Thursday, March 31, 2011

Big Dummy

Big Dummy by shinkee

While I was out running errands today I was stopped a couple of times about my bike the Big Dummy, it is a "trailer-less" cargo bike based on the Xtracycle platform. It was a bike and concept I was very interested in when they were first introduced a few years ago. It is bit on the heavier side but tends to ride pretty much like any other bike except the weight, and the long wheel base, and it only takes a couple of short rides to really get used to it. The ride quality is great, it is very stable and the fat tires with the long wheel base make rough roads smooth out nicely.

My goal in purchasing this machine is simple, reduce my car trips, especially in the city. As of right now my car moves about twice a week, which is about 5 days less than it has previously. It's great, I think everyone could use one. Have these guys order one for you.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wisconsin Bike Summit 4/19--Who is in?

We're pretty stoked about the Wisconsin Bike Summit in Madison on April 19. Last year Ron went on behalf of his employer. He was inspired by the summit, but disappointed to find that he was one of two people representing Waukesha County at the summit.

This year, though, we actually have an advocacy group and we can organize to make the Waukesha crowd a respectable size! Funding for bicycle infrastructure is in danger of being cut, and we have an opportunity to tell our representatives that even in conservative Waukesha County, bicycling has a lot of support. It is a big business in Wisconsin, plus it is an inexpensive way to solve many problems that government faces: school transportation, roads, pollution, and public health.

So, with that said, who is going to go? Are you planning on driving or would you like a ride? Are you going to bike to Madison on Monday? Let us know in the comments and we'll try to coordinate transportation!

4/24 Meeting at Cyclesmith

Last Thursday, the Spring City Spinners invited Kevin Hardman from the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation and Sonia and Ron from the Waukesha Bicycle Alliance to their member meeting at Cyclesmith to give presentations about what our groups are doing in relation to cycling.

It was a great opportunity for us to present our vision: (More people riding more places) and our objectives to an interested and engaged audience. It was also a good opportunity to attempt to kick-start our membership drive. We developed a flyer, only to realize that our mailing address wasn't on it. Ahh well. It was a learning experience. I am hoping we have some more polished materials to distribute in a couple weeks at the Wisconsin Bike Summit.

The Spinners also presented us with a $400 check for our organization, which was very generous of them. I know that they want a good portion of that money to go towards the Bike to Work day activities. I am sure we will have no problem spending that money on printing, food, and other goodies for cyclists.

The Spinners raise most of their money by putting on the Pedal the Kettle ride every fall, which is a beautiful ride through Lake Country at one of the nicest times of the year to go riding (as long as it's not raining). I encourage you to try it out sometime!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mountain bike trails work days in Kettle Moraine S

The trails won't open till the frost is out of the ground and they dry out, but work is continuing to improve these excellent systems: Kettle Moraine S Work Days

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ride Recap

Friday's social ride was a good time. About 35 people came out (and quite a few first timers!) for the adventure around the Fox River Parkway and downtown. We left Cafe de Arts a little after 7pm, made our way around the river walk and headed to the parkway.

With the long ride out to the park, Adam made use of his cargo bike and brought some refreshments for everyone.

Once we lightened his load, it was a smooth cruise back to town. Arriving slightly behind schedule, Dan at Magellans M2 kept the pizza's fresh for us and everyone dug in. The Brew City Blues Band had the place rockin' and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was good to see George from Waukesha Tattoo Co. and I'm sorry the the pizza went before he got there.

After Magellan's, we rolled up to J.Lotti's for drinks, then Bosco's Social Club and eventually House of Guinness before closing time came. Huge thanks to everyone who came out and to all the businesses that hosted and supported us, Cafe de Arts, Magellan's and Waukesha Tattoo Company.

The next ride is set for July 22nd, so be ready!

Friday, March 18, 2011

The 26th Is Looking Busy..

Hard to be in two places on the same day but I've done the last few MMI's and don't wanna miss this one. I'll have to get back to town to catch Reilly at House of Guinness that night too.

Don't forget, social ride tonight!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sloppy Joe's Soda Fountain

Riding through town yesterday with the extended daylight, I noticed not much is open at 5 o'clock on a Sunday night along Main. So, I was surprised to see Sloppy Joe's at the five points was and stopped in. It's a fun place to stop for a quick bite but they usually aren't open much in the Winter. I spoke with Heather the manager, she and her partner Shelly purchased the business from Shelly's parents (owner's of Divino Gelato) and the two are making a go at it. They hope to be open full time after St. Patrick's Day with possibly extended hours in the Summer. With good food, a fun atmosphere, new hours and bike parking(!) it's a sure sign Spring is close, so check them out!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rockesha- March 18th!

It's time again, Rockesha social ride is next Friday. Same as before and just as much fun. Meet at Cafe de Arts between 6-7pm ride Departure at 7:00 for a tour of the Riverwalk, Fox River Parkway and downtown. Magellan's pizza after the ride and we will move on to a few new places I don't think the ride has gone to yet. $10 a person gets you the pizza and goes to the Waukesha Bike Rack Project. I can almost guarantee it'll be warmer than the last one..

Back From Break

Waking up to the sound of snow plows is not what I'd like to hear in the middle of March, but it's reality once again. I won't get into how nice it was in Austin, what a great city it is to ride in or all the great bikes we drooled over. It's nice to be home but will be nicer when Spring actually decides to start. Regardless, since everyday is a good day to ride, why should today be no different? Breakfast and a ride on the parkway is a good way to start the day.

It was nice to see the paths plowed by mid morning!

Bill and Debbie Krueger offer some of the best breakfast downtown at Dady Oh's. Bill must've noticed where I lock up as he was also asking if he could get bike racks in front of his place. Another dot we'll have to add to the BID map..

Spring can't be far away.

National Bike Summit is going on now.

We weren't able to make it out to DC for the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit but if you're interested you can keep up on what's happening on their blog. Also, Dave from Over the Bars in Milwaukee is there too and covering his experiences as well. Don't forget, our Wisconsin Bike Summit is April 19th put on by the Bicycle Federation of WI.