December. Minnesota. Still Riding to Middle School.

It's so great that earlier this week there were this many bikes still at Lake Harriet Community School in Minneapolis. And these kids are embracing the "Rakish Middle School Rider" philosophy with their cool rims.  We'd like to meet the kids who will still be riding next week!

The Hardest Part is Gearing Up — A novice tries “winter biking” in Minneapolis

Tomorrow is my 49th birthday and, as is common with people nearly 50, I decided that I will spend the next 12 months getting in excellent shape. . . before I'm "old." Tom just wrote a three-part blog on winter biking for “avid bike commuters braving frigid temperatures” which gave me the fabulous idea to [...]

Winter Biking Part 3: Riding Tips

In this third winter riding post I will cover a few tips for cold weather and winter riding. Considering I live in Minneapolis these tips are mostly applicable to avid bike commuters braving frigid cold temperatures. If you are in a warmer climate you are lucky enough that some of this is probably overkill... The [...]

Winter Biking Part 2: Riding Gear

  In this second in a series of three posts on winter biking I'll talk about what sort of gear I use to stay comfortable on mid winter rides. When it comes to clothing the general advice I give those who are new to winter riding is don't skimp on quality but don't think you [...]

Winter Biking Advice from a Veteran – Part 1: The Bike

I've been biking year round since the late 80's in both Minnesota and London England so I have a lot of experience biking in cold (what many would consider extreme cold) weather as well as rain and snow.  Since this question comes up very frequently on forums I follow and some of my ideas run [...]

The All British Cycling Event

Yesterday Beth and I were out visiting bike shops and discussing our plans to open the Rakish Ride bike shop in Amsterdam when we stopped at the Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis for some lunch. As we walked up I noticed there were a number of very nice old British bikes parked out front. Low [...]

Trek 510 Series Randonneur

My first "labor of love" 1983 Trek 513. The bike represents nearly two years of continuous development and evolution on my first effort to build a "perfect for me" bike. These early 80's Trek frames are well known as very high-quality bikes that were silver brazed by hand in Wisconsin. While it is hard enough [...]

Made in America – An Evening with Sky Yeager of Shinola

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending an event here in Minneapolis  where bike designer Sky Yeager spoke about her company Shinola and their design philosophy. With Thanks to Leah McMullen I was also invited to dine with Sky and a few other friends of Shinola like the makers of my favorite espresso at [...]

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