Riding home from work

I spend a lot of time pedaling and thinking. I have not driven a car to work in the last 15 years or so.  I have one, I just don’t use it for much. I ride a bike to and from work, to shop, to go to the movies and most other places too far to walk.  I like to mountain bike on our great trails around Wisconsin and take long road rides on our wonderful paved town road system (thanks Dairy Industry).

Over the Bars in Milwaukee began a bit over a year ago as a personal blog when I was the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Milwaukee Dept. of Public Works.  At the time it was just my personal site and did not reflect any official view of anyone at the City of Milwaukee.  In July of 2011, when I was hired as the Director of Communications for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Over the Bars in Milwaukee began its transition from a personal, Milwaukee-centric  blog to a platform for me to tell the great story that is cycling in Wisconsin.

Over the Bars in Wisconsin is still very much in transition, but much of the same tone and values will remain true to the original blog, just with with a wider topic range and more posts about issues around the state.  It is by no means in it’s final form and will change quite a bit over the next few months as I am able to take advantage of all the new tools, connections and resources that the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin has to offer. Look for up to date information about advocacy issues around the state, reviews of many great bicycles and bicycle accessories made in Wisconsin, tales from our awesome the single track mtb trails and stories about fun recreational riding.

Finally, I look forward to sharing personal stories from people who enjoy cycling around Wisconsin.  If you have a particularly interesting tale to tell about a ride or your local advocacy efforts, contact me at dave.schlabowske@bfw.org.  We might be able to publish your story here on Over the Bars in Wisconsin.



20 Responses to About

  1. Kerry says:

    Dave, you rule.

  2. Hi! Wondering if you can/would think about generator lights? Thinking of buying some for a project bike and want to know what you’d recommend.

    • daveschlabowske says:


      I was planning on doing a post about that later this week. I have seveal different generator hubs and different light units as well. Check back and I think I will have my opinions up on Wednesday or Thursday. I have a couple other posts to get up before that one. But in general I love hub generators and the new LED lights are super bright.

      • Great! I’ll make sure to keep an eye on my RSS feed. Looking forward to putting some love into my thrift store Miyata 610 and I think the lights will be a good addition!

  3. samantha says:

    Great site Dave!

    Really nice looking! I too have started a blog, similar to yours but with a strong family/adaptive riding angle – we have a young rider with CP who is just learning how to ride so I’m writing about that and other adaptive cycling topics along with my commuting tales. I have been test riding dutch bikes all spring here in Chicago, and I’m wondering what size bike you purchased and about how tall you are? I want to purchase the same bike you bought, but they haven’t had the tall frames in stock. Just wondering what size you found comfortable to ride.

    Happy Blogging!


    • daveschlabowske says:

      Hi Samantha,

      I have read your blog too, I think from a link on Dottie’s or something like that. Anyway, this is a 53cm and I am 5’10”. I probably could ride a bigger frame, but this one feels find. I have the seat pushed back all the way, but not much more than a fist full of seat post showing. I normally ride a 56cm road bike if that gives you any reference. I think the Dutch bikes ride one size bigger than they are compared to other bikes.

      • Ssamantha says:

        Thanks for the info Dave. I’m a couple of inches taller than you, so I think I’m glad I’m holding out for 57cm frame. I rode the 53s that they had it stock and they felt a little cramped. I rode a 57cm frame on a different style of bike (Secret Service?) and that definitely felt more comfortable to me. They’re expecting another bike shipment in a few weeks – I can hardly wait!

      • daveschlabowske says:

        Great, send a photo when you get your bike and you will be entered to win the contest. When did they say the 57 will be in stock?

  4. patrick says:

    Read about your probs with your couplered S & S on bikeportland. Drop me a line or find me on Facebook. I’ll show you a bike bag I had designed which I’ve been testing and has made it through countless trips without any problems. It’s a soft case, looks pretty lowkey and I had it built locally.

    Nice blog.

  5. Jim Franzen says:

    I love my new lights. I was very flashy this morning on my commute.

  6. Brad Waldschmidt says:

    Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. is preparing a traffic calming handbook for the City of Oak Hill, Tennessee. We are requesting permission to use a picture of a traffic circle from your website. Please email us and let us know if it is acceptable for us to use this image in the handbook. Thank you.

  7. Benhalpin says:

    Yo Dave.
    Love your motive. Nice site. I was turned on to it by your article on the Hoan. Everytime I cross it on 4 wheels, I always want to stop and snap some photos. That would be so much easier on 2. I also saw some logo designs? What exactly is 52? I’m a designer here in mke and wouldn’t mind taking a stab if you like.

    Stay cool.

  8. Kyle Gigot says:

    Hey Dave,

    Enjoy your postings. Congrats on the new gig. Found this offer for an old Schwinn Tandem Bike on Green Bay Craigslist. Thought that you might enjoy seeing it.


    • daveschlabowske says:

      Thanks Kyle, and that is a great old Schwinn tandem. Since tonight I just gave away a nice Schwinn Breeze to a friend, I probably do have room for one more bike 😉

  9. Kyle Gigot says:

    Someone in Green Bay is looking for info on an old bike. Can you help him out?


  10. kathy says:

    I love this site, I not only have a cottage near Boulder Junction, I am an avid bike rider! I have biked in Northern Minn., along the western shore in Mich. and in Montana, while all of these trips have been outstanding, I don’t feel any of them compete with what we have in this state!

    • daveschlabowske says:

      Thanks for the nice comment Kathy. We certainly are blessed with many great places to bicycle in Wisconsin. If you like this site, the easiest way to stay in touch is to subscribe using the button up to the right under the header. You can subscribe via email or RSS if you use a blog reader. The rain stopped and the sun is shining in Milwaukee now, so I think I will shut down the computer and go ride my bike.

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