30 Aug

Happening September 2017

Sale Extended Through September 30! Back-to-School Bike Blowout

10% off bikes for everybody. Students save an additional 5% OR receive a free lock with bike purchase. Nearly 100 bikes to choose from – adult bikes from $50 and youth bikes from $5! Shop early for best selection – Saturdays 1-4PM and Sundays 10AM-2PM.

See us at Rock the Green on Saturday, Sept. 9!

The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective will be running the bike valet for this sustainable festival. Stop by and say Hi – be sure to enter our drawing for gift certificates!

The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective is a volunteer-driven,  501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps provide individuals, groups, and events with refurbished bicycles. We also assist with bike repair and instruction in a creative and supportive environment and at an affordable cost. We have been working since 2002 to create a world where human powered transportation is the norm and available to everyone.

Upcycled Bikes!Check out our selection – best deals in town on quality refurbished bikes – 90+ road, hybrid, mountain, cross, commuter, cruiser, recumbents, tandems, BMX, vintage, folding, collectible, youth…

Revenue from sales of upcycled bicycles funds all of our operations and programming. Support a great cause and get a great bike at a great price!

26 Nov

Cranksgiving Milwaukee 2015 results

Kids participated in the ride to help the hungry. Cranksgiving photos by Zach Seib Photography

The results are in for Milwaukee’s 2015 Cranksgiving race/ride. Participants were given a randomized manifest that needed to be reorganized to find the fastest route. Each rider was responsible for hitting up 6 grocery stores and purchasing specific non-perishable food and sanitary items and getting back to the final location as fast as possible.

The twist for this year’s race was a food drive within the food drive. Riders were required to double up their purchase at their stop of choice and drop off those items at another food drive happening simultaneously in another part of the city.

Spoke Cards. Cranksgiving photos by Zach Seib Photography

That food drive brought in over 600lbs of food, so between the two, we helped bring in over 1,100lbs of food for the hungry.

Thanks to Zach Seib Photography for the photos. See more here.

The stats:

Weather: 55°F and sunny

Total weight: 477.63lbs

Money spent: Over $1,000 (estimated).
We forgot to tell riders to keep their receipts, and while most did, we did not count it against the riders if they didn’t bring them in.

Route A: 6 stores + bonus stop over 22 miles
Route B: 6 stops + bonus stop over 14 miles
Route C: 4 stops over 5 miles. Nobody raced this route, but we still think it’s important to include this route in future races to encourage more families to participate.

Start time: 12:10PM

Rider count:
Male: 21
Female: 20

Pregnant riders: 1

Youth: 2

People of all ages competed. Cranksgiving photos by Zach Seib Photography

The results:

Rider # Name Category Route Place Finish Time Weight Notes
27 Brennan Cayanne Solo Male A 1 1:39 5.88 Winner – Solo Male A
32 Dan Whitman Solo Male A 2 1:40 5.53
13 Mike Cook Solo Male B 1 1:42 5.53 Winner – Solo Male B
40 Steve Roche Solo Male B 2 1:45 5
1 Hunter Hagen Solo Male A 3 1:47 5.83
38 Dan Mena Solo Male A 4 1:48 6.1
3 Christian Walding Solo Male A 5 1:49 7.33
9 Betsy Christianson Solo Female A 6 2:03 6.02 Winner – Solo Female A
35 Terese Thompson Solo Female A 7 2:04 3.64
17 Lucas Mace Solo Male A 8 2:06 11.92 Winner – Big Spender Solo
41 Carolyn Weber Solo Female A 9 2:09 30.1
14 Liz Franczyk Group 3 B 3 2:11 5.32 Winner – Group
15 Scott Mundy Group 3 B 4 2:11 5.14 Winner – Group
34 Ayla Jensen Solo Female B 5 2:14 8.71 Winner – Solo Female B
23 Kate Valerius Solo Female B 6 2:23 7
36 Rebecca Schuster Solo Female B 7 2:24 4.61
37 Matt Baran Solo Male B 8 2:24 9.1
12 Waldo Waldo Solo Male A 10 2:30 7.45
16 Katie Jesse Solo Female A 11 2:34 7.83
25 Rachel Zdero Solo Female A 13 2:36 5.6
22 Summer Welker Solo Female A 14 2:37 6.66
21 Lydia Kantowski Solo Female A 15 2:37 6.07
24 Rosalie Avery Solo Female A 16 2:42 6.76
5 Emily Ludke Group 1 B 9 2:43 5.29
4 Andrew Stiegen Group 1 B 10 2:43 11.95
11 Beth Pickhard Solo Female A 17 2:45 7.41
2 Tim Block Solo Male A 18 2:51 8.33
39 Jon Baliki Cargo A 19 2:53 157.42 Winner – Cargo Most Weight
31 Jaime Ogas Solo Male A 20 2:54 9.78
6 Bob Overbrunner Group 2 B 11 3:15 6.87
7 Gene Joerres Group 2 B 12 3:15 6.87
20 Cassie Zwart Group 4 B 13 3:24 7
19 Dave Zwart Group 4 B 14 3:24 7
18 Matt Vandyke Group 4 B 15 3:24 6.87
33 Angie Orlando Solo Female A 12 3:34 7.83
26 Kelly Lambeth Solo Female A 21 3:43 42.6 Winner – Solo Most Weight
10 Sarah Folz Solo Female B 16 3:45 5 DFL
28 Terry Lutz Group 5 B 17 3:45 4.26
29 Ann Sexton Group 5 B 18 3:45 4.26
30 Javier Ibarra Group 5 B 19 3:45 4.26
8 Tony Berger Solo Male B DNF DNF 1.5

Brennan Cayanne won a Chrome Coveted Jersey for Fastest Male. Cranksgiving photos by Zach Seib Photography Fastest Female won a Chrome Coveted Jersey as well as an All-City jersey. Cranksgiving photos by Zach Seib Photography

See more Cranksgiving photos on Facebook.

16 Oct

Cranksgiving Milwaukee 2015

UPDATE: Cranksgiving 2015 has come and gone and the results are in.

An alley cat style bike race and ride to help the hungry, organized by The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective in partnership with Coast in Bikes.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Location: Garden Park next to the Riverwest Public House Cooperative (815 E Locust St.) to get your manifest.
Time: Registration is at 11:00AM. The gun fires at noon.

Ride or race, there will be 3 categories to ensure this event is open to everyone.

Return to the secret end location with a bag of food and sanitary supplies to donate to the Hope House.

There will be equal* prizes for Fastest Female, Fastest Male and Fastest Group (3 or more)/Family (2 or more). There will also be prizes available for completing other goals, such as Heaviest Load, Best Group Photo and other fun goals. There will also be a free raffle for all participants. You don’t have to be fastest to win (but it helps).

A huge thanks to our prize donors for supporting the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective and the Hope House:

  • Anykicks
  • Chrome
  • Mission Workshops
  • Bar Mitts
  • Oury Grips
  • Adventure Rock
  • ABUS
  • Bell Sports Giro
  • Surly
  • Portland Design Works
  • Babes in Bikeland
  • Bern
  • Swerve
  • Banjo Bros.
  • Planet Bike
  • Coast in Bikes
  • The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective
    and more!

If you want, you can RSVP to Cranksgiving on Facebook.

Keep checking back here for more updates.

*We cannot guarantee pure equalness of prizes, but we will strive to make sure prize packs are balanced so that no winner feels left out.

13 Oct

The 7th Annual Winter Bike Party is now the 1st Annual Winter Bike Challenge

This year we’re changing the format. Instead of one night to celebrate cycling through winter, we’re going to spread that love over 5 months.

You’ll have from the beginning of November to the end of March to complete 20 goals from the Winter Bike Challenge card by posting selfies to your social networks. Challenges involve sponsor stops, selfie-guided activities, and group meetups. Complete all 20 goals and you will have a chance to win an exclusive, available-this-year-only mid-weight cycling jacket (design coming soon).

Join us for the kickoff, at Great Lakes Distillery (616 W. Virginia St.) on November 3rd from 6:30-9:00 to get your Challenge Card, Winter Bike Survival Zine, and 2015-2016 Winter Bike Sticker (and check off your first challenge while you’re at it).

The cost to participate in the Winter Bike Challenge is totally FREE, but if you want to win a jacket, the cost is $20. If in the end you don’t win the jacket, you can still put that $20 towards the full cost of one anyway, provided you’ve completed all 20 challenges.

Sound good? You can RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Rebel Converting and Daniel E. Goldberg of for helping make the jackets possible. We are still looking for more sponsors (they’ll get 5 months of fun social activity for only $500), so if you know of a company who might be interested, let us know.

Winter Bike Challenge