Two Wheeled Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone. The Bike Fed offices close every year between Christmas and New Years, but we are back in the saddle!

Not sure how you feel about them, but not only do I like New Years Resolutions, when I make them, I tend to stick to them. For instance two years ago I resolved to stop being so nice, and I think those who know me well would agree I have not wavered.

Our book Endure

Seriously, I do like to look back and resolve to reconcile any regrets I have from the previous year. Last year I resolved to get more serious about photography. As a result, I upgraded a bunch of my gear, took more images and formed a creative cooperative called Lab414 with bicycle creative friends.

Our book about the 2013 Tour of Americas Dairyland

With the help of the Bike Fed, the Lab414 crew and I published Endure, a book covering the Cyclocross National Championships in Verona last January, and another titled Spectacle on Wheels, which is 80 pages of photography celebrating the Tour of America’s Dairyland.

Some resolutions are refinements from the year before, others are new, mostly they have to deal with bicycling more and spending more time taking photographs. Here are my two biggies for 2014:


We made it.

1. I resolve to travel around Wisconsin to ride with friends in our diversely beautiful scenery and take photographs that will inspire me and others to ride more. I already ride most every day, but mostly I ride for transportation around Milwaukee. Beyond that I do some mountain biking along the Wauwatosa trails along the Menomonee River because they are near my house. I really like that I can have fun commuting and mountain biking without the need to travel or get in a car, but thanks to phone photos on Facebook, I find myself lusting after other rides friends do in our gorgeous Driftless Region, on fatbikes on the beaches along Lake Michigan and Superior, etc. For 2014 I am going to break down and hop in a car more often to ride with friends in other parts of Wisconsin. I promise to share the photos on our blog and in our quarterly magazine and hope to inspire you to do the same.

2. I resolve to ride myself into better shape by doing more recreational and training rides. I will be 52 in February, and I have not raced for about ten years. I was never super fast, but when I used to race a lot, I weighed 135 lbs and had a resting heart rate in the 40s. I weighed myself this morning and I tip the scales at 160 lbs. I don’t have the desire to race again, but I miss being in race shape. I’d like to lose 10-15 pounds and work my heart and lungs a bit more. So this year I plan to force myself to take the time to join my former Velo Trocadero team on their weekly training rides. I also resolve to plan more long recreational rides, beginning with an expanded line-up of my old Wisconsin Spring Classic series. Given I am willing to drive more this year, you can look for a blog post in the near future to announce dates for those rides soon, but in the meantime, you can read about past Classic rides here:

So those are my bicycle resolutions, what are yours? If you didn’t make any, you are welcome to join me in my resolutions, or just join me for a ride!

As seen on the road to Paris.

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 “Two Wheeled Resolutions

  1. Can I suggest a resolution for you Dave?
    You’re a great writer and many people have enjoyed your blog since back in the Over the Bars days. How about more frequent post?

    Thanx for posting the picture of the cow. I used to pass that thing all the time when I was in the Union Grove/Yorkville area. Would love to hop on one of the spring rides you mention.

    • Thanks for the kind words Casey. Writing for a statewide organization, it is a challenge for one person to do it all. The staff at the Bike Fed do so many things in so many places, I can’t write about all of them. For that reason we have other staff write about their areas of expertise. Besides, we do have some other talented writers on staff, particularly with our new Dave!

      That said, we are looking at adding more content to our blog. Perhaps I can write more with the rest of our staff.

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