50 Reasons: Minneapolis Is The ‘Bike Capital’ Of America

An original production by GearJunkie.com and Twin Cities filmmaker Erik Nelson, ’50 Reasons’ stakes a claim that Minneapolis is the bike capital of America.

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The film documents the local bike culture, from publicly-funded trails, infrastructure, and programs, to engaging Minneapolis/St. Paul personalities and bike-based businesses.

’50 Reasons’ reveals a cross-section of the city’s scene to make its case that biking in Minneapolis/St. Paul is unique to any other experience in America.

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Gene Oberpriller, founder of One on One Bike Studio

Footage and interviews were shot over two months around the city. The video includes scenes to show the diversity of biking options, vast public support, bike art and culture, and massive adoption of bike-commuting in the city.

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Hurl Everstone publishes the cult online blog/’zine Cars-R-Coffins

A major center of bike design, we go inside bike-world giant Quality Bicycle Products as well as tiny independent makers. Finally, the video has footage of the people who ride year-round, from humid summers to the depths of the Minnesota winter.

The video makes a strong case why Minneapolis, the town that GearJunkie calls home, is the best bike city in the nation.

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Patrick Stephenson founded the ’30 Days of Biking’ movement

The full list, including 50 “reasons,” is below. And this is just a start to what makes riding in Minneapolis/St. Paul the best in the U.S.

1. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
2. Theodore Wirth Singletrack
3. M.O.R.C.-built Mountain Bike Trails
4. The NSC Velodrome
5. The Midtown Greenway
6. Martin Olav Sabo Bridge
7. Winter Biking Fanatics
8. Bike Cops With Fat Bikes
9. Beez Kneez Honey Delivery
10. Taco Cat
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Beez Kneez pedal-powered honey extractor
11. Greg LeMond
12. Nice Ride MN
13. Koochella Racing Team
14. Biking Musician Ben Weaver
15. Bike Weddings
16. ARTCRANK
17. Bike Tour To ‘Save The Boundary Waters’
18. Cars-R-Coffins
19. MPLS Bike Love
20. Bunyan Velo Magazine
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Bread delivery by bike
21. The Stupor Bowl
22. Minneapolis Bike Week
23. Open Streets Minneapolis
24. Dedicated Bike Lanes
25. Babes In Bikeland Alleycat
26. Adam Turman Bike Murals
27. MN Public Radio PedalHub Podcast
28. QBP
29. Surly
30. Salsa
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Peacock Groove ‘tractor’ bike
31. All-City
32. Wolf Tooth Components
33. Search And State
34. Park Tool
35. Twin Six
36. Banjo Brothers
37. HED Wheels
38. Donkey Label
39. Peacock Groove
40. ‘Official Winter Biking Day’
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Taco delivery by bike
41. Birthplace Of Modern Fat Bike
42. ’30 Days Of Biking’
43. SPOKES Organization
44. Pedal MN
45. Brake Bread
46. Copenhagenize Index 2015
47. Independent Bike Shops
48. Regional Bike Chains (Penn and Erik’s)
49. One On One Bike Shop
50. The Bike Junkyard

 

–’50 Reasons: Minneapolis Is The Bike Capital Of America’ is an original production by GearJunkie.com and Twin Cities filmmaker Erik Nelson.

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