Of the 80 new awards granted to Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB), 16 percent were awarded to businesses in Minnesota. This brings us up to 55, tying us with California as the state with the with the most BFB's than any state in the United States.
It’s telling. We live in a bike-friendly state. To be clear, it was announced recently that Minnesota is the 2nd-most Bicycle Friendly State in America. (Alabama came in last).
What does it mean to live in a bicycle friendly state? Certainly not just access to a crosshatched grid of bike lanes in the big cities or an army of spandex-clad weekend warriors on bike trails. It means mountain bike trails and lots of them. Cuyuna Lakes. Duluth. North Shore. And lest we not forget the many great urban off-road trails.
You have to be ready for them all in every way possible, and that includes gear.