Monthly Archives: April 2011

Queen’s Day

OK all you queens and fans of anything Dutch, don something orange, get on your city bikes and ride to Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa this Saturday, April 30th at 1pm to celebrate Queen Beatrix’s birthday with Milwaukee’s first annual Koninginnedag’s Ride.   Konninginnedag is a national … Continue reading

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What I like: Kate Spade Bicycle and Accessories

Bikes and two of my favorite designers, whats not to like? In 2008 and 2009 Cynthia Rowley got a lot of attention when put her designer cruiser bikes in her runway shows.  Now Kate Spade and Adeline Adeline, the adorable … Continue reading

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Advice from København

 I very much enjoyed meeting Andreas Røhl, the Bicycle Program Manager from Copenhagen, DK.  He was very generous with his time, and in addition to speaking at the party Sunday night at Chris Kegel’s house and at the Wisconsin Bike Summit Tuesday, I … Continue reading

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Transplant Surgery: LED into vintage headlamp

I recently swapped a new front wheel with a Sturmey Archer X-FDD 6 volt, 3 watt dynamo hub with cable actuated 70mm drum brake to make my 1936 Raleigh a bit more practical as a regular commuter bike.  The hub dramatically improved my braking and freed … Continue reading

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Crank Daddy’s new digs: best bike parking in Milwaukee

Crank Daddy’s Bicycle Works moved to a new location last week Tuesday, April 12th.  Their former  location at 2108 N Farwell Ave was pretty nice, but the new store at 2170 N Prospect is even sweeter. I visited the shop to drop off maps … Continue reading

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Waterproof bike shoes

Foul weather bicycle commuting often seems difficult to those new to cycling for transportation.  Most recreational cyclists don’t ride when the weather is bad, so they don’t have bike clothing that keeps them warm without sweating in the winter or dry in a … Continue reading

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Get your kicks(tand)

Kickstands are cool. OK, I admit that in my racing days when I weighed everything, from body parts to bicycle components, I used to take them off any bike that came with one.  But I have grown in years and … Continue reading

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“52” Meeting tonight

A reminder that tonight at 5:30 pm there will be a meeting at the Riverwest Public House, 815 E Locust St. for 52, the new coalition of people around Milwaukee who ride bicycles for transportation.  I will be there around … Continue reading

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Introspective Ride Home

A brief respite from the wonky policy posts of the last few days. Colors, or the lack of them, can have a powerful effect on the psyche. Pedaling home yesterday through the concrete canyon of downtown, my monochromatic outfit and the grey clouds overhead put … Continue reading

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Bike and Peds on the Hoan: it’s the law.

If the Wisconsin DOT wants to use federal funds for the project, they may have to allow bicycles and pedestrians on the Hoan Bridge.  In 2010 the Federal Highway Administration released a general policy statement on including bicycle and pedestrian accomodations … Continue reading

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