The Bike Guy column

Tony Brown writes twice a month about the evolving, offbeat, vibrant world of cycling in Minnesota.

Outdoors
August 22
Thomas Niccum, 62 moved down the road during the the Ride Across America.

Minnesota cycling team suffers for fun to 'Ride Across America'

The Bike Guy column: Local team speeds through cross-country ride.
Outdoors
July 5
Major Taylor was the most dominant bike sprinter of his time in the late 19th century and early 20th.

New book reminds of local snub of black cyclist Major Taylor

The Bike Guy column: The legendary black sprint cyclist of the late 19th and 20th century was to race in St. Paul.
Outdoors
May 16
A bill calls for expanding the definition of safe distance from car to bike.

The Bike Guy: Traffic safety, trail passes are discussion points this legislative session

The Bike Guy column: But don't get your hopes up for issues such as a restoration of a tax credit to benefit commuters.
Outdoors
April 18
The racing fest last ran in 2017.

North Star Grand Prix bike racing still hopes to roll again

Potential remains for once-popular racing festival, but sponsorship remains a hurdle.
Outdoors
April 4
A bike fair in Minneapolis drew nearly 3,000 people to learn about and test-ride e-bikes, whose sales have boomed.

The Bike Guy column: Entering a new world? Signs say yes

Watching the sale of Penn Cycle, the challenges at local shops, and the rise of the electric bike.
Outdoors
March 7
A bicyclist traveled the Midtown Greenway March 4 near Bryant Ave South. Bike paths are giving some cyclists a respite from the snowbound streets.

Snowbound streets and paths change landscape for cyclists

Record-setting snow has put a lot of people to the test.
Outdoors
February 10
Worldbiking

The Bike Guy column: Five websites for dreamers, fixers, and tech geeks

Randomly picked and presented, here are five that are inspiring, interesting, helpful.
Outdoors
January 25
Winter presents interesting choices in the cycling community.

In defense of the hibernating crowd of cyclists who venture out on occasion

Some of them are taking advantage of our warmish winter; don't judge them, writes The Bike Guy
Outdoors
January 10
Cyclists and motorists moved along Marshall Avenue, headed eastbound in St. Paul during rush hour in October 2017. LEILA NAVIDI leila.navidi@startribu

Even if the driver-cyclist angst still boils, there is good news, too

The Bike Guy column: It there was a compelling theme to 2018, it was conflict.
Outdoors
December 27, 2018
The year that was in cycling.

Pedaling poetry to bid the year in cycling adieu

The Bike Guy columnist, aka Tony Brown, in labored verse.
Outdoors
December 16, 2018
The bike shop of Gene and Jennifer Oberpriller is a marker of Minneapolis' bike culture and history over the past 30 years.

Pioneering One on One Bike Studio will leave a hole in North Loop

The move, probably in February, is a moment worth marking, for the three-decade arc it represents for both the city and its cycling culture and history.
Outdoors
November 23, 2018
Linking the Hardwood Creek and Sunrise Prairie trails to the Munger Trail would create an uninterrupted 130-mile stretch.

Gitchi-Gami Trail battle overshadows miles state could add elsewhere

The Bike Guy column: State is spending $5M to pave a 3-mile stretch of bike trail.
Outdoors
November 8, 2018
A still from a YouTube video about the use of a Yepp Mini, a Thule contraption for getting children anchored in front.

The Bike Guy: When wonders of new options flirts with protective parenting.

The questions are increasingly complex and challenging when it comes to hauling wee ones.
Outdoors
October 25, 2018
road bike handlebar carbon on white background

Minnesota trail projects open possibilities for extended cruising

Minnesota Valley, Baker/Carver also will help balance region's map.
Outdoors
October 11, 2018
Focused young cyclist riding out on a country road

The Bike Guy: Paths are murky in search for answers on rails-to-trails land

Conservancy's coyness only begs question of where next state path might be.
Outdoors
September 28, 2018
Mountain biking — in every season — has exploded in popularity in Minnesota.

Row over proposed mountain biking trails in Minnetonka park is sign of the times

Bike Guy column: From any angle, impact fears are legitimate.
Outdoors
September 17, 2018
Bike parking at H�jbro Square (High Bridge Square) in Copenhagen.

Where will bikes fit as Minneapolis updates its transportation action plan?

City Council member eyed Copenhagen and the Netherlands with updated action plan looming.
Outdoors
July 16, 2018
The Bike Guy says it's time to make a pledge of civility

The Bike Guy says it's time to make a pledge of civility

OK, it’s the height of the cycling season. Let’s everybody hold up our right hands (or left hands, or whatever) and take the Bike Guy…
Outdoors
May 11, 2018
A cyclist rolled along the West River Parkway bike path.

The Bike Guy column: Arrival of e-bikes should spur discussion about speed on paths

Arrival of e-bikes has made the topic even more urgent in Minneapolis.
Outdoors
April 12, 2018
Lost or stolen bikes are warehoused in Minneapolis, and many are sold at regular police auctions.

The Bike Guy column: Lessons from scuttling a Minneapolis bike theft scheme

One takeaway from the arrest: Register your bike, and you just might get it back.
Outdoors
March 8, 2018
Mikael Colville-Andersen wants Copenhagen — where four in 10 ride to work or school — for the rest of the world.

The Bike Guy: Cycling evangelist has been upbeat on Minneapolis

TEDx star has been upbeat on Minneapolis, but he doesn't heed gritty realities.
Outdoors
February 8, 2018
Winter mindset: Bikes -- and bike parts.

The Bike Guy column: Bike-build has honored place among winter tasks

Inner work and devotion to the bike are beautifully illustrated in "Zen" classic.
Outdoors
January 16, 2018
The Bike Guy column: Shops are full of guys, and not full of women

The Bike Guy column: Shops are full of guys, and not full of women

Mechanic programs bring more women into the fold.