Murdered in Milwaukee, heading for CAMBA

This morning I head up to the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) Festival of Trails with my coworker Matt Gissibl and this murdered out Milwaukee Bicycle Company Carbon 29er … for work!  That’s right, I get paid to take sick mountain bikes up to the Northwoods. This sort of stuff kind of takes the sting off reporting about fatal crashes and fighting for equitable funding for bicycling.

Rigged up with SRAM XX1 1×11 gearing and a Milwaukee Bicycle Company rigid carbon fork, this black beauty tips the scales at a tad over 18 lbs!

We are also bringing along another sweet ride (you will just have to wait to see) for some photo sessions on the new flow trails up in CAMBA. Matt and I will also be hawking our merchandise and memberships while spreading the Bike Fed vibe Up North. Who knows, maybe some lucky fool will get to ride this rig in the first running of the Mt. Borah Epic.  No, I’m not fast enough to get paid to race, so we might be looking for another test pilot. Submit your application, complete with palmarés to either Matt or I at the Bike Fed 10×10. Otherwise, say hey to the guy hiding behind a camera along the trails.

I saved this post until Friday, so as not to make all the rest of you hard working 9 to 5ers too jealous. After all, there is plenty of time to hop in the car and road trip it up to the Festival and new race.  If my words are not enough, maybe the video below with tempt you to head north of HWY 8. Just follow the white picket signs to find me.


About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

2 thoughts on “Murdered in Milwaukee, heading for CAMBA

  1. Must be nice to get to play with all the new toys on someone else’s dime.  I guess I’m just too old-school to get caught up in all the hype over 9, 10, and now 11-sprocket setups, electronic shifting, disc brakes, and ultra-light equipment that end up putting huge holes in bank accounts.  Yes, I have a shed full of different bikes for different uses, but the last brand-new bike I bought was sometime pre-1990 and I still ride my 1976-vintage Trek road/touring bike….which is set up as a 2×6 with racks and fenders using late ’70s – early ’80s equipment that is still capable of being repaired rather than just cast aside and replaced.  Everything else has been picked up second-hand or as parts and pieces on the cheap and then put together to suit the need.

    So maybe we need to start paying attention to the blue-collar cyclist again, rather than the Lycra-clad speedsters, the urban hipsters, or the Red Bull-fueled weekend warriors somewhere north of Highway 8, because there’s dambed sight more of them and those are the ones who need the help of WIBikeFed the most.

    • Hey Bill,

      Your stable sounds a bit like my personal wall of bikes in the basement. Nothing wrong with old school. The don’t fix it if it ain’t broken motto is a fine one to live by. At the Bike Fed, we try to encourage, support, and promote everything that is great about bicycling in Wisconsin, and that includes our great bike industry and all the (sometimes spendy) new products they come out with. Every year we also teach thousands of children how to ride bicycle safely and legally, and maintain their bicycles. We even just helped create a mobil bike repair station using a Workman Tricycle to help low income people in the the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near south side repair and maintain their bikes right where they live.

      If you ride a bike, we love you and want to work with you, no matter where you live, who you vote for, whether you are rich, poor, hipster, mountain biker, commuter, racer. We even promote events, like the CAMBA Festival of Trails and the Mt. Borah Epic because events like those bring thousands of visitors to communities across the state. Those visitors all spend money at restaurants, taverns, cafes, grocery stores, gas stations, and of course, bike shops. That money supports low income workers, blue collar workers and business owners.

      By your email, it sounds like you might need some assistance. Where do you live and what do you need help with? We have part time regional staff across the state to help with local issues. Our Madison and Milwaukee offices also have staff who might be able to help. Let us know what you need, and perhaps we can help.

      Thanks for reading, writing and of course, riding!

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