Bike U

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The Twin Cities Bicycling Club Bike U program provides quality and timely educational programs about bicycling throughout the year. The programs will be announced on this page and through our TCBC publications and Forum. They will be recorded through Zoom with links to both the program time and date followed by the recordings on our TCBC YouTube site. This way if you missed the program, you could watch it later at your convenience.

Edward Eroe is the coordinator of Bike U and you can e-mail him at

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TCBC Bike U: Winter Bicycling

TCBC Bike University Program: Winter Bicycling – Scott Larson, Mike Beadles, and John Benda – Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 07:00pm

TCBC Bike University will be featuring our own members, Scott Larson, Mike Beadles, and John Benda who will be presenting on Winter Bicycling! All three are avid year-round bicyclists and will provide their wisdom on a number of things you need to consider when riding your bicycle in the winter. Some but not all the topics will include:

  • Types of Bicycles Used
  • Tires & Use of Studs
  • Tire Pressure
  • Tubeless Tires
  • Fenders
  • Clothing
  • Boots
  • Gloves & Pogies
  • Goggles
  • Fleece
  • Layering
  • Masks
  • Hydration
  • Trails and Roads
  • The Peddling Pastor
  • The University of Minnesota Research on Bicycling

No matter if you’re an experienced winter cyclist or want to try it for the first time, this will be a great session to learn new things and to stay safe and warm!

After Program Information:

Scott, Mike, and John provided a comprehensive overview of everything you need to consider when bicycling in the winter. They covered all the items listed above and had excellent discussions of their individual preferences on tire pressure, the use of studs, where they bike, and the types of clothing used.

Travis Norvell, the Pedaling Pastor, also talked about what he uses for winter cycling as he commutes every day. Travis is known to provide updates on bicycling conditions in the Twin Cities using the Twitter hashtags #mspcyclecast #mspbikecommute. His Twitter Account is

John talked about the University of Minnesota’s research on transportation and happiness. That link is at which also includes a Happiness Map at John also provided a link on trail plowing status in Minneapolis. That link is

Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording to learn more about bicycling in the winter.
TCBC Bike U: Midtown Greenway Coalition – An Update with Soren Jensen, Executive Director

TCBC Bike U: Midtown Greenway Coalition – An Update with Soren Jensen, Executive Director

TCBC Bike University Program: Midtown Greenway Coalition – An Update with Executive Director, Soren Jensen – October 6, 2022, at 07:00pm

TCBC Bike University is excited to feature Soren Jensen, Executive Director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, who will provide the history of the coalition as well as an update on current activities. Soren has served in this position since 2011. Previously, he held positions with Target Corporation, The American Red Cross, and the National Parks Conservation Association. He holds a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and a B.A. from the University of Iowa.

This will be a very special opportunity to get your questions answered about our beloved Greenway Trail. There are many, such as:
-How is it going with that bridge?
-How will the trail link between the bridge and the Ayd Mill Trail in St. Paul?
-When are they going to fix the botched repaving job from last year?
-What’s going on with these art murals? Will there ever be more murals rather than graffiti? What’s this we hear about light sculptures?
-How’s it going with safety initiatives, homelessness, and crime around the trail?
-Are they ever going to reopen the Bike Center? Does the Coalition even have an office anymore?

These are just a few questions that come to mind. Bring your own issues about almost anything to do with the Greenway Trail!

Special thanks to Tim Rand for organizing this session of Bike U!

After Program Information:

Soren provided a fascinating history of the implementation and construction of the Greenway Trail dating back to the 1980s, as well as several current issues including repaving, the possible extension across the Mississippi River to St. Paul, safety initiatives, bench relocations, future amenities, artwork, and upcoming events. He also helped the listeners navigate a complex network of city, county, rail, business, utility, national park, and other community players that affect the trail.
Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording to find out almost everything you wanted to know about the Midtown Greenway Trail!
Also, see this article by Amy Gage, titled “Could a Proposed Railway Merger Finally Bridge the Twin Cities by Bike?”, that was published in Streets.MN on October 26, 2022. TCBC is mentioned along with the link to this Bike U session!
TCBC BikeU: Understanding Electric Bikes with Stuart from Powerbikes

TCBC BikeU: Understanding Electric Bikes with Stuart from Powerbikes

TCBC Bike University Program – Understanding Electric Bikes with Stuart from Powerbikes – April 28, 2022, at 06:30pm

Electric bikes are poised to revolutionize transportation across the United States, and rapid adoption in Europe and Asia has reduced car dependency along with corresponding fossil fuel consumption and environmental harm. We share a future where light electric vehicles increase our mobility, sustainability, and health, and electronic bikes are positioned to greatly impact how our community travels, exercises, and recharges.

Our speaker will be Stuart Deets, Rental Manager, from Powerbikes in St. Louis Park. He will discuss the use cases of electric bikes, contrast electronic biking to mechanical bike riding, discuss the local and federal regulatory environment, and look ahead at trends in electric bike adoption globally, nationally, and locally.

After Program Information:

Stuart provided a wealth of information about the different types of electric bikes, batteries, the different drives and classes of electric bikes, misconceptions about these bikes, comparisons to regular bikes, and how to choose one.

The TCBC YouTube Recording of this session can be found below and on the TCBC YouTube Channel.

TCBC Bike U – Stamina Racing Collective: Equity in Bicycling with Erin Ayala

TCBC Bike U – Stamina Racing Collective: Equity in Bicycling with Erin Ayala

The Stamina Racing Collective is a competitive cycling team formed in July 2020 with the mission to diversify cycling via mentorship, community development, and accessibility.

Approximately 15% of licensed racers in USA Cycling are those in the women’s field, and approximately 10% of racers are people of color. Stamina members are working to change these statistics through increased representation in the sport.

In addition to regular racing, Stamina members volunteer in the community, host community group rides and events, and direct resources toward BIPOC, trans, and non-binary cyclists in the community. As a 501(c)3, Stamina relies on grants and donations from community members to make its mission come to life.

Stamina has 13 members on its roster for the 2022 racing season. They plan to compete in road, gravel, fat biking, and mountain biking races for the upcoming season. Target races include Leadville 100, Rooted Vermont, Tour of America’s Dairyland, Unbound Gravel, and more.

Erin is pictured on the far left in the picture.

To learn more about Stamina and to see our 2022 race calendar, go to:

After Program Information:

The panel provided advice to people who are trying to make cycling more inclusive. Some things mentioned were using preferred pronouns (she/her, he/him, they/them) and not touching someone else without their permission. These might seem like little things, but they make a difference. One panelist, Mel, said it’s important to consider the invisible needs of others, such as whether someone has a hearing or vision limitation. It was also mentioned that it’s important to be open to feedback and criticism, even if it is not delivered very smoothly. One final response, given by Christina, was to do some research; search the web on how to talk to a trans person or person of color.

Overall, it was a very positive presentation that gave us viewers a lot to think about. They have entertaining bios of their team members at the site, as well as blogs and more about team members. You can read about their efforts to volunteer, mentor others that might be race curious, take action in the community and diversify cycling overall. They also have some entertaining posts on their Instagram page.

The TCBC YouTube Recording of this session can be found below and on the TCBC YouTube Channel.

TCBC Bike U: Bike to the Past: TCBC History Since the 1980s

TCBC Bike U: Bike to the Past: TCBC History Since the 1980s

TCBC Bike University Program – March 3, 2022, at 07:00pm

Bike to the Past: TCBC History Since the 1980s

Our speaker will be our own, Doug Nelson. Doug has long been active with American Youth Hostels, which became Hosteling International, which the Twin Cities Bicycle Club spun off from in 1993. He has been editor of the “Hosteler”, later the “TCBC NEWS”, since 1979.

Doug has been a witness to much of our TCBC history by attending most of the IronMan, Watermelon, Weekend On Wheels, and All-Club rides that were held. He has also biked more than 1000 club miles a year for 40 years. Doug has been called the club’s unofficial historian, due to his role as the long-term editor of “TCBC News”. He has, what he calls, is “a pretty good sense of our history” and so Doug will work to present it in an informative way. He will use a few quotes from newsletter articles as needed, and will try to distinguish between historical facts and his opinions. Many members have been around for some or much of TCBC history, and you will have your own recollections and interpretations, and that’s great. Let’s go back to the past for a little while, and see how the club developed.

After Program Information: The TCBC YouTube Recording of this session can be found at this link:

TCBC Bike U: Simple Steps to a Cooler Climate: Taking Action from Your Bike Seat

TCBC Bike U: Simple Steps to a Cooler Climate: Taking Action from Your Bike Seat

TCBC Bike University Program – January 25, 2022, at 06:30 pm CST

Simple Steps to a Cooler Climate: Taking Action from Your Bike Seat

Our speakers will be Mindy Ahler and Paul Thompson, the Co-Directors of Cool Planet, where together they work with families, students, and community members to engage all in neighborhood fun and action for the planet. Mindy and Paul are from Edina, Minnesota.

Mindy also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), creating the political will for a livable world. In this role, Mindy works with volunteers across 5 states as they work on national policy to address climate change.

In 2016, Mindy completed a nearly 4,000,-mile LowCarbonCrossings cross-country bike journey to engage people in conversation and action on climate solutions. This journey combined with her work has provided many opportunities to build common ground with those who think differently from herself and given her insight into many perspectives to address climate change.

Mindy’s concern for the environment and climate change stems from her social justice background and involvement with people around the world. She has experienced the kindness and generosity of strangers in many situations that has built her deep-seated belief that all human beings are good at heart and share the common value of caring for one another and future generations.

Paul, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia from 1971-73 where he taught biology, health science and learned about being a world citizen. Paul, a retired elementary school teacher, is a now a full time climate solutions volunteer with his wife Mindy Ahler with Citizens’ Climate Lobby and co directs Cool Planet, our Edina based non-profit working to connect outdoor lovers with protecting their sport/ activity from our rapidly degrading climate.

He serves, with Edward Eroe, as a board member of the Birchleggings Club to inspire the American Birkebeiner and the Loppet to act on climate to preserve winter and build strong support from the cross country ski community on climate solutions.

Paul joined Mindy on her 79-day Low Carbon Crossing journey across the country in 2016 with Ryan Hall (see photo). A lifelong bike rider, biking over 800 miles with Mindy and Ryan was a highlight in my bike riding life. “Having seen what a biking culture can look like in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, it belongs as a major action step in all climate action plans.”

Presentation Description

Join Mindy and Paul to engage in an open conversation about the need for building a diverse and inclusive climate solutions movement and the role bike enthusiasts can play in that movement. Come prepared with your questions and ideas for engaging the people in your family, community to get off the sidelines and take meaningful action on the things you believe in.

The meeting will be via Zoom. To register, follow the directions below.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 25, 2022 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: click here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

After Program Information:

The TCBC YouTube Recording of this session can be found at this link:

Information with links from Cool Planet: To download this handout below, go to this link:

TCBC Bike University Council of Regents

The TCBC Bike University Council of Regents had their first meeting on December 15, 2021. The Council is made up of Mike Beadles, John Benda, Shelby Miller, Tim Rand, and myself as Chair. We will be meeting monthly.

So far we have programs on the topics of the Environment and Biking in January, TCBC History in March, and Biking 101 in May. We are working on other topics including Equity in Bicycling, The Greenway, and Bike Shop presentations. Specific information will be posted here and on the TCBC Calendar, as soon as all the details have been worked out.

All programs will be via Zoom and will be recorded and placed on the TCBC YouTube Site for future reference and for those not able to make the program.

Be watching for updates!

Edward Eroe
TCBC Bike U Chair