Incomprehensible as it might seem, not all outdoors enthusiasts will be fishing Saturday. For many people the fishing opener has all the appeal of a wet pair of sneakers. Depending on the weather, it can be as comfortable, too.
But if doing nothing is even less appealing, or if you need a diversion from yard work, get over to Northland Arboretum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and check out dozens of new bicycles manufactured by Specialized and Giant.
Hosted by Trailblazer Bikes of Brainerd and Nisswa, Demo Day will be a great opportunity to find out which type of bike is best for you. Take a spin on a road bike, mountain bike, cross bike, recumbent bike and sport comfort bike. Sorry kids, no BMX models will be available.
Factory reps will be on hand to answer questions. This is the first Demo Day and Trailblazer owner Chuck Shaw said he's excited.
"We'd like to see hundreds of people show up, though we realize it's the opening of fishing, too," Shaw said.
Everybody will get a chance to ride each bike for 10 to 15 minutes or longer. Shaw said he wants everybody to get a good feel for each type of bike.
If you haven't bought a new bike in recent years you'll be amazed at the engineering. Today's bikes are lighter and stronger and surprisingly affordable. For $250 you can get a decent ride, though for $2,000 you can get a much more decent ride. That's the beauty of bikes: There's a style for every rider and a model for every budget.
For Demo Day all you need are comfortable shoes and a willingness to ride and experiment. Free Red Bull beverages will be available to quench your thirst.
"Have a couple (Red Bulls) and you can do wheelies all the way to Nisswa," Shaw joked.
So if fishing isn't in your plans, or if the fish aren't biting and it's time for a new plan, get over to the Arboretum and ride a bike instead.
VINCE MEYER, Dispatch outdoors editor, can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5862.
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