Patrick and Julie say Red Raven is their Red Dirt Spirit Animal. They must be right because it filled a niche and is just what Cuyuna needed. This full-service, ride-in ride-out bike shop offers bike sales, bicycle service, and mountain bike rental.
But you’ll not only find bike stuff, you can also get breakfast sandwiches, lunch, coffee, and beer at this Crosby MN restaurant (maybe not all at the same time). Menu items include hot or cold sandwiches—think organic ingredients on hearty, whole-grain bread or panini sandwiches—also available as a wrap or gluten-free. Their rice bowls are also quite good, plus coffees/espresso/teas, hot chocolate, lemonade, and smoothies. And after a hot day on the Cuyuna mountain bike trails, check out the Minnesota craft beers on tap or domestic/imports in cans, as well as wine.
Bike repair tune-up prices are on the website, so you can choose what you need à la carte. Bike rentals are scheduled online (with a choice of languages), making it easy to choose your date and pick your ride—fat bike, mid-fat, or mountain bike.
Due to open in spring 2018, Happy Otter is Cuyuna’s first ride-in, ride-out, trail-side pizza destination adjacent to the paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail, closer to Riverton. And what pizza! Where else can you ride up and savor the tastes of authentic, hand-crafted, wood-fired pizza right on the trails and overlooking another Cuyuna mine lake?
Open 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. If you’re driving a car please park down the trail at the lot on County Rd 128 and Rowe Road.