team joyride

 

 Crashed bike into a fence at four years old and has the scar and the nickname (“Shrimpy”) to prove it. The love affair began there!

Crashed bike into a fence at four years old and has the scar and the nickname (“Shrimpy”) to prove it. The love affair began there!

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.

I’m the co-founder of 30 Days of Biking and the Joyful Riders Club, which create community around bikes all over the world, and I’m the co-host emeritus of MPR News's podcast Pedal Hub.

I was named the Bicycle Community Champion of 2017 by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and City Pages called me “The Bike Messiah” in its 2017 People issue — true story!

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.

 
 Ripped apart a hand-me-down pea green Schwinn roadster to put drop bars on it so she’d look cool like all the other kids. Didn’t work.

Ripped apart a hand-me-down pea green Schwinn roadster to put drop bars on it so she’d look cool like all the other kids. Didn’t work.

 

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.

 Bit the dust while cruising a pink Huffy all the way down Cherokee Hill. Got back up, kept on riding.

Bit the dust while cruising a pink Huffy all the way down Cherokee Hill. Got back up, kept on riding.

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.

 

 
 Training wheels came off at age 3 and it’s been all downhill ever since.

Training wheels came off at age 3 and it’s been all downhill ever since.

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

 
 
 
 Climbed Ventoux and Stelvio; completed Northern Search ride-Duluth to Thunder Bay in a day with 7 fast dudes; podium at the Whiskey 50 Off-Road on her Salsa El Mariachi single-speed the year it snowed.

Climbed Ventoux and Stelvio; completed Northern Search ride-Duluth to Thunder Bay in a day with 7 fast dudes; podium at the Whiskey 50 Off-Road on her Salsa El Mariachi single-speed the year it snowed.

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!

 

 
 
 
 Given the choice, Ben will side with the animals, lakes, rivers and the trees.

Given the choice, Ben will side with the animals, lakes, rivers and the trees.

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.

 
 
 
 Prefers a beer stop on the way to dinner over hurtling down a dirt track or cranking out 80 miles on a Saturday. Often rides in a skirt, Doc Martens, and Wonder Woman socks.

Prefers a beer stop on the way to dinner over hurtling down a dirt track or cranking out 80 miles on a Saturday. Often rides in a skirt, Doc Martens, and Wonder Woman socks.

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.