Category Archives: Bicycles

New horse in the stable – Vintage Schwinn Deux Chavaux

I picked up a pretty nice new ride off Craigslist, check it out.  Nathan had to sell it because he was heading off to law school.  The bike is a 1980 Schwinn De Luxe Twinn 5 with the Atom drum … Continue reading

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Milwaukee Bicycle Company 29er

Readers may remember that in my recent post about my family’s vacation Up North, I mentioned that I borrowed a pretty root-beer-colored Milwaukee Bicycle Company 29er mountain bike to ride. The Milwaukee Bicycle Company is the house brand for Ben’s Cycle on … Continue reading

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COG Magazine Eurotour 2011

I asked my friend Peter DiAntoni, if he would give the readers of Over the Bars an early look at some of the photos he took recently while in Europe for the Cycle Messenger World Championships.  Pete is a talented … Continue reading

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Say you want the best handbuilt bike in the world…

You could do no better than to talk to Dave Wages, the builder behind Ellis Cycles in Waterford, WI.  Yesterday Dave stopped by my house early with his latest ride, an Ellis Di2 DRB, or Dirt Road Bike.  We went … Continue reading

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Preview of Trek’s tasty new line-up

Loop frame love in Madison- Her name is Cocoa.  I met her at a the Trek World 2012 convention in Madison, but she hails from Waterloo. Don’t let her small town background and inexpensive tastes fool you, Cocoa is just as … Continue reading

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Models on Bikes: Like or Don’t Like?

Regular readers of Over the Bars know I am a big fan of the Cyclechic movement.  The term was coined by Mikael Collville-Anderson on his Copenhagen Cyclechic website. One effect of the cyclechic movement has been that marketing firms have … Continue reading

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FatBikes bring new meaning to the “Beach Ride.”

In my family, going for a beach ride means riding our bicycles down to Bradford Beach on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  On a hot day, the traffic on Lincoln Memorial Drive makes riding a bike the easiest and most efficient way to … Continue reading

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Free Custom Commuter Bike

That’s right, you could win a $3,000 hand-built custom commuter bike from Black Sheep Bikes in Fort Collins, CO.  All you have to do to win this sweet ride is agree to donate your ’84 Dodge Neon (or similar rust … Continue reading

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The Secret Greasy Handshake: basic bike repair classes for gals and guys

Some people have no more interest in learning to repair their bicycles than they do their automobiles.  They get a flat they call a tow truck.  Unless you are a member of the Better World Club,the bicycle friendly version of … Continue reading

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Red Bikes Diaries

My friend Linsey had been looking to upgrade a bit from her well-used Electra Townie commuter bike.  In addition to wanting a new ride, she was bit by the loop-frame bug and wanted a new ride, but with the elegant … Continue reading

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