Alley cats are making a comeback here in Madison. There’s been a small group of dedicated cyclists throwing some pretty fun races. Seven Deadly Sins is possibly the last one of the summer, so come out for the race and have a good time!
The sponsors are all awesome and the $7 you pay goes to a good cause 🙂
Sorry for the blurry image. We haven’t been able to find a good version of this poster. In the same vein as the Stupor Bowl, some folks are hosting the Parks-n-Wreck Yo’ Self alley cat this weekend. There are two divisions of the race. The first is for speed with 15 checkpoints, the other is for drink. You will have 10 bar checkpoints where you will need to consume a beverage before proceeding with the race.
Race organizers want people to be smart, use your head and wear a helmet (especially if you’re drinking!)
There are some sweet sponsors of the event where top riders will win prizes and there will be a raffle as well. Proceeds of the race will be donated to charity. Ride is capped at 100 riders and is open to fixed or freewheeling folks. $6 gets you signed up!
Registration is at Willy St. Park and after party at the Argus Bar. HAVE FUN!
We’ve recently become a supporter of Cats Tongue towels! They are the ultimate degreasing wipes to help keep your bike not only looking shiny and clean, but also running like a champ. Their name is based off the texture of the wipe, which gives them their scrubbing power! For every purchase made, Cat’s Tongue donates a portion of their proceeds to help support the funding of cancer research and to provide better patient care via the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
We really love companies who give back to their communities or support great causes, so please check them out. Tom and Deanna are some hardworking folks, who come out to support all the big cross races and cycling events that take place around the country. If you ever see them handing out samples at an event, stop and say hi!
There’s some new stuff coming down the pipelines, we’re working on some hat designs with Cognition Caps here in Madison. Hopefully we’ll have those available soon, as we love, love, love what Kelly & Lyle do! The design for the online store is also being worked on. The official launch date is TBA, but stay tuned as we’ll have some really great items available.
Over this past weekend we spent some time in Chicago. It was pretty apparent that commuter-ship and cycling has increased since the last few times we’ve visited. It’s nice to see neighborhoods like Andersonville, Lakeview, and Wrigleyville embracing cyclists with a plethora of bike routes/lanes. The level of pedestrian/cycling traffic in those areas has allowed for some really great small businesses to flourish. We’re currently planning a bike related trip for the early summer for some riding on the Lake Shore Path and a picnic on the lake with friends. A big to do for any cyclist traveling to the wind city!
One of the most fun finds on our getaway was the famous Puppet Bike in Andersonville. Always a great source of entertainment when strolling the streets of little Sweden!
The Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap was this past weekend. Sometimes swaps are hit or miss and much like flea markets, you have to get there early to get the good stuff. Fortunately, the goal of attending this swap was less about personal purchases and more about meeting new people who are creating new businesses, organizations, rides, and artwork that are geared towards cycling in our state.
There was definitely a good amount of folks doing really great things and we can’t wait to spread the word about them. The haul of the day included a lot wonderful contacts and even a new pair of winter riding gloves for quite a steal!
Overall the swap was a lot of fun. While there was a lot of not so great items that came out of the basements of bike part hoarders, there were some gems, such as sweet vintage frames and handmade bike goods. The Brazen swap is definitely recommended if you’re in the area, and the money helps support their team for their upcoming season!