Hitting the Trails: Your Guide to a Minnesota Bike Adventure – Hoigaards

Hitting the Trails: Your Guide to a Minnesota Bike Adventure


Minnesota's vast network of trails and scenic byways make it a cyclist's paradise. Whether you're a seasoned road warrior or a family seeking a leisurely cruise, there's a perfect Minnesota bike adventure waiting for you. Here's a quick guide to get you prepped for your two-wheeled exploration: 

Choosing Your Path: 

  • Road Biking: Cruise along scenic highways or conquer rolling hills. Invest in one of our road bikes for optimal speed and comfort on paved paths. 
  • Trail Blazing: Embrace the adventure of off-road riding. Opt for a full-suspension mountain bike with sturdy tires for tackling dirt trails and uneven terrain. 
  • Family Fun: Explore our youth bike options to get your child on the trails with ease! We also sell sturdy adult hybrid and comfort bikes for a relaxed ride with the whole family.  
  • Electric Biking: Looking for more power and less pedal? An e-bike might be for you! Their powerful assistance lets you conquer hills and travel farther, making cycling accessible to all. Make sure to review marked signs and e-bike riding rules before hitting the trails.   

Do you already have a bike, but it needs some TLC? Our in-store experts have years of experience and will help you get your wheels in shape for your next ride. Explore our in-store services and learn about the benefits of regularly tuning your bike in our expert blog.   

Packing Essentials: 

Our location offers a wide selection of bike accessories to accompany your ride, with product favorites from Trek, Specialized, Scott, Troy Lee Designs, Fox and more! No matter your chosen route, here's a handy checklist to ensure a smooth ride: 

  • Everyday Essentials: Helmet, spare tube(s), patch kit, pump, tire levers, multi-tool, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water bottle to stay hydrated under the Colorado sun.  
  • Comfort Items: Snacks, backpack, rain jacket, and comfortable clothing for yourself and your little riders. 
  • Safety First: Depending on the difficulty of your chosen trail, consider adding a bike mirror, first-aid kit, and emergency whistle to your pack. 


What to Wear: 

Wearing the appropriate apparel is a key factor to consider in your biking adventure. Check-out our recommended list and ask our in-store experts for help finding the right material, style and fit:   

  • Layering is Key: Minnesota’s weather can be unpredictable. Dress in breathable layers that you can easily add or remove as temperatures change. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics for optimal comfort. 
  • Footwear Matters: Sturdy shoes with good grip are essential for both mountain and road biking. If you're hitting the trails, consider wearing proper cycling shoes with cleats for better power transfer. 
  • Sun and Bug Protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield yourself from the sun. Bug spray is also a good idea, especially during the summer months. 

Weatherproofing Your Ride: 

  • Check the Forecast: Minnesota's weather can change quickly. Be sure to check the forecast before your ride, plan your attire and pack accordingly. 
  • Be Prepared for Rain: A lightweight, packable rain jacket is a lifesaver on a rainy day. 
  • Stay Hydrated: Minnesota's summers can be hot and humid. Pack plenty of water and replenish fluids regularly (plus some extra bottles for your little riders).  

With a little planning and the right gear, you're all set to conquer Minnesota's stunning landscapes on two wheels. Looking for more expertise? Drop into our store and ask an expert for help to ensure a seamless bike ride.  

So, grab your helmet, hit the trails, and create lasting memories on your Minnesota bike adventure!