With so many new innovations in the cycling industry, there are now so many ways that you can carry what you need on your bike. The tried and true rear rack and pannier system is always great but it’s nice to know there are alternatives. For me, I prefer having more cargo weight in the front. If you think about it, your rear wheel is holding up the majority of your weight. If you add a rack and panniers with groceries or books, that’s putting more strain on the that wheel. So I’ve been using this sturdy yet affordable $30 Soma front rack Soma front rack with an old english saddle bag.

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Vlad's Surly Cross Check in Dream Tangerine

Here’s the same rack but on a Surly Cross Check with a Swift Industries Rando bag.  Vlad is going to use this set up for commuting as well as long distance gravel rides/races.  Perfect for holding a couple of sandwiches!

For casual rides (road or mountain) I prefer having a front handle bar bag.  This $20 Jandd bag can either go on your bars or behind your saddle.  I prefer it up front so I can have access to my phone or snacks without having to stop.  I’ve been able to fit all my tools, food, and light vest in there.

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The most affordable, light, and versatile set up is a good ol’ American made Wald basket.  They run about $20-25 and can fit on most bikes.  I wouldn’t put a ton of weight in there but it can at least hold one of our 15 lbs cats.

Any place is a good place to hang with this guyOff road touring has grown in popularity in recent years and with it comes unique ways to carry your stuff.  This frame and saddle bag made in the USA by Revelate Designs allows you to store your items without the use of racks.  Which is perfect for road or dual suspension bikes that have no mounts.  But they still work great on conventional bikes.  Again great for long distance rides or your commute to work.

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Swing on by and check them out.  There are still more options out there that I haven’t even mentioned.  All in all, it’s been a relief to not have to carry everything on my back!

-Earl

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Sunday Mtn Bike Ride is on! Heading over to Quarry Park today. Saw that they’ve cut some new trail out there so we’re excited! We leave the shop at 5:15pm. We will pass through Machinery Row as well as the SW trail/Monroe St if anyone wants to meet us at those points. We’ll make a few scenic break stops on the way back to the East side so if you don’t have a mountain bike, come roll with us anyways! Should be back to catch most of the Packer game!

Rev repair classes are available!

Repair classes are available through February. More info at revolutioncycles.net then click on Revolution School. We’re excited to teach you all about bikes!

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We are proud to announce the introduction of Revolution Cycles’ cycling club and jerseys!  The idea of the cycling club is to allow anyone to represent us in a race, weekend ride, on the trails, in the snow or on their commute.  No elitism here, everyone is a part of it.  Whether you want to feel like a part of a supportive group or just like how the jersey looks, you can ride with Revoluiton.  Even when you bring your bike in for repair or purchase new cycling accessories from us, you are showing your support for the shop.  It’s just now we will have jerseys available!

In a few months we will have cycling apparel available for purchase.  As for now we are sponsoring three riders; Alex Martin, Travis Braun, and Mark Vareschi, in the 2014/2015 cyclocross season.  Go check out the jerseys and throw them support at this weekend’s Halloween Cross in Milwaukee!  We are very excited about this endeavour and hope you are too!

Thursday Night Ride

This last Thursday Night Ride was phenomenal.  The brisk Fall weather and rolling hills of the west side of Madison was the perfect backdrop for an evening ride.  We took a couple of beverage breaks by the the water and a stop at Michael Frozen Custard and One Barrel.  It was a great night to share with friends exploring this great city, hope to see you there this week!

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Who’s pumped for winter?! Surly Ice Cream Truck fat bikes are available!

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Finally we have Rev water bottles in stock! $8 for the large ones, $6 for the small ones.

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