March 3, 2014
Revolution Cycles, Jeff, and I were featured on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday! We’re very honored to get the coverage and are so happy that cycling, especially in the Winter, is getting some well deserved exposure in our wonderful state. Cycling is growing nationwide with more and more people identifying with all the positive aspects of it. Full story here!
March 3, 2014
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Tomorrow (Tuesday 3/4) we are hosting a fun packed show! Bring your dancing shoes! More info here.
February 28, 2014
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This is Josh, our main mechanic. He’s been fixing most of the bikes in the shop but soon we’re going to need some help. We’re accepting all resumes but are mainly looking for mechanics with 3+ years experience. So if you are interested, please personally come by with a resume. Spread the word and now let’s get excited for Spring!
February 27, 2014
So I’ve been posting a lot of new bikes, especially the ones with those really fat tires. In recent past, we’ve been building a lot of custom bikes and are gaining recognition for it. Even though those bikes are brand spanking new and look really clean, the reality is that most if not all bikes get beat up. We like beat up bikes because it shows that they are used. That they serve a purpose in someone’s life.
Henry’s Univega Commuter with Studded Tires
With all the bikes that I’ve been posting, I just want to be clear that the only thing Revolution Cycles has and always will encourage is to ride bikes. If you don’t have a lot of cash to invest or have no need to get a new bike, well then let’s make the bike that you have the most comfortable and dependable bike it can be. 9 times out of 10 the bike that comes in for repair is not shiny and new. Most of these bikes were either picked up at a garage sale, bought blindly at a bike store, or handed down by friends or family. These bikes are used to get groceries, haul their kids places, go to the movies, get to work, or do whatever you can imagine a bike can do.
John’s Jamis Winter Commuter
These bikes have so much life in them and all they need is a little TLC a couple times a year. The knicks and scratches, dents and blemishes are a testament to the many places it has been. With a bit of help from us, these bikes will continue to carry the rider into the future. This post is an ode to your bike. Think of where it’s taken you. Enjoy that for a moment and revel in the fact that you can always depend on it to get you where you need. It’s a good feeling. Spring is coming soon, swing on by if it needs any tuning. If not, well then we’ll see you on the road!
February 20, 2014
This will be my second year riding a fat bike and tonight’s ride was like none that I’ve ever experienced. Since the last two days were over 40 Deg the trails were packed down so well that it was as if we were on a roller coaster track. I’ve never mountain biked this fast in my life.
Jeff, Josh, and I railed every corner and mashed up the climbs in great anticipation for the downhills. The decents were so fast that you had to throw all caution to the wind, let go of the brakes, and just go full speed. The thrill was so exilarating that the blur of Josh’s rear tire in front of me was utterly mesmerizing. With my shoulders relaxed, eyes locked on the trail, I felt so free. There was little thought of crashing in my mind because nothing could crush my unbelievable feeling of joy. This is why I ride. This feeling of pure happiness was so unreal that it reminded me that if you don’t sieze the oppurtunity for adventure, then you will never live life to the fullest.
Trailhead at John Muir Trails
For me, riding bikes creates strong bonds between people, strengthens your mind/body, and makes memorable experiences. This ride was like no other and I crave to do it again. These are the moments you can only dream of, but the best part is that it doesn’t take much to make them. Take a moment, whether it’s brief or long, and try something new. Sometimes you just need to let go of the brakes and see where the adventure will take you. You will always be better off when you do.
Josh on his Fatback, enjoying every minute of the ride
February 14, 2014
It is truly amazing what Patagonia stands for. Even though it maybe counter intuituve to discourage consumers to buy new product or to encourage purchasing used items, it does speak to the quality and ingenuity of their products. This video echoes the need for us to reuse, recycle, and repair our belongings. To purchase items with a purpose and to invest in quality and not quantity. Hopefully encouraging us to prevent waste and polution to our world.
At Revolution, we understand that not everyone can ride their bikes everyday all the time; through the rain, snow, and cold. But what a difference it would make if we all replaced one car trip a week with a bike ride or a nice walk. What a difference it would make if we used a travel mug instead of always throwing away a disposable cup and lid. These actions are not difficult and should not be a chore, but think of what it can change.
I just purchased my first Patagonia product, a down vest from Fontana (buy local!), and I look forward to the long relationship I will have with it.
February 13, 2014
Wow. That’s all I can say about this bike. This is hands down the most beautiful fat bike build we’ve done. The polished rims, clean chainline, gumwall tires, and black/silver parts just come together to make one classy bike. The combination of style and function is what makes this so awesome! We just love the Surly Pugsley, it’s so versatile. Here, we built it with an internal Alfine 8 speed hub, Raceface Turbine crank, Alfine dynamo front hub (with USB attachment so you can charge your electronics on the fly), with Thomson and Brooks to add icing on the cake. This exploration machine is ready to take on the world!