My son Ben and I came from Florida to do some bike packing in this area. We did not enter…
A brief guide for any time of year.
We hope this guide can inspire the perfect gift for people who bike in Minnesota!
From Maya Sheikh, Communications Manager
- Frooze Balls – hazelnut and PB are really good, can be found at Trader Joe’s!
- Homemade Fuel: I like some combination of dates, oats, nuts, honey/maple syrup, and chocolate chips. One batch lasts quite a while!
- Dried Mango, I really like the ones with spice.
- Canteen Girl Bars (shipping available)
- Northland Woolens Soup Socks (shipping available)
Picks from Ted Duepner, Supporter Relations Manager
- BASKET! The Classic Wald Basket is available from Erik’s and likely from your local bike shop too! There’s nothing much more utilitarian than this classic basket. Fits a variety of handlebars so at home on your drop bar commuter or your beach cruiser and usually found for under $35. I have them on two of my bikes and paired perfectly with the basket bag from North Street Bags.
- BAGS! Sturdy Bag Feed Bag – handmade in Minneapolis and likely to become your new must-have bike accessory. Stash your phone, snacks, a full-size nalgene and more! Sinch the straps and it becomes relatively waterproof too. I also love Cedaero bags made in Two Harbors Minnesota with their great color options to customize your ride!
- COFFEE SUBSCRIPTIONS! Possibly one of the best kept coffee secrets in Minneapolis is The Roastery. The one-man operator Jeremy is flown all over the world teaching others how to perfect the craft of roasting so you know what he makes must be good! A great gift for your bicycling buddies (or yourself) is the roasting class he offers or reach out directly to get a coffee subscription for beans delivered to your door! Amazing coffee subscriptions are also available from Folly in St. Louis Park or Fika in Lutsen, MN. Keep the bicyclist in your life alert and pedaling with amazing coffee from amazing roasters around the state.
Picks from Natalie Gille, Greater Minnesota Program Manager
- Retro bike bell (Electra makes some cool ones)
- Fender bling, badges/emblems
- Shoe covers (Pearl iZumi)
- Bar mitts for keeping hands warm and toasty!
- Custom leather bike seat (Jerry Smith, artist)
- Thin fleece beanie (I love Turtle Fur!)
Picks from Tim Brackett, Greencorps
- Fair State Brewing Brave Noise Pale Ale (a portion of proceeds donated to Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice) (no shipping available)
- Bauhaus non-alcoholic Helles Lager (shipping available)
- Donation to Bikes4KidsMN in the name of the gift recipient
Picks from CJ Lindor – Education Manager
- Reflectors! (spokes, tape, stickers, etc)
- Electric Heated Socks
- Mountain Biking Classes with The Loppet Foundation
- A Cycling Getaway at Red Raven North or Red Rider Resort near Cuyuna
I would like to volunteer to work at this event in Ely.
Hi Anna, if you click the Learn More button you’ll see the flyer listing 20 miles for the distance.
Hi Anna, the distance varies depending on starting city to Goat Ridge Brewing. Looks like 2.5-6 miles.
The mileage isn’t listed here or on the ‘read more’ website – where can I find it?