This past weekend, E-fred and I supported Freewheel Bike, a local Twin Cities Salsa dealer, at their winter bike expo. They held the event at their Midtown Greenway location which is right on the Greenway bike path. They set up an obstacle course and held a fatbike criterium. There were seminars about the Arrowhead 135, winterizing your bike and we showed a little slideshow/movie about fatbiking in Alaska. There was also a beer tasting. Surly brought their log rollers. Great people everwhere. Good food. Coffee. Later in the day, it even started snowing making the event even more winter like. What an awesome vibe.
Never before have I personally seen that many fatbikes together in one place. Full on fatbikes, fat front 29ers, and winter commuting rigs were everywhere. Freewheel coordinated getting Mukluk demos from us as well as having their own demo bikes. Fatbikes filled the room, lined the entry and poured out on and into the Greenway space.
While this event was put on by one local retailer, I do believe this event benefited our whole fatbike and cycling community. I met so many people that rode a fatbike and our Mukluk for the first time. You could see the tell tale fatbike smile on their faces when they brought the demo back. Others came in from around the area to test ride before they buy. In the end, I heard their was something like 3000 people that came through the doors. Simply amazing. For more information about the event and some youtube videos of the course and fatbike crit, check out Freewheel Bike's website and Facebook page.
One last shot from the night. What a day.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.