Out of the Office- VACATION TIME!

Posts have been a little slow over here at Spoke Haven. We’re getting down to the wire with writing up a business plan for an entrepreneurs class we both took over the early summer. Our work lives are also about to explode as it’s trade show season in Cassandra’s world and students are coming back to UW soon.

Before all the chaos begins we’re going to take a little vacation. We’re both headed to wonderful California and we’ll be enjoying some time hiking, taking photos, eating great food, drinking great beer, and of course scoping out some stellar bike shops.

We’ll probably be active on our Instagram page (spokehaven is our handle) should you want to see what NorCal has to offer. In the meantime we recommend friending the Wisconsin Bike Fed on Facebook and checking out their info on the upcoming Wisconsin Bike Summit.

This year’s summit is taking place the same weekend as the annual Saris Gala. It’s going to be the best weekend of bike related goodness EVER, so stop by their page or their website to learn more about it.

Trek World is taking place this week at the Monona Terrace. It’s Trek’s largest showcase featuring all their new bikes and other products. It’s so much fun and we’re a little sad to be missing out. The show is open to the public on the last day, so if you have time, stop into the terrace on the bottom floor on Wednesday/Thursday and see what all the fuss is about. We’ve heard rumor of a Trek fat bike, so keep an eye out!

That’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for some announcements about upcoming events and a possible fundraising campaign for a special bike related project 🙂



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!