Forever Bike Stamps at a Post Office Near You . . .

June 14, 2012


That is, if there is a Post Office near you anymore, but that’s another story. Last week the United States Postal Service introduced a set of  Forever Bike Stamps depicting riders in four different cycling modes: BMX, kids, commuter, and road. In a nod to Minneapolis’ ranking as either the #1 or #2 most bikeable […]

Mill Towns Trail Update: Dundas Style!

June 10, 2012


The Mill Towns Trail has been in the works for over 15 years. Eventually, the trail will link the Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls, MN to Red Wing, MN) and the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail (Faribault, MN to Mankato, MN).  Cyclists will be able to ride along the shores of Lake Byllesby, along the perimeter […]

Pedal-Driven: A Bikeumentary

May 29, 2012


I learned about Pedal-Driven: A Bikeumentary when I recently renewed my membership in IMBA, International Mountain Biking Association. In addition to the predictable thank you letter, I also received a DVD with a 3 minute trailer for the movie. The trailer was so good that I ordered the complete movie (and T-shirt and water bottle […]

I’m a Failure at Truing a Wheel

May 18, 2012


I’m a wannabe bike mechanic and I should forewarn you that my advice and/or work can’t be trusted so please don’t ask me to help. That puts me in a very awkward situation. I’m still in the trial and error phase of my training after what . . . 10 years?? I know, I know; […]

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There’s a New Bike Club in Town: CVMTB

May 9, 2012


The Cannon Valley Mountain Bike Team recently became the fourth cycling club in Northfield, joining the Carleton and St. Olaf clubs and the Cannon Valley Velo Club. The CVMBT is a club for high school students and is associated with the Minnesota High School Cycling League. This effort to introduce mountain bike racing to young […]

May is National Bike Month!

April 29, 2012


National Bike Month is just around the corner. Embedded in the 31 days of May is Bike To Work Week and Bike to School Day. I’ve participated in a couple of Bike to Work Weeks in the past decade, but was surprised to learn today that Bike Month has been around since 1956! Bike to […]

From the Gulf to the Gophers

April 26, 2012


As I was going west on Rice County #8 on my ride last Sunday, I spotted a guy doing about 20 down his long driveway enroute to joining us on the tarmac and I wasn’t sure he saw me so I slowed down. As he zipped into a right hander about 10 yards from me […]