patrick stephenson - managing editor
Bikes have run my world since 2009, when I first began bike commuting from my apartment in Saint Paul to an advertising agency in Minneapolis.
A Twin Cities resident since 2006, I’ve declared I would not be a biker if not for the world-famous Midtown Greenway and MSP’s incredible infrastructure, which has only gotten better and better.
As of August 25, 2017, at 11:13 p.m., I’m a new dad and I can’t wait to take our daughter Iskra Marya Stephenson out riding. I’ve got a hunch she’ll trash me on the path.
Suzanne Miggler - Art Director
Mom to twins that are opposites and a year-round commuter. Since I was 8, bikes were simply how I got any place I wanted to go. I grew up near Detroit where cars are king and it made me even more determined to ride.
In 1993 I moved to the cities and now River Road is my highway. Vintage bikes are my weakness. My daily rider is a steel frame single speed that I built from scratch.
mecca bos - food + drink editor
Twin Cities food scene fixture. Food Editor of Metro Magazine. Former Dining Critic at City Pages. Freelance writer here and there, far and wide. Lover of tacos and all the wines. Snax Everywhere podcast host. Proud owner of a very old, very battered Marin road bike. Usually hangs out in the kitchen.
tommy "hurl" everstone - staff writer
I’m a Capricorn-Aquarius cusp with North Dakota roots, but a Minneapolis mainstay since 1989. An inveterate bicycle junkie with a lifelong love of wheels and words, I was once a die-hard single speeder, now often called a “roadie.”
Somehow I’ve managed to turn a series of two-wheeled capers into a career, with Cars-R-Coffins and various other cycling industry jaunts. Interesting places I’ve pedaled: Cambodia, Vietnam, Scotland, Switzerland, Colombia. Up next: Belgium
nicole eikenberry - columnist
As a ‘nacho typical’ registered dietitian, I help people of all shapes and sizes improve their relationship with food and their body, with the benefit of gaining health, pleasure, peace, and freedom. In my practice, Mindful Food & Motion, I specialize in mindful eating, intuitive eating and body trust work.
Few things put a smile on my face more than digging in the dirt, whether it’s in my vegetable garden or on savory single track trails. Sprinkle in some friends, the flavor of adventure, and a satisfying meal to fuel the ride and I’m good to go!
Ben Weaver - columnist
Ben Weaver is a songwriter and poet who travels by bicycle using relationships of all kinds to help awaken greater reciprocity between people and the land. Recent human-powered expeditions have taken him down the Mississippi River, around Lake Superior, across the Kenai Watershed in Alaska and throughout the Netherlands. His most recent album Sees Like a River is available now.
dena alspach - founder
A road-tested publisher by trade, I list magazine titles like this JoyRide crew lists the bikes they own. I’ve had the great pleasure to be a part of the talented teams on METRO magazine, Minnesota Bride, Heavy Table, The Growler, and many others.
I created JoyRide because I love where I live and want to explore on two wheels more often and in more ways. My hope is that by surrounding myself with a bunch of generous and fun bad-asses who know a heck of a lot more about bikes and riding than I do, I’ll keep finding new inspiration, and I’ll get to share it with all of you. I might even hurtle down that dirt track ... eventually.