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News Archives - June 2013

June 25, 2013

NVGP_9.JPGWatch out, I have my eyes set on that ice cream truck ahead and I am coming through!

June 25, 2013

01__Detraining_at_Big_Lake.JPGWith mostly blue skies and the raindrops promised to stay away, the second annual Train & Trail Tour went forward. Produced by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) in conjunction with Metro Transit, last Saturday, June 22, the Northstar train was full with 140 cyclists participating.

June 25, 2013

heliosbars.jpgWhile there are plenty of important components and accessories that are mounted on a bike’s handlebars, the bars themselves are just empty hollow tubes that don’t really do anything ... right?


June 25, 2013

Mesabi_1.jpg"Railroad engineers routed most of today’s bike trails and that’s a blessing and a curse. Level rail beds allowed for faster trains using less coal. But, that can make for boring trails and the best outstate trails picked flat routes through spectacular scenery. That’s what distinguishes perennial favorite Root River Trail or the closer Cannon River Trail, where raptors glide between spectacular bluffs and the trail hugs the river's edge. But the best in the state? It’s hard to beat the Mesabi Trail, with 115 miles of completed paving that squeezes through rock cuts and offers stunning overlooks of open-pit iron mines, marinated in that North Country scenery." From the Minneapolis Star Tribune.



June 25, 2013

OS_6_23_3.JPGThis last Sunday, June 23rd, the first of four Open Streets was held on Lyndale Avenue in South Minneapolis. Even with trees strewn around the neighborhood as if the community was in a war zone from Friday nights straight-line winds and the threat of rain couldn't stop the fun. From 22nd Street, on up to 44th Street, bicyclists, skateboarders,  rollerblader's and walkers took to the Lyndale Avenue,  moving from block to block taking in the art, music and demonstrations this event had to offer.

June 25, 2013

us.bikecommuteract2.jpgCommuting to work by bicycle has many health, economic, and environmental benefits. Riding your bike to work can increase your physical activity and promote a healthier lifestyle through reduced risks of heart disease and stroke and improved mental health. Bicycling to work can also eliminate emissions that otherwise would have been produced when driving, overall reducing harmful effects on the environment. Visit the PBIC Web page in this article on benefits for bicycling for more information.

June 24, 2013

clean_1_bike_drivetrain_with_brush_and_detergent.jpgMost of us can't often be bothered cleaning and lubing our bike chain, yet by following these 5 simple steps the job can be done quickly and easily. Remember - Don't apply lube to a dirty chain!

June 18, 2013

bluff_01.JPGWith summer finally heating up, you can enjoy the history and beautiful scenery of southeastern Minnesota on this multi-day ride, August 8-11. The ride will start and end in Peterson, Minn. with a daily mileage average of 68 miles or less (Shorter options are available except for day four where the mileage is approx. 55 miles.) Along this scenic ride, you will enjoy the small town charm of Lanesboro, the Amish communities surrounding Harmony, and the down home hospitality of Caledonia.

June 18, 2013

Mississippi_1.JPGThe Mississippi River Ride I (Lake Itasca to Big Lake) was a great success and on August 31 through September 2nd, (over Labor Day weekend), you can enjoy the second leg of this historic bike/bus ride which follows the river's journey as it flows south to LaCrosse, Wisc. Leaving from Hastings, Minn. Saturday morning you can meander for three pleasurable days of river valley and bluff country riding. Camping and lodging opportunities will be available for those wishing to gather Friday evening, Aug 30th, before the ride.

June 17, 2013

NVGPSWwmn_jpg.jpgTeam TIBCO Goes One-Two on Stage; Shelley Olds Wins Overall Title

It was a big day for Team TIBCO as Shelley Olds captured the overall victory, Claudia Hausler and Joanne Kiesanowski took first and second on the Stillwater Criterium stage, Hausler won the SportBeans Queen of the Hills competition, and Team TIBCO won the team classification.

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