Friday, March 30, 2012

Bubba's MKE 29er

I am really excited for spring/summer time trail riding.  We've been fortunate enough to have an early start on the season, the trails have been great up until this morning's rainfall. Bubba brought in his MKE 29er for a spring tuneup.  It's such a good looking build.  Now that it's clean, hope to see some mud on it!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Just Hanging Out

On display until Kenzie can get her final fit.  You can't just walk pass this thing without taking a second look.  Congrats to Dave of Ellis Cycles on willing best steel bike!  More pics of Kenzie's triathlon bike here.

Di2 bar end shifters and integrated brake levers!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Pete from Cog teamed up with Fyxation to produce some great product shots.  Nice looking frame too!

Spring Days

Laid down about 20 miles of singletrack on Sunday.  A great start to the season.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Milwaukee Bike Belt Drive Upgrade

Just picked up a MKE 29er frame after it received a belt drive upgrade! Ward is one lucky guy! He will be setting this up as a singlespeed with the new Gates Centertrack system, which allows the belt to stay on the sprockets without the use of guards. More pics to come!

Photo by John Prolly

Our good friend Pete from Cog also received the upgrade a couple of months ago and he's been clocking a ton of miles on it! More pics here. FYI, these couplers are installed by professional frame builders so rest assure that the installation is of the highest quality. Please contact us if you have any questions on putting a belt drive on your Milwaukee.

Eric Kremin's Milwaukee Polo Bruiser

Here's Eric's 'Deep Purple' Polo Bruiser. It has a flake finish so it shines in the sunlight. This is one fine looking bike!

He modified an Avid FR-5 so that it works both front and rear brakes, like the Paul Components Duplex lever. Pretty slick! Also combining Yokozuna brake cables/housing with Avid Single Digit Ultimate V brakes, Eric has made one strong brake set up. Check out or join Eric and the rest of the MKE Bike Polo crew out in Washington Park for some Sunday pick up games!

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Tricks for an Old Dog

Last October my brother Chris and I tagged along with some friends to Ray's MTB Park . After being off a BMX for over 15 years I wasn't sure I'd ride, I just wanted to see it. When I saw the park for the first time, my fear faded and I couldn't wait to start riding. Ray's Milwaukee has obstacles to ride for every level of rider. From beginner trails, jump boxes of all sizes, and even a full "skate-park" area with a mini bowl. It was slow going that first night (I was a little rusty and feeling old), but the next day I was tired like I'd been to the gym- it was a great work-out! So needless to say, I was hooked and have been riding there at least once a week since.

Realizing that I wanted my own bike instead of the rentals, I turned to Ben's Cycle to look for a park/dirt jump bike. They steered me towards the Specialized P1, a great entry-level bike that is upgradeable to adapt to your riding skill. It's strong and sturdy and the geometry of the P1 reminds me of an over sized BMX, but more forgiving. The 26 inch wheels allow you to roll or jump everything with ease. Having the dirt jump frame makes it feel as if you were riding your old BMX you had when you were a kid.
Now that I have become more comfortable riding the P1, I have seen my skill level increase every time I ride at Ray's MTB Park. The first couple of times I went to ride, I stuck to the beginner sections. The regular riders encouraged me to keep trying new things and improving. The vibe of the place helps you learn. Weeknights are not usually crowded. The Ray's staff and other riders are willing to help. I never thought I would be doing this in my mid 30's, but man it's fun!

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