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If you are having doubts about buying a fat bike or just want to check out what all the fuss is about, I would highly recommend renting a fat bike at your local bike shop. They will be able to set you up with a fat bike in your size and point you towards a good local trail to ride.  You might try to rent the same model of fat bike that you are interested in purchasing.

I compiled a list of bike shops around Minnesota organized by location and listed alphabetically.  If you know of a place that rents fat bikes in MN that I don’t have listed below, send me a message using the contact form at the bottom of the page, or leave a comment so I can add it.  Also, if you have any experiences renting fat bikes or recommendations for a particular shop, please add it to the comment section.

 

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar

4208 28th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Fat Bike(s):
Salsa Mukluk, Beargrease, Blackborrow

 

Charlie’s Tangletown Bike Shop

322 W 48th St, Minneapolis MN 55419

Fat Bike(s):
Framed Wolftrax 1 & 2; others by special arrangement

 

Erik’s Bike Shop

1312 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Fat Bike(s): Specialized Fatboy

(The Erik’s Bike shop in Rochester, MN also rents the Specialized Fatboy.)

 

Freewheel Bike

3 MN locations:

Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
2834 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Freewheel Bike – West Bank
1812 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Freewheel Bike Eden Prairie
12910 Plaza Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Fat Bike(s): Trek Farley 5

 

Gateway Cycle

6028 Hwy 36 Blvd No, Oakdale, MN 55128

Fat Bike(s): Trek Farley 5

 

Maple Grove Cycling

13950 Grove Dr, Osseo, MN 55311

Fat Bike(s): Trek Farley 7, Trek Farley 24, Fuel EX9-27.5

 

Michael’s Cycles

700 N Chestnut St, Chaska, MN 55318

Fat Bike(s): ??

 

One on One Bicycle Studio & Go Coffee

117 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Fat Bike(s): ??

 

Penn Cycle

At the time of posting, only the Eagan location had fat bikes available to rent.

Penn Cycle – Eagan
2290 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55122

Fat Bike(s): Trek Farley Custom, Trek Farley 5, Framed Wolftrax, Trek Farley Kid’s

 

Brainerd/Baxter/Cuyuna

Cycle Path and Paddle

115 3rd Ave. SW, Crosby MN 56441

Fat Bike(s): ??

 

Easy Rider’s Bicycle & Sportshop

415 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Fat Bike(s): ??

 

Trailblazer Bikes

14843 Edgewood Dr N, Baxter, MN 56425

Fat Bike(s): ??

 

Duluth

Continental Ski & Bike

1305 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55805

Fat Bike(s): Charge Cooker, Borealis Carbon

 

Galleria Bicycle

5225 Miller Trunk Hwy, Hermantown, MN 55811

Fat Bike(s): Framed Wolftrax

 

 

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Josh

Hi I’m Josh. I grew up in the Twins Cities and as a kid I rode my bike all over the west metro area, in addition to fixing up bikes for myself and others. Through these experiences, I developed a life-long passion for biking. Since then, I received a B.S. in Physics from Bethel University and met my wife Santi. When I was in college, I spent a lot of time building and collecting bikes in our tiny one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul. At one point, we had at least 6 bikes stuffed into the apartment. I’d have a bike build in progress on the floor of the living room and the rest of the bikes hanging on DIY storage racks. I built my first fat bike, a Salsa Mukluk 2, in that apartment. I’m currently working on an Alubooyah Fat Bike build.
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