On a recent trip to the twin cities I dropped in with 200+ other riders on the Freeride. The beautiful weather, a stunning array of longtails, bike polo, bike cafes, and of course lots of Pabst made this a social ride I won’t soon forget. If there was any doubt, I’m now certain that Minneapolis’s thriving bike community, and cycling infrastructure make this a top notch two wheeled town. Now, if we could just figure out this winter thing… See more from Freeride after the jump.
I found the joy of single speed cyclocross last year. So simple and so little to go wrong. This year I’ve got my single speed setup with easy-off fenders so I can run it as a rainy-day option.
The rain is coming, and I have a new bike on the way (November I’m told), but in the mean time I’ll be rolling slow and easy on my single speed. No derailleurs to rub, chain cleanliness is less important, and as long as I’m not in a big hurry I can keep a nice and easy 15mph pace all the way home. Can’t wait.
This maybe a stupid idea, but I’m thinking of racing cross with the Bettie. The passenger could dismount with me, pick the bike up and over the barriers, and then push up the hills. Additionally, we could carry beer, pretzels, and a change of clothes with us when we get tired, wet, and cold.