Minneapolis by Bike

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are one of the fastest growing bicycling cities in the United States. We are home to hundreds of miles of on-street bike lanes, dedicated paths, bike boulevards, off-road trails and water trails. The number of miles of bike facilities has doubled in recent years.

Where to Ride

Here you will find many popular rides around the Twin Cities for both on and off road. Explore the city on one of these recommended rides that start from our front door.


Lake Harriet Loop

Distance: 5 Miles

Enjoy a relaxing out-and-back ride to Lake Harriet. There is still a lot to see on one of our shorter rides. Catch a concert and enjoy some ice cream at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, or sit on the shore and watch the sailboats go by.



Lakes Harriet & Calhoun

Distance: 10 Miles

Add beautiful Lake Calhoun with it's unmatched views of the Minneapolis skyline to your ride. North and Thomas beaches offer an opportunity to sink your toes into the sand or take a dip to cool off. Fish tacos are among favorites at the Tin Fish on Calhoun's northeast side.

Lakes Harriet, Calhoun & Isles

Distance: 12 Miles

Need a little more but still all on bike paths and at a relaxed pace? Add the jewel of this trio of lakes, Lake of the Isles. It's shoreline meanders gracefully through the historic Kenwood neighborhood where the Architects seemingly felt a challenge to outdo each other at the turn of the 20th century.

The Greenway Loop

Distance: 21 Miles

Ride on one of Minneapolis’s most unique bike trails. The Midtown Greenway is a fully paved commuter and recreational trail that lies partially below street level passing under bridges and over the Martin Olav Sabo Suspension Bridge.

Downtown Loop

Distance: 25 Miles

If you want to see as much of Minneapolis as you possibly can on one ride, we recommend the Downtown Loop. Destinations along the loop include the Chain of Lakes, Sculpture Garden, Target Field, the Historic Mill District, Guthrie Theater, and Mississippi River Valley. You can see a little bit of everything on this fun and exciting ride.

To South Lyndale Liquors!

Distance: 0.6 Miles

Pack up on your rental and head straight down Lyndale Ave to South Lyndale Liquors for an amazing selection of craft beer, wine and more for your day rental and picnic. 

Check 'em out! www.southlyndale.com

South Lyndale Liquors - just minutes from Tangletown Bike Shop

Additional Ride Locations

There are many additional ride routes around the metro not far from our shop! Load a bike up on your vehicle and ride around these other great locations:

Fort Snelling State Park – Paved
Distance: 10 Miles

Fort Snelling State Park – Off-Road Mountain Bike
Distance: 23 Miles

MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) Mountain Bike Trails
15 dedicated mountain bike trails

Facts about biking in the Twin Cities:

  • Saint Paul has been designated as a bronze level "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Cyclists.

  • Minneapolis has been designated as a gold level "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Cyclists.

  • Minneapolis was named America's most bike friendly city in 2010 by Bicycling Magazine.

  • The twin Cities has one of the highest percentages of people who commute to work by bicycle in the nation. Census data shows that approximately 4,500 Minneapolitans regularly commute to work by bicycle.

  • All Metro Transit buses are now equipped with bike racks. You can even try one out at several retail locations around the Cities.

* information taken from www.niceridemn.org