Fat Bikes


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Pack it up, grab some friends and roll out! There’s something magical about a sub 24 (under 24 hours) bike camping trip. It takes just as long to make a list, check it a thousand times and talk to everybody about the stuff they’re taking, need, don’t need, wish they had, wish you had etc. etc., packing up the bike, making sure it’s secure and stable and checking your list again than it does to actually ride, camp and ride back! So what’s the point? Why put so much energy into such a short ride? Because it’s. A. Blast. It feels like a mini family vacation; you let loose and get weird like nobody’s watching. And for those that take longer bike trips it’s a way to test out new gear, packing philosophies and general bike set-up in a safe environment. In case something fails, you’re not miles from nowhere trying to figure it out. It happens in a flash so enjoy every blurry second of it. At one point we were sitting in the middle of a country road staring up at the starlit sky chatting about whatever was on our minds. It was pretty and perfect.

SO, WHAT DID WE RIDE AND PACK?

The beauty of the these short rides is the freedom to pack as little or as much as you want. Riding with at least one other person is a good idea in case you forget something important because It’s likely your riding partner will have it.

Tanner was pulling a trailer behind his fixed gear Miyata! One tough cookie. He simply packed his tent, sleeping bag, pad and a comic book – he also hauled beer for us – Easy, fast, no frills. It’s a perfect example of making due with what you got!  Dylan and Alex packed just as light too. They both had their gear packed on the handlebars (Dylan rode his SS Krampus and Alex his Twin Six) keeping the weight up front and stable. They packed their sleeping bag, pads, pillows, extra clothes and tools. Alex had coffee, cup and some hidden bottle rockets too. Matt (bike not pictured) rode his Ogre packed with his tent, sleeping bag and ukulele. Matt is sort of uncanny, he can sleep in temps that a wookie would cower at. I’m surprised he actually brought a tent. I packed the Ice Cream Truck for the apocalypse: tent, pad, pillow, tools, bug spray, clothes, Toms, saw, stove, coffee, coffee cup, hard-boiled eggs and of course, fireworks. All necessities, right? Especially the fireworks.

It’s all about fun

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We stopped three times on a 20 mile ride. Three times! We stopped once on the bike path, once at a bar where we saw another rowdy group of Madisonians on a ride. And once in the middle of a country road. We drank, laughed, stumbled and shot off fireworks. It was 14 hours of shenanigans and I can’t wait until we do it again. Pack it up, grab some friends and roll out!

-Mitch

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Bikes?  Trails?  Surly?  DONUTS?!  These are all such great things!  Mark your calendars ladies (repeat, ladies only), come out for some fun and shred some fat bikes!  Amber, She Shreds’ fearless leader, has got some great things lined up for you all!

DETAILS HERE!!

(Gentlemen, you are welcome to come and show your support, just the bikes are not for you!)

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It’s happening this Saturday!  Group ride leaves from Camrock Cafe at 2pm. There will be beer from Surly Brewing available for all you thirsty folks with prizes and games available to everyone!  We’ll be there with some fun activities for all to partake in.  Members of CORP  can also enjoy their annual party beginning at 5pm at the cafe.  Come, be jolly, and let’s ride some fat tired bikes!  More info here!

**Closing at 2:30pm on Sat 12/5**

Photo by Surly Bikes

The buzz around the Surly Wednesday has been very high.  How could it not be?  Surly makes such great products and they are always pushing the design envelope.  Well, next week we will have a Small, Medium, and Large of the Wednesday completes!  Once these three are gone, they won’t be available until January.  Can’t believe we’re getting excited for Winter!  Give us a call or drop by if you are interested in getting one of these!

UntitledHey everyone, say hello to Mitch (guy with the helmet on)!  Mitch has been a friend of ours for many years and after a 7 year hiatus, he has returned back to Madison.  In his time away, he has become an excellent mechanic and a lover of those fat tired Surly bikes.  Needless to say he is quite a rad dude and you will be seeing him up front with Jeff (guy pointing the finger) helping you all out.  Come by and say hello, he’s not shy.

 It’s Global Fat Bike Day this Saturday! Yup, Global Fat Bike Day. If you have one of these fat tired bikes, come join us! 11am ride at Camrock Cafe and a 4pm meet up at Rev for a ride through our local fat bike route to Karben 4 brewery! There may not be a lot of snow but there will sure be fun!

Also, if you don’t have a fat bike we have a small, 2 mediums, and a large Pugsley to rent for the day. First come first serve so FB message us or send us an email (revolutioncyclesmadison@yahoo.com).

Info Here!

Ride with friends

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

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