Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 7.17.12

Giant Sunset.

Photo by: John Frost.

Location: Lake Calhoun Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Date taken: July 2, 2012.

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2012 All-City Championship

Of all of the numerous brands in house at Quality Bicycle Products (Surly, Civia, Foundry Cycles), few rep Minneapolis as hard as All-City.

Besides the kick-ass Hennepin Ave. Bridge Drop-out they also help to bring recognition to the Twin Cities.

One way that they do that is by hosting the All-City Championship.  This event brings plenty of riders from around the country here to the Twin Cities to check out what we are all about.

This year there is a planned, Fixed Gear Crit, Alleycat and Bandit Cross, and each will bring out different types of folks, so check it out.  Keep your eyes tuned to Bike Jerks for full info.

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Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 7.16.12

Mile Marker 14. For more info on the River Bottoms, post flooding visit MN Trails Navigator “Minnesota River Bottoms West Segment: Mid Summer Trail Report“.

Photo by: Chris Chavie.

Location: Minnesota River Bottoms West, Minnesota.

Date taken: July 12, 2012.

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Southside Sprint Returns By: Jason Lardy

Southside Sprint Bicycle Race Returns July 22

Family Fun Festival Back For Second Year

Minneapolis (April 23, 2012)  The Southside Sprint bicycle race returns for a second year Sunday, July 22, 2012. The inaugural event in 2011 brought elite bicycle racing back to South Minneapolis for the first time in over two decades.  The festival, presented by the South Chicago Avenue Business Alliance and Nomad Marketing, includes 8 different races, The Twin Six Fan Zone family fun festival and a FREE kids fun race.  As part of the fun, the Parkway Theater will be showing a family favorite bicycle movie all weekend:  Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

The Southside Sprint showcases top regional bicycle racers in a fun family festival atmosphere.  In 2011, more than 200 racers thrilled 500+ spectators in a day of heart-stopping racing.  The Bikes & Pieces Kids Fun Race showcased more than 70 neighborhood kids on vehicles of every description.

The race pits the top racers in Minnesota on a fast, challenging course past the shops and restaurants of 48th & Chicago and through the adjacent neighborhood streets.  Neighbors along the course hosted yard parties all along the .75 mile course, adding to the spectacle.

For map, photos and a schedule of events, visit the website.

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Vote For Your Favorite June TCBOD

After quite a long delay (thanks we needed that) we are back with voting for the June Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day.

The following pictures were selected based on the highest number of page views for the month.  Take a close look at all five then hit up the poll to vote for your favorite, you can only vote once so make it count.  Poll will close one week from today so check back next week for the winner.

Click on the name for more information.

1.  Julia (photographer), Skyler (cat)

2. Mike Mason

3. Sue Schroeder

4. Death Rider

5. Chris Chavie

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Metropolitan Council Needs Your Help

The Metropolitan Council is trying to use your bike travel habits to help to improve the area’s bike routes.  To accomplish this, the Met Council needs you help.  While most of us shy away from allowing others to view our every move, the Met Council wants you to voluntarily give it up.

How? Well, it is actually pretty easy.  They are using a smartphone application called CycleTracks.  You can download it here for both Android and iPhone.

The app sends details of the routes to a centralized database. The Met Council can then use the information on your routes to improve regional transportation planning by giving transportation planners a better understanding of the routes cyclists take.

Here are some “quick facts” from the Met Council:

• The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) developed the application. The Met Council has been given permission from SFCTA to
participate.

• Cyclists opt-in and volunteer their bike information and each of their rides.

• The app requests general information (age, gender,email address), but no personal information needs to be divulged to use the application.

• A cyclist must log in and out to record a trip.

• The application gives cyclists an opportunity to see maps and get statistics for their rides.

• The Metropolitan Council can use the cycling data for future transportation planning.

Are you planning to download and use it?

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See You Next Week

We are going to spend a few days away for the keyboard to get out and ride.

Enjoy the 4th!  We will be back next week with voting for the June Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Month, and all the Twin Cities cycling news fit to print to into pixels.

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Rides for July 4th

If you feel like being on your bike this fourth of July, there will be plenty of activities for you to do.  This is what we could find.

TCBC (Twin Cities Bicycling Club) is hosting the 31st Annual Watermelon Ride kicking-off in Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood.  You can participate in rides of 15, 25 and 50 miles and ends with a 4th of July picnic.  You get full support for the 15 and 25 mile routes.  You can register day of by filling out the registration form.

Frank Wicker Great Scott 50 Classic Bike Ride is going down in Prior Lake. It starts at Memorial Park (3384 Spring Glen Cir NW) be sure to visit the website for full info;

The Frank Wicker Great Scott 50 Classic Bike Ride will be on July 4, 2012. Brochure Check-in begins at 7:15 am and the 50-mile ride begins with a mass-start at 8:00 am sharp when riders will enjoy a police escort from Memorial Park in Prior Lake to the city limits. The route winds through the rolling hills and countryside of Scott County. Riders pedal west to Jordan and then wind southeast to New Prague before returning to Memorial Park. There will be three rest stops along the way with the main stop in New Prague with a variety of refreshments including Gatorade, water, fruit, and kolaches. Restrooms will also be available. Two smaller stops are planned along the route with one in Jordan and another in-between New Prague and Prior Lake for riders to replenish their cold drinks. Helmets are required.

Finally, The Hiawatha Bicycling Club is putting on the 13th edition of the Tour D’Amico Bicycle Tour.  It kicks-off at the Preserve Village Shopping Center in Eden Prairie, MN and you can choose from 3 different supported routes (29, 46, and 63 miles) which include hydration breaks along the way and rest stops at D’Amico & Sons restaurants, followed by a D’Amico & Sons Italian buffet lunch. Hit the link for online registration.

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Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 6.29.12

Ahhhh.  Unemployment.

Photo by: Paul H. Coe.

Location: Elm Creek Mountain Bike Trails, Elm Creek, MN.

Date taken: June 25, 2012.

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Weekend Event: Pedal Forwards

This time every Friday, we usually bring you a nice long list of weekend cycling events.  Despite looking and looking, this is all that we could find.

From Facebook:

It’s that time of year … Boneshaker Books is putting on Pedal ForWORDS, a book-centric alleycat race, as the grand finale of this year’s 30 Days of Reading!

Meet at Longfellow Park by the tennis court (E 34th St. & 38th Ave S). Manifests / registration at 4:30. Race starts at 5pm. After-party at Boneshaker with prizes, fun and libations for 21+ folks.

Pre-register for $3 at Boneshaker (2002 23rd Ave S, in Seward), or preregister online for $5 at boneshakerbooks.com. You can also register the day of the race–just bring your five bucks to the meet-up at 4:30 at Longfellow. (All the money goes to support Boneshaker, a non-profit, collectively-run bookstore! Yay!)

The theme this year: DYSTOPIA. There will be games, including CENTRIFUGAL BUMBLEPUPPY, special assignments, puzzles, trivia and guerilla gardening. COSTUMES ENCOURAGED (prizes will be awarded for most creative dystopian-themed get-up). Prizes will also be awarded for creativity and wit, and of course we’ll have some goodies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and DFL. Sponsors include Boneshaker Books, The Hub, Angry Catfish, Sunrise Cyclery and Kitsune Cycles!

Not into bicycle racing? Volunteer at a stop! You’ll get a free Boneshaker t-shirt or a gift certificate for $10. Plus BEER at the end of the race if that’s your thing! (To volunteer e-mail events@boneshakerbooks.com.)

BRING A TOWEL.

Know of something going on that we don’t? Let everyone know in the comments section!

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