Bike U

Bike U125

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 BikeU@BikeTCBC.org.

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TCBC Bike U: Randonneuring Locally and Internationally – February 15, 2024

TCBC Bike U: Randonneuring Locally and Internationally – February 15, 2024

TCBC Bike University Program:  – Randonneuring Locally and Internationally – Norman Ehrentreich – Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 07:00 pm. See the Registration information below!

Norman Ehrentreich has been a lifelong cyclist and In 2003, he moved from Germany to Minneapolis, where he soon joined TCBC and became a ride leader. He discovered Randonneuring through TCBC in 2008, thinking that those listed distances up to 600km were both utterly insane and impossible to ride. Turns out, he was wrong (at least on the “impossible to ride” part) and that these long distances are indeed very addicting. By now he has completed 10 Super Randonneurs series (a series of 200km, 300km, 400km, and 600km rides in a calendar year), completed Paris – Brest – Paris in 2019, and he is close to achieving Randonneuring USA’s (RUSA) Mondial award (40,000km in qualifying RUSA events). Last year, he became the acting Regional Brevet Administrator for the MN: Twin Cities / Rochester region.

Norman is a year-round bike commuter, and he also organizes the regular winter program for Minnesota Randonneurs (each month between November and March a 100km and a 200km ride). By now, Norman is working on his 8th (exclusively Minnesota based) R-12 series (an R-12 award is earned by riding an official RUSA event of 200km or more for 12 consecutive months).

Minnesota Randonneurs: https://www.mnrando.org/

Randonneurs USA: https://rusa.org/

Paris Brest Paris: https://www.paris-brest-paris.org/en/home_/

Registration: You must register for the Zoom Program in advance by going to this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucuusqjsiHdR9w2BIapAMzfF-4kRb_r2l

After Program Information:

Norman Ahrentreich discussed his own experience with the organization and the mental challenges that accompany this style of riding. In addition to discussing the history of the Randonneuring organizations including the link between TCBC and the local MNRandos, Norman defined the variety of ride names, ride styles, and ride types and distances.  While randonneuring has a long history beginning in France, their organization continues to expand its horizons. New this year, RUSA will include rides fewer than 200K.  For TCBC, that means the opportunity for more rides in a structured manner that will not take all day or days to ride!

If riding long distances appeals to you, RUSA events such as Paris-Brest-Paris, North Cape 4000, or the local North Star Bicycle Race are some of the rides available to cyclists. In addition to riding over beautiful terrain on less-traveled roads, a rider has the opportunity to experience new locales with a somewhat structured format similar to TCBC and gain cycling friends to discuss their cycling dreams.

While randonneuring is defined by its noncompetitive nature with many unsupported rides, the timed component of the rides, the individual/team riding events, and the awards structure provide a cyclist the motivation needed to expand and challenge cycling limits.

What does randonneuring offer the TCBC rider? The Winter Riding Series, 200K or fewer distance rides, meeting more cycling friends, setting new cycling goals, and consistently structured year-round riding.

This year, MNRandos will be offering and scheduling 200K or fewer distance miles on the TCBC ride calendar.  Those rides may include ride names like Populaire, Permanents, and Gravel Ride.  MNRando rides will be listed as Outreach Rides. The MNRandos Winter Series offers a 100/200 K ride in the Twin Cities from November through March, so there is still time to ride this winter.

For a TCBC member to ride a MNRando ride you need the following:

  • a RUSA membership $30/year
  • a MNRando membership $25/year or a $5 ride fee (NEW!)
  • and Register both on the TCBC calendar AND the MNRando Site

In addition to commuting year-round, Norman has ridden and finished the Paris-Brest-Paris under the allotted timed finish, continues to work towards RUSA award goals, and enjoys the challenges. He sums up randonneuring by saying it is not just for hard-core long-distance cyclists anymore and that there are ride distances for many different levels.

Thanks to Sam Carroll for arranging for the program and this after-program write-up.

Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording of the session on the TCBC YouTube Channel:

TCBC Bike U: Minnesota Bicycle Alliance – January 25, 2024

TCBC Bike U: Minnesota Bicycle Alliance – January 25, 2024

TCBC Bike University Program: Minnesota Bicycle Alliance – Michael Wojcik, Executive Director – Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 07:00 pm. See the Registration information below!

Michael Wojcik is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN), having officially joined the organization on August 1, 2024. As the second-ever Executive Director, he follows the successful tenure of founding Executive Director, Dorian Grilley. Michael brings a diverse background in Business, Technology, and Local Government Leadership to his role and will provide a history of the alliance and an update on projects. His talk will include but not limited to his background, the BikeMN organization history and membership, 2023 successes, and the legislation and goals for 2024.

Born and raised in Greater Minnesota, Michael has spent the majority of his life immersed in the state’s communities. Currently residing in Rochester, MN, with his family, he has a deep connection to various regions, including Minnesota’s Iron Range, the Red River Valley, and the scenic area of Duluth and the North Shore. Michael is strongly committed to extending BikeMN’s reach and resources to both Urban and Greater Minnesota, including Native communities, with a focus on ensuring safe and accessible biking, walking, or rolling options for all.

Before joining BikeMN, Michael served 12 years as a City Council member in Rochester, MN, where he devoted considerable efforts to promoting safe biking, walking, and rolling as viable transportation alternatives. He played a key role in spearheading the development of noteworthy bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects in Rochester. Moreover, Michael contributed to updating the community’s comprehensive plan, placing a central focus on equity and sustainability. His dedication to environmental stewardship also led to the successful transition of Minnesota’s largest public utility to rely entirely on renewable energy by 2030, earning recognition at the local, state, and national levels.

Michael’s academic achievements include an MBA from the prestigious Carlson School of Management and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He has further demonstrated his proficiency by passing Level III of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam sequence.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Michael finds joy in his personal life. Married to Lisa (Hokenson) Wojcik since 2001, he is a proud father to two daughters, Anastasia and Natalia, and shares his home with a shelter dog named “Bader.”

In his leisure time, Michael delights in exploring nature through walking excursions, attempting to play soccer, and immersing himself in culturally vibrant parts of the world. He has an unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals through the creation of people-centered spaces and infrastructure.

With Michael Wojcik at the helm, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is poised to embrace a new era of leadership, advocacy, and progress in fostering safe and sustainable transportation options for all Minnesotans.

Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota – https://www.bikemn.org/

Meet The Bicycle Alliance’s New Executive Director: Streets MN – https://streets.mn/2023/09/06/bicycle-alliance-executive-director/

Registration: You must register for the Zoom Program in advance by going to this link:

After Program Information:

Michael began the evening with some reflections on his life and how he came to become the new BikeMN Executive Director. The tragic death of Arianna Celeste (see below), a young Rochester, MN bicyclist, was a turning point in his career and led him to enter politics to address safety improvements to make people’s lives better. He was elected to the Rochester City Council and served as a Council Member for 12 years.

As an avid cyclist of the Rochester community, has had a long relationship with BikeMN. He rides an e-bike both for pleasure, commuting, and touring interested persons in seeing Minnesota bike infrastructure while promoting bike / walk advocacy statewide.

Michael shared insights on some of the BikeMN projects, which its 9-person staff and board are busy working on and will involve many volunteers and participants.
  • The Walk, Bike, Fun program helps students and educators to safely learn to ride.
  • The Adult Learn to Ride program, which teaches adults how to ride.
  • The upcoming Day at the Capitol on March 14 where you can join fellow bike advocates to learn about legislative efforts and meet your state representatives.
  • The Bicycle Across Minnesota BAM ride will tour the Iron Range this year.
Michael encouraged us to be a BikeMN member and thanked TCBC for being its longtime sponsor.  Minnesota’s Bike/Walk infrastructure is the envy of many advocates around the country, and there is still much more to do.  Sign up for the BikeMN free e-newsletter to keep informed.
Background on Arianna Celeste

Med City Beat article about Arianna’s accident and bridge
Trail Link – Arianna Celest Macnamra Memorial Bridge description – Named in memory of Arianna Celeste Macnamara, a 7-year-old girl who was tragically killed when she was struck by a car while crossing a nearby intersection, the Arianna Celeste Macnamara Memorial Bridge aims to help prevent similar tragedies by providing a safe, off-road connection for cyclists and pedestrians between the Cascade Creek Trail and the Douglas-Cascade Trail in Rochester. The bridge crosses over US Highway 14, a set of railroad tracks, and 7th Street NW, allowing trail users to easily bypass these barriers, helping to tie together Rochester’s growing trail network.
Thanks to Dan Miller for this after-program write-up.
Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording of the session on the TCBC YouTube Channel:
TCBC Bike U: Free Bikes 4 Kidz – November 15, 2023

TCBC Bike U: Free Bikes 4 Kidz – November 15, 2023

TCBC Bike University Program: Free Bikes 4 Kidz – Christian Castillo, Warehouse Operations Manager – Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 07:00 pm. See the Registration information below!

Christian will provide an overview and history of the nationwide Free Bikes 4 Kidz program, the operations in Minnesota, how the program is funded, ways to volunteer, and how he personally became involved in this wonderful program for children.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is always looking for volunteers, and he will talk about the opportunities that are available. Thanks to John Benda for arranging this program and coordinating TCBC Volunteers for the program. See the links below for further information and how to volunteer.

Christian began riding at age 2. He knows he is certain about this because he remembers enjoying crashing his tricycle into trees before his (3 years younger) brother was born. For the next 13 years, his passion for riding (and crashing) continued to grow until at the age of 15, he decided to change bikes for airplanes and joined the Chilean Air Force. He served for 11 years as a pilot and logistics officer.

In 1998, while commissioned in Iraq, he met Karen, his Scottish wife, who at the time was working in Baghdad for the World Health Organization.

In 1999, he left Chile and got married in London. A year later, while in the UK, he obtained an MBA and was recruited by Cummins Engine, a company that in 2003 would move him to Mexico.

In Mexico, he learned to ride in the mountains surrounding the city of San Luis Potosí, a place he deeply loves because his first two children were born there. While there, he and a few friends went to create what would become today one of the largest mountain bike groups in central Mexico.

In 2007, Cummins moved Christian to Fridley, MN. Once in the Twin Cities, his love for cycling continued to grow. First, he mountain biked and supported Minnesota Off-Road Cyclist’s efforts, volunteering in some of the metro area trails. For a while, he joined the Free Ride/Downhill community and competed in the Jolly Rogers Downhill race series.  He stopped racing as he didn’t stand a chance against riders who, on average, were less than half of his age (but he did have a ton of fun).

In 2009, Christian nomad days were over as he and Karen welcomed their 3rd child and incorporated a new nationality into their already tri-national family. He was now stuck in Minnesota.

In 2011, while volunteering at FB4K, he met the charity founder Terry Esau, who invited him to ride with his friends. Road riding was a new affair and Christian quickly discovered that his 1972, 20 pounds of steel & 8 lbs. of rust, six-speed bike was a bit outdated. After being dropped several times, he knew he needed to review his riding strategy and most importantly, improve his form. About a year later, while training in CR6, he was picked up by the Thermo King Cycling group which -since then, regrets letting him tag along for a ride as they have not been able to get rid of him.

Between 2016 and 2021, Christian and a few friends formed a multinational cycling group that contained Colombians, Spaniards, Venezuelans, Scottish, Guatemalans, Mexicans, French, Americans, and one Chilean.

He has competed twice in the Minnesota State Road Race championship Cat 5 and Seniors, managing not to get last on both occasions. He has done the Horribly Hilly Hundreds 6 times (talk about masochism), reached the summit of Mount Evans and Pikes Peak, and belongs to the Broken Collarbone and Ribs Brotherhood. His current speed record still holds at 67mph. Other fun facts about Christian include: leading a military parade, solo skydiving, crash landing a glider on a hill, being featured in GCN, painting his own bikes and his helmets,

Last year, Christian joined FB4K as a mechanic but just a couple of weeks into the job, was asked to lead the charity operation for the rest of the season. This year, Christian was called back, and he is currently leading the warehouse operations for the 2023 season.

Besides his family and his art (he is a painter), cycling is his only other major passion. Over the last 20 years, he has become a better cyclist, a bike mechanic, an advocate for cyclist rights (and duties), loves helping new people to get in the sport, and has a special interest in learning about all the scientific and technical aspects of riding and bike maintenance.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz – https://fb4k.org/

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Minnesota – https://fb4kmn.org/

Registration: You must register for the Zoom Program in advance by going to this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqduysqzIpHdPf1mbeR9bgAYlm9Ooz8R9E

After Program Information:

On Wednesday, November 15th, Bike U had its first session of our season.  Our guest was Christian Castillo, who is the Warehouse Operations Manager for Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4k’s) in the Twin Cities.  Some of you may remember Christian from last year’s annual banquet, where he took the time to meet and chat with many of us and had a chance to talk briefly about FB4k’s.

During the Bike U session, he gave a bit of the history of FB4k’s and explained their mission – basically to repurpose the thousands of bikes kids grow out of every year and get them into the hands of kids that don’t have a bike and would love to get one. Christian also discussed how FB4k’s rounds up the bikes and gets them ready through a process of cleaning, prepping, and wrenching before they go through “quality control” and are deemed suitable for riding.

TCBC and other organizations put in thousands of volunteer hours taking on these volunteer roles and can also assist in the bike giveaways where kids’ eyes light up as they select and try out their bikes.  It was an enlightening session and will, hopefully, motivate our TCBC membership to get involved in one more way to share their passion for biking with others.

Thanks to John Benda for this wrap-up of the session.

Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording of the session on the TCBC YouTube Channel:

TCBC Bike U: Ride With GPS, April 20 2023

TCBC Bike University Program: Ride With GPS – Alex Gay, Relationship Manager at Ride With GPS – Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 07:00 pm

Alex Gay

Alex Gay is an avid bike commuter, road and gravel cyclist, and sometimes mountain biker. He gravitates towards steep hills and quiet forested roads in Oregon. Alex has been with the company since 2018 and works with clubs, events, tour companies, and tourism destinations all around the world to make cycling easy and accessible using the Ride with GPS website and app.

This is what will be covered during the session:

  1. A short introduction about Ride with GPS, myself, and how the club uses the account.
  2. Benefits of the club account. What you get and what you don’t get. Why you may want your own personal subscription.
  3. If a club has routes linked on its website or calendar, show how to access them there.
  4. How to access and use the club on our website.
  5. Viewing a route on our website. How to pin to sync to a device, change map style, and use the elevation profile.
  6. How to access and use the club membership on our app.
  7. Viewing, downloading, and pinning a route on our app.
  8. Navigating a route on our app.
  9. Questions and answers

After Program Information:

Edward Eroe, the Council of Regents Chair, welcomed everyone and provided some information on past programs as well as thanked our regents, John Benda, Mike Beadles, Tim Rand, and Dan Miller for all their work in making our TCBC Bike U possible. He then introduced Alex Gay, Relationship Manager with Ride with GPS.

Alex provided a short introduction about himself and the Ride with GPS program, including viewing and pulling up rides. All TCBC Members are eligible to use the Ride with GPS TCBC Club account, whether they are paid Ride with GPS members or not. Follow the directions in the link below to signup.

Alex provided information on viewing and using routes, including modifying and saving them. He then provided detailed information on route planning. If you are a paid Ride with GPS account holder and/or a TCBC Ride Leader, there are some advanced features that a non-paid member does not have access to, such as heat maps, for example.

Ride Leaders need to make sure all routes or edits to routes are saved in the club account so that they are available to users.

There were a number of questions.

How does a member sign up for the TCBC Ride with GPS account? The link below was shown.

Is there another way to sync routes from Ride with GPS to your device? Alex provided information on how to use Connected Services to do that. It is done through your personal account under your profile, then settings, and, then Connected Services.

Can you use hearing aids with Ride with GPS to hear verbal directions? Yes, you can by connecting your hearing aids via Bluetooth to the Ride with GPS app.

Can non-paid Ride with GPS users navigate routes that they have saved? They cannot navigate on the Ride with GPS app unless they are paid members. Garmin or Wahoo members can navigate the route.

Are heatmaps available in Europe? Yes, they are, and Alex showed how a user can use them. He also showed how to convert another language into English if the route is, for example, in French.

One user, who does not have cell coverage, had issues with stopping and syncing the Ride with GPS app once they got in the car. Alex did not know why this was happening but showed how you can later cut off sections of a ride through editing. This is a paid subscription feature, however.

Several websites were mentioned, the links are here:

Ride with GPS Home Page: https://ridewithgps.com/

Signing Up for TCBC Ride with GPS Account: https://biketcbc.org/ride-with-gps-club-account/

Connect your Garmin Device: https://ridewithgps.com/help iq/

Connect your Wahoo Device: https://support.ridewithgps.com/hc/en-us/articles/4415457158555

Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording of the session on the TCBC YouTube Channel:

https://youtu.be/vcu2xOiS8Uk

TCBC Bike U: Minneapolis Public Schools Bike Education Program, Mar 16 2023

TCBC Bike University Program: Minneapolis Public Schools Bike Education Program – Jenny Bordon, Active Living Coordinator for the Minneapolis Public Schools & Martha Grimes, Bicycling Instructor, and Physical Education Teacher at the Lyndale Community School – Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 07:00 pm

Jenny Bordon

A former high school language arts teacher, Jenny Bordon has been the Active Living Coordinator in Minneapolis Public Schools since 2011, leading Safe Routes to School efforts and launching innovative bicycle and walk programs in the district. She feels privileged to work every day with star staff and star partners at the intersection of youth and active transportation, and believes the small steps of children can change the world.

  

Martha Grimes

Martha Grimes has been in the Minneapolis Public School district for over 20 years. Since 2015, she has taught physical education at Lyndale Community School in south Minneapolis. A League Cycling Instructor, Ms. Grimes has implemented bike education with her Lyndale students and served on the advisory committee for the statewide safety curriculum, Walk! Bike! Fun! She earned a B.S. in physical education from Bowling Green State University, a master’s in developmental adapted physical education (DAPE) from the University of Minnesota, and a health license from Bethel University. She also has a total of 23 years of service between the Army Reserves in Ohio and the Air Force Reserves in Minnesota. Furthermore, she has a strong passion for physical education and emphasizes fitness, physical and social development, and fun in her teaching.

Come to this session of TCBC Bike U to hear an overview of bicycle education in the Minneapolis Public Schools, where there is a goal of bike education for every fourth and fifth-grade student during the school day. Find out how well they are doing on that goal.

There will also be a discussion of volunteer opportunities within the Bike Education Program. MPS teachers lead the students in bike education, but they need support. Hear firsthand why bike education matters and how TCBC volunteers can help.

After Program Information:

The Council of Regents chair, Edward Eroe, started out the evening by introducing our newest Bike U regent, Dan Miller, and the topic for the evening, learning about Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) bike education program and volunteer opportunities for TCBC club members. 

Dan brought the idea of having representatives from the MPS come and talk with us, so he spoke next.  He gave a bit of a history lesson, taking us back to 2005 when he had heard former long time U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar from northeast Minnesota speak in Duluth about his dream to create a program to get children safely walking and biking to school.  The program, which continues to this day, is called Safe Routes to School.  Thanks to Representative Oberstar the program was awarded $612 million dollars that year to launch the program which included educational and infrastructure programs and Safe Routes to Schools coordinators in all 50 states.  Today’s MPS Bike Education Program is the part of that same initiative.

Dan introduced two key contributors to the program in Minneapolis, who were the speakers tonight.  Jenny Bordon is the district’s Active Living Coordinator, and Martha (Marty) Grimes is a Bicycling Instructor and Physical Education Teacher at Lyndale Community School.  Both were incredibly enthusiastic and joyful about how much the students love the bike program in Minneapolis schools.  Jenny explained the history of how MPS started with its first small fleet of 12 bikes in 2012 and gradually worked its way up to four fleets of 40–45 bikes (including adaptive bikes) that travel from school to school for two week stints.  Several schools also own their own fleets of bikes, and a number of teachers have completed League Cycling Instructor (LCI) training.  All 4th and 5th graders in the district receive training. 

Marty explained the importance of volunteers to the program.  Volunteers are caring adults that just help out.  She noted that they could not run the program without volunteers.  Many of the students are new to the country and are thrilled to learn how to ride on site as well as on bike paths.  Volunteers build relationships with students and teachers and share their joy of biking.  Lots of memories are created as the students learn to bike and get places on their bikes.

There are a number of different volunteer opportunities available.  Volunteers can connect with a school and volunteer one or several times, or for an entire two-week period as the curriculum is delivered.  Volunteers are also needed who can assist with bike maintenance (the district only gets $500 per year for maintenance, so volunteers are very important).  Volunteers can also participate in the district’s two big rides, one will be on May 3rd and the other on June 1st this year.  For more information, feel free to contact any Bike U Board of Regents member. Additionally, there is a form where you can volunteer for the Bike Education program. See below in the website links.

PowerPoint Presentation: https://ftp.eroe.com/TCBCBikeU/MinneapolisPublicSchoolsBikeEducationProgramTCBCBikeUPresentation230316.pdf

Several websites were mentioned, the links are here:

Volunteer for Bike Education at MPS – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTf96u-zgGFT6EPb0Lk4h-gBKJAVa64kdrP59FwMbDWHnAnQ/viewform

Volunteer in MPS Safe Routes to School – https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/srtsvolunteer

Let’s Roll MPS: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 – https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/let_s_roll_mps

The Whole Carrot Newsletter of – https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/wellness

E-Mail Addresses:

Jennifer Bordon –  Jennifer.Bordon@mpls.k12.mn.us

Martha Grimes – Marty.Grimes@mpls.k12.mn.us

Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording of the session on the TCBC YouTube Channel:

https://youtu.be/ahTHTXtyocI

TCBC Bike U: Fat Bikes, Feb 16 2023

TCBC Bike University Program: Fat Bikes – Ryan Saathoff, NOW Bikes Service Manager – Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 07:00pm

Ryan Saathoff

Ryan Saathoff is the Service Manager of Now Bikes in Arden Hills, Minnesota. He has been in the bicycle industry for over 20 years. Over those 20-plus years, Ryan has attended the Barnett Bicycle Institute taught by John Barnett and has completed the Bill Woodul Race Mechanic Clinic by USA Cycling. He has completed a multitude of online and in-person training courses by Shimano, SRAM, Park Tool, QBP Brands, RockShox and FOX, and is BOSCH and S-Tec certified. Ryan is a dedicated bicycle mechanic and enjoys leading Fat Bike rides for Now Bikes all year.

Come to this session of TCBC Bike U to learn all about Fat Bikes. Topics will include: A Brief History of Fat Bikes, Fat Biking in Minnesota, Beginners Fat Biking, Local Fat Biking Events, Fat Bike Gear Selection, and Tire Pressure to name a few.

After Program Information:

Ryan presented a great overview and details about everything Fat Bike related. This included the following:

A History of Fat Bikes, including that the first one was a home-made out of Side by Side Two-Inch Tires and Rims to the one Four Inches wide Tire and Rim. That the Surly Pugsley was the first true commercial Fat Bike, and today the choices we see are either 26-inch or 27.5-inch rims.

That Fat Bikes frames are made of steel, titanium, and carbon and come in many different weights and price ranges, including an e-bike option. He said that while Fat Bikes are mainly used in the winter, many, including himself, ride one year around.

Ryan talked about the proper gear and especially how to dress properly for winter riding and what to expect in different conditions. He said that there are now specific winter bicycle helmets that look more like Downhill Skiing helmets but have ventilation. Using Pogies and winter boots is also important to keep your hands and feet warm in colder conditions.

Tire Pressure was also discussed. With snow the optimal PSI is between 3 and 10 PSI, on dirt from 7 to 12 PSI, and on pavement from 12 to 20 PSI. Many times, just by sitting on the bike to see how much the tires deform properly to grip the conditions is a good starting point. It is better to start with a higher pressure as it’s easier to let air out, rather than put more air in when riding. He also noted that tires do lose pressure in lower temps once you go outside and that if you are bouncing around when pedaling, it probably means too low of a PSI and if sliding around and / or digging in, it means too high of a PSI.

It was interesting to learn that Fat Bikes have gone to one-by (only one crank up front) group sets to allow for even wider tire sizes.

Many good questions were asked during the Q&A session including where to get information on trails to ride on, is it legal to ride on snow mobile trails, use of tubeless tires, taking a tube with you even if you are using tubeless tires, caring for E-Bike batteries in the winter, the best pumps to take with you on a ride, types of pedals from flat, to clip-in, to dual sided,

NOW Bikes also has weekly year-round Fat Bike Demo rides, and they are posted on their website. Call the shop ahead of time to reserve your spot and a fat bike in your size. The Demo Rides are Free, and NOW does rent Fat Bikes at other times.

Several websites were mentioned, the links are here:

MN Bike Trail Navigator – https://mnbiketrailnavigator.blogspot.com/

Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists – https://www.morcmtb.org/

Explore Minnesota Winter Fat Biking in Minnesota – https://www.exploreminnesota.com/article/winter-fat-biking-minnesota

Lezyne Pumps – https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/hand-pumps

NOW Bikes – https://www.nowbikes-fitness.com/

Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording of the session on the TCBC YouTube Channel:

TCBC Bike U: Winter Bicycling, Dec 1 2022

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 https://twitter.com/pedalingpastor.

John talked about the University of Minnesota’s research on transportation and happiness. That link is at https://farstaractionfund.org/community-power/?fbclid=IwAR0p5nRzlF1CGArA841lB7dWOHQZv77tx7HotSaOezr2KlIliwCyig9pp8I which also includes a Happiness Map at https://maps.umn.edu/transportation-happiness/. John also provided a link on trail plowing status in Minneapolis. That link is https://snow-event-requester-minneapolisparks.hub.arcgis.com/.

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: www.staminaracingcollective.com.

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.

https://youtu.be/yFIDaKB03fY