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.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stop In For An Extra Special Christmas Gift or Two

Thursday evening founder Joelene Steffens hosted a wonderful gathering of artists and friends at Carlton Bike Rental/Art Dimensions. The festive decorations and especially tasty varieties of eats, treats and libations all made for a very special time for those able to attend. Photographer Randy Samarzia and artist Doris Sampson, among others, were on hand. As Christmas closes in, there's no better place to buy local than here for those last few stocking stuffers, or for just the right wall art to finish a room or office.

In the meantime, enjoy the season.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Peak Autumn Biking Week

Have you looked at the weather we've dialed in for you? Blue skies and sunshine streaming through autumn translucence with spangles of gold, crimson and flaming yellow. Yes, when the sunshine sprays through the trees like this, you can hardly catch your breath. And there's no better way to enjoy it than on a leisurely stroll on your favorite bike trail.

The key word is spectacle. Nothing quite matches an autumn day in the Northland. If you haven't been out on your bike yet this fall, this week's forecast promises you a memorable morning, afternoon or early evening.

Don't have a bike? We rent 'em. Got a bike, we'll help you take care of it with all the little fixings and adjustments that make your ride a pleasure to treasure.

Come on down. And after you finish your ride, pick up a treat or something more in our store. Minnesota starts here.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ride to Support the Fight Against Cancer

Note from Joelene Steffens, founder of Carlton Bike Rental:

On Saturday, September 10th, there will be a Bike-a-Thon to fight against cancer, that terrible disease that affects so many people and their families. I would like to invite you to ride with me or consider sponsoring my ride by going to www.ysctourdepink.org and making a donation under Team Joelene/Joelene Steffens.

Thank-you in advance for your consideration. I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ace Race Coming to Carlton

That's right. The internationally acclaimed Ace Race is coming to the Carlton Disc Park Sanctuary on August 20th.

This is a tournament for BEGINNERS, so don't worry about being up to snuff. Just come out and have a good time. The “Tees” will be moved up to 75’ – 125’ and everyone will be throwing the exact same discs. Registration is open and will be until August 10th. We will have extra player packs but if we have the turn out expected they will go fast.

A player pack consists of ~ A Discraft Weekender bag, two Discraft discs, a hyper color mini marker disc, a Discraft vinyl sticker, and the chance to win the grand prize, a Discraft Tournament bag and 8 Discraft discs. All for only $25.00….The retail value of the player packs are well over $50.00, so you’re a winner just for showing up and purchasing the player packs. Many more prizes will be given away… Any questions or for registration please call Troy @ Carlton Bike Rental 218-384-4696.

AceRaceCarlton, MN @ Carlton Disc Park Sanctuary August 20th @ 2:00pm
$25.00 entry fee (valued well over $50.00)

If you've ever had a longing to play disc golf, here's a great opportunity to get in the game.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Carlton Disc Golf Sanctuary

Last weekend one of our regulars skipped on over to the Disc Golf Sanctuary to check things out, and guess what? We weren't surprised at all, but he was. This is one very sophisticated disc golf course.

John Oberg and his son Jade, pictured here, were doing the course and both were impressed at the high standards. Well laid out, very well marked, and simply satisfying.

For what it's worth, there are two upcoming events you'll want to mark on your calendar. The first is during Carlton Daze. On Sunday morning July 31 at 10:00 a.m. there will be a competition event, with entrants divided by age group. The younger, from 0-15 (we doubt there will be many zero-year-olds) and the older group 16 and up. There's a $6.oo entry fee and fine prizes, plus a one dollar optional Ace Pot.

On August 20th there is another competition for serious disc golfers. The grand prize is a tournament bag with 8 discs and other prizes. The $25 entry fee will get you two discs and a key chain. There's a limited registration, so you may wish to inquire early here at Carlton Bike Rental.

For casual disc golfers, we have all the discs you need here, to rent or purchase. And treats to help you chill when you have finished a hot run in the sun, though much of this gorgeous course is through the trees.

You really owe it to yourself to check it out. It's summertime.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Sunny Summer Weekend

Today was a nice one. There were a lot of bikes out on the trail this weekend, especially this afternoon. Whole families were meandering through Carlton, gliding up toward Jay Cook State Park and about the neighborhoods in between. Can't say we blame them on days as pretty as this one.

Someone asked about our hours the other day. Just so you know, we have them posted right out front by the door. We also have a cool sign letting folks know we not only rent and repair bikes, but have some very tasty ice cream treats and other goodies to help refresh you after a hard ride. (Or a leisurely one in the sun.)

And there's a lot more here for you if you stop by. Of course we just want to say hello and get to know ya. Hope your summer's feel special for you.

Till next,
your friends at Carlton Bike Rental

Sunday, June 19, 2011


There are lots of songs about summer. Everyone here in the Northland looks forward to it. In some places people want to escape it, but here we delight in the prospect of nice weather that warm and not too hot.

Here's a favorite from the wayback machine... Doc Watson sang it, and many others have chimed in. Summertime.

Summertime, and the livin' is easy,
Catfish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.
Your daddy's rich, and your momma's good lookin'...
hush, little baby, darlin' don't you cry.

We do hope you'll make it down our way this summer, weather to check out the paintings and pictures on our walls, or to take one of our bikes out on a trail. There's plenty to see, and most of all, we'd like to see you, too. So come on down.

Batique horse by Charla.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Oowie, It Sure Is Nice This Weekend

Some folks might say California is the Garden of Eden, but that's because they've never been to Northern Minnesota in the summertime. I'm here to tell you that if you've never been, you're missing something. And the best way to take it in is to slow down. Leave your car by the side of the road and find a trail. Or better yet, park your car here at Hobo Junction and take one of our bikes down the Willard Munger Trail. Head north or head south, but come on down and head somewhere, because there's a lively world to see out there. As Woody Guthrie once observed, "This land is your land."

Even if you're just out for a hike, leave your car at our place, Carlton Bike Rental, and take your leisurely time for as long as you like. We'll have cold treats for you when you get back.

Next nice day, stop on by. Even if it's only to say "Hi" we'll welcome you with a smile 'cause we're eager to make your acquaintance. In the meantime, have a great, great day.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ride On

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." ~A. Einstein

Albert Einstein knew a lot about a lot of things. His theory of relativity was simply revolutionary, a springboard to the development of quantum theory which followed. But for sure one thing he knew was how to ride a bike.

Bike riding involves motion and balance, much like the galaxies. And if you don't own a bike yourself, you can always rent one here in Carlton at Carlton Bike Rental & Repair. We have more riding trails than you can shake a stick at, and the greenery is so lush right now you really need to get out and ride.

If you own a bike but that tire has gone flat
again over the winter, bring it down and we'll get you fixed up because the season is well underway and you don't need any excuses to keep you from getting out to enjoy it.

Meantime... life goes on. Time to get out and ride.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It Really Is Spring

Just a note to say the weather has turned and it's time to think about getting outside. Maybe you'll want to plan a few upcoming weekends here in Carlton. The bike trails are awesome and in the spring it can't be beat. Hope we'll see you soon.