|Dairyland Classic Race|
The best place to go for bike information in Milwaukee is your local bike store, or the website for the Wisconsin Bike Federation. You can get maps, find out about local races, take classes, and get more involved in your community. The Bike Fed is hosting their first ever fundraising ride, and it's going to be a doozy! Called the Polish Moon Ride, the emphasis will be on FUN! It's all happening August 22 at 8 PM. You can learn more about it at their link, but generally it's a fun ride at night with a theme relative to the community's history where it's being held. Local businesses will be offering food starting at 6. Expect plenty of beverage choices and live polka music as well. The route is 11 miles and it will cost you $35 per person if you aren't a bike fed member. But why not join the bike fed and save a few bucks?
Nearly every bike store in Milwaukee offers some type of biking, either through a club or just weekly rides from the bike store. You can check the one nearest you for flyers about organized rides. Cream City Cycle Club is just one of them. Most of them cater to all levels of riders. It is a good way to meet like minded people and to see more of Milwaukee while getting some exercise. Another side benefit is that if something happens to your bike enroute, you have help nearby. Southshore Cyclery offers Wednesday night rides from their store. They have often gone through the parks on their rides, or done a bit of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour so if you have a passport, you can get it stamped. The end of year party for the passport tour is Sunday, October 12 at Estabrook Park from 1-4 for anyone who participated in the passport program. This is an event where you can win great prizes- even bikes!
Did you know Milwaukee has bike polo? You can go to Washington Park on weekends to see them play. They have a website, but the best way to keep up with them is probably to follow their Facebook page. They had 3 courts built on old tennis courts, but one of them was just torn down, so I'm hoping that will be a temporary situation. Here's a photo from last fall when I went to watch them play. It's a fast action sport requiring skill riding one handed. If you go, check out the link to Washington Park that has a map showing the location. It's a big park.
|Bike polo at Washington Park|
Have you ever wanted to learn to unicycle? Students from MSOE are still doing drop in sessions at Red Arrow Park this summer. Stop in on Tuesdays from 5-7. They provide the unicycles and the lessons. You can earn a sticker if you're successful. The best way to get more information about the unicycle club is at the MSOE Unicycle Club Facebook page.
|Unicycle at Red Arrow Park|
|A new Bublr bike (photo from 88NINE Facebook page)|