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50 reasons why Minneapolis is America's bike capital [video]

Count the Midtown Greenway as one of the many reasons filmmaker Erik Nelson thinks our bike scene is dope.

Count the Midtown Greenway as one of the many reasons filmmaker Erik Nelson thinks our bike scene is dope.

Oh, how Twin Citians love their biking culture. Let Erik Nelson count the ways.

In partnership with Minneapolis-based cycling website GearJunkie.com, the local filmmaker put together a short video touting 50 reasons why Minneapolis is the bike capital of America. It may not be an official distinction, but Nelson makes a pretty strong case in a mere four minutes.

“We think this is a great place to bike, but people here don't quite brag about it quite as much as they could or should," he says. "We wanted to make that statement and stake our claim as the top biking city.”

Like a lot of people, Nelson's bike love was born as a way to avoid a DWI while barhopping. The 31-year-old insists he's no "hard-core cyclist," but can't resist taking his two-wheel hog out for a spin a week during winter.

From the Grand Rounds, to our winter resolve and the drunken craving that spawned pedaling taco deliverers Taco Cat, Nelson gives a whirlwind, chest-beating overview of what biking in the Twin Cities is all about. Initially his 50-point goal seemed daunting. But as the interviews with local biking luminaries piled up, so did the reasons for Minneapolis's biking radness. "We could have easily gone to 100 if we wanted to," he says.

Other shout-outs in the video go to bike-touring musician Ben Weaver, coffee/bike shop Cars-R-Coffins and bike cops on fat bikes. But perhaps CRC founder Hurl Everstone sums up the “birthplace of the modern fat bike” best: “Minneapolis – everyone's just here to party and have a good time on their bikes.”

Right on, man.

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