Tuesday, August 31, 2010

COG Magazine 09

Just picked up our stock of COG Mags; so stop on in and grab one.

We waited for what seemed like an eternity for this issue and it does not disappoint. So much stimulation between these covers. Insane!

oh, and if you don't live in MKE, but would like your own copy. Hit up your local shop first; but if they won't carry it make your way to our site and get it there. OR hit up cogmag.com and get yourself a subscription!

fyi - All proceeds from magazine sales/subscriptions from our site go directly to our good friends at COG magazine.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mission Workshop Rondel

If you didn't know, we got the Mission Workshop Rondels in stock! Well, not really in stock because they all sold over the weekend. Fear not, they will be back soon. Again, they fit a bit big so size down. I'm usually a size 43 and squeezed quite nicely into a 42. Also, these are limited edition so pick up a pair while you have a chance. More info here!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Megabolt - Protect Your Dome LE Silk Screened Poster

Buy a killer print, help the Pablove Foundation fight childhood cancer and ALSO receive a 25% coupon good toward any helmet at Ben's Cycle! You can't go wrong...see the full details HERE

All City Championships Trick Comp

Milwaukee repped it up in Minneapolis this weekend at the All City Champs. The tricks in this video are pretty killer, everyone is stepping it up! Wish I was there, looked like a lot of fun.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

MKE Grips

New Milwaukee Grips! In Clear and White. The material has been improved to be more durable and softer, swoop them up!


Three Speeds

There's nothing like bombing down a trail or hill at full speed. However, sometimes it's all about chilling out on a bike. A lot of us here at Ben's ride 3 speeds and even though they are all set up differently, there's no denying their simplicity and versatility.

Here's my Raleigh Lenton Tourist. It's made out of Reynalds 531 tubing and the cable pulley is actually brazed on! Converted the 26-1 3/8" wheels to 700c with 28c Panaracer Pasaelas. This thing is probably close to 40 years old.

Unfortunately, Korrimor saddle bags are hard to find, but companies like Rivendell and Carradice are still producing some high quality ones. The B67 (springs with one rail) is one of my favorite touring/cruiser saddles. With the wide back end, springs, and a month or two of breaking in, it's like riding on a sofa! Other variations are the B68 (no springs) and B66 (springs with two rails).
The guys over at Portland Design Works make some sweet products. One of them being these Dapper Dan grips that not only look great on any bike but feel awesome, especially on these B352AA bars.

Here are some new 3-speed related products that we carry...
Carradice Barley Saddlebag

In black and green. The Barley is a variation of the Pendle bag with more loops to strap to and a slight size difference. For more Carradice products go here.

Nitto R-10 Saddlebag Rack

Nitto has always constructed strong and attractive bike components. I'm sure whatever you tote around, this thing can hold it up. More Nitto racks here.

Sturmey Archer 3-Speed Thumb Shifter

Sunrace/Sturmey Archer has been stepping up their product line recently. On top of the 3-Speed Fixed S3X and the re-introduction of the two speed kick back hub, they've also developed a thumb and bar-end shifter.

If you've never ridden a 3-speed, try one out, you might just love it!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


A good buddy of the shop and designer Steven has a great clothing/graphics company known as Megabolt. Check out this sweatshirt collab! You can see our MBC rider Antonyo sporting this stuff around. Swoop them up, limited runs!


Monday, August 9, 2010

Get Into It

Erik Johnsen's Bruiser

...then there' this...

Real, fake, awesome, crazy...whatever, I'm still going to try it next time I'm by a lake.



Some of you might get a kick out of this. Wow, I sometimes forget how old this sport really is. The BBC Gallery did a fantastic job of compiling images from bike polo's past and present. There are also great little tidbits of Polo's history. Maybe the players of today will be stamped in the history books. Check out those old-school uniforms!



Well, the powers that be have thwarted any hope of anyone riding any mountain bike trails. It poured hard this morning, bummer. Hopefully no more sinkholes will pop up.

Anyways, got a lot of cool things popping up in our inventory and I will get to those in due time. Until then, check out Nick D'Amico's Bruiser.


Friday, August 6, 2010

MKE Polo Fundraiser Race

Help these good dudes out! They're trying to get to Berlin for Polo Worlds. Have some healthy competition with friends, party it up on this gorgeous Friday, and have a chance to win a Milwaukee/Chrome bag (soon to be on sale on our website) and other prizes!

Details Here:
MKE Bike Polo


Velo City Bags - Pedal Straps

I am a sucker for high quality stuff. These Velo City straps are well constructed and have an easy adjustable system. Great design and at $35 they won't break the bank! Check them out here and swoop them here!


Cyglo Tyres (yup, that's how they spell it)

Just in time for the release of Tron! All I'm thinking about are laser beams. This guy is one step closer to living his dream.

But in all seriousness, I'm all about being seen in the dark. With no batteries, this would be a sweet addition to any bike. Check them out at Cyglo!


Antonyo: WRAHW Interview

Photo Via WRAWH

Like Torey says in this interview, Antonyo is a good dude (on top of being a great rider). Here's a little insight into the life of the rider behind the Bruiser. Some funny stuff in there too!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Mmmhmm, that's a good looking bike. All those black pieces with that blue frame and bits of white in there just make a great composition. Hot. If you have a Bruiser or any MBC bike build that you want to show off, send me some pics at earl@benscycle.com. We'd love to see what setup you're rocking! In Bruiser related news, the Demolition Medial 160mm cranks were so popular that we picked up some Profile 160mm in Black and Chrome. Swoop them up!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Riverwest 24

Photo Via RW 24

I have been kicking myself for not getting on early registration for this year's Riverwest 24. Regardless, it was great to just be a spectator! I must have hung out and watched riders zip by for a good 6 hours. From full kits and carbon bikes to tandems and crazy costumes, to serious riders to the seriously drunk; everyone seemed to have a great time. There was such great camaraderie and sportsmanship between the teams/riders.

I could go on how amazing this event was or how important it was for cyclists in Milwaukee or even to the Riverwest neighborhood, but you had to be there. It made me proud to live in this city full of great people that care about their home and their right to ride their bike. Congratulations to all the winners and also bravo to the organizers and volunteers; it was a pretty smooth running race with little to no mishaps. Fellow teammate polished off a bit over 300 miles in those 24 hours! Nuts.

Photo Via V'Ron

Extra points Riverwest 24 Tattoo

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