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.

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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.

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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 //
- 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, or follow him on instagram @lukemouradian.

See you on the dance floor!

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Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride & 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 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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Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride on Thursday, 7/17

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.”




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Kid Ghost Rides Bike While Punching Another Kid In The Face

Well, that happened.

I’m not one to condone fighting or violence, but I’m actually impressed. My bike probably would have smashed right into the first garbage bin, or I could have immediately crashed while attempting to jump back on my bike.

(via LiveLeak)

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Everything you need to know about the Riverwest24 registration on May Day

May Day is upon us, which means the “The People’s Holiday” is only 2,040 hours away. Mark your calendars – the seventh annual Riverwest24 is on July 25th & 26th, 2014.

Registration starts at 3pm at the Riverwest Public House, but hundreds of people will lineup, zig-zagging through Garden Park well before then in hopes of securing a spot. The really determined are probably pitching their tents to camp overnight as I type this.

Last year, 800 riders were registered (individuals and 2-6 person teams) in just over an hour, with quite a long line of folks unable to register before they hit “capacity”. I know people that were in line at 11am in the morning and still didn’t make the registration cut. If I are trying to secure a spot this year, I wouldn’t show up any later than 10am.

Only one person needs to be present to register your team, but you can only register one team per person. Be prepared – show up with your filled out registration form for you or your team. I’m sure there will be blank copies available, but I’d play it safe and plan ahead.

Registration costs $24 per rider, which includes a t-shirt, spokecard, dinner, breakfast, and unforgettable memories. Cash or check only, payable to “Riverwest24″.

This year, the number of registered riders (individuals and teams collectively) will increase from 800 to 1000, in addition to countless friends and neighbors helping out, cheering you on, and hanging out on their porches / front yards. If you don’t make the registration cut, or just want to support and participate in another way, you should consider volunteering!

All riders must be 18+ to register, but don’t let that deter you from taking your little one – son/daughter, niece/nephew, or grandchild – on a lap around the neighborhood.

VIPs – you have until 9PM tonight (4/30) to purchase your ticket through the emailed link or drop a registration form and envelope with payment at the Riverwest Public House. No Entries past 9pm will be accepted.

The Riverwest Public House got an extension of premises for May Day, and will have the alley adjacent shut down for the day. Starting at 10am, they will have an outdoor bar with beer and bloody marys. Then at 6pm, Milwaukee’s Temple and Atlanta’s Lily And The Tigers will play a free show.

If you have any other questions, head on over to the Riverwest24 facebook page or email them at Otherwise, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Art For Bike’s Sake, a Bicycle-Themed Art Show / Fundraiser

Vulture Space presents Art For Bike’s Sake a fundraiser to support, encourage, educate and party.. all in the name of bikes!

Bicycle-themed artwork from local and nationally recognized artists will be sold and raffled off throughout the evening. The art will be complemented with music, food, and drinks at the Anodyne Coffee at 224 W. Bruce on Friday, May 16th from 5-9pm.

Rachel Hughes
Adam Calteux
Peter DiAntoni – COG Magazine
Becky Tesch
Troy DiBurgo
Martina Patterson – JupiterAllen
John Bartels
Jeff Klugiewicz – The Level Below
Pippin Calder
Kristin Schurk
Nick Costanzo – Vessel Workshop
Joe Burge
Jackie Stephan
James White
& more!

Food Sponsor
Transfer / VIA

Wisconsin Bike Fed
Vulture Space
The ARTery
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Hupy And Abraham
Banjo Brothers
The Level Below

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