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An All-Too-Brief Look at Minneapolis Bike Culture

Last week, I was able to travel with my family to the great city of Minneapolis for a family obligation. I hadn’t been there since 1982, and since then a LOT of things have changed — including Minneapolis’s growing reputation as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States.

That reputation is well-earned…there are bicycles EVERYWHERE. Heck, I even saw bicycle parking at the airport! Cyclists of all shapes, sizes and disciplines were present pretty much everywhere I went around the city — from sleek fixies and hip young riders to kids to hardcore commuters, roadies and everyone in between. Ah, what a refreshing change from my own city, where I mostly see “guys on bikes” and myself.

Anyhow, we shot a bunch of pictures and stopped at some of the hotbeds of the Minneapolis bike “scene”…concentrating on the vibrant neighborhoods in the Lyn Lake/Uptown area.

First off, this is a typical street scene in south Minneapolis: bikes locked up everywhere. There were bikes on racks, bikes on poles, bikes on porch railings, in yards and every other conceivable location. My friend and tour guide Laura insists that “it’s like this all year-round”, not just when the weather is nice!

street scene

We stopped by Cars R Coffins Coffee Bar/Cykel Garage to see if we could meet Hurl Everstone, who had promised the Bikecommuters.com crew a few months back that he’d submit a commuter profile for us. No luck…he had the day off. Still, we checked the place out and got a cup of badass hot chocolate, too!

my crew

The tiny CRC Coffee Bar is packed to the gills with bike culture — bikes and parts for sale crammed everywhere they’d fit. One thing that caught my eye in particular were a pair of beautiful vintage cruisers hanging from the rafters:

cruise

Walking further down Lyndale Avenue and after eating a spectacular breakfast at The Egg & I, we spotted this bike rack…one of dozens we spotted peppering the community. It just so happened that this day was the day Minneapolis celebrated Bike to Work Day and was early enough that a lot of folks were still riding to work, so the racks weren’t full. But, they were everywhere — no worries about finding a suitable lockup point in this area!

lockup

My wife spotted this cute fixie locked up on the street — a springtimey slice of delicious watermelon:

watermelon

Strangely enough, I’m coveting some pink rims for a bike now!

Later on in the week, we stopped in at The Alt , a legendary bike shop and a great place to hang out. I told the employees that I wished they were MY local shop, and I meant it — friendly folks who are really passionate about bikes. The Alt was STUFFED with bikes, snowboards and goodies galore, and also serves as one of the primary dealers for the new Handsome Cycles brand. I wasn’t able to check out any Handsome Devils in person, though, because they were being featured in a display at another great Minneapolis shop called One on One Bicycle Studio. Next time I’m in town, I’ll make it down to the Warehouse District to check out One on One.

the alt

More bikes on the street, and the Minneapolis Re Cycle. I didn’t get a chance to go inside, but I heard good things about the place.

re cycle

And a parting shot of some fixed-gear riders heading down Nicollet Avenue in front of excellent German restaurant Black Forest Inn.

nicollet

We only got to spend a few days in the city, but what we saw blew us away — bike-friendly infrastructure galore and more importantly, people taking advantage of it. I spoke to many bike commuters while walking the streets Uptown, and they raved about the city’s efforts to encourage transportational cyclists.

Although I didn’t get a picture of it, it seemed like the must-have bicycle accessory in Minneapolis is a milk crate strapped on. I saw dozens of bikes rockin’ milk-crates (after all, America’s Dairyland is right next door)…so, if you want to channel some of the Minneapolis bike spirit, get your own and wear it proudly!

I’m looking forward already to my next visit — the Mini Apple is a fantastic place…diverse, friendly and very cosmopolitan. And they love bikes up there — can it get any better?!?

California Bike to Work Day at Long Beach


Just came back from Long Beach. I was there with the fellows from Bikestation and LBCyclists.org to celebrate Bike to Work Day and to encourage people to ride to work.


Turn out was very good; we had all sorts of riders stop by. We were giving away all sorts of schwag and of course, we were raffling a bicycle provided by KHS Bicycles. Riders were greeted by smiling faces and were treated to coffee, muffins, water and Bumble Bars.


There was the occasional passerby the didn’t know that it was Bike to Work Day — most of these onlookers were surprised to see how many people ride their bikes to work and we were commended on ‘trying to make a difference’.

I had a great time with Russ, Dominic, Jaymee and Laura, thank you all for putting this thing together and hope to see you next year!

Note: Winners will be announced on www.lbcyclists.org

News Flash: BikeCommuters.com and KHS Bicycles Sponsors Bike To Work Day

Bike to Work Day 2008 – For Immediate Release
Contact: Russ Roca 562-331-1705 lbcyclists@gmail.com

Long Beach, CA – May 15th is Bike to Work Day, a national event where people from around the country are encouraged to replace their car trip with a bicycle for that one day. The movement has swept across the nation with rising gas prices and as people are re-discovering the health and environmental benefits of bicycling. The Long Beach Cyclists (LBC), the cityʼs only bicycle advocacy group, promotes cycling as a fun, valued and sustainable transportation choice in Long Beach through community, advocacy and education. LBC in cooperation with the City of Long Beach, Bikestation, Los Angeles Metro, Bikecommuters.com, KHS Bicycles and Jones Bicycle are organizing this yearʼs Bike to Work Day festivities.

There will be two simultaneous pitstops on Bike to Work Day in Long Beach, one at City Hall and another at Belmont Shore Pier. Bike commuters will be greeted with fresh apples and oranges from the farmerʼs market, bottled water, coffee and pastries from local businesses and free patch-kits and goodie bags from LA Metro.

In addition, riders that pass by the Belmont Pier stop, will also be treated to some live music, a free bike inspection courtesy of Bikestation and giveaways. Participants will have a chance to win a Dutch-inspired 3-speed bicycle from KHS Bicycles and Bikecommuters.com. Other prizes include lights from PlanetBike and cycling caps from popular Walzcaps.
khs green

The event is free and open to all community members (on two-wheels or not). The Long Beach Cyclists invites everyone to participate, even if theyʼre not riding to work. “We want the event to be a celebration of the bicycle,? says Russ Roca an LBC member.“One of the goals of the Long Beach Cyclists is to create real sense of community of cyclists in Long Beach. So, even if youʼre not commuting to work, come out and meet other cyclists and get involved in making Long Beach a more bicycling friendly city!?