Friday, January 20, 2012

John's Milwaukee Road

Really glad you are pleased with our frame John! We are proud to offer such a versatile American built road frame in our line-up and we are excited that there has been such a great response to it. Glad those Paul brakes are working well, looks like you have plenty of room for knobbies!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mat's Milwaukee Bruiser Polo Bike

Mat from London's Cosmic Polo Team sent us a hell of a compliment yesterday...

Hi guys...
Here's a pic of my small MKE Bruiser Polo Bike - I love it!
The Bruiser is the best 700c frame out there for polo.

Thanks Mat for sending this over!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

AJ Austin

Here's MKE rider AJ doing what he does. The video is killer!

Studded Tires

We have been fortunate enough to have had a very mild winter. With no snow and above freezing days, this winter has felt like an extended Fall. Even Cyclrocross Nationals was bearable to watch! But here it is, the Wisconsin winter that we know so well. Still, with slush and ice glazing the streets, I still love riding. I may even like riding more! Even my girlfriend gets excited to ride to work.Added to our arsenal is the Nokain A10 650b studded tire (pictured on my 650b converted mtn bike). 650b may not be the popular size out there but I am glad there is a studded tire available . The A10 (also available in a 700c) may not have as many studs as other versions but it is fast, rolls very smooth, and tracks through the elements very well. I have found that working with different tire pressures you may get increased traction. We also carry many options in the 26" and 700c versions so check them out here.

I love winter and riding my bike through it makes it even more enjoyable! But as always, if you ride, walk, or drive, just be careful out there.

We measured a few tires that we our riding here in the shop-we'll give the tire, size/width, rim width and tire width at high recommended inflation. If you have a "tire/rim - inflated width" to add please do in the comments. We'll be adding more as they roll through -
  1. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 700x45c / WTB Speed Disc Rim 26mm - Inflated width = 43mm
  2. Nokian A10 700x32c / Alex G6000 Rim 22.5mm - Inflated Width = 30mm
  3. Nokian Ice Speed 700x37c / Velocity Deep V 19mm - Inflated Width = 36mm
  4. Nokian Extreme 294 29x2.1" / Velocity VXC 22mm - Inflated Width = 51mm
  5. Nokian Extreme 294 29x2.1" / Velocity P35 35mm - Inflated Width = 52mm
  6. Nokian A10 650bx1.5" / Velocity 650b Blunt 28mm - Inflated Width = 40mm

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Seems like yesterday

Burd Phillips: Stop and Smell the Fixed Gear

I remember when Burd ordered his first Milwaukee...spring of time flies.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Milwaukee Road Builds

We just built up a couple more Milwaukee Road bikes and they are looking great. This one is Brett's ride; full Shimano 5700 105 with some sleek Zipp bits and a nice Jandd rack to make it a bit more utilitarian. The black components and the deep green really compliment each other.

This one is a shop build so come through and test ride it if you would like. We focused on building it with more of a classic flare but opted with Shimano 5700 105 instead of bar end or downtube shifters, which still would function just as nicely. Threw on some Brooks accessories, Panaracer Tour Guard tires, and a Nitto M18 Rack and you have a fully functional randonneur!

I love seeing all these builds put together. It's great to see a bare frame get braze-ons installed in our shop, to coming back from our painter, and finally put together by our own mechanics. The results are always spectacular.

Madison Bike Swap

Photo Via Bike Waukesha

It's coming up soon! If you have never been to one of these try to make it this year. I'm sure there is a piece or two or even a whole bike you may need. It's a great place to socialize and talk to some serious bike nerds. We'll have a booth up with a lot of great products and info about our Bike School as well as upcoming events. More info here. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MKE Road: Austin Greenbelt

Photo Via Prolly

Wow, John has been putting our MKE Road to the test riding it through Austin's Greenbelt Trail. Fellow Ben's worker Jim and I did these trails when we went to NAHBS last year. Needless to say it got sketchy after some rain fell on beds of sharp rocks so I must commend you on powering through it on cross tires! Glad you're enjoying the bike. I'm sure our 29er can do the job too!

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