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Upcoming Rides

Note: a few rides are Self-Paced Rides which are HBC Rides that you will do either by yourself, household members, and invited others.  You may complete the ride anytime within a week after it is posted.  

Birthday Bashes Return  

Friday, July 2nd was a beautiful summer evening for the return of the monthly Birthday Bashes. Alan Wichman led a large group of riders on a 5:30 pm 22 mile moderately paced ride. As they departed, the 15 mile relaxed pace riders were arriving for a ride led by Shelli Hesselroth that wound around the beautiful Minneapolis city lakes. Upon return, the two groups met at D’Amico & Sons for an evening of dining and socializing. The happy group celebrated birthdays and new members with cake provided by member, Edie Kalweit. It was a perfect celebration and reunion of over 40 HBC members.

A Bang Up Club Ride on the July  4th

Read Ellen's July 4th Club Ride Summary - It Reads Like the Marx Brothers - Who's on First and What is on Second

What Really Happened on the July 4th Ride - According to Ellen

Ride Registration Rules:

1. All riders will pre-register for group rides

2. Ride Leaders will determine the number of riders allowed on their rides

3. Non-members are welcome but also will pre-register to join group rides

4. Self-paced rides will continue to be offered and posted on the Ride Calendar

To E-Bike, or not to E-bike, that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind and to suffer

The hills and lagging behind of outrageous fortune

Or to take help from a motor assist.

To once again be happy upon the seat or to have such happiness removed

For who would bear the whips and scorns of E-bike assists,

Let them know, that is mere jealousy,

For I know of no E-Bikrer who has forsaken their assist

So go forth and be happy and e-bike 

Thank you Shakespeare and Hamlet for this E-Bike soliloquy

Check out this write up that Dan did on buying an E-Bike and what the local laws are for its use.  Buying and Riding and E-Bike.pdf

Want to read about our Ride Leader Chair, Dawn Wilson?

It’s a fun read including a romance and her desire to help people on and off the bike.  It all started 20 years ago. Dawn Member Spotlight.pdf

Thinking about riding with a group? Read Ellen Guerin's Club Spring Kick-Off write-up to find out why our members like to ride, eat and social together.

Click Here for Ellen's Write-Up

About the Club

Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) is a recreational riding club. Our core value is providing friendly rides and opportunities to create lasting friendships. Our ride leaders and volunteers create this inclusive environment by:

  • Welcoming new and existing members at each ride
      • Introductions at start of each ride
      • Often a meal or a tasty treat during or after the ride
      • A monthly all club Birthday Bash with food, wine and birthday cake
  • Emphasizing rider safety
  • Offering several weekly rides across the metro area:
    • Appealing to a wide variety of rider abilities
    • Exploring close to home or expanding out to the 11 county metropolitan area
    • Providing opportunities for multi-day riding near and far
  • Educating members and the community on bike related topics through our Smart Cycling series

Rides are open to all - non members welcome

Now that we are Riding Together - Let's Show It

Last call for HBC Buffs.  Here is a great opportunity to add to your buff collection by purchasing one of these rare, newly designed HBC buffs!  Celebrate the return of riding together by shouting it out loud (right there on our necks).  Let the whole world see that HBC group riding is back!  The buffs are $15.00, to order your buff, send  a check or cash to Lisa Soldat  at 4750 E 53rd St #411 or drop her an email at

HBC Book Club

Current Read

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, by Dervla Murphy (about a woman who sets off with a bike and a small revolver to India in 1963 and she does use the gun a few times)

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