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.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Photography by Randy Samarzia is available in our store.
What a mild autumn. Hope you had a chance to get out and ride. 

Happy thanksgiving, all. Don't forget to think of us when looking for unique Christmas ideas over the next few weeks.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Join Us for Chicken Bingo

We already mentioned next week's Carlton Chicken Swap, and we sure hope you've already decided to mark your calendar and join us. If you need one more reason to come out, here it be. Chicken Bingo.

If you don't know what chicken bingo is, well, here's the skinny. There's a pen set up with a chicken inside. Like the grid on a checkerboard or bingo card, the area within the pen has been set up in a grid format with the squares numbered, one hundred in all. Next, players fork over a dollar for each square they wish to own before the game begins. Once the 100 squares are accounted for, the chicken goes to work walking about within the pen. When the chicken poops, you have a winner, the winner being the person who owns the square where the poop landed.

Half the winnings will go to players and the other half to our designated charity. 100% of the fun belongs to everyone on hand for this Carlton ritual.

As noted, we'll have a live jugband, lots of food, and an opportunity to meet new friends. We hope to see you there, next Saturday, September 8.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Carlton Chicken Swap Next Weekend

Hey, it's that time again. Mark your calendars. Next Saturday, September 8, is the Carlton Chicken Swap and as usual we're looking to make it memorable. The Chicken Swap will include breakfast from 8-10 a.m., lunch from 11 - 1 (yes, chicken and fowl) and chicken bingo from 8 till who knows when.

There will be live jugband music with Lee "Colorblind" Johnson at the helm on the hay bails, and the possibility of Sasquatch-sized chickens showing up to terrify us with hilarity.

There's no telling what will happen when it's Carlton Chicken Swap time, but we know one thing is certain. There will be good times.

And while you're in the neighborhood, stop in and say hello. You're always welcome here.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Biking and Art... It's All Good

Bicycle by Michael Holmes, www.michaelholmes.com
You've probably noticed we like biking around here. And we like art, too. Art Dimensions is a great place to stop to get out of the rain if you're ever doing the Munger Trail. Joelene here does wonderful framing for many artists in our region, and there are some very nice pieces for your walls if you have any space or simply want to rotate what's already there.

Today was the Bayfront Park Art Fair and we just happened upon this very nice painting of a bicycle by Cottage Grove artist Michael Holmes. It seemed like something fun to share to remind you that we have both bikes and art for you here.

Stop by sometime. Grab life by the handlebars and make the most of it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Northland, North Country, It's All the Same

Bob Dylan referred to this part of the world as the North Country. Many others here call it the Northland. Which is it?

Well, it's really both, and so much more. Whatever you call it, it's beautiful. So make sure you get out and ride our trails sometime this summer. Wild raspberries are happening at the moment and everything is lush. Munger Trail is as beautiful as ever.

William Shakespeare once noted, "The earth has music for those who listen." And in another place Ol' Bill wrote, “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”

He must have been thinking about the Northland when he wrote that. We know he would have loved it here. And we know you'll love it, too.

The best way to enjoy any vista is to take it slow. Take a break from the rat race.

Stop by the next time you're biking out this way. And if you don't have bikes for your family, then we'll make sure to equip you with just what you need. This weekend will be a good one to stop by and check us out. We look forward to meeting you.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Munger Trail Is Open

Nearly everyone knows about the devastation that occurred here in the Northland. What power Mother Nature has! Jay Cooke State Park took a major hit, as did all the properties near the rivers that feed our great lake.

Fortunately many of the roads that were damaged have been examined to make sure they were safe once the waters receded. So, too, our wonderful bike trail, which many heard was impacted... Munger Bike Trail is now open, however.  Whatever the weather, the trail will welcome you.

If you ever have questions about trail conditions or how to find us, feel free to give us a call at 384-4696. We'd love to see you. Stop in sometime, either to rent a bike, or fix one. We have treats, too. And warm hearts.

Have a great weekend.

PHOTO: Image from Intergalactic photo shoot by area artists, courtesy Ed Newman

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Equinox Is A-Comin'

"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." ~Jane Austen

There are beautiful days happenin' this summer and we hope you're getting out to enjoy them. We wanted you to be aware, however, that the 210 bridge between Jay Cook State Park and Carlton is going to be closed for repairs this summer. If you're in your car, you'll have to come in from Scanlon or Black Bear Casino exit off Highway 35.

Despite this inconvenience, the good news is that the bike trail bridge is remaining open. One of the easiest ways to reach Jay Cook Park, then, is to visit Carlton, leave your car here and take the trail up to the park. While you're here you'll discover we have more than a bike business. We service the arts community by our Art Dimensions business and by sharing the works of local artists here in our store.

We also have discs for the local disc golf facility... and refreshments for when you finish your ride or your round of disc golf.

All things considered, you can just stop by to say hello. We love company and always hope that in some way we've helped you have a brighter day, whether the sun is shining or no.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ten Dollars Off Your Next Tune Up

Adam Swanson's "Floating Away"
You know, it's always sunny in Carlton. If you like biking, keep us mind for the beautiful bike trails and fabulous disc golf which is growing in popularity. As if this isn't enough to make you wish to visit, here's a special offer: Mention this blog and you will receive ten dollars off your next bicycle tune-up. 

Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

To see more of Adam Swanson's colorful and original paintings, visit http://adamswanson.com/

New Biking Stamps a Hit in Minnesota

A KSTP.com news story announced that "A set of four postage stamps were unveiled Thursday morning in downtown Minneapolis, celebrating one of Minnesota's favorite hobbies, cycling. The stamps feature four difference stages of bicyclists, from a young child learning how to ride with training wheels to a BMX rider."

Minnesota has more bicycle riders than 48 other states according to one study. And Carlton Bike Rental is right on the hub of three great bike trails. Getting tired of all this road construction? Maybe it's time to park the car and put your bike in gear.

It's a beautiful day. Get outside and enjoy it. It's Bike Week!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Springtime in the Northland

There are many wonders in the world. One of these is the wonder of spring here in the Northland. The bike trails are clear and just in case you need a reminder, we're waiting here to welcome you. If you need a bike, you know where to find one: here at Carlton Bike Rental. You don't need a Sherlock Holmes to find us. We're right on in the heart of Carlton at Hobo Junction, where nostalgic dreams and history collide.

There's magic in the air this time of year. Spring in the Northland is not a fairy tale. It's for real. Join us this weekend and embrace it. And if you're just biking through, stop in for coffee or a treat. Check out the paintings and photography by local artists. And smile... just because it's that time of year.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


CARLTON BIKE RENTAL & REPAIR and Art Dimensions Gallery, Gifts & Custom Framing have joined forces according to business owner, Joelene Steffens. Due to Joelene’s illness the two companies made a vital decision to merge under one roof allowing us time and energy to regroup and reinforce our customer service.

We are very pleased to welcome Chad Sturm as a new member of our staff. Chad will be responsible for the maintenance and repairs of our rental and customer’s bikes. Chad was born and raised in Duluth and has been building bikes since he could turn a wrench. He rides Flatland on a 20” bike and has been featured in shows on channel 6 news and in the city of Duluth. In addition to being a gear head he also volunteers at Valley Youth Center and coaches Table Tennis. Chad also competes nationally in R/C; Rock Crawling, and has held the 1st place in State.

Chad also enjoys customizing cars and car audio, proud to have a twitter addiction, claims to be a Grandma’s boy, and will continue his education at LSC.

So when you see Chad around town don’t forget to say "Hello" or better yet… Bring your bike in, or call for an appointment to get a jump start on a spring tune up. With a prepay tune-up we will gladly store your bike until April 1st. As always feel free to stop in with your framing needs and to check out our local artwork and gifts. Thank you for your wonderful support and hope to see you soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thoughts of Spring

The snow and ice may not be conducive to biking, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about spring and biking the Munger Trail again. Winter is never a forever thing. The days are already getting longer. Let your imagination grow wings. Fly off into spring and yank your bikes from their hibernation. Here's an image to help you in the event you're brooding and ashen skies are crowding your day.

Happy New Year!