Conveniently located on Hwy 210 in Carlton, MN, just 3 miles off I-35,
right on the Willard Munger Trail near Jay Cooke State Park.

Monday, March 15, 2010

March Madness

Whoa, what do you think of this weather? The tarmac on the bike trails has been clearing, the sun has been shining its big warm smile, and even the sod is beginning to show its green sheen. Spring is in the air. Definitely.

Carlton is shaking off the old Jack Frost like a wet dog fresh from the river. And Carlton Bike Rental is pushing high gear as we prepare for the the new season. First chance you get check out the renovations we're doing on the building. It won't be long the bikes come out of cold storage. The town itself is getting a thrill as the new season approaches. Because Minnesota starts here.

Photo Credit: Randy Samarzia

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The First Bicycle

According to Pedalinghistory.com the first bicycle was invented by a Baron von Drais in 1817. It wasn't exactly a bicycle as we know it today, though it did have two wheels. It was actually a walking machine that helped him get around his royal gardens. To move the thing he walked, with the wheels turning, the front one steerable, mounted in a frame which he straddled. The device became a short lived fad, but it undoubtedly stimulated imaginations... and though not as useful as a mountain bike, it served its purpose on the smooth paths of his garden.

The first Schwinn entered the scene, after many intermediate steps with hilariously large front wheels, in 1895. Eventually, throughout the 20th century hard rubber wheels yielded to inflatable rubber inner tubes, and complex gear ratios with the eventual evolution to our our complex, dynamically engineered equipment today.

The essential function remains unchanged... getting here to there with greater ease. Whatever your ultimate destination, make sure you enjoy the sights along the way.

Monday, March 1, 2010

You Like Bikes? So Do We.

The sunny skies and melting snow can only mean one thing. It won't be long till our bike trails are open and another season can begin at Carlton Bike Rental.

In the meantime, we're excited to have found another artist who loves bicycles: Rolf Hagberg. Rolf comes to us from the Twin Cities, loves the Northland and has such a keen fascination with bicycles that he named a business after it called Motivity. Rolf is a photographer with a visionary eye, a gold heart and an artist's touch.

We're hoping he'll bring some of his work to decorate our shop this year. Impressive is an understatement. Read more about Rolf at Ennyman's Territory. And expect to see more photos from Motivity decorating the pages of this blog during the months ahead.

Thanks, Rolf, for enriching our lives with your work.