FAT BIKE DEMO
9AM - 5PM
For decades Minneapolis cyclists have gathered in the winter to ride their bikes, share their tales, and have good times. The movement has lived at the front of our collective brains for some time. We just recently gave it a name and a venue. We gather all the brands with a dedication to winter riding and put them on display in one location. Come ride with us, learn with us, and embrace the wonderful mayhem that winter has to offer.
1. You need fat tires. 3.7 inches or wider.
2. Don't be too much of a jerk.
3. You need lights. It will be dark.
4. You need a helmet.
5. Event is run crit-style. (First two laps are timed to determine number of total laps.)
6. Event will run approximately 35 mins.
7. No free laps.
8. Open category (no age groups/experience levels)
9. Women start first.
Same as every year. Bring a pack of something to share with your new friends. Beverages, (adult and otherwise) bratwurst, veggie burgers are all welcome.
Starting grid to be determined by the quality of your donation.
Want a sweet prize but don't want to race? Bring some shareables and you'll get yours too!
Fat Bike Demos
Virtually every fat bike from Salsa, Surly, and Trek will be on hand for you to test ride. We'll have a fresh set of curves, bumps, and lumps for you to ride on. Fat bike suspension? Carbon fat bike rims? Those new tires you've been eyballing? Yes, we'll have all of them on hand for you to sample.
This is also your opportunity to talk with the product managers behind each of these brands, so you can get a total understanding of which bike is right for you.
Both standard bikes and fatbikes will be equipped with the latest studded tire offerings from 45NRTH, Schwalbe, Nokian, and Grip Studs. If there is ice anywhere in the city this weekend, we'll have a patch in front of our door for you to test these on.
The weekend of the Winter Bike Expo, Minneapolis also hosts one of the largest craft and art fairs in the entire Midwest. Presented by Crafters Local 612 (the Minneapolis Area Code) this fair is located in the Midtown Commons, just across the Greenway from the Midtown Bike Center. This fair is a fantastic stop to find local, handmade gifts for the non-cyclist on your holiday list. Packed with the best artists and craftspeople Minneapolis has to offer, the Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama draws shoppers from across the region.
For more details visit: No Coast Craft-o-Rama
2834 10th ave. south Minneapolis
From the Greenway: Head towards midtown, stop at the Bike Center! We are the only business with an entrance facing the Midtown Greenway, you can't miss it.
From MSP international airport: Take 494 west to the Cedar Ave exit (2B). Follow Cedar (also called 77) to East Lake Street. Turn left on Lake St, follow to 10th ave. Right on 10th ave. Park near stairs.
From Downtown Minneapolis: South On Portland Ave to 28th St. Turn Left on 28th. Follow to 10th ave. Right on 10th Ave. Park near stairs.
From Saint Paul: Take 94 East to the Cedar Ave exit (234C). Follow Cedar to East Lake Street. Turn Right on Lake St, follow to 10th ave. Right on 10th ave. Park near stairs.
The Midtown Bike Center is located at Greenway level, meaning there is no street level entrance. When parking on 10th or 11th Ave S. Walk down adjacent stairs until you reach the Greenway. Turn right on Greenway, walk about a 100 yards to the Bike Center. You can also park in the pay ramp adjacent to the Global Market.