More bike kudos: Outside mag names us one of the continent's top 10 cycling cities

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Any city with a pants-less ride has to make the top of the bike lists. Here, Freedom From Pants riders line up outside the Soap Factory in 2011.
Minneapolis has garnered top bike marks from Walk Score, League of American Bicyclists, Shermans Travel, and most prestigious (and controversial), Bicycling magazine.

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Now, we have another to add to the list: National adventure magazine Outside has named us one of the top ten best places to hop on a bike not just around the country, but across the continent.

To determine the winners, Outside looked at "smart cycling infrastructure," plus "vibrant bike cultures" and "lots to see and do on two wheels." On all counts, the mag puts us at the top of the pack.

After the requisite cold-weather mention, Minneapolis's bike bio begins, "This tight-knit community of bicyclists is the envy of many in the North American cycling crowd."

Then the shout-outs start: One on One Bicycle Studio, Tweed Ride, the Stupor Bowl, Cycle Twin Cities, Open Streets, and Minneapolis Bike Love all get name-dropped, as does "bike-friendly" Rybak.

That's just the culture. Outside also praises our flat terrains, Nice Rides, bus and light rail bike racks, and "34 miles of dedicated on-street bike lanes and 56 miles of off-street commuter trails." (The magazine may be using a different measurement, but the city's official count is even higher: 81 miles of on-street lanes, 85 miles off-street).

Plus, all those lanes and trails are promptly plowed, which means, as Outside puts it, "no matter when you might be in Minneapolis, you have no excuse not to ride."

One thing the listing overlooks: How many Minneapolis-ites actually take advantage of this sweet set-up. As of the 2010 census, remember, we were second in bike commuting across the country's 50 largest cities.

The list comes as part of the mag's special bike issue, and includes familiar names: Boulder, Portland, Montreal (home of North America's first bike share system, and the model for our own Nice Ride). Boston and Washington, D.C., which both have large-scale bike share systems, seem to be notable oversights.

It might look like Portland beats us out in Outside's ranking, but since the mag doesn't actually number its picks, we prefer to think that we're still tied with our two-wheeling rival. Plenty of bike love to go around.

The full list:
- Boulder, Colorado
- Portland, Oregon
- Davis, California
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Montreal, Quebec
- San Francisco, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Chicago, Illinois
- New York City, New York
- Vancouver, British Columbia

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