|Local Rides, Races and Trails
The Cannon Valley Trail runs through diverse and spectacular scenery
on a former Chicago Great Western Railroad line, connecting the
cities of Cannon Falls, Welch, and Red Wing. Hikers, bicyclers,
in-line skaters, and cross country skiers enjoy a quiet, people-powered
Root River Bike Trail
Star Bike Trail
The Root River Bike Trail descends from Fountain, and passes through
Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford. The trail provides outstanding
views of the soaring limestone bluffs of the Root River Valley.
Prairie Visions Shooting Star Trail is proposed as a biking, hiking,
cross country skiing and walking trail paralleling the Wild Flower
Route along Minnesota Historic State Highway 56.
The ABA is the largest national BMX sanctioning body. Look to the
ABA for race, track and rider information as well as the latest
IMBA is the International Mountain Bike Association. IMBA's mission
is to promote mountain bicycling opportunities which are environmentally
and socially responsible -- and that's cool.
National Bicycle League
The NBL is a BMX sanctioning body with a long history and is now
associated with USACycling.
NORBA is the National Off-Road Bicycle Organization. It promotes
mountain bike activities and sanctions racing throughout the nation.
The mountain biking counterpart to the USCF, it is also part of
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated
to enriching America's communities and countryside by creating a
nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting
The USCF is the United States Cycling Federation. It is the main
sanctioning body for road and track bicycle racing in the the United
States and promotes the development of road and track cyclists.
USA Cycling is the parent organization to the USCF, NORBA and USPRO.
USA Cycling is the official cycling organization recognized by the
USOC and the UCI.
|Bicycling Magazines and Web Sites
Bicycling is the most popular general interest cycling magazines
in publication. Their site is full of good cycling information and
This San Francisco-based newspaper/website has a lot of good classified
ads for all types of bicycles and parts.
Mountain Bike Magazine
A sister publication of Bicycling, this magazine keeps you abreast
of what's hot in mountain biking and mountain bike culture.
ProCycling is a european magazine that provides great coverage of
the european road racing season. (If you like this, you may want
to check out Cycle Sport magazine as well.)
VeloNews is probably the most popular source for racing-oriented
news in the United States. This magazine has to be the hands-down
favorite of every serious racer.
Vintage Velos is not a publication, but it is a great website for
seeing a collection of great old road bikes.
They revolutionized aluminum frame design and now make bikes for
pros like Tinker Juarez and Team Saeco. They also make nice bikes
for the rest of us.
Haro's founder Bob Haro was instrumental in the development and
growth of BMX freestyle as a sport. From the beginning Haro's mission
has been to produce innovative, performance-oriented bikes that
dare to be different.
DK is an exciting newcomer to the Rydjor product line. Unlike
larger manufacturers, DK focuses on what it does best -- building
great BMX bikes.
Looking for the best “bang for the buck?” Raleigh continues to impress
customers with its ability to deliver great bikes at reasonable
Trek makes bikes good enough to win the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong
proved it in 1999, riding a stock Trek OCLV carbon fiber frame to
victory in Paris. Trek offers a full line of bikes and accessories
that it features on its site. It also make components under the
Maker of some of the highest quality road bike components on the planet. More
rider have ridden to victory in the Tour de France using Campagnolo components than
any other brand.
Grip Shift (Sram)
Innovation in shifting is the name of the game at Grip Shift.
Its mountain bike products have created quite a following in the
last ten years.
A part of Answers Products, Manitou has been considered one of
the top two makers of suspension forks since they were invented.
Another manufacturer of suspension forks, Marzocchi's designs
are a favorite of hardcore mountain bikers year after year.
Few companies have as much experience building rims and wheels
as Mavic does. They continue to innovate cycling with their new
electronically controlled shifting system.
No other company has changed mountain biking the way RockShox
has. It made mountain bike suspension forks mainstream with its
ability to innovate and improve.
Shimano is the king of the bike component industry. No company
is larger or more influential. Its products are the standards
by which all other components are judged.
Spinergy's carbon fiber wheelsets have become a staple of the
road racing scene. Take a look at Spinergy's website to see how
it plans to change the future of cycling again.
Bell Sports is known for its tradition of making great helmets.
Burley is the biggest name in bicycle trailers for taking your kids
and gear along with you.
Cycle-Ops makes a variety of indoor cycling trainers to help you
stay in shape over the winter.
Which helmet is the choice of Greg Lemond and Lance Armstrong? That's
right, it's Giro. Check out their website to see why.
Hollywood Car Racks
Hollywood makes hitch-mounted car racks that allow you to take just
about any bike anywhere.
Oakley revolutionized cycling eyewear in the mid 1980's and keep
turning out designs that keep turning heads.
Looking for the perfect tool for your bike? Chances are that Park
Tools makes it.
Thule Car Racks
Thule is dedicated to making the best car racks for bikes and sporting
equipment. Their interactive website helps you create the perfect
system for your vehicle. You may also want to use their interactive
product fit guide.
This organization is Lance's way of helping others with cancer.
It is best know for its Ride for the Roses fund raising event. Check
out the site and get involved.
United Bicycle Institute
Want to learn how to build your own frame or become an expert bike
mechanic? UBI can help. It offers hands-on classes and is recognized
throughout the United States.