Bikers cruise into Winona

Published 9:03 am Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WINONA —The nearly 100-degree heat didn’t stop Steve Lindbeck from biking 88 miles from Owatonna to Winona on Monday.

But a broken derailleur almost did.

Lindbeck’s gear shifter broke as he was leaving Owatonna, gnarling up his bike chain. Luckily, a bike shop in Rochester was able to get him back on the road and Lindbeck rejoined his fellow Big Ride Across America cyclists for the rest of the day’s journey.

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Big Ride, an annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association, brought together 18 cyclists this summer who have raised more than $160,000 as they bike across the country from Washington state to Washington, D.C.

Bikers hail from across the U.S. Lindbeck, from Anchorage, Alaska, raised nearly $30,000 for the ride.