Twin Cities bike shops and bike events

Updated 5/16/2013

The top spots to get geared up.

Daniel Zachman got helmet advice from Marci Levine at Freewheel on Minneapolis’ West Bank.

SHOPS

The Alt

3013 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • 612-374-3635 • www.altbikeboard.com

The Alt may have some of the friendliest staffers around, who know the balance between being pushy and asking if you need anything. They have speedy service and plenty of merchandise, and above all, a welcoming vibe for experienced riders and novices alike.

Angry Catfish

4208 28th Av. S., Mpls. • 612-722-1538 • www.angrycatfishbicycle.com

Where can you go for a strong cup of espresso and a buttery pastry (from the city’s best bakery, A Baker’s Wife), be surrounded by cool art and peruse lovely high-end bikes, and maybe get your ride fixed, as well? Why, Angry Catfish of course, your all-around neighborhood hot spot and bicycle haven. 

Calhoun Cycle

3342 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. • 612-827-8000 • www.calhouncycle.com

A bit of a specialty store, with an array of recumbent bikes and Brompton folding bikes. Calhoun also has nice accessories and offers tune-ups, repairs and customized projects. 

Erik’s Bike Shop

12 metro locations • www.eriksbikeshop.com

Erik’s may be a chain with stores all over the Twin Cities, Rochester, St. Cloud and Wisconsin, but it got its start when Erik Saltvold was just 13, fixing up bikes in his parents’ back yard before opening his first store in Richfield at 18. Erik’s has won scores of awards and offers a wide selection in a clean, accessible atmosphere.

Freewheel

1812 S. 6th St., Mpls. • 612-339-2219

2834 10th Av. S., Mpls. • 612-238-4447

12910 Plaza Dr., Eden Prairie • 952-377-2230 • www.freewheelbike.com

Freewheel, the once-worker-owned shop with three metro locations, is bright and clean with a knowledgeable staff. They have a wide selection of gear and apparel, and offer classes and bike rentals. The Midtown Greenway location (10th Av. S.) is particularly convenient for riders, complete with yummy snacks and Peace Coffee.

Full Cycle

3515 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. • 612-824-7581 • www.fullcyclebikeshop.org

Full Cycle employs and trains homeless youths, teaching them valuable business and bike-repair skills, while offering affordable repair services, bikes and parts.

Grand Performance

1938 Grand Av., St. Paul • 651-699-2640 • www.gpbicycles.com

This Mac-Groveland neighborhood shop offers an array of high-end bicycles for bike aficionados as well as people just getting started.

Handsome Cycles

115 Washington Av. N., Mpls. • 612-353-4035 • www.handsomecycles.com

At the newly opened Handsome, you don’t just buy a bike, you buy the perfect fit for you. The company, which started as a steel bike-frame manufacturer, opened its new shop this year in partnership with the adjacent One on One Bicycle Studio. The friendly staff helps you build a customized bike that does exactly what you need it to do. 

Hiawatha Cyclery

4301 E. 54th St., Mpls. • 612-727-2565 • www.hiawathacyclery.com

Hiawatha specializes in high-quality bikes that are attractive and durable, and is one of the few places where you can purchase Xtracycle cargo bikes, perfect for those long-distance touring trips.

The Hub Bike Co-Op

3020 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. • 612-729-0437

301 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. • 612-238-3593

401 SE. Oak St., Mpls. • 612-624-9468

www.thehubbikecoop.org

This worker-owned, democratically run shop donates part of its profits to the community and the environment, so you get a bit of good karma every time you buy their services or products.

One on One Bicycle Studio

117 Washington Av. N., Mpls. • 612-371-9565 • www.oneononebike.com

One on One isn’t just a bike shop, it’s a community. Between its repair shop, plethora of cool gear, cafe and art gallery, this is a place not just to buy a bike or get it fixed, but to get to know other cyclists.

Penn Cycle

7 metro locations including 710 W. Lake St., Mpls. • 612-822-2228 • www.penn​cycle.com

One of the oldest bike shops in the Twin Cities, Penn aims to help you choose the bike that’s right for you. With group rides, great service and a wide selection, it’s a reliable shop for your biking needs.

Recovery Bike Shop

2555 Central Av. NE., Mpls. • 612-876-5356 • www.recoverybikeshop.com

Founded by Brent Fuqua as a way to help him break free from addiction (hence the name), Recovery partnered with Re-Cycle, also in northeast Minneapolis, in 2011. It’s a great affordable used-bike and service shop.

Sunshine Cyclery

2901 Blaisdell Av. S., Mpls. • 612-824-6144 • www.sunrisecyclery​mpls.com

Sunrise is the real deal. It may be a bit grungy and greasy, but the laid-back staff knows what it’s doing. If you’re looking for pristine, this ain’t it, but you may just learn more about your own bike here than any other place in the Twin Cities.

EVENTS

Bike MS: Sam’s Club Twin Cities Ride

Sat. • White Bear Lake • www.bikems.org

A one-day, 22- or 52-mile scenic route along the Gateway Trail. Riders of all levels can enjoy this ride, all in the name of raising money to help fight multiple sclerosis. 

Cyclofemme: We Ride Together

Sun. • Minneapolis to Watertown, Minn. • 651-324-7607 • www.cyclofemme.com

Celebrate woman power at this local installment of Cyclofemme, an international day celebrating women cyclists. The ride, open to all, starts at the Midtown Greenway and goes all the way to Watertown.

Open Streets

June 23 • Lyndale Avenue S., Mpls. • www.openstreetsmpls.com

Open Streets is an exhilarating event where bicyclists, pedestrians, inline skaters, unicyclists and anyone not in a car get the full width of Lyndale to themselves. Modeled after the Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, it’s family-friendly with entertainment and activities throughout the day.

Red Ribbon Ride

July 18-21 • www.redribbonride.org

This 300-mile ride starts at the Mall of America and ends with a closing ceremony at the State Capitol on July 21, attracting hundreds of riders each year to benefit Minnesota AIDS service organizations.

Tour de Fat

July 27 • Loring Park • www.newbelgium.com

Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, this annual touring spectacle is always a fun time, with great bands and entertainment. The event is free, but money raised through beer sales and activities goes toward bicycle advocacy nonprofits. 

Powderhorn 24

Aug. 9-10 • www.​powderhorn24.com

Modeled after the Riverwest 24 Hour Bicycle Race in Milwaukee, Powderhorn 24 calls for residents and friends of the Powderhorn neighborhood to race for 24 hours straight in south Minneapolis. Teams may work in relay or ride solo. Designed to foster community and have fun, this is one race you won’t want to miss.

Square Lake Festival

Aug. 10 • Stillwater • www.squarelakefestival.com

The Square Lake Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, offers discount tickets for cyclists who agree in advance to bike from the Twin Cities — about 70 miles round trip. In past years, they’ve reached their goal of more than 50 percent of attendees biking to the fest, which offers an eclectic lineup of folk, rock, jazz and world music as well as a short-film festival.

BABES IN BIKELAND

August TBA • www. babesinbikeland.com

This annual alleycat event is part race, part scavenger hunt and a chance to win a bunch of great prizes from local sponsors. Geared toward women and transgender cyclists, it’s a chance for fun and some healthy competition.