Fred's Bike/walk Page

Selected bike related links - mostly Minneapolis related    Links at Major Taylor Bike Club website    More bike/transit links    Fred's Bike Blog

City of Minneapolis Bicycle Program has many useful links. "Where to Ride" link goes to page with
 maps - online and where to get printed ones including the great Hennepin County Bike map.
City of Minneapolis Pedestriain Program Similar resources for walking.
Minneapolis Bicycle Registration - Free Also report stolen registered bikes
Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
Our Streets formerly Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
Slow Roll weekly North Mpls (mostly) bike ride
Nice Ride Minnesota public bike sharing system will start in Minneapolis in May of 2010.
MN Off Road trails including Wirth Park Trails
Transit for Livable Communities advocating for buses, light rail, commuter rail in Minnesota
Walkscore site calculates a number that reflects the distance to destinations within walking distance for an
 address one enters.  It is a fairly rough calculation using information from Google. Choosing where to live
 in a location with most destinations in walking / biking distance greatly reduces the potential
 environmental/energy transportaion impact. Of course routes to work destinations are very significant.
North Minneapolis Bikeways
Luce Line Bikepath from Douglas Drive in Golden Valley to Wirth Parkway is now open. A key link west from Mpls.
Major Taylor Bike Club is the premier African-American bicycling club in the state of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest
Pedal Minnesota Great information, see "resources"
Twin Cities bike/transit links at Twin Cities Streets for People
Bicycle Commuter Institute
Blue bike lanes in Denmark which are used (only) at some intersections. Picture from Fred's 1999 trip.
 Note in the foreground that bike lane has curb between it and vehicle lanes as well
 as between it and sidewalk. BTW note that bus has 3 doors to speed stops.

Recumbent bicycles

I've been riding recumbent bikes pretty exclusively since Oct. 2009. A recumbent bicycle is a bicycle which places the pedals in front rather than below the rider. The rider's back is supported. Many recumbent riders find them easier and more comfortable to ride. I'd been interested in them for much longer. Since I ride mostly for tranporation in the city and therefore lock it up on the street. I wanted one I was willing to do that with. Recumbent bikes tend to be pricey compared to the wide range of upright bikes - they are made in smaller numbers and tend to have above average components. When I finally found used recumbents for sale by individuals for acceptable prices (see Craigslist paragraph below), I bought a used recumbent and then another. As far as I'm concerned it is the only way to go. Here's another good overview of recumbent bikes Bicycleman FAQ Fred's bike design and recumbent bikes it evolved from. I've never attempted to build this. FUS Earthday bike rides: 2006 2005 2005,2 2004 . Special Twin Cities bike shops - public workshops, used, coop, recumbent Minneapolis Venture North Bike/Walk/Coffee Open Shop-Tue 3-7, youth employment 1830 Glenwood Av 612-377-3029 2//17: M-F 7-7pm, Sat 10-5 Recovery Bike Shop Open Shop (Mon 7pm starting July 2018) , used. Central near Lowry Ave: 2504 Central Ave NE 612-876-5356 Cycles for Change - Mpls (formerly Spokes...) Open Shop-Wed 4-pm, Sat 1pm, Tue-women-5pm, 24/7 repair station 1915 East 22nd Street 612-787-7433 Grease Pit Bike Shop Now located at 2750 Bloomington Ave. Public workshop (donations) Mon - Thur:6-9pm Sat, Sun: 3-6pm Full Cycle is a bike shop based on a program to teach at-risk youth to repair bikes at 3515 Chicago Av S 612-824-7581. Freewheel Midtown Bike Center on Midtown Greenway. Storage, Rentals, Cafe , Repair Classes, Public Shop ($4/ 15 min) Hub bike Shop Coop, two locations, Cedar Riverside; near Hiawatha & Lake (has used bikes and public shop ($5/hr)) OUT OF Business? Sunrise Cyclery at 2901 Blaisdell Ave So (new location) has an extensive inventory of used bikes. OUT OF Business? Two Wheels Bike Shop sells re-built used bikes and offers tune-ups. 1014 W 27th St St. Paul Express Bike Shop Community based used bikes / training 1158 Selby (nr Lex) 651-644-9660 M-F noon-7 Sat 1-5 Cycles for Change! (formerly Sibley Bike Depot) Member based nonprofit advocacy and public repair/education. located at 712 University Ave., St Paul (1 block west of Dale) Edina OUT OF Business: Edina Bike Shop NW of France Av and Hwy 62 Lower cost recumbents. Craigslist Twin Cities bikes for sale is a good website to look for used bikes. Maybe 1% are recumbent bikes. Search for "recumbent" I got my last two recumbent bikes via this site. USE usual PRECAUTIONS when arranging deals. It should be possible to configure Google Alerts to notify one by email when a 'bent' shows up for sale.

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