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Old 02-10-06, 01:08 PM   #1
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Minneapolis commuting

Moving to MSP soon. Is there an area of Minneapolis that is higher than other areas? In the three cities I've lived and commuted in (Portland, San Diego, and Omaha), downtown has always been lower elevation, so the commute to work was easy, while home was a beatch. Same in Minneapolis?

Related question - any really hilly neighborhoods within the city?
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Old 02-10-06, 01:14 PM   #2
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Its generally pretty flat. There are some notable hills in St Paul but Minneapolis is mostly flat. The hills that do exist can be avoided pretty easily.
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Old 02-10-06, 02:31 PM   #3
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Its generally pretty flat. There are some notable hills in St Paul but Minneapolis is mostly flat. The hills that do exist can be avoided pretty easily.
Agreed.

I lived in St. Paul and St. Louis Park years back. Great city for biking. The metro area is very large geographically compared to a lot of cities. You can live in St. Paul or Minneapolis proper pretty comfortably

Both cities have extensive multi use path systems, as well as well marked bike lanes throughout. Even most suburbs have a decent route or bike path to downtown. I'm sure there's much more since I moved in 1999.
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Old 02-10-06, 03:35 PM   #4
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In Minneapolis proper, Linden Hills, Tangle Town, and Regina neighborhoods (all south or southwest of downtown and about 5 miles away from downtown) are a little hilly. As the previous writer says, these hills are very avoidable once you know the routes. I think Minneapolis is turning into a pretty good Bike commuting place. I like how Minneapolis does the snow removal better than St. Paul (not Car parking -wise) but for bike commuting.
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Old 02-10-06, 04:15 PM   #5
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Inside Minneapolis/St. Paul proper, the rule is: If you go near the river there will be a hill involved. In any case there isn't anything too serious to had. Ramsey Hill (Ramsey st. just south of Summit ave. in St.P.) is about the worst. Otherwise hills live in Washington County.
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Downtown is lower than the rest, but not by much. The highest point in Minneapolis is Deming Heights Park, at Polk and St. Anthony Parkway. It is 980 feet above sea level; the Mississippi River is at about 750 feet above sea level at Lower St. Anthony Falls (thats near downtown Minneapolis). The lowest point in Minneapolis is 675 feet above sea level, but I was not able to determine the location of that point. My *guess* would be the bottom of Minnehaha Falls, or the bank of the Old Man nearest it's exit from the City.

Write up when you move...there are a bunch of Minneapolitans on bikeforums that ride a lot.
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I ride up the hill by Deming park every single day. If you want you can go up a pretty damn steep section for 2 blocks, but completely avoidable.

The hill on Grand coming off the exit of 35E is mighty long and steep.
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The hill on Grand coming off the exit of 35E is mighty long and steep.
For going the other direction in that neighborhood, try Ramsey St. It's only two or three blocks long and it drops about 150 feet before crossing 35E. I rode down it the other night and hit 30mph while just coasting and even tapping the brakes intermittently. I would have tried to get going faster, but there are lights at the bottom and I could barely keep my eyes open in the stingingly cold 30mph wind I was inflicting upon myself. Summer...
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I would have tried to get going faster, but there are lights at the bottom and I could barely keep my eyes open in the stingingly cold 30mph wind I was inflicting upon myself. Summer...
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Ramsey hill is the only one here that I have seen and haven't tried to ride up. There's been quite a few that I didn't ride down (brakeless fixie) but really, it's ****ing FLAT here.

And the commuter trails are great. They plow them better and faster than the roads.
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I ride up the hill by Deming park every single day.
I ride up the Deming park hill on my way home. It is steep, but over quickly since it is only a block long. Minneapolis is pretty flat.
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I ride up the Deming park hill on my way home. It is steep, but over quickly since it is only a block long. Minneapolis is pretty flat.
The best part is going the other way. If you come down that hill on st. anthony you can get going a good 45mph before you realize you're about to hit the perpetually red light on central.
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The best part is going the other way. If you come down that hill on st. anthony you can get going a good 45mph before you realize you're about to hit the perpetually red light on central.
Yeah it is fun to go down, and why must that light always be red?
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Everyone's said pretty much what I wanted to say, so I won't add much. I use a big gear ratio on my fix 52x15, and it's pretty okay. Some of the hills though in St. Paul can be a little challenging, but fun none the less. There are alot of us on BF, so let us know when you will be here. And check out some of the Mpls rides in the single speed/ fixed gear section if ya want.......
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