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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
7 metro locations including 710 W. Lake St., Mpls. • 612-822-2228 • www.penncycle.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.
2901 Blaisdell Av. S., Mpls. • 612-824-6144 • www.sunrisecyclerympls.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.
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.
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.
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.