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

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 WIBikeLaw.com 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

21 May

Tell the Wisconsin legislature: We don’t want a bike tax

The Wauwatosa Coffee Crawl

The Wisconsin Bike Fed has recently revealed that the Wisconsin legislature has proposed a flat $25 tax on all new bicycle purchases. We think this is wrong for a multitude of mythical, logical, and financial reasons.

The Bike Fed has provided a simple form to contact your representatives. Here is what you should let them know:

Please DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BICYCLE TAX and consider raising the Gas Tax instead.

A tax on new bicycle purchases doesn’t make any sense. It suggests that people on bikes don’t pay their fair share to use the roads, when, in truth, most of them also own and drive cars

Read: Cycling myths debunked: Bikes don’t pay road tax

Even if a person on a bike doesn’t drive a car, studies show that they actually SAVE money, doing less damage to the roads and ultimately pay MORE money at local businesses.

Read: Cyclists and pedestrians can end up spending more each month than drivers

Additionally, counter to what you might think, more people on bikes also means smoother traffic flow.

Read: New York City’s protected bike lanes have actually sped up its car traffic

A flat tax like this also hurts people who can only afford to purchase cheaper bikes as well as the purchase of bicycles for children. A $25 tax on a $1,000 bike, a 2.5% increase, is something someone might be able to shrug off, but a $25 tax on an $100 bike is a 25% increase in the price of admission.

Exercise 101 says the fewer barriers to entry, the more likely people will choose to stay healthy, and between the need for helmets, lights, locks, racks, bags, and flat tires, cycling already has enough barriers. And activities that promote healthy living and a cleaner environment—you guessed it—save us money!

Read: Pedaling to prosperity: biking saves U.S. riders billions a year

And this proposed tax won’t even be earmarked for bicycling infrastructure makes this proposition extra onerous. Considering the Wisconsin government wants to repeal the Complete Streets initiative, this means that the money raised from a cycling tax will likely go towards building more roads for cars, on which we will have to spend more money to maintain.

What about taxing the people that actually damage the roads?

Instead, you should consider RAISING THE GAS TAX and taxing the individuals who cause the most damage and take up the most space, consume un-renewable resources, pollute the earth, passively destroy the roads, and kill as many as 35,000 people a year: the people who drive cars.

Read: Opposition to the gas tax is causing rising repair bills and hurting the state economy

This would also spread out the amount of money needing to be paid by each individual. Instead of raising $25 on a few people, you could raise $1 from most people and probably end up making more money.

In the end, bicycling does less damage to roads, adds money to the economy, decreases the cost of healthcare, improves driving conditions, heals the environment and it ultimately doesn’t make sense to tax the poor and underprivileged to support the privilege of the rich.

Please DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BICYCLE TAX and consider raising the Gas Tax instead.

Please contact your representatives today (the Bike Fed made it really easy…just click that link) and ask them NOT to support the bicycle tax and consider raising the Gas Tax instead.

21 May

We’re slashing prices for Spring

Bikes that need to be fixed

With the May fluctuations in air current it’s sometimes hard to tell that winter is beyond us and summer is fast approaching. But in preparation over the past month we’ve been rapidly tuning up many of the bikes that were donated through Lake Express.

Now we have too many.

Since we have the bikes and we have the weather, now we have to ride!

We’ve dropped the prices on our existing inventory and new bicycles are being added every week. Some bikes have even been reduced by as much as $100. Check out our offerings in our online store. If you don’t see something you like, make sure to stop by the shop and see the bikes that we haven’t yet listed. I know we still have a few hidden gems in our midst.

See our available bikes

Bikes that need to be fixed

We’ve got a lot of bikes