#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 BicycleBenefits.org

(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), MKEBKE.com, 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 MKEBKE.com
& 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 cranksgiving.net

- 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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RECAP: Thee Estabrook Jam 2014

Jeff Klugiewicz (The Level Below) and Dylan McCauley put on Thee Estabrook Jam this past Sunday, October 5th at the Estabrook Skatepark.

100+ people showed up – including folks from Illinois and Minnesota – and of course a strong Milwaukee crowd that packed the skatepark. They had competition for high air, high hop, rail jam, and more. The skatepark has improved tremendously over the years with all the hard work Sky High, Cream City Skatepark, and a bunch of others have been putting into it. Jeff even built and added a new rail just for the jam.

Jeff took a bunch of great photos that he uploaded online, with more to come. Click any of the photos below to look at more.

(photos by Jeff Klugiewicz)

Hot Dog Mike and the Vulture Space fellas held down the grill all afternoon. Everyone was just free-riding throughout and enjoying themselves, including a bunch of friends and families just stopping by to watch.

In Dylan’s own words, “To say the jam went good was an understatement! Everyone killed it! Everyone to my knowledge had a good time! It was one of the best times if had all summer! Thanks everyone for showing up! Thanks to Vulture Space for the food! Hope to see all you guys next year!”

Milwaukee’s one-of-a-kind freestyle rider Tim Knoll was on his bike just as much as he was behind the camera. He put together this edit from the jam below, hope you enjoy.

On November 1st, Cream City Skatepark is hosting a Benefit For Estabrook. Sign up is between 10am – 1pm day of. You’ll be signing up in 3-person teams for a game of SKATE. $30/team, or $15/team in costume! There will be prizes for 1st through 4th places, best individual costume, and best team costume. #estabrookdiy #skatefordiy

Also, if you aren’t up to anything on November 8th, head on down to Sky High in Bayview to check out “Crusty And Dusty”, a Studio301 collaborate “reclaimed wood” art show featuring work from Jeff Klugiewicz, Jon Bartels, and Brad Monte.

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Milwaukee Tweed Run on Saturday, 10/11

The Milwaukee Tweed Run is this Saturday, October 11th. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to sleep in and get a good breakfast under your belt – the ride meets at Cafe Hollander on Downer Avenue, and won’t be leaving until 1pm sharp.

While the mid-ride stops aren’t announced in advance, the ride will be ending at Milwaukee’s newest brewery, Brenner Brewing Co., located at 706 S. 5th Street in Walkers Point.

(Note – for those planning to do Biketoberfest later that evening, you’ll have plenty of time to do both.. maybe just make sure to get a good meal in in-between.)

For more information, or if you have any questions, visit the Milwaukee Tweed Run’s facebook page.

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Biketoberfest 2014 returns on Saturday, 10/11

Biketoberfest is taking place again this Saturday, October 11th 2014. The ride meets up at 6:30pm at The Backyward, located at 2155 S. Kinnickinnic in Bayview.

For more information and history of the somewhat secretive annual ride, read my post-ride review from Biketoberfest 2012.

See you on Saturday!

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VIDEO: Urban Jungle Cross Series (Race One)

The Church of Two Wheels and Coast In Bikes hosted their first Urban Jungle Cycle Series race this past Sunday, September 28th.

(click photo to enlarge)

Thanks to all the riders, organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and friends who came out to support. They had a great first turnout – male, female, experienced cyclocross racers, and a bunch of first-timers – all riding a mix of fat bikes, mountain bikes, and cross bikes.

(Speaking of fat bikes, Coast In Bikes has a fleet of Surly Pugleys and Ice Cream Trucks both for rent and purchase at their shop.)

For some great photos from the race, check out this album from Troy Freund Photography.

(photos by Troy Freund Photography)

I was able to convince my friend Jason to stop mid-lap and let me toss a GoPro camera on his helmet to get some footage of the course. Hope you enjoy.

(Filmed on a GoPro HD Hero 1080)

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Vulture Space hosts ‘Bike Prom Masquerade’ on Friday, 10/24

Vulture Space is excited to announce that they’ll be hosting Bike Prom Masquerade on Friday, October 24th at the Polish Falcon.

(click to enlarge)

RSVP on the facebook event here

Hosted years past by our friends in the Pedal Pushers, Bike Prom is a fun excuse to go on a date with that special someone or friend on your bikes, then cut loose on the dance floor. The event is also our fall fundraiser to keep Vulture Space rolling through the cold, slow winter months ahead.

Dress to impress. DJs, video projections, photo booth, prizes, spiked punch, limbo, kissing booth, & more!

A limited number of tickets are being sold in advance only in pairs for $10 at Vulture Space, located downtown at 651 N. Plankinton. Open shop hours are Wednesday through Friday 11am -7pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm. Come tune up your bike, or surprise your date with one just for the occasion!

Bike Prom Masquerade starts at 8pm, but a few area restaurants will be providing food/drink discounts for those wanting to get dinner beforehand. We’ll be posting the full list of participating restaurants and their discounts soon. Just show your prom tickets to your server before you get your check, enjoy your meal, and tip appropriately.

Cafe Corazon, 3129 N. Bremen in Riverwest // http://corazonmilwaukee.com
- 2-for-1 Tecate, free chips and salsa

& more restaurants coming soon

Our friend Luke Mouradian will be taking professional photos both on the floor and in the photo booth. Check out some of his great photography – people, motorcycles, nature, urban exploring, bicycles, etc. – at http://blog.lukemouradian.com, or follow him on instagram @lukemouradian.

See you on the dance floor!

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Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride & MKEBKE.com 4-Year Anniversary

The next Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride is on Thursday, September 11th. We’ll be meeting on the Artery at 7pm, and leaving at 8pm sharp.

This is also our MKEBKE.com 4-Year Anniversary, and the last Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride of the year.

The entrance to the Artery is on Richard and Keefe, an old re-purposed railroad corridor connecting Harambee and Riverwest. If you enter the south end of the trail, hike or bike northwest and you’ll find the group!



“How can cities provide a physical connection between neighborhoods, beautify a forlorn industrial corridor, and engage community in the process, all without a budget.

Beintween has a solution. Its called the artery, and it’s coming soon to Milwaukee’s Beerline Trail.

beintween is a social + spatial network improv(is)ing spaces to build community. Our objective is to identify unused urban infrastructure and facilitate co-operative partnerships through resourceful and collaborative action to evolve marginal areas into neighborhood amenities, offering education, engagement, & empowerment. Our mission is to make [art] do [work].”

We’ll have some interactive projects at the ride meet-up and can use your help, so some early and be willing to check out the space and lend a hand! We’ll also have a few food trucks there from 6:30-8pm, so show up with an appetite!


After taking our one mid-ride stop, we’ll be heading to the Afterparty at the Milwaukee Beer Bistro, located at 2730 N. Humboldt in Riverwest. We’re excited to have HEWN (Madison) back to play again! They’ve been on somewhat of hiatus and they’re playing this show at a personal favor, so don’t miss out! SOUL LOW (Milwaukee) will be starting things off right, and we’ll have a DJ (TBA soon..) spinning until barclose. We’re hoping to have the party be FREE, but we might have to do a $5 cover.

“You Are Beautiful”, filmed and edited by Matthew Mixon from the September 2013 ride.



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