8/13/2018

Sponsor Highlight: MilesWide Industries


I first met Miles Schwartz, founder of MilesWide Industries at Interbike in Las Vegas back in 2015.  His unique product offerings were what caught my attention among the thousands of bike accessories at the show. He proceeded to show me his wares and I was intrigued.  Miles is an avid cyclist that took common problems he experienced while riding and came up with a line of products that addressed them.  It wasn't long after that MilesWide Industries became a sponsor of MN Bike Trail Navigator and I have been using the following products ever since.

Sticky Pod
$14.99-$19.99

The Sticky Pod was one of the first MilesWide products I tried out.  I needed a practical way to pack my tools, CO2 cartridges/inflator and anything else I needed to get me rolling again in the event of a mishap. The Sticky Pod worked perfectly, it was small and very lightweight but big enough to hold what I needed.  I could place it in a jersey/jacket pocket and the grippy surface on the back kept it in place or tuck it away in my frame bag or seat bag without the contents shifting and bouncing around.  For cyclists that like to travel light, this is the perfect utility pack.  Available in Mini Blue Camo or Tropical Camo (4.75"x3.75", $14.99), Small Beige Camo (6"x4", $14.99), Small Black (7.5:x4.25", $16.99) and Large Black (10"x4.25", $19.99).

Sticky Fingers
$6.99

Sticky Fingers brake grips are perfect for the year round cyclist.  Not only do they act as an insulator from the cold during winter riding, they even stay sticky in wet weather as well as protecting the lever from scratches and from scratching other bikes.  Pictured above is the latest generation of Sticky Fingers that were redesigned in 2017.  I have been using both the first and second generations over the past three years and I love them.  They really work great for keeping fingers, even in gloves, from slipping off the brake levers.  They are made of silicon rubber and can be cut to fit just about any brake lever.  Available in Black, Blue, Clear, Grey, Neon Green, Orange, Pink and Red to match your ride.

Fork Cork
$29.99

The Fork Cork is a relatively new item from Miles-Wide Industries that is designed to fit in the hole at the bottom of a tapered steerer tube creating a secret storage spot. With the Fork Cork in place it will create a water tight seal for storing items like money, gps bike theft tracker, a multi-tool, matches/lighter and many other small items. It will also keep mud and dirt from collecting inside the steerer tube.

Installation or removal is quick and easy and doesn't require any tools due to its turn knob.  The neoprene washer expands with each turn of the knob to fit the inner diameter of the steerer tube keeping it in place during the roughest of rides.  Wrap stowed items with paper towels or fabric to keep them from rattling around.

EverClear Protector
$13.99-$19.99

EverClear Protector is a high quality frame protection film that is easy to install and remove.  It's a product I have used on 4 different bikes over the past few years and it really does the job.  I always hated having brake/shifter cables or bag straps wearing away the clear coat or paint from my bike frame.  This problem is solved by installing EverClear Protector at those rub points on the bike.  It also can be used for downtubes, chainstays and crank arms.  Simply trace and cut the desired pattern, clean the surface area and apply.  Available in 8 mil Sheets (14"x8", $19.99), 12 mil Clear Roll (2.4"x60", $13.99) and 12 mil Matte Roll (2.4"x60", $13.99).

Bottle Pod
$24.99

The Bottle Pod is a great solution for the roadie or mountain biker that wants to carry needed items such as CO2 cartridges/inflator, tubes, tire levers and a multi-tool and leave the saddle bag or backpack at home.  The Bottle Pod fits into any standard water bottle cage, zippers all the way open to access items and is water resistant.  Inside is a long vertical zipper pocket, an open mesh pocket and two center elastic loops for CO2 cartridges or a mini pump.  It also can be used to stash snacks, money, keys and ID/credit cards.  Measures 8.5"x3". 

I would like to extend a big "Thank you" to Miles for his support of MN Bike Trail Navigator for nearly the past three years and I look forward to the new products he will be coming up with in the future.

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7/24/2018

Facebook Groups Help Minnesota Cyclists Connect


Social media has allowed us to connect with many others that have common interests and you can use this to your advantage to find cycling groups, rides, events, information and advice here in Minnesota.  Are you a fatbiker looking for a group ride to join?  Maybe you're a road cyclist that is looking to post or participate in a ride but don't know where to start.  You may even be looking for a place where you can ask questions or find answers for the type of cycling you like to do.  Facebook has helped many cyclists find new ride groups, meet new friends, learn something and discover new opportunities.

In this post I will go through some of the Facebook groups that I frequent to keep up with the cycling community at large, join in on a ride/event that fits my schedule and ask questions regarding bicycle maintenance or repair.  I have started several Facebook groups to keep in touch with my bike friends and to give them and others a platform to communicate.  For those of you that would like to start your own group visit this Facebook Help Center page.

There are many types of Facebook groups out there and I will categorize them and provide links so you may request to join.  For links to "Closed" groups listed below to work, you must be logged into Facebook.  Please be courteous and respect each group's rules.  For more information about Public and Closed groups, visit the "What are the privacy options for groups?" page.  To learn more about joining a group, visit the "How do I join a group?" page.

Group Rides


Type:  Public Group

Description:
This group is intended to bring cyclists in Minnesota together for group rides by providing a place to post them. - Posts should be about a group ride you are planning or soliciting interest for. These can be Road, Off-Road, Gravel or MTB. - Be clear about the time, mileage drop/no-drop and pace of the ride. - Attending a group ride that is not mentioned in this group? Post it. - Please include links to more information about the group ride if available (MORC Forum, etc.) - Please put post-ride photos/video in the comment section of that listed ride, not as a new post. - Please refer bike related questions/comments to Facebook groups dedicated to that kind of discussion.


Type:  Public Group

Description:
After some content deviation from the original intent of this group, the admins and I have drawn up the MN Fatbike Group Rides code/conduct policy. The policy is as follows:

- Posts should be about a group ride you are planning or soliciting interest for.
- Be clear about the time, mileage drop/no-drop and pace of the ride.
- Attending a group ride that is not mentioned in this group? Post it.
- Please include links to more information about the group ride if available (MORC Forum, etc.)
- Please put post-ride photos/video in the comment section of that listed ride, not as a new post.
- Please refer fatbike related questions/comments to Facebook groups dedicated to that kind of discussion.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Original Group Description:
I created this group to make it easy for my fatbike friends and their friends to get together by posting their own group rides. Minnesota has a lot of fatbikers with riding schedules that may not include the weekends. This is a place where they can organize their own rides with friends and new acquaintances any day of the week. My work schedule keeps me from joining in on Saturday group rides but I'm available on Sundays and Mondays. Others of you may have other availability, that's why I created this group. Are you looking for some Tuesday afternoon ride partners at Murphy or Thursday night ride companions at Elm Creek? This group is designed to get fatbikers together for rides that fit their schedules. I miss out on so many fatbike group rides because of my work schedule that I wanted to create a Facebook group that was open to the public and would allow other members, not just those with weekends off to connect and ride together. Invite your friends and let's ride fatbikes together.


Type:  Closed Group

Description:
Welcome! This is a place to share your group rides starting near the south suburbs of the Twin Cities, MN metro area -- typically Dakota, Goodhue, and Rice counties. Any member can post a ride but please clearly list your mileage and pace, "drop / no drop", what surface or type of bike to bring, if there are rest stops along the route, etc. If I'm hosting a route, here's the info you need to know -- please open the link. It tells you where we meet, what to expect on the rides, and general tips for using my routes. If you spot an error or typo, please let me know. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13MLlCBuBJlMZJXPxx-Ocbcpcm7GNSvyXgsdUtUPK0eU/edit

Events


Type:  Public Group

Description:
Group to publish interesting bike races, marathons, and other interesting events, and to discuss.


Type:  Public Group

Description:
Welcome to your source for bicycle events in the twin cities. This thing is a work in progress; we will keep it updated, but please add events as you see them coming. A website is in the works, but in the meantime, please-please add any friends to this group that are similarly interested.

Gravel


Type:  Public Group

Description:
This public group is a resource for anyone looking to ride gravel, share gravel routes, post group rides or events (races, rides, etc.), discuss equipment or gravel Q&A. This is a Minnesota specific group, so please keep posts Minnesota gravel related. If sharing gravel road routes, please use the following formats: GPX files, TCX files, Strava, Mapmyride, RideWithGPS, Runtastic or Endomondo route links or Gravelmap.com links.


Type:  Public Group

Description:
No description

Mountain Biking


Type:  Public Group

Description:
This group is a resource for anyone that enjoys mountain biking no matter what the season. You don't have to be from Minnesota to be in the group, but keep the discussion related to mountain biking in Minnesota in regards to events, trails, trail conditions and news. This group is a place to share your ride photos, MTB leans, bring MTB events (in MN) to the group's attention, discuss equipment, bikes or MTB Q&A. Please do not post group rides here, that is what the MN Group Bike Rides Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNGroupBikeRides/) and MN Fatbike Group Rides Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNFatbikeGroupRides/) are for. Also, please refrain from posting "For Sale" items, there are plenty of groups on Facebook for that.


Type:  Public Group

Description:
Post your pictures, stories, questions, ads, experiences related to MTN biking. Have fun stay active stay green!


Type:  Public Group

Description:
This group was designed to allow members to post their ride stories for the Minnesota River Bottoms trail network in a real time, easy to use format. Post up your experiences on the MN River Bottoms Trail in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Snelling State Park and the Bloomington side of the river, as well as areas further west. Posts can include the area you rode, your story with pictures, tips and recommendations for other users of the trails.

Fatbike


Type:  Public Group

Description:
This public group is a resource for anyone that enjoys riding fat no matter what the season. You don't have to be from Minnesota to be in the group, but keep the discussion related to fatbike riding in Minnesota in regards to events, trails, trail conditions and news. This group is a place to share your ride photos, fatbike leans, bring fatbike events (in MN) to the group's attention, discuss equipment, bikes or fatbike Q&A. Please do not post group rides here, that is what the MN Fatbike Group Rides Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNFatbikeGroupRides) is for. Also, please refrain from posting "For Sale" items, there are plenty of groups on Facebook for that.


Type:  Public Group

Description:
Fat Bike riders young and old, riding northern Minnesota's Iron Range!! Fat is where it's at!!! For most rides a FatBike will not be needed, if a FatBike is the correct tool for a certain ride, it will be noted.
*****
If you have something FATBIKE related for sale. I'll allow the add to stand for 7 days, if after 7 days it's still unsold, please remove. I'd like to keep this group ride and adventure related, and to not have it get bogged down in ads.
*****
Thank you for your understanding in this regard.
 

Type:  Public Group

Description:
No description


Type:  Closed Group

Description:
The Central MN Fat Bike Group is for young and old who love to ride fat bikes. We ride trails, single track, gravel, and minimum maintenance roads all year long. Averaging 5 - 12 mph. We ride all over Minnesota and jump at any chance to take our fatties out. This page is for those who would like to try fat biking and find out why we smile a lot. No description


Type:  Closed Group

Description:
We are here to simply talk about fat bikes and all their glory! Feel free to post any group rides, or ask any questions related to the sport.

Bike Camping


Type:  Public Group

Description:
A group to discuss bike camping: experiences, schemes, equipment, techniques, etc. Post your bike camping pics for us all to enjoy!

Cyclocross/Road Racing


Type:  Public Group

Description:
Post up here to get people together for CX practices in the Twin Cities. A few of us like to get out and share tips and tricks. All levels of ability are welcome. No description


Type:  Closed Group

Description:
Bike racing in Minnesota.

Bike Community


Type:  Public Group

Description:
Love Minneapolis. Love Bikes.


Type:  Public Group

Description:
BIKEFUN! is a hub for group rides and bike crawls in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Everyone is encouraged to create and host rides, and use this group as a place to ask for suggestions and support.


Type:  Public Group

Description:
This page is for anyone with questions about bikes: mechanical, size, fit, use, equipment, Trail conditions and routes, etc. Ask and we shall try to answer!


Type:  Public Group

Description:
A positive, informative, inclusive, space for discussion & education on Bicycle Advocacy including experiences, ideas & resources. Advocacy for safe riding, whether on road or off road. Including trail access for new singletrack, improved surface trails for recreation and commuting, bike lanes/bike boulevards, etc.



Type:  Public Group

Description:
This is a public group for anyone who has questions, advice or tips about fixing and maintaining bicycles. It is meant to be a local resource for riders in the Twin Cities area.




Type: 
Closed Group

Description:
We put women, femme, and trans riders first.

We aim to be a resource for any woman, femme, or trans person looking to get into cycling or who already rides for work, pleasure or sport.

Penn Cycle and Trek enthusiastically support us by providing space for our events, mechanics on our rides, and schwag to give away.

Members looking to ride together, share bike routes, post group rides or events (races, rides, etc.), discuss equipment or Q&A are encouraged to do so.

Please invite friends while respecting the group's focus on women, femme and trans riders.
 

Type:  Public Group

Description:
Everyone is welcome to be a part of this group, but please RESPECT THIS SPACE as a discussion forum for FTW (Femme/Trans/Women, Non-Binary, Two-Spirit People- people who are not cis men benefiting from cis male privilege) folks who like bikes.

FTW VOICES ..Grease Rag centers transgender, femme, non-binary, two-spirit, and women. If you are a cis man and benefit from cis male privilege, please don't write posts or respond with comments to posts in this group unless you are specifically asked. We have a lot of wisdom in our community. We got this. FTW SOLIDARITY
 ..Shaming, sexism, transphobia, misogyny and other oppressive language or actions will not be tolerated. We call each other out, we call each other in. ON TOPIC
..Please do not post "For Sale" type posts in this group. Use the Twin Cities Bicycle WTF FTW post group. "For Sale" posts will be deleted. ("Tell me about your FTW experience with this type of product" posts are always welcome here.)
..Please post coupons and "sale alerts" in the Twin Cities Bicycle WTF FTW post.
..You can post your stolen bike here, although the Twin Cities Stolen Bikes group is probably a better place.
..Duplicate posts might be deleted without warning. Bump a post by commenting instead of creating a duplicate.

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7/20/2018

2019 Trek Farley Models Unveiled

The new stock of 2019 Trek Farleys will be showing up at Trek Authorized dealers late this Summer and in the Fall depending on the model.  Visit your local Trek Authorized dealer for information about pre-ordering the following models.

Farley 9.8
$4899.99
Image Credit: Trek

The 2019 Trek Farley 9.8 has a color change to Rage Red but otherwise it's the same bike as last year.  Features that carry over are the Bontrager Line dropper seatpost, SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, carbon Wampa TLR 80mm wheels, a 100mm suspension corrected carbon frame and fork, SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc brakes, Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.5" tires, Bontrager Montrose Elite saddle (Titanium rails) and Bontrager Pro stem.  Available late October* from Penn Cycle or your local Trek Authorized dealer.


Farley 9.6
$2899.99
Image Credit: Trek

The 2019 Trek Farley 9.6 has a color change from last year's model to Matte Olive Grey.  The drivetrain and cranks have also changed to a full SRAM Eagle NX 12 speed (11-50 cassette and 30T chaingring) set.  Other changes include a Bontrager Arvada saddle (hollow chromolly rails) and Bontrager XR Trail Comp nylon lock-on grips.  SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.50" tires make up the wheelset and SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes round out this affordable carbon fatbike.  Available late October* from Penn Cycle or your local Trek Authorized dealer.

Farley 7
$2499.99 
Image Credit: Trek

The Farley 7 also gets a color change for 2019 to Matte Dnister Black.  It still has an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame, 197mm rear spacing Stranglehold rear axle dropout, Manitou Mastodon 34 Comp 80mm suspension fork and 27.5" SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with Bontrager Gnarwhal studdable (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.50" tires.  Changes from the 2018 model are Shimano SLX shifters and 11 speed cassette, a Shimano Deore XT M8000 Shadow Plus rear derailleur, Race Face Ride 28T direct mount crank, a Shimano SLX M7000 11 speed cassette (11-46), dropper post and a Bontrager Arvada saddle.  Like last year's model it still contains the SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes.  Available mid-August* from Penn Cycle or your local Trek Authorized dealer.

Farley 5
$1789.99
Image Credit: Trek

Trek's entry level fatbike takes on a color change to Matte Solid Charcoal for 2019.  The frame is Alpha Platinum Aluminum that is 100mm suspension corrected with 197mm rear spacing Stranglehold rear axle dropout.  The drivetrain consists of a Shimano Deore 10-Speed shifter, Shimano Deore Shadow Plus rear derailleur, Shimano HG50 11-42 10 speed cassette but now has a Race Face Ride 28T direct mount crank.  The SRAM Level hydraulic disc brakes, 27.5" SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with with Bontrager Gnarwhal studdable (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.50" tires and a Bontrager Haru OCLV Carbon fork are also carried over from 2018.  New on the 2019 model are a Bontrager Arvada saddle (hollow chromolly rails) and Bontrager XR Trail Comp nylon lock-on grips.  Available mid-October* from Penn Cycle or your local Trek Authorized dealer.

*Availability dates subject to change.

7/01/2018

Twin Cites 4th of July Rides

Fourth of July is right around the corner and if you want to celebrate Independence Day in the saddle there are a few longstanding rides that have become tradition for many cyclists year after year.  Continue an old 4th of July cycling tradition or start a new one riding your bike with friends or fellow Twin Cities cyclists.

Freedom From Pants Ride XII

Celebrate the Fourth without the constraints of pants on this twelfth annual underwear ride through the streets of Minneapolis.  Meet up takes place underneath the Hennepin Avenue Bridge on Nicollet Island at 6:00 pm.  Roll out begins at 7:00 pm.  Visit the Freedom From Pants Ride XII Facebook event page for more details, to join or share with friends.

Great Scott 50 Classic Bike Ride
Image credit: Great Scott 50

The Great Scott 50 Classic Bike Ride is a Prior Lake Fourth of July tradition going into its 31st year.   Take a 25 or 50 mile ride through the rolling hills of Scott County.  The 25 mile short course is geared more towards recreational riders and has one rest stop along the way.  The 50 mile long course is what the ride is named for and will have three rest stops.  Mechanical support and SAG provided by Michael's Cycles.  The 50 mile ride leaves Lakefront Park in Prior Lake at 8:00 am and the 25 mile ride at 8:30 am.  There will be lunch provided after the ride.  Register onlinedownload the registration form to register by mail or register on-site the day of the ride beginning at 7:15 am at Lakefront Park.  Proceeds support Bike infrastructure and the local School Mountain Bike Teams.  Visit the Great Scott 50 Facebook Event Page for updates.

Tour D'Amico

The Hiawatha Bicycling Club will be hosting the 19th Annual Tour D'Amico with four scenic routes to choose from complete with hydration stations and rest stops at D'Amico & Sons restaurants along the way.  These full SAG supported rides include a new 21 mile, family friendly, short route for 2018, a 29 mile tour that is suitable for all riders, a new 41 mile route and a metric century tour (62 miles) for intermediate and endurance riders.  Visit the Tour D'Amico Course Details Page for more information on these routes.

Registration can be done online or by mail with a check.  Packet pick up starts at 8:00 am and goes until 10:30 am July 4th at the D'Amico & Sons in Golden Valley.  After the ride, participants will be treated to an Italian buffet lunch that will be served from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Proceeds from the Tour D'Amico benefit Twin City bike education and trail maintenance programs.  This is a rain or shine event.

Watermelon Ride

The Twin Cities Bicycling Club will be hosting the 37th Annual Watermelon Ride with a choice of 15, 25 or 52 mile routes.  The 15 mile route is geared for beginners getting into cycling and families with children.  The 25 mile route is ideal for both the novice and experienced rider.  Full support is provided for both the 15 and 25 mile routes and the routes will be marked.  The 52 mile route is unsupported so bring the necessary items to make minor repairs and fix flats.  Route maps will be handed out to riders at the registration table the day of the event.  Snacks will be supplied at rest stops and a picnic lunch will be held at Snail Lake Park following the ride until 2:30 pm.

Online registration will close July 3rd at 7pm.  Day-of registration will also be available by printing and filling out the Registration Waiver and bringing a check made payable to the Twin Cities Bicycling Club to the registration table.  Twin Cities Bicycling Club members receive a discount for registration.  Registration for the 15 & 25 mile routes is from 8:30-10:00 am and the 52 mile route is from 7:30-9:00 am.  Registration and ride start is at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview.  This is a rain or shine event.  Mechanical support provided by County Cycles.  For more information, email the Event Coordinators at: watermelon@biketcbc.org.

6/14/2018

Welch Village Mountain Bike Park Season Opener This Weekend


Welch Village's season opener weekend has been postponed due to rain and wet conditions on the trails. "Opening weekend delayed until next weekend...June 23-24. CLOSED Sunday, 6/17. Unfortunately, trails still soft & wet from yesterday’s storms and they are not drying because of the 70 degree dew points & humidity. Plus, more storms in the forecast for this afternoon. We are bummed too but there is a whole lot of summer ahead."   Visit them on Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 for lift served access to their downhill trails.  They'll be open at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday with chairlifts operating until 5pm both days.


Three trails that opened last year, Air Bear (Advanced Riders ONLY, Trail has high risk features, Mandatory jumps, Steep drops with no ride arounds, Your wheels may leave ground, downhill traffic only), Joy Ride (Gentle to moderate climbs and decent, with obstacles such as rock, gravel, berms, bridges, and pot holes. Previous mountain biking experience highly recommended) and Aquaman (Intermediate riders ONLY, Large berms, Large Rollers, optional jumps on trail, downhill traffic only) will be open this weekend, weather dependant.


New this year is their Green Trail, "Squirrel Catcher" (Gentle to moderate climbs and decent, with obstacles such as rock, gravel, berms, bridges, and pot holes. Previous mountain biking experience highly recommended) including a new re-route for all of their trails and the new Blue trail, "Eagle Eye" (Intermediate riders ONLY, Large berms, Large Rollers, optional jumps on trail, downhill traffic only).  According to Welch Village on the status of  of Eagle Eye, "TBD..stay tuned...depends on rain!"


Purchase an all day lift and trail ticket for $25 (13 and older) or $20 (ages 8-12).  New this year is their Sunset Special (last 2 hours of any MTB operations day)  $20 (13 and older) or $15 (ages 8-12).  Season passes are also available for those age 8 and up for the 2018 season for $149.

Hours of operation for the upcoming Summer Season are Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm through September 2nd, including Labor Day, September 3rd and ONLY SATURDAYS September 8th - 29th from 11am-5pm.


After a day of riding make sure to visit the chalet for a cold beer or two and maybe a bite to eat.

Note from Welch Village about the season opener weekend, "All, please check our website and Facebook page approaching this weekend for updates in case the weather doesn't cooperate. Weather folks are predicting chances for storms Friday - Sunday. Thanks!"

For more information about the Welch Village MTB Rules, what to wear and what to ride, visit the Welch Village MTB Orienteering Guide page.  More information about opening weekend can be found by visiting the Welch Village website or their Facebook Event Page.  Updates on the trails are posted at their Facebook page and on their Trail Report page.

6/11/2018

Penn Cycle Offers Nine Group Rides for the Summer


Penn Cycle has put together nine group rides for the Summer of 2018 and they include road and women/trans/femme mountain biking.  I have listed all of them with a brief description and link to more information.  Rides run Monday through Saturday, so there is sure to be one to fit your schedule and ability.

Monday

Woodbury Monday Night Ride
Penn Cycle Woodbury

Show up early for announcements and bikes roll out at stated ride times. For the 2018 Lakes ride, we are asking everyone to be ready no later than 5:20 as we have lots of things to share this year. MONDAY - 5:30 Penn Cycle in Woodbury - Chris's Ride Mondays - 5:30 pm from the Woodbury Penn Cycle store. The ride will be for anyone who wants to have a good time. Pace will be about 15-17 mph with a focus on keeping all riders together so that new riders can get comfortable on the road, within a group, and also to build those base miles. Route will go towards Afton and be roughly 30 miles. This is a no drop ride. 

Route - https://www.strava.com/routes/8124068
Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459333934117201/
E-mail - cyclingwithchris@gmail.com



Penn Cycle Minneapolis

Join us Mondays for the Solidarity Cycling WTF* MTB Ride Series. Meet at Penn Cycle Minneapolis for a 6pm roll out to Theodore Wirth Park singletrack.  *women/trans/femme

Tuesday

Penn Cycle Bloomington

Ride distances ranging from 15 to 20 miles. -Skill level: Ideally, I’d like to have routes that cater to both an average rider to advanced. The overall goal being to appeal to new riders who may feel a bit intimidated doing group rides. Ability to maintain an average speed of 12 to 15 miles per hour and ride comfortably in a group. *** Depending on the size of the group, we may break into faster and slower groups; no rider will be left behind. -Rides start at 6:00 PM from the Penn Cycle Bloomington Store. -Rides may be canceled due to bad weather; decisions made no later than 5:00 PM before ride – see contact information below.

Planned Rides:
  • Downtown Shakopee via Bloomington Ferry Bridge 
  • Eden Prairie via Bloomington Ferry Rd/Pioneer Trail
  • TBD, most likely utilizing the Hyland Trail system through West Bloomington 
  • TBD, Edina via Nine Mile Creek trail system 
Rides to occur every other Tuesday starting May 1st thru September 11th. For more information, contact Chris Goldschrafe, Store Manager at Penn Cycle at 952-888-1427 or email at chrisg@penncycle.com or Andrea Wetteland at 952-465-8589; aelgethun@gmail.com.

Penn Cycle Woodbury

All rides leave at time stated. Show up early for announcements and bikes roll out at stated ride times. For the 2018 Lakes ride, we are asking everyone to be ready no later than 5:20 as we have lots of things to share this year. TUESDAY - 5:30 Penn Cycle in Woodbury - Brant's Ride Tuesdays - 5:30 pm from Penn Cycle in Woodbury. For those that have ridden this ride, we will keep a similar route and speed. The speed typically increases as the season goes on. Last year some of the rides reached 19+ mph as a group. The rides usually start out at 16-17 mph so give it a shot! This is typically a no drop ride, within reason. 
Penn Page - https://www.penncycle.com/about/penn-cycle-events-calendar-pg1874.htm
Typical Route - https://www.strava.com/activities/639108163

Wednesday

Image Credit: Penn Cycle
Wednesday Night Tours
Penn Cycle Bloomington

Objectives:
  • Promote cycling fitness 
  • Practice and improve safe group road bike riding skills 
  • Establish and enhance our local cycling community and build relationships 
Parameters:
  1. Ride distances ranging from 30 to 40 miles. 
  2. Skill level: Ability to maintain an average speed of 15 to 18 miles per hour and ride comfortably in a group including pace-line riding. 
  3. Depending on the size of the group, we may break into faster and slower groups; no rider will be left behind. 
  4. We will stop mid-way during our rides to refill water bottles. 
Protocol:
  1. Rides start at 5:30 PM from the Penn Cycle Bloomington Store. 
  2. Helmets are required. 
  3. A release form must be signed before each ride. 
  4. Rides may be canceled due to bad weather; decisions made no later than 5:00 PM before ride – see contact information below. 
Planned Rides:
  • Chaska via Bloomington Ferry Bridge 
  • Harriet Island, St. Paul via I-494 bikeway 
  • Minnehaha Falls via Fort Snelling State Park 
  • Downtown Wayzata thru Edina / Hopkins / Minnetonka 
  • Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake via Bloomington Ferry Bridge 
Rides to occur every Wednesday night starting from May 2nd thru September 12th – no ride on July 4th. For more information contact Chris Goldschrafe, Store Manager at Penn Cycle at 952-888-1427 or email at chrisg@penncycle.com or Don Duffy at 612-991-1403; donduffy1953@gmail.com.

Image Credit: Justin Williams Photos
Wednesday Night Worlds
Penn Cycle Eagan

Join us for a fast-paced road ride. We will leave at 5:30 sharp. Distance is 40-60 depending on daylight. Pace is 20-22 mph. Please follow this link for a more detailed description of each week's ride! https://wnweagan.wordpress.com/

The Lakes Tavern and Grill

The Lakes Tavern ride will have a new focus on teaching proper group riding techniques as well as breaking into an A and B pace group after leaving Woodbury. Take a look and if you want feel free to share with your cycling friends. All rides leave at time stated. Show up early for announcements and bikes roll out at stated ride times. 

For the 2018 Lakes ride, we are asking everyone to be ready no later than 5:20 as we have lots of things to share this year. WEDNESDAY - 5:30 Lakes Tavern and Grill in Woodbury - Jody/Brant Ride Wednesdays - 5:30 pm from Lakes Tavern and Grill, Woodbury. Please park in the back of the restaurant and you can use the bathroom inside if needed. There were some big groups last year and we hope to see those faces again. Pace last year was about 15-19 mph depending on which group you rode with. This is a no drop ride so pick the A or B pace depending on how you feel. This year's ride will have a strong emphasis on group etiquette, proper riding techniques and continual education as well as keeping things safe and fun. We have not had any major incidents and I want to continue with that streak. You are invited to stay post ride for refreshments and food. Remember the staff work off of tips and they treat us very well, so don't forget to leave a tip even if you grab a glass of water!

Route - https://www.strava.com/activities/712610897

Thursday

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Lebanon Hills/Murphy-Hanrehan

Join us Thursdays for the Solidarity Cycling WTF* MTB Ride Series. Locations include Lebanon Hills and Murphy-Hanrehan. Check poster for ride date/locations. All rides start at 6pm. *women/trans/femme

Saturday

Penn Cycle Blaine

Get out of bed and join us for a fun ride! We will meet at the Blaine Penn Cycle, roll out and then gather afterwards for some social time. All ages and genders are welcome! Pace and distance varies based on riders show up. We try to have a 100% no drop ride. If everyone is a A rider we will do 40 or 50 miles at 20 mph. If we have some B riders we will do 30 to 40 miles at 17 to 14 mph. I always try to be back to the shop by noon. The goal is to get more riders interested in riding groups and to help riders learn how to ride safely on the road. If you have any questions please call Ron Moore at (612)558-3839.  Ron also has a Facebook page People ride with the old roadie

When: Saturdays at 8:00 am
Ride Type: Road
Ride Size: 10 cyclists
Distance: 35 miles
Drop: No
Frequency: Weekly Season: April - September

Image Credit: Mel Cherry
Penn Cycle Minneapolis

Lazy Lake Loops are here! Join your friendly Penn Minneapolis squad for a Saturday morning loop around one of our city lakes. Destinations will rotate between Lake Bde Maka Ska, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake. Meet at the shop by 10:30am to roll out, plan on 45min to an hour of riding 5-9 miles. Bring your friends, kids, and dogs - our focus is on community and FUN. Ice cream stop optional.
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