Friday, June 29, 2012

Unorthodox Ride: Trike...Or?

This vehicle recently made a pit stop the other day for an unknown reason and caught the eyes of many people including my lens.  The dedicated trunk rack is a nice touch.

Don't forget!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Back In Stock: Revelate Designs Viscacha Sadle Bag

If you're looking for that do it all saddle bag that will allow you to pack for a weekend and much much more, then look no further.  Three of my favorite requirements for anything that involves using in the outdoors are;  waterproof, expandable, and made in the USA  This bag has all three of them.

Grab one here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Event: North American Bike Polo Championships July 6-8th

Presented by Milwaukee Bicycle Company the best of the best from North American Hardcourt Bike Polo will converge in our hometown during the first weekend of July.  Teams will battle for 16 available spots to attend the world championships in Geneva Switzerland this August. 

The event is open to the public of all ages and is hosted by Milwaukee Bike Polo.  Don't miss this!    

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Product - Velocity Deep V - Polished!

There was some serious polishing that went into these rims! Velocity did a great job!
If you think these would look great on your ride, you better hop over here and get some as we only have limited quantities.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hot Off The Stand: Fire Engine Red Road Bike

This custom fire engine red Milwaukee road bike sure is a looker!  The bike is built with a mix of ultegra, 105, and Dura Ace components.  It has a double clear coat finish with the upgraded Waterford built fork.

The stainless steel badges really pop beautifully with this loud color.
The TRP mini v-brakes easily allow tire clarance(clearance) for Panaracer 28c rubber, while still having plenty of room for fenders and lots of braking power.

No corners were cut when selecting the parts for this build, that's for sure.  Investing in a nice wheel set for your bike, in my opinion, is one of the best things you can do.

If you're in a local resident or traveling through Milwaukee, feel free to swing by and see what bikes we have on display!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Event: Milwaukee Tour De Fat - 7/14/12

Hang out with your buds, drink great beer, ride in the parade and enjoy live entertainment at this year's Tour de Fat.  Also, if you're sick and tired of that 4 wheeled gas guzzling vehicle sucking the life out of you, then trade it in for a rad new bicycle.  Tour de Fat will choose one lucky person and give them a 2,250 budget to build the ultimate commuter bike!  Last year's bike is amazing by the way. 

A sustainable community is a happy community. 

Hit up the event page for details.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

US House Threatens Our Safety on the Streets

The US House is threatening the safety of you and or your child who rides a bicycle or walks in your local community.  That statement may sound a little extreme, but it's not an exaggeration.  The house wants to reject the bi-partisan Cardin-Cochran amendment, which would allow federal money to be allocated by our own state and local governments.

What will our communities do if they can't access money to provide for the bicycle/walking projects most of us use everyday?  Those same projects provides a better quality of life for everyone in your community, builds stronger relationships with consumers and businesses along with countless other reasons.  Our industry grows when local governments have the resources to enhance their own community in ways cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of every day to enjoy in their city or town.

Read more here from Dave Schlabowske's recent post on the BFW's blog about the very issue our industry and communities are facing right now.  You can also head over to League of American Bicyclists to make your voice heard.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hot Off The Stand: Orange One SS Build

This Orange One, made in the USA bike build, recently left the shop to a very lucky customer.  This bike was build right, and with top notch parts from; Gilles Berthoud, Chris King, Sugino, Nitto and Continental.  The frame finish came out amazing and really popped when the sun shined on it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ride Recap: Reveal the Glacial Drumlin

From left:  Andy, Anton, Myself, Dan, Arthur. 

We left from the infamous Ben's Cycle alley way about 6:30pm last Friday evening and rode to our destination stop, Lampham peak, while chasing the sunset on the New Berlin trail.  It took us around 2.5hrs to our camp site with a couple pit stops along the way, which one was at Le Duc's Frozen Custard.

Our campsite was superb with plenty of area to pop up multiply tents and two trees ideal for my hammock in the clearing.

Dan had the heaviest bike when we left the shop out of the 5 of us, but when we loaded two bundles of fire wood in his rear pannier bags and a twelver on his front rack, he tipped the scale for sure.  My surly Junk strap came in handy when securing our beverages to the his rack.  Thank you Dan for hauling like a pro up to the peak!

Picture to the right showing the preferred spicy brown sauce for the night.  I can say only one of us was bold enough to wake up and relive it's qualities the next morning.
The four of us weren't willing to tough it out and wake up at sunrise like our friend Arthur, who had a hot date in Madison the next day, so we left the park short a man.  
 Anton is happy as a lark while cruising through Lake mills.
We stopped at one of the trail headquarters, which was converted from an old railroad station, for a water and peanut M&M break.  We stopped in briefly, but mostly stayed in the shade outside.
We passed through a hand full of tunnels that were about 20-30 yards long.  Overall trail conditions for great, they weren't too dry or too wet.

We were greeted with this nice message when reached the end of the trail just outside Madison.

I had by far the least amount of gear and had the lightest setup out of the group.  I'm running an Shimano Alfine 8sp with a 42/18t drive train.  I used a Revelate Designs Viscacha saddle bag and an Outdoor Research horizontal dry bag rigged to my handlebars.  Both systems worked wonderfully and I am completely happy with them and how they performed.  I admit using a hammock over a tent made using only these two bags possible, but I'm really looking forward to running this same setup in the coming weeks.

We see our first signs of the capital in the distance. 

We made it!  Beer and popcorn await us!

The director, Mike Dion, and the soundtrack artist, Dominique Fraissard,  spoke prior to the film and gave a some insite

Earl directed us to a much needed fuel filled breakfast at Lazy Jane's in Madison Sunday morning.  Super good!

Most of the next morning I followed the smell of Italian cheese.

We saw a fair amount of Wisconsin wildlife.  Beavers, great blue herons, Peregrine Falcon, Hawks, and a white tailed doe on the New Berlin trail 25 yards in front of us!

The obvious last check point before we all retreat back home to our lady friends, who had dinner waiting for us btw, was Frank's Power Plant for tall boys and muscle relaxers.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Specials, Blems & Returned Items

  Many of customers know we sell a lot of closeouts, special buys, blems, etc. under the seller ID benscycle on eBay. We are also starting to list some things on our website under the "Specials & Blems" category.  There are some really good deals in there and we're adding more daily. So don't forget to check it out when your browsing.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Milwaukee 29er - New Stainless Steel Powder Coat Option

Our 29er XC mountain bike featuring one of our newest finish options.  It's not completely stainless, but it's definitely a unique coating that we've never offered until now. 
Also, keep your eyes open here for other new and unique powder finishes exclusive to MKE Bike Co.  We've had a few sample frames come back recently from the powder coat company that will blow the spandex right off your butt.  I can't wait to show them off.

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