Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Bike Check: Todd's Cross Check

The "Snow Machine". Surly Cross-Check, Single Speed, Ritchey Pro Cockpit, Sram Brake Levers And Crank. Kenda Klondike 700x38 studded tires. She's a tank but she comes alive in the snow... she rips through snow and ice without even a shimmy. Its how I get to work when the white stuff is fly'n and she loves it!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Commute 1.27


Safe travels today everyone!

One down, one more to go.

We had a great meeting last night. The Plan Commission gave us a big "thumbs up" and was very encouraging in their comments. Ron spoke, then I did, then Scott, then George. We had a lot more folks in the audience, too, including Todd, the owner of Cyclesmith.

Next week's meeting with the Public Works Board will probably be more challenging. I'm sure they will have a lot of questions about the placement of the racks, the durability, and potential problems with snow removal and car doors. But if we have the strong showing we had last night, I think we will do just fine.

Scott brought up a good point last night in his public comments when he mentioned that Waukesha, sitting between the New Berlin Trail and the Glacial Drumlin Trail, was right on a proposed leg of the US Bicycle Route System. The idea of the USBRS is to have a interstate network of signed bike routes--the bicycle equivalent of the interstate highway system. Touring cyclists heading east from Waukesha would go into Milwaukee, then cross Lake Michigan on the Lake Express ferry.

Here's a map of the corridor plan. Cool, no?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Bike Check: Maciej's Sanwa

A trade for mowing Ron's lawn, Sanwa is a simple and ugly looking bicycle. Perfect short distance commuter. No spandex allowed on this one.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's committee time!

Rack installed in front of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

Something we've been working on for a while is finally going to be discussed at two City Committees with some real authority. And if you like our idea, I encourage you to attend one--or both--of the committee meetings to show City officials your support.

But first, a bit of background. Downtown Waukesha needs more bike racks. (Currently, there is only one correctly-installed rack in the downtown area, and it's in front of the Salty Toad). The WBA wants to resolve the bike parking situation by soliciting creative, sculptural bike racks from the artistic community here in the city. Sure, the BID could address the bike parking problem with some plain U-racks. But doing sculptural racks would have so many other benefits:

  1. Keep money spent on design and fabrication within the local economy
  2. Provide functional, beautiful, and interesting public art downtown
  3. Showcase artists and designers from the Waukesha area
  4. Generate interest and enthusiasm for biking to the downtown area.

We are raising funds for this project without using money from the City's budget. Last fall, we pitched our idea to the BID's Downtown Environment and Streetscapes committee. We identified possible bike rack locations and sent them to the City engineering department for review. We met with the Waukesha Public Art committee. We sent Mayor Scrima a proposal to fund a portion of the project using the New Day for Waukesha fund. We got some press.

Finally, all of those meetings are starting to pay off. Our project is up for review and "conceptual approval" by two City committees in the next couple weeks. Some preliminary aerial photos of possible locations of the racks and some photos of sample artistic racks from other cities will be presented for their consideration. We will have two representatives from the WBA on-hand to answer any questions, but we would also like to have lots of people in attendance to show their support for the proposal. So, please come to one (or both!) of these meetings:

  • Plan Commission: Wednesday January 26th at 6:30 in the Council Chambers in City Hall. It looks like we're at the end of the agenda; I will have to confirm whether we will be moved up. UPDATE: Yes, we are at the end of the agenda, so show up after 7:15 p.m.
  • Public Works Board: Thursday February 3rd at 6:30 in Room 207 of the City Hall. No agenda yet as of today.

You don't have to stay for the entire meeting, but only for our turn to present at the meeting. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rockesha Images

It was a great time last night as 13 of us braved the arctic weather for a nice ride around downtown. Thank you to everyone who came out and made donations! Special thanks to Waukesha Tattoo Company and El Sol de Mexico for hosting our wily group. It was a pleasure visiting these great downtown businesses. Also, don't forget Janboree is going on right now!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Rockesha- Tonight!

As tweeted>>>> we're still on tonight. The ride will probably be pretty short with the cold weather but come out anyway! Warm up at Waukesha Tattoo Company at 6pm with their Poppin on Broadway popcorn and Sprecher root beer. Ride leaves at 7:00 with El Sol de Mexico's parrilladas after. From there, I think a few more stops will be on the list for drinks and entertainment!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Hey Everyone, with this being my first post on Bike Waukesha, I just wanted to point out a couple of additions to the blog.

First our Twitter feed is now on the blog sidebar. >>>>

And we have finally figured out how to add the group slide show from our Flickr, please feel free to contribute your Waukesha bike related pics to the group, just add Bike Waukesha to your Flickr groups.


Rockesha- This Friday!

It might be chilly but it's still on!

This Friday, meet at Waukesha Tattoo Company on West Main before 7:00pm to embark on a scenic bike tour of Waukesha. Afterwards, El Sol de Mexico is hosting with parillada's and from there we'll visit a few more downtown establishments. Cost is $10 and includes dinner. Helmets and lights highly recommended.

Dress warm and hope to see you there!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Rockesha- 1 week!

Yes, next Friday, Waukesha's biggest social ride is once again hitting the streets! Come enjoy downtown by bike on the Rockesha social ride. Details for the ride can be found here and here. The Waukesha Janboree also starts that night, so there is plenty do all weekend. Thank you to Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge and El Sol de Mexico for hosting our event. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Full Wednesday

Yesterdays weather was good, no matter what you wanted to do, so I took full advantage of my day off.

Dady Oh's is a good place to start. Yesterdays special, the sausage & mushroom omelette was great!

The man made snow loop at Lapham Peak is short but was in great shape for a morning ski.

Mid day the temps warmed up and the streets were quiet for a pleasant ride out around Lake Country.

El Palmar always satisfies after a ride.

Then it was time to gather some friends and head out to Ray's.

Still need to work on my 360s!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Perfect Weather

Why drive? These fit nicely under these and this kept me warm and comfy. The LC was alright this morning but may be a little hairy tonight. Hopefully we'll get to some skiing this week.

For those not interested in snow riding, a few of us are going back to Ray's Indoor in Milwaukee tomorrow night. If you have any inclination to test your skills, come out and give it a try. After just a few hours there, you will come away a better bike rider! There's something for everyone so don't be intimidated. Email me if you're interested in joining us,

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Bike Check: My Black Bike

Started off as a Goodwill find, stripped the frame & fork, powdercoated black by Hy-Tec Coatings and built up with spare parts and bits from Cyclesmith. Fenders, bar ends, a basket and rack add comfort and utility to an otherwise simple bike. With low investment, this has become my main town bike and grocery getter.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Path Conditions

For those looking to brave the commute this week, here's what I've found this weekend,

The Lake Country Trail has about 2" of snow on it, which is passable with a cross or mountain bike. If you're looking for an adventurous workout, I'd recommend it!

Meanwhile, the New Berlin Trail has been cleared along with the Fox River Trail. The Glacial- Drumlin has been plowed West to Hwy C in Delafield, then an inch or two of snow beyond that. Everything looks good if you're willing to bundle up and head out this week!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rockesha- 2 Weeks!

It's time again everyone! Need a reason to burn off the holiday leftovers? The next Rockesha Ride is coming up Friday January 21st! If you need to ease into the new year this is a good one to try. Unless the weather is unseasonably pleasant, the route is generally a bit shorter this time of year, so don't be afraid to try it out! This time around we'll be meeting at the exquisite Waukesha Tattoo Company & Galleria Edge on West Main between 6-7pm. The ride will leave at 7 and embark on the scenic tour of Waukesha before finishing up with parilladas at the lovely El Sol de Mexico! Again, this is a fund raiser for the Waukesha Bike Rack Project, so we are asking for a $10 donation per person and that includes the parillada's! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crono Swap This Saturday!

Wisconsin's biggest bicycle swap meet is this Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The swap open's to the public at 9am and costs $7. All the info you need can be found at the Brazen Dropouts site. I'll be at Russell's table along some of the 'Tosa crew. If you're looking for deals be sure to stop out, but as with any swap meet all the action happens in the first hour!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park

If you're looking to get out of the cold this winter, Ray's Indoor Park, Milwaukee is now open. More compact than the Cleveland location and more MTB oriented, there's still something for everyone. It won't take you long to improve your skills and wear yourself out. I had the chance to check it out and ride last night.

It's a blast!

Ray's is open every day with daily rates of $19 on weekdays and $24 on weekends. Season passes are also available. If you feel your bikes not up to par, they have mountain bikes and BMX's you can rent for $10/day. The park is located on the North side of Milwaukee and all the information you need can be found here. Thanks to Derek and Marty for getting me out there!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Trail Updates

For those of you looking to brave the cold, all the trails heading through and out of Waukesha are pretty much clear (aside from last nights dusting of snow). Only the Lake Country and New Berlin trail may have a few small patches of ice left but not anything to worry about if you're careful.
Yesterday, before the snow.

On my commute yesterday morning I noticed a few things going on trailwise to start the new year. First the boardwalk along the Fox River Parkway behind Target on Sunset has been completely removed. It was always a fun excursion off the paved trail but after the Great Flood of 2008 it was badly damaged and had been closed since. Hopefully there are plans to bring it back.
June 2008


Next was the continuation of the Cushing Park Rd. trail in Delafield looks to be underway. I noticed a stretch from the Lapham Peak grounds to Abitz Road is staked and cleared.
The paved trail is planned to connect the Glacial Drumlin Trail along Hwy. 18 to the Lake Country trail in Delafield and ultimately to the Lapham Peak State Park entrance on Hwy C.
Current extension from Delafield to Lapham Peak grounds along Cushing Park Rd.

The new trail looks to wind a bit through the Lapham prairie. In my opinion, Cushing Park Road is one of the best roads in the area to ride as it is, but I will happily add a minute or two to my commute for an even safer and scenic trip to work or trail to trail.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday Bike Check: Bob's GT

I'll never part with this bike. We did first MTB race in 1990, and now my commuter going on 15 yrs, some of which every day, year round. She's a bit tired and we've been through alot, like taken late winter night ride through Milw Cnty Zoo - recommend to try, kinda spooky cool, though we were chased eventually caught by security, tossed in back of pick-up and escorted to entrance with verbal spankin. Most notably was road trip out to visit my bro in Flagsatff, AZ (see pics). We rode up Snow Bowl road to the ski lodge - in winter, temp low teens, (elev gain 7k ft. to 9.6k ft, 6mi, 1.5hr), about 3qtr way up, head down, and suckin aircycles through my nose, I hear "Bro, Brrooo - Bro!", I look up and here's small pick-up coming slideways at me with dog in back, just missed, tagged armco, straightened out, and kept going - with dog/SOB barkin at me!! Anyway, we made it to the top, by then dusk and single dig temp. Got a lift down in back of pick-up, freakin froze our @$#@ off!

Hopin I'll get through another winter without having to ride shotgun
in back of a pick-up. Thanks & Happy New Year!
- ramcycl