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Klunker Ride set Saturday on mountain bike trails in Crosby

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew announces the Klunker Ride and Scrap Metal Jamboree presented by New Belgium Brewing on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Croft Mine Park in Crosby.

The term “klunker” was coined in the 1970s by young cyclists in northern California when they began modifying old “newsboy cruisers” to cycle off-road. Taking bicycles off-road wasn’t about transportation; “klunking” was about getting away from gas lines, cars and concrete, about hanging out with friends, freedom and fun.

Eventually some of those early cyclists created the mountain bike industry, but it began with friends and good times.

The crew believes there is no better way to celebrate cycling and simple pleasures than to join them for a day of family fun. No racing, no spandex, nothing but fun. The Klunker Ride isn’t measured in miles per hour; it’s measured in smiles per hour. The Klunker Ride celebrates cycling, the roots of mountain biking, and the success of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails.

Calling all old-timey bikes. “Cruisers” are the “curvy”-framed bikes; “klunkers” are cruisers customized for riding off-road. Early mountain bikes were diamond-frame bikes, like road racers built to take balloon tires. You are invited to bring them all and enter the Klunker Ride bike show complete with prizes for first place entries and a traveling trophy for the best of show.

Event gates open at noon. The event is taking place in the Croft Mine parking lot, just off Highway 6, a half mile north of Crosby.

A picnic BBQ lunch and the Cruiser, Klunker and Classic Mountain Bike Show will be from noon to 2 p.m. Guided historical bike tours will be available on both the paved and mountain bike trails starting at 2 p.m.

A raffle drawing for the New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire Cruiser Bike will be at 4 p.m.

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