Hundreds of Santas ride through Milwaukee

Photos by Dave Schlabowske

Sleigh bells were ringing as hundreds of riders decked out in holiday cheer swarmed the streets of Milwaukee last week for the annual Santa Cycle Rampage.

Traditionally not much more than a pub crawl, some of the restaurants along the route took it upon themselves to donate a portion of the profits to the Wisconsin Bicycle Fed. Lowlands Group Restaurants event even brewed up a special Santa Rampage Belgian Bier. Lakefront Brewery offered up free beer. And Great Lakes Distillery donated $1 for every drink sold.

If you missed out on the action you can read about it and see more photos at


Bicycles on Snow: Iditabike 1988

I just stumbled across this amazing documentary originally shot for the Discovery Channel about the second-ever Iditabike race across Alaska—210 miles of frozen toes and ruddy cheeks. Produced by Mark Forman, it won the Interbike Film Festival in 1994.

The technology (and fashion!) sure has changed over the last 25 years. I can’t wait to see what bikes we’ll be riding 25 years from now.

1,000 cyclists in London stage ‘die-in’ to highlight dangerous streets


More than 1,000 cyclists clogged the streets in front of the city’s transportation offices last week to highlight the dangerous conditions on the city’s streets. Six cyclists have died in the past two-weeks and tensions are riding high. Organizers are demanding that 10 percent of the city’s transportation budget be spent on cycling infrastructure.


Pittsburgh’s Dirty Dozen turns Dirty 30


For three decades, Pittsburgh’s strongest (and craziest) riders have been racing up the steepest streets in a city where a “hill” doesn’t count unless it’s more than a 20% grade, and the steepest climbs a world-record 38%.

We’ve tackled the Dirty Dozen before, but this year will be special, as founder Danny Chew (the Million Mile Man) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first edition in 1983.

Can’t make it this year, or just don’t think you’re crazy enough? You can watch a live stream over at

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BikeCraft – a holiday bike craft fair – returns Nov. 30-Dec. 1


BikeCraft is a one-of-a-kind holiday gift fair that draws together Portland’s best artists, designers, and producers to showcase their creations made specifically with the bicycle-lover in mind. Browse and shop hand-made, locally produced gifts, bicycle accessories, jewelry, art, fashion, paper goods, and more. The event is hosted this year by Velo Cult in Portland. Admission is free but bring funds for shopping, coffee, beer and snacks.

Saturday, November 30

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

After-party: 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 1

11. a.m to 6 p.m.

Fundraiser for Chris Igleheart this Friday in Portland


Chris Igleheart is one of the longest-tenured and most-respected names in custom framebuilding. From building his own bikes to working under contract with brands like Cielo, Chris has built some amazing bikes. He even appeared in a two-page spread in Issue #11.

Recently Chris was hit by a car in Portland and fractured his left tibia. Swobo, Rapha, Chris King and other Portland-area businesses are all kicking in to host a fundraising party on his behalf to help offset medical costs. We hear he is going to be ok but has a long way to go before he can work or ride a bike again.

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We went to the Philly Bike Expo and all we got was a really great time


By Shannon Mominee

If you like custom frames, clever accessories, cool components, and good people the Philly Bike Expo is the place to be. Dennis Jordan of The Leather Arts Store displayed his handmade toptube leather wine bottle holsters, saddlebags, belts, and shoulder bags. Jeff Williams’ booth featured bike-themed paintings. A display of vintage Schwinn Paramount track and road bikes were on display across from a sprint competition sponsored by RELoad Bags.

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Join us Saturday for the 6th San Francisco Bike Expo

You’re invited to the Cow Palace for free admission, 230 exhibitors and 48,000 square feet of bikes and beyond.

Dozens of cycling teams, clubs and individuals have purchased tables at the bike swap, while more than 50 manufacturers have signed up for full exhibit booths in the Expo area.

Handmade bicycle enthusiasts are once again offered the opportunity of a complementary on-site photo session for their beautiful bicycles at the Handmade Bicycle Guide studio.

Valet bike parking is free and will be provided by Potrero Bicycle Works, and the expo hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Auto parking is $10 and attendees are requested to arrive by bicycle or to ride share.

What: San Francisco Bicycle Expo

Where: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, California

When: November 16th, 2013, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission: FREE


Bruce Gordon to open retail location

Bruce Gordon has long been a staple of the cycling scene in Petaluma, California, and now he’s opening his first retail location to offer his hand-made frames and components.

The shop will display Bruce Gordon frames for sale, as well as his own personal bikes he has built over the last 40 years. Also on sale will be a growing collection of products from artisans who share Gordon’s commitment to US-made goods, including White Industries, King Cage, and others. Bike service will also be available, from tune-ups to custom bike builds and wheelbuilding.

If you’re in the neighborhood, swing by for the Grand Opening party October 26 from 11-7. Bruce might even wear his fez!

Looking for a group ride? New website has you covered


In 2009 Mark DesJardin was on a group ride when he realized a fellow cyclist was in a bit over her head. He suggested a few other local rides, and the idea for a website to catalog them was formed. lets users search for a ride that’s right for them based on their location. They can also create rides themselves and add details such as length, pace, size, drop or no-drop, and more. The details then become searchable to other users as well.

Since the rides in the database rely on user input, there aren’t a ton of rides yet, but you can log in and add your favorite.

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