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Bicyclist Profiles

Rosemount is home to all sorts of regular people who love to bicycle for both recreation and transportation.  Learn more about them and how to make bicycling part of your active lifestyle below.  Are you an avid bicyclist and want to share your story?  Contact Anthony Nemcek at Anthony.Nemcek@ci.rosemount.mn.us or (651) 322-2090 for more information.


Mike Carter, 54
Mike Carter
Mike Carter
Lives: Rosemount
Works: QLogic Corporation/Technical Support Manager 

What sort of trips do you take by bicycle? 
Commuting, club, group, event, going to the store 

How often do you bike? 
Once the snow melts, 4 - 5 times a week.  

How long have you been riding your bike? 
I got back into cycling about 6 years ago after being off the bike for over 25 years

What keeps you pedaling? 
There's a moment in every ride where I’m just so happy to be riding.  I guess it makes me feel young

What kind of bike do you ride? 
I have a couple of bikes.  A Trek 7200 Hybrid for short trips or riding with the family and a Giant Defy Advance 3 road bike for longer distances

Where is your favorite place to ride? 
Well almost anywhere starting in Rosemount heading East or South are great.  Riding around Lake Pepin on a nice day is fantastic.  For people who like trails, the Heartland trail between Park Rapids and Walker is a wonderful ride.

How do you stay safe when you ride? 
Number one for me and make sure I can be seen.  A rider can’t have too many lights, and the clothing can’t be bright enough.  Next, ride predictably.  Stay in a straight line. Signal your intentions.  Also, once you are going over 10 or 12 miles an hour, I have found it safer to ride on the road rather than on the sidewalk.  Motorist on the cross streets have a much easier time seeing you.  

Do you have a shining moment with a motorist, or something you really appreciate from motorists? 
The majority of motorists are very respectful and are wonderful.  One time I wasn't able to clip out and just tipped over (OK everybody has done that at least once if you use clipless pedals right!).  The driver pulled over, didn’t laugh, and waited to make sure I could still ride before taking off again. 

What are your pet peeves, either from motorists or other cyclists? 
Drivers who feel the need to honk or yell at cyclists.  Usually it’s teenagers.
Cyclists, its riders who don’t stay to the right.  Come on people STAY RIGHT 

What is the most unusual thing you do on your bike? 
I’m pretty boring.  I’ll get a few weird looks when I carry a gas can on the bike which I’m filling up for the lawn tractor, but that’s about it.

Kari Mitchell, 38
Kari Mitchell
Kari Mitchell
Lives: Rosemount
Works: Charity Events of Minnesota (BreastCancerRide.org and AttaBoyRide.org), Executive Director 

What sort of trips do you take by bicycle? 
I enjoy riding my bike with my husband, stepson and most recently with my dog.

How often do you bike? 
Not often enough.  

How long have you been riding your bike? 
I have pictures of myself on a bike while I was still in diapers, but I got my first “real adult bike” on my 10th birthday.  I loved that bike and rode it until I got my current bike (which is about 15 years old now).

What keeps you pedaling? 
I like riding for the fun of it or to participate in charity/organized rides.  

What kind of bike do you ride? 
Most people are surprised to find out how little I know about bikes because my job is all about charity cycling events.  I love that biking is something most everyone can do and you really don’t need to “know” about bikes to do it.  You find a bike you’re comfortable on (a bike shop will help fit you to a bike) and then get out and ride!  So what I know about my bike is that it’s a grey Cannondale and I’ve put thousands of miles on it (for me, that’s all I need to know).  

Where is your favorite place to ride? 
Now that I’m married and have stepkids, I don’t get out and ride long distances much.  My stepson and I ride around Rosemount and he and his dad do the bike events that I produce (Breast Cancer Ride and AttaBoy Ride).  The routes that we choose at work are always south of the river, down in to Hastings and Red Wing because we think that’s some of the most beautiful riding this state has to offer.

How do you stay safe when you ride? 
I bike defensively.  Like I always tell my stepson “they are not looking for you – you have to look for them”.  Make eye contact with drivers whenever possible, wear bright clothes, wear a helmet and don’t wear ear buds.  If you must wear ear buds, keep the volume low or one ear out so you can hear vehicles and other cyclists calling out (for example “passing on your left” etc).  I also respect all driving laws and I stay out of the way of vehicles (they are much bigger than I am on a bike).

Do you have a shining moment with a motorist, or something you really appreciate from motorists? 
As long as a motorist gives me room on the road and doesn’t honk at me, I’m happy.  Cyclists have a right to the road so it’s nice to be given that right. 

What are your pet peeves, either from motorists or other cyclists? 
I get so upset when I see cyclists not following the rules of the road.  This upsets drivers and gives all cyclists a bad name.  Oh, and when riders are cycling two abreast it about kills me!  Single file to stay alive. 

What is the most unusual thing you do on your bike? 
I have a pet burley.  Yep, I’m “that” dog owner.  My 12 pound Chihuahua likes to run alongside of me while biking (which takes talent and coordination) but she can only go for a few miles.  So after she is done running, I put her in the pet burley and I keep cycling.  She likes to pop her head about of it and watch the scenery.  I get many looks and smiles.