the idea behind the BTPS Bike Tire Pressure System. Click on the above headline for more!
December 19, 2012
The Nature Valley Bicycle Festival donated $30,000 to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota from the proceeds of the 2012 festival. The funds will be used to help build a children's hospice and respite care home in the Twin Cities to serve children throughout the upper Midwest who have a shortened life-expectancy and their families. While there are over 4,700 hospice homes for adults in the United States, there are only 3 for children, located in San Francisco, Phoenix and Baltimore. Organizers of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival also announced that Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota would continue as their charity in 2013. Click on the above headline for more!
December 17, 2012
As HaveFunBiking.com expands its news coverage of multi sport opportunities here in the upper Midwest we hope you enjoy the sites new appearance and features. Our goals is to continue to be a news source for people who want to stay active and healthy. A big improvement is our front page news section. Along with the headlines, you can now scan through the first paragraph and a photo to see if the story is something you want to continue reading. Also, please check out our new toolbar selection of helpful and informative options that highlight the new Multisport Expo; the Cool Products section; an updated Events Page; and at the Destination section where you will find more maps.
December 17, 2012
With the success of last year's multi modal (bus/bike) tours and the fun everyone had on both the Mississippi River Ride and the Minnesota River/Dakota History Ride we will be adding a couple more tours to our 2013 schedule. First, the Mississippi River Ride will run in June, a couple weeks later so camping can be offered. We have also changed the route slightly so the ride can be done in 5-days. In July we will travel the Minnesota River from its headwaters, Big Stone Lake to Shakopee, also a 5- day ride. Then in the second week in August enjoy a 4-day tour in the scenic S.E. Minnesota bluff country. And then followed by the second leg of the Mississippi River Tour, from Hastings to La Crosse, over Labor Day Weekend. Click here for more!
December 16, 2012
As we recap all the great memories surrounding this years bicycle activities, stay tuned for this new gala event planned for the 2013. Partnering with the USA Triathlon Midwest Region, the bike expo HaveFunBiking.com has produced over the past several years is being transformed into a multi sport event; to make more ideas and tips available on staying active and healthy. Renaming the event the Midwest Cycle & Multisport Expo, the show will be held February 16 & 17 and move to the National Sports Center (NSC), in Blaine, Minn. Click on the above headline for more!
December 15, 2012
Three great events to kick off 2013 the right way, while learning first-hand where RAGBRAI XLI Route will be! Discover all the fun places to go and ride your bike on Iowa's trails and county roads; as well as some cool apparel and bike gear by Iowa folks, then a throw-down at the RAGBRAI Announcement Party. Mark you calendars for some fun the last weekend of January, the 25th and 26th, in Des Moines, Iowa. Click on the above headline for more!
December 15, 2012
On Saturday, December 8th, Saint Paul’s historic Union Depot was officially reopened to the public and began serving transit passengers for the first time in 40 years! With all the announcement made, 100's of eager residence came together for the grand reopening and festivities. Click on the above headline for the full story!
In the "Cool Products" section
High Visibility Reflectors
Lightweights Power Reflectors are powerful, high visibility reflectors made from 3M Scotchlite™ that can be applied to just about anything. The reflective properties of this product are amazing and they can be seen from very long distances. Stick them on clothing, bikes, helmets or backpacks to greatly increase being seen at night. See more cool products at:
Lifeproof I-Phone Case
Forget about buying another bicycle computer, if you have an iPhone, Galaxy SIII or iPod. With a LIFEPROOF™ waterproof case along with their bike mount system your cell phone can now be a bundled solution for your bicycle, monitoring your ride while helping you keep tabs on everything else.