The next Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride is on Thursday, July 17th. The ride meets 7pm at Zillman Park in Bayview, located on the corner of Kinnickinnic and Ward, and leaves at 8pm sharp.
After taking one surprise mid-ride stop, we’ll be heading to our afterparty at Tonic Tavern, located at 2335 S. Kinnickinnic in Bayview. The party is FREE w/ Fresh Cut Collective ft. WebsterX, Animals In Human Attire (tour homecoming), DJs Max Holiday and Riley Lake, and an after-set dance party w/ Bellse Soneek (Kiran from FCC).
Watch “You Are Beautiful” – Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride, filmed and edited by Matthew Mixon from the September 2013 ride.
RSVP on the facebook event here.
About the Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride
Started as a one-time underwear ride to celebrate a birthday years ago, the Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride turned into a monthly summertime event that grew into something much larger. Since day one, they’ve been promoted as “a group ride just for fun, and to promote positive self body image. Anyone and everyone is welcome!”.
This past June marks our five-year anniversary of hosting these rides during the summer months.
They have grown into somewhat of a mobile festival that explores the city via bicycle. It gives people a reason to get excited to tune up their bicycles, many buying a bicycle just to participate, and to simply get out and ride!
The rides always meet in public, outdoor spaces. We congregate, collect clothing donations, paint faces/bodies, distribute patches, stickers, and/or spoke cards for donations, and socialize with friends and strangers alike for an hour before taking off.
We typically ride 10-15 miles, with a mid-ride stop to break up the distance and socialize. The route is planned out ahead of time, then rode in advance by the main ride leader and a bunch of friends/volunteers, who then lead the ride night of. We go through some great neighborhoods and visit great spots around the city, so show respect to your environments. Make sure to clean up after yourselves, and throw out any trash (we bring bags) you may have.
As the ride has grown in size and new participants, we want to stress the importance of safety. Please ride safely and be respectful of others around you. We will be riding at a group pace, and following the rules of the road (i.e. staying in our lane, stopping at red lights, etc.). Remember to bring your bike lights!
If this is your first ride, or even if you’ve been to almost every one, please read this. This is a safe and fun ride for everyone involved, so let’s keep it that way.
We’re always looking for some ride “ambassadors” to help throughout the ride. You’ll be able to enjoy yourselves just like everyone else, but will be familiar with the route and help communicate different things to keep everyone safe. Flats and mechanical problems are bound to happen to a few, so we’ll also have ride support along to help anyone that might run into such problems and get you caught back up with the rest of the group. If you’re interested in helping, simply get in touch.
We organize and end the ride at a fun afterparty for every ride with a bunch of great bands and DJs. Half the fun of the event is the party, so stick around after the ride!
Past friends that have played; Albydammned, Animals In Human Attire, Asher Diamonds, Crosss (Nova Scotia), Fresh Cut Collective, Ghastly City Sleep, Hewn, Kane Place Record Club, Jaill, Real Numbers (MN), Rio Turbo, Sat. Nite Duets, Sirius Booty, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Video Villains, and more. We’ve also had some great hosts at Bad Genie, The Best Place, Bruno’s, Cocoon Room, The Compound, Hi-Hat / The Garage, Hotel Foster, The Irish Pub, Redroom, Riverwest Public House, Trocadero, and Yield.
My friend Seth, who now lives out in Portand, said something a few years back that really stuck with me.
“Thursday was my first underwear ride, and I had a freaking amazing time. [..] Seeing the whole street packed with bikes both ahead of and behind me was exhilarating and made me immediately realize that we’re a pretty powerful force when we all get together.. I think we have a real chance of making a difference in this city, both in the present and for the future, and I want to be a part of that.”
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT –
PABST BLUE RIBBON
WHEEL & SPROCKET
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