Top 10 bike shops in the Twin Cities
30 Days of Biking kicks off Saturday, March 31
Since being founded in Minneapolis in 2007, ARTCRANK has spread across the country and the world. At first, the show's specific angle -- posters inspired by biking -- might seem like a gimmicky way of capitalizing on the recent resurgence of cycling. But after spending a little time with the artists and organizers who make it happen, it soon becomes clear that the "art" and "crank" of ARTCRANK are linked together by more than just a name.More »
|The Hub Bike Co-Op|
|Photo by Kendra Sundvall|
|Two wild and crazy riders at Cirque du So Gay|
|Photo by Joe Sullivan|
|A rider at last year's event|
|Some brave ladies rode in heels. Photo by Eric Shoultz|
|Photo by Eric Shoultz|
It's a chilly, late August evening in Minneapolis, with the sun nearly set and a ragweed haze in the air. I'm seated beside Cali Jirsa, co-owner of Loring Park's
Patrick Stephenson Alley Cat wants to be "a space where people are happy to get their bikes built and repaired while learning a little at the same time," says co-owner Cali Jirsa
Alley Cat Cycles, at a metal bistro table on the store's loading dock.
We're talking bikes.
Around us sits Alley Cat's bike armada: a silver Destroyer with a B&W checkered seat; a black-framed Pake fixie with red tires, red flat bars, and red saddle; and a pretty road bike whose antique-looking saddle complements its leather handlebar grips. The dock is like a porch, looking out onto both Loring Alley and the posterior of Joe's Garage. A few hundred yards before us, cyclists coast past a Nice Ride station on the Loring Greenway. In the cobblestone alley beside us, three painters work on canvases I can't see while a white-shorted Bar Lurcat valet smokes and a photographer snaps a dolled-up high school student. This alley, with its vintage looks, is senior-photo ground zero, a classy location for a scrappy new bike shop, founded 2011.
Kendra Sundvall Bill Murray's appearance may have been a hoax, but any excuse for a party
Bill Murray Mobile Dance Party slideshow
Bill Murray Mobile Dance Party: Will it feature Bill Murray?
Let's get this out of the way: Bill Murray, object of our love, star of 60-some Hollywood movies and TV series, did not show at Tuesday night's Bill Murray Mobile Dance Party.
Or, if he did, he did not make it known. Who knows, he might've bicycled beside us in disguise, Venkman himself incognito on a bright blue Schwinn Traveler III with handlebar streamers and a hamburger bell. Maybe he had Wayfarers on, despite the late-summer-evening dark. Maybe he smoked a thin cigarette and spouted witty remarks to the cyclists around him. But he was quiet about it. He did not fly into Gold Medal Park on angelic wings amidst a burst of heavenly light, like many hoped and--after a few shots of whiskey--sadly imagined. Bummer, dude. We still love you, Bill Murray. And the party went on anyway.
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