Dylan Thomas

Bike buying 101


2015 Biking Guide 

May is a busy time of year for Minneapolis’ bicycle shops, when even on a rainy weekday afternoon there’s a steady stream of customers pushing through the door of Penn Cycle’s shop on Lake Street.

If they’re looking for new bikes — and with months of fair cycling weather ahead, many are — store manager Tim Larson will typically open with the same two questions: What are you going to use it for? And how often do you plan to ride?

Oh, and one more: “Do you want to spend $500 or $10,000?”


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