Come watch ‘Quicksilver’ this Thursday, 3/26 at Lakefront Brewery

Coast In Bikes and MKEBKE are hosting night three of their five-part Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series at Lakefront Brewery this Thursday, March 26th. They’ll be showing Quicksilver (featuring Kevin Bacon) at 7pm.

Lakefront growlers are 1/2 off on Thursday nights, so grab one of your favorite beer on your way out!

“Though inspired by our friends with the summertime Milwaukee Bike-In Movie Series, this is an unrelated series that came about in response to our cabin fever, and in hopes of giving you a reason to get out of the house with some friends for a winter bike ride, watch some movies, and maybe a enjoy few beers.”

For more information and updates, visit


Remaining Dates –

Thursday, April 23rd (Night Four)
ft. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
at BigHead Brewing Company
6204 W. State
Wauwatosa, WI

Thursday, May 21st (Final Night)
ft. Triplets Belleville
at District 14 Brewery & Pub
2273 S. Howell Avenue
Bayview, WI

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RAY’S x MKEBKE Free Night on Wednesday, 4/1

RAY’S MTB and MKEBKE are teaming up for a FREE night at the indoor mountain bike park on Wednesday, April 1st from 6-10pm.

(the last day of the 2014-2015 season is April 26th)

Like Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park and on Facebook for FREE entry. You can bring your own bike, otherwise rentals are $14.99.

Carpooling encouraged – post any ride offers/requests on the facebook event page.

Helmets and waivers are required, both of which are available at the park. For pictures/videos, rental bikes, and other info on the park, check out

For all other information, check out the event page or

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Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling (Exhibit)

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is opening their Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling exhibit this Friday, February 27th, which runs through October 10th before moving to the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton on November 4th.

“Travel through 130 years of cycling history at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, in the new exhibition Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling. On display Febuary 27th through October 10th, the exhibit showcases the crucial role that Wisconsin has played in two national bicycling eras. Shifting Gears features historic bicycles and interactive experiences!”


Dates: February 27 – October 10, 2015
Times: Tuesday — Saturday, 9am — 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission is by donation. Suggested: Adults $4, Children $3, Family $10

Side Note – The time, energy, and resources committed to displaying this exhibit should be more than enough proof to the Milwaukee Public Museum that maybe they should share their wonderful collection of historical bicycles with the public. This neglected collection has been collecting dust in their basement for decades, which includes “some of this country’s oldest and rarest bicycles, is among the finest to be found, second only to that of the Smithsonian Institution in our nation’s capital.” – Michael Horne, “The Greatest Exhibit You’ve Never Seen” (Milwaukee Magazine, July 2011)

More details on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website

“Would you like to be a Green Bay Packer and make the famous bicycle ride to training camp practice through legions of fans? Or pedal the historic 32-mile Elroy-Sparta Trail in under ten minutes? Wondering what in the world a velocipede made in 1869 looks like? Now is your opportunity with a new exhibition opening at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on February 27, 2015.

Travel through 130 years of Wisconsin cycling history in “Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling”. Showcasing the crucial role that Wisconsin has played in two national bicycling eras, “Shifting Gears” features historic bicycles and artifacts, intriguing images, and virtual interactive experiences. Discover how the long, colorful, and sometimes contentious story of the growth and development of cycling in Wisconsin in the late 1800s is once again playing out today.

Wisconsin has long been a leader in cycling for transportation and recreation, advocacy, manufacturing, and tourism. As early as the 1890s Wisconsin had bike paths, was a tourist destination for cyclists, and boasted a national bike racing champion. Today biking is again a top Wisconsin recreation, commuter and industry innovator. The state’s rich history of cycling can better inform us about the bicycle’s shifting place in our cities and on our roads.

This unique exhibition pulls together a wide range of historic and contemporary bicycles and gear from familiar names such as Trek and Harley-Davidson to intriguing rarities like the Monowheel – a machine in which the rider pedals from inside a massive wooden wheel! You won’t see a rich and diverse collection of fascinating Wisconsin bicycles and stories anywhere else, and Wisconsinites will have two opportunities to see the show in 2015.

“Shifting Gears” is co-created by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin. The exhibit opens at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on February 27th, 2015 and runs through October 10th, 2015. It will open at the History Museum at the Castle in November 2015. Have questions? Call 608-264-6566 for more information.”

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Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series kickstarts with Coneheads and BMX Bandits

Coast In Bikes and present Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series, featuring five movie nights organized between February through May. Each night will be hosted in a different neighborhood in Milwaukee, with the last one as part of Bike To Work Week 2015, running May 11th – 15th.

Though inspired by our friends with the summertime Milwaukee Bike-In Movie Series, this is an unrelated series that came about in response to our cabin fever, and in hopes of giving you a reason to get out of the house with some friends for a winter bike ride, watch some movies, and maybe a enjoy few beers.

Stay tuned for the remaining dates, movies, and venue announcements for the full Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series. For more information and updates, visit


2533 N. Pierce, Riverwest, Milwaukee

hosted by


BMX BANDITS starting @ 7PM
followed by
CONEHEADS @ 8:30PM(ish)


The Attic is Aytan (Truly Spoken Cycles) and Steve’s (MKEBKE) house, we just wanted to kickstart the series in the intimate space of our home. Please be respectful of our house and neighbors.

There will be space to lock up in the backyard, just walk your bike along left side of the house. After you lock up, use the back door and follow the stairs all the way up to the attic. If you plan on eating, please bring a dish to share. Happy to have you over to our home, we’ll see you soon!

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MKEBKE Monthly Group Bike Ride on Thursday, 1/29


MEET 7PM @ DINO’S IN RIVERWEST (808 E. Chambers)

RSVP on facebook

(photo by Owen Heu)

“Started as a one-time-turned-monthly underwear bike ride a few summers ago, MKEBKE is excited to continue a fun, monthly group ride open to any and all riders. If you haven’t been on one, you’re sure to seen or heard of a fun-loving group of riders showing Milwaukee roads some two-wheeled love. These group rides are just for fun, anyone and everyone is welcome. I encourage you to come check out the ride, socialize, and enjoy yourselves.”

Have any route or stop suggestions? Get in touch before the ride!

Please ride safely and be respectful of other riders. Remember to bring your bike lights!


If you’d like to be a part of an earlier discussion for a new bicycle infrastructure project discussion in Milwaukee, join us at Dino’s a little earlier at 6pm.

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Discussion: Milwaukee’s first Bicycle Boulevard / Neighborhood Greenway

What: Discussion – Milwaukee’s first Bicycle Boulevard
When: Thursday, January 29th 2015 6-7pm
Where: Dino’s Riverwest, 808 E. Chambers Milwaukee, WI
Details: (below)

“Hello Riverwest Bike Champions,

My name is Tony Giron. I run the Smart Trips program at the Wisconsin Bike Fed. I would like to invite you to a community led advocacy effort to have the City install a Bicycle Boulevard aka Neighborhood Greenway along Fratney Street. As you may experience, many people feel more comfortable riding on quiet side streets, even when there’s no designated bike lane. They discover special routes that get them from one end of the neighborhood to the other without encountering much car traffic. But often these routes are interrupted by hazardous intersections, frequent stop signs that keeps cyclists from maintaining their momentum, or traffic that may still feel threatening at times. What if the City could help make these “special routes” even more ideal places for biking by removing some of those barriers? That’s where Neighborhood Greenways come in.

Please join the discussion led by local bike advocate, Sam Dodge. The goal of the meeting will be to learn about and explore the option of hosting Milwaukee’s first Neighborhood Greenway on Fratney Street.

We will be meeting at Dino’s Riverwest, 808 E. Chambers Street on Thursday, January 29th at 6pm. I hope to see you there. Ride safe!”

Tony Giron
Smart Trips Coordinator

Wisconsin Bike Fed

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#BikingWhileWomen: A Discussion on Women’s Bike Culture (Wednesday, 1/14)

What: #BikingWhileWomen: A Discussion on Women’s Bike Culture
When: Wednesday, January 14th 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie Milwaukee, WI
More info: RSVP on facebook

(Billie Samuels leaving to ride to Melbourne on a Malvern Star bicycle, 4 July 1934, by Sam Hood)

Join us for a conversation on women’s bike culture and what it means to “bike while women” in 2015. Hosted in the Brooks Stevens Gallery on the River Level of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Panelists include:

Jillian Imilkowski
Founder of The Bella Donnas, a women’s motivational cycling group based in Milwaukee

Becky Tesch
Avid mountain bike rider, cycling instructor, and owner of Chain Stay Jewelry & Design

Tonieh Welland
Organizer of the Black Girls Do Bike: Milwaukee chapter

Carolyn Weber
Co-owner of Coast In Bikes & Third Coast Inn and an advocate of year-round cycling

Conversation moderated by Nate Pyper. A component of the “Re-Imagined Events” series in conjunction with the current interactive exhibition “Re-Imagining–Re-Imaging.”

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MKEBKE Holiday Bike Ride on Tuesday, 12/30


MEET 7PM @ IAN’S PIZZA on NORTH (2035 E. North)

RSVP on the facebook event here.

One of my favorite group rides of the year has been the December ride, cruising through downtown and enjoying all the holiday light displays in different parks, and usually taking a mid-ride stop in Cathedral Park under their Christmas tree.

It seems like forever since we’ve had just a casual monthly ride, but I’ve still seen so many of you still out riding in this non-winter weather we’ve been having so late into December. I hope that weather holds up and we have a good turnout!

As if pizza and a bike ride with friends weren’t enough, our friends at Ian’s Pizza Milwaukee are going to give a slice of FREE PIZZA to anyone that shows up this Tuesday night and shows their Bike Benefits Milwaukee sticker! Tuesdays are also their vegan slice night, so there’ll be something there for everyone.

You can even buy a Bicycle Benefits sticker on the spot ($5) to use right then, as well as at countless other spots around Milwaukee (and many other cities). For a full list of participating businesses, visit

(Ian’s pizza poster advertising their vegan pizza night –
with MKEBKE and underwear bike ride patches on the messenger bag)

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GALLERY: Photobooth from Bike Prom Masquerade

Bike Prom Masquerade, Vulture Space’s Fall Fundraiser, took place three weeks ago at the Polish Falcon in Riverwest. A camera and tripod ‘take-your-own picture’ photobooth (and other candids) yielded over 700 photos to sort through from the night. After teaching myself some new photo editing skills (and after 20+ hours of editing), I finally have them finished and uploaded for your viewing pleasure.


Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Vulture Space fall fundraiser! Thanks to Lynn and the Polish Falcon for hosting us, Wax Addicts and Kiran for DJing, and Tom Julio for MCing the event. Special thanks to Willie, Troy, Molly, Emmy, Kristin, Rob, Rabbi, Scotty, and the rest of the volunteers for helping us pull this off. I’m sure I’m forgetting someone off the top of my head, but we love and appreciate you too.

And of course, thanks to all our sponsors for their support – Anodyne Coffee, Ben’s Cycle, Bern Helmets, Boombotix, Coast In Bikes, Cory The Bike Fixer, Fischberger’s Variety, 4 Seasons Skatepark, Fyxation, Great Lakes Distillery, Hayes Components (Answer),, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Ray’s Indoor MTB, Riverwest Co-op, South Shore Cyclery, Vessel Workshop, Vulture Space, & Wisconsin Bike Fed

Once again.. thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!

(photo by Willie Fields)

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‘Cranksgiving’ Food Drive / Bicycle Race on Saturday, 11/22


hosted by
& Milwaukee Bicycle Collective



This year, we’ll be collecting all the food donations and bringing them to HOPE HOUSE in Walker’s Point.

“The mission of Hope House is to end homelessness and create healthy communities. Our vision is a community that houses and values all of its people.”

If you’re not familiar with Cranksgiving, it’s a bike race that has participants bicycling all over the city to different grocery stores, gathering hundreds of non-perishable food items that are donated to a local food pantry.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate! There will be two different race manifests, one being a little more difficult for those more into the “race” aspect of the event.

“Cranksgiving started as one of several annual bike messenger ‘alleycat’ races in New York City. Each year it is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving as a way for messengers and other urban cyclists to socialize, compete, and enjoy themselves while also raising food for local soup kitchens or food pantries in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is one of the only alleycats focused on raising donations for good causes. Ever since its beginnings in 1999 it has been adopted by organizers in numerous cities in one form or another where all types of cyclists participate to have fun while benefitting a local charity.” – via

- your bicycle (duh)
- helmet (recommended)
- a large enough bag / panniers to carry groceries
- $20-$25 to spend on groceries
- warm clothes / gloves
- bicycle lock
- pen / marker
- dish to share at the potluck (optional)

Non-riders are encouraged to bring additional donations (food or otherwise) to registration, or the ride’s last checkpoint / afterparty.

Like last year, we’ll be ending Cranksgiving at a friends’ house. It was nice having a more cozy, intimate venue for everyone to hang out. We aren’t posting the address publicly, but it is in Riverwest and you’ll have the address on the race manifest.

It’s also our friend Lauren’s birthday, so she’s getting a keg and making chili to share. If you want to bring any food, snacks, or drink please feel free too. If you wanted to bring it to registration but not have to carry it during the race, I’d (Steve) be more than happy to transport it to the house for you.


“Hope House is an emergency and transitional living facility as well as a true community center located in the near south side of Milwaukee. Opened in 1987, Hope House was created to provide a safe, temporary refuge for people needing a place to sleep. Over the years, Hope House has evolved into a complete provider of services for homeless and low income individuals. In addition to residential services, Hope House provides community outreach to individuals needing health care, food distribution, financial assistance, and educational opportunities for adults and children. Hope House provides services that aim to end homelessness and create healthy communities.”


Ben’s Cycle
Coast In Bikes
Comet Cafe
Cory The Bike Fixer
Ian’s Pizza
Milwaukee Bicycle Collective
Pabst Blue Ribbon
South Shore Cyclery
Truly Spoken Cycles
Vulture Space

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