Our Top 7 Bikes of 2020
For the most part, 2020 is a year to forget. We’re all ready to wash our hands of the mess and are looking forward to 2021 excitedly, if not precautiously. But it was not all bad. We want to take a minute to look back at some of our favorite bikes from 2020. We carry so many phenomenal bikes it’s hard to pick just a few, but we’ve done our best to select those that stood out from the crowd. Here are our top 7 bike picks from 2020.
Introducing Argon 18
One thing you’re sure to notice when you walk into our shop is the wide assortment of brands that we carry. It’s something that we take great pride in. We want to offer our customers with the ultimate bike shopping experience; getting to see, touch, and ride a variety of bikes before choosing their perfect ride. But we don’t carry such a broad range purely for variety’s sake. We do it because we see something unique in each brand that we know will make it someone’s absolute perfect bike. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to the newest brand in our lineup: Argon 18.
Holiday Gift Guide 2020
We know how hard holiday shopping can be, but that's especially true for cyclists. We have a tendency to buy first and think second. So what DO you get for that person who always has to have the hottest, newest, and fastest goodies? That's where we come in. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite accessories that are sure to make the cyclist in your life eager to get out and ride. So check it out, shop around, give us a call, and stop by. We're ready to help you nail your holiday shopping this year.
October 23, 2020
My Time Aboard the Hightower
An Employee Demo Review
Of all the perks of working in a bike shop, one of the coolest has to be getting to pick and ride a demo bike for the season. Read about Sam's experience aboard his Santa Cruz Hightower.
August 22, 2020
A Modern Classic
We set out to build a Midwest gravel shredder designed to turn heads, and the end result was better than we could have hoped for. Check out our latest RTP (Ready To Paint) Open U.P.P.E.R. custom build.
Battle of the Bears
Otso Voytek vs Salsa Beargrease
We love fatbike season, and good thing too, as it accounts for half of the year here in frigid Minnesnowta. We have a couple weapons of choice when it comes to tackling the trails...
Shred the Red with Now Bikes 2019
Growing on last year’s success, Now Bike’s Shred the Red trip to Cuyuna more than doubled in size this year.
Summer mountain bike series kicks off
Our summer mountain bike series kicked off this weekend at Theodore Wirth Regional Park.
Now Bikes supports riders at Lutsen 99er
We had a great time supporting the riders at this year's Lutsen 99er. Thanks to our volunteer staff - Doug, Lori and Bay for keeping athletes hydrated and their bikes dialed.
Now Bikes visits Central High
We got the opportunity to visit Central High in St. Paul to encourage new riders to join their mountain bike team.
April 13, 2019
Now Bikes partners with Lyme Grinder
We were proud to be a partner in the inaugural Lyme Grinder, a 63-mile bike ride to raise money and awareness for Lyme disease detection.
March 23, 2019
Now Bikes takes on E-Bike Challenge Minneapolis
We had fun at this year's E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booths and test rode our bikes.
Custom OPEN U.P.P.E.R. Build
We at Now get to sell and work on a lot of cool bikes. A LOT. It’s one of the coolest things about working here. But every now and then something particularly unique and special emerges from our shop.
Feb. 10, 2019
Stay active this winter with Now Bikes
We don't let winter stop us here at Now Bikes. Check out some photos from our snowy adventures.
Congrats to our friends who completed Norpine
Huge shout out to our customers and Synergy members who completed the 2019 Norpine Fat Bike Classic in Lutsen! Check out the results.
Jeremi rides the Oz Trails
Jeremi, along with friends of the shop set out to ride the Oz Trails in Bentonville, Arkansas. There are nearly 200 miles of mountain biking trails in Northwest Arkansas's Ozark mountains.
Now Bikes hosts WNCX
We had an awesome time hosting CX-MN's WNCX (Wednesday Night Cross) on Sept. 26 at Battle Creek. The goal of CX-MN is to help grow the local community around Minnesota Cyclocross and encourage new riders to try out the sport.
Mike Bieber finishes IRONMAN Wisconsin
First I want to say thank you for all those who encouraged me throughout the race and all the prep it took to get there. The short version of the race is that the swim went well and I earned a PR in choppy water. Cramped halfway through the bike ride and fought that the rest of the day. Gave it what I had on the run and my body gave out at mile 14. Made the finish, but almost 2 hours behind my goal time.
Cheslog conquers Leadville MTB Race
It was freezing outside and the ground covered with a lot of Minnesota snow when I watched the live lottery selection for the 2018 Leadville MTB race. I had put my name in the lottery for the Leadville MTB race with little or no expectations for being selected.
Grebner participates in Leadville Stage Race
Our customer and friend Jeff Grebner participated in the Leadville Stage Race which takes place on the historic Leadville Trail 100 MTB. The race is an out-and-back format stretched over 3 days of approximately 40 miles on Day 1, 20 miles on Day 2 and 40 Miles on Day 3.
Shred The Red with Now Bikes
Now Bikes, in partnership with Salsa Cycles, hosted an overnight trip to the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trails -- over 25 miles of riding spread across 800 acres of paved and singletrack trails.
Kids for a Cause Triathlon
The Kids for a Cause Triathlon is an annual fundraiser full of passionate children on a mission to swim, bike and run in order to raise money for Clubfoot Solution.
Synergy Club Member Jeff participates in Escape from Alcatraz
Read about our Synergy Club member Jeff Grebner's experience participating in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon on Sunday, June 3.
Our Ladies Ride is in full effect!
Now Bikes has launched another season of our weekly Women/Trans/Femme (WTF) Road Ride Series! We offer three rides at different levels. Whether you're a total beginner, an old pro or looking to ride more regularly, we have a ride for you.
Now Bikes crushes Miesville 56
Congrats to everyone who participated in the Miesville FiftySix, including several employees of the shop! The Miesville FiftySix is a 56 mile gravel road ride through Dakota County and the Cannon River Valley.
March 13, 2018
Cederholm tops podium at 2018 Fat Bike Birkie 47K
Our indoor cycling coach Jill Cederholm was named the Women's Big Fat winner in the 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie -- the world’s largest fat bike race held on the American Birkebeiner Trailhead just east of Cable, Wisconsin. She raced to the finish line with a 2-minute lead over the second place finisher.
March 5, 2018
Colleen, Lisa, and Susie participate in Old Man Winter Rally
Our customers and friends Colleen, Lisa, and Susie made a trip out to Lyons, Colorado for the Old Man Winter Rally held on Feb. 11 and were kind enough to share their experience with us. The Old Man Winter Rally is a run and/or ride on Colorado’s best mixed terrain. Riders choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County.
Feb. 27, 2018
24 hours in the Old Pueblo with our friend Brian Cheslog
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." This is a quote from T.S. Eliot and has become an important mantra to me as well as a tattoo on my right arm. On June 8, 2015 I stood at the treadmill in a local gym and thought to myself, if I can run two miles on this, it would be amazing. I was out of shape, needed to lose weight and get control of my life again. I had no idea where this adventure was going to take me and how far I was going to go.
Feb. 20, 2018
Parity in cycling
Parity in cycling has been an issue for a long time and is finally, in the last decade, being addressed. Coming first from ski jumping, before cycling, where women were not even able to compete in the Olympics until 2014 (whereas, men have been competing since the inception of the Winter Olympic Games in 1924), gender parity was a huge issue.
Feb. 12, 2018
Five reasons why you need a fat bike
Fat bikes are built and designed for all sorts of trails and terrain and are great for handling loose conditions like snow, dirt and mud. Our experts at Now Bikes share five reasons why you should invest in a fat bike.