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This Is How They Bike Winter In Minneapolis

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Minneapolis has been declared the top cycling city in the United States, yet for a lot of the year temperatures hover around zero. The above slide show of images celebrates the pedal powered commuters making it happen.

We have our own winter riders in Traverse City, but the MyWHaT photo department was slacking this year so no comparable slide show representing Traverse City. Next year.

What would really help is if there were greater numbers of Traverse City-ites riding. There is still time to give it a try….I believe a storm is brewing.

Did you bike this winter? How was it? Not that bad, huh?

NOTE: Our second post today is a convert’s story of gearing up to pedal her first winter.




  1. John Williams
    March 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Thanks for showing this Gary! Really, all anyone needs to ride is cooler weather are earmuffs, fenders, blinky lights and a simple bike. A basket for groceries makes the bike far more utilitarian. I skipped the “snow tires” (standard joke everyone loves to inject) and rode on slicks this year…..made it just fine. The simpler and cheaper the bike the better. I tried a “mountain bike” with “gears”…meaning brake cables and shifter cables….the road salt killed it in a couple of weeks….coaster brake single speeds are the way to go, IMHO.

  2. Arianne
    March 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

    This was my third year of year-round bike commuting and either the weather has been progressively milder or I am just more seasoned. It’s not bad riding in the winter, but I have it easy b/c I live in town. I do suggest a single speed bike, lights and a helmet. This winter I saw more people commuting on bicycles, which is exciting!

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