It turned out to be a beautiful day for the 34th running of The Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee bike ride when the forecasted 90+ degree temps never materialized. I think it topped out at about 83 but there was a nice lake breeze for much of the ride and that was fantastic.
This was my ride for the day. It is the first bike frame I had design input on back in about 1991 or 1992 in collaboration with Ralph Henderson and built by Tom Teesdale. Still amazes me how low the front ends were before suspension forks! I think I originally ran a 135mm 0d rise Control Tech stem on this bike with a flat bar at something like 580mm wide. A couple of years after I originally built it up and raced it in the WORS series, I upgraded to a Rockshox Mag 21SL with a whopping 48mm of travel. That changed the handling a little but, for midwest riding, worked pretty well. The drivetrain was, of course, Shimano XT.
This week’s featured bike is a Large, Purple Tatanka. The Tatanka is our most versatile fat-bike made for all riding conditions.
This particular Tatanka frame was fabricated by legendary frame builder, Tom Teesdale, to our specs. The complete bike was actually built up a couple of years ago but never ridden. That said, it has been knocking about the shop and has some minor scuffs and is sporting a 2 x 10 drivetrain that may not be the “in” thing right now but we think the range and versatility of the 2 x 10 setup are a perfect match for this Tatanka.
This bike should fit you well if you are between 5’10” and 6’2”. It may work well outside that range depending on how you like your bike setup.
We’ve been building All Road bikes in the Good Ol’ US of A for a very long time. Before Schlick even existed, in fact! Some companies are now calling these Gravel bikes. I get it, we rode thousands of miles of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa gravel on bikes going back to the ’70’s that are very similar in geometry to the current gravel bikes. Guess what, they work great on the road too. Weird, Huh?
Our Growler is the latest iteration of the most versatile of road bikes with:
I’ve got the original fork back on my Smitty after spending several months playing around with the Lauf suspension fork. I really liked that fork but it has quite a bit longer axle-to-crown length that the Smitty was designed for so I was keen to get the handling back to where I like it.
For what its worth, I really like the Lauf for an urban assault bike and I had a ton of fun with it on the Smitty. Someday I may build a Smitty frame specifically corrected for the Lauf so I can maintain the handling I like from the stock fork.
Chris Marr prepares his Schlick Northpaw to take on the Fat Bike Birkie.
Chris’s Northpaw was decked out with GPS sensors and cameras to record the action during the 47K race at the Fat Bike Birkie. If you look closely at the handlebar you will even see a gyro controlled GoPro that keeps the image being captured much more smooth.
Just finished and available for immediate sale is this Gold/Black theme Medium Ape. With the APe’s aggressive geometry it is made for shredding! If you want to know more about the APe in general check out the APe Fatbike Page here.
Hand-built and custom assembled by our own master tech, Jim Huber, this APe is outfitted with top-quality gear and is fully assembled and ready to ride!
• Northpaw Wheelset/Hubs Hand-built in the US
• APe HD Steel Fork
• 120tpi Vee Rubber V8 Tires
• Hope Gold Skewers
• SRAM X9 Der
• SRAM X9 Der
• SRAM X5 Crank
• SRAM 1051 Chain
• SRAM 1050 11-36
• Avid BB7 160/180
• Cane Creek S40
• Thomson 70mm Stem – Black
• Answer ProTaper 720AM Handlebar Black/Gold
• SRAM X9 Trigger Shifter
• Avid Fr-5 Brake LEvers
• Gold PDW Grips
• Ritchey Comp Seatpost 27.0
• Thomson 29.8 Seat Clamp – Black
• WTB Speed V Saddle
• Blackout/Reflective Blackout Graphics
We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the Northpaw-29er 47mm Fatbike Rim!
Designed for fatbike riders who ride year ’round, the new breed of 29-plus bikes as well as any 29er rider looking for a wider rim to use with 2.3″ and wider 29er tires, Schlick Cycles developed the 47mm Northpaw-29er rim for you!
Running a 29er wheelset on your symmetrical fat-bike in the summer is a great way to get a whole new experience without having to buy a whole new bike. Get the best of both worlds with your fat-bike and ride it year ’round!
The Northpaw-29er rim is made for Symmetrical wheel builds whether using the 170mm rear and 135mm front for fat-bikes, traditional 135mm/100mm MTB hubs or the new breed of thru axle hubs, the Northpaw-29er can do it.
Available in Black, Gunmetal and Silver plus the option of custom powder coating if that’s what you want to do!
Hub Drilling: 32
Wheel Size: 29er/700c
Tire Type: Fat Clincher
Color: Anodized Black, Gunmetal or Silver
Brake Compatibility: Disc Only
Width: 47 mm
Rim Material: Alloy
ISO Diameter: 622 / 29er mtn
Weight: 640.0 g
We offer complete wheel builds using hubs from Hope, Paul Component Engineering, Salsa, Surly and more. Let us know what you need and we will get you set up!
Available Now at $149 per rim. Shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your order started and look for these in the store soon!
If you’ve followed us on this site for any amount of time, or visit us over on Facebook, you’ll know what big fans of fat-biking we are. Riding fat-bikes is one of our favorite things to do! With that in mind Greg has teamed up with experienced fat-biker, Team Fat-Bike Snow Enduro originator and original Gnomefest mayor, Gomez Lake, to promote the fat-biking lifestyle through a new website dedicated to all things fat-bike. Check it out at fat-bike.com and like fat-bike.com at Facebook! Good wishes, Guys and Feel the Fat!
Work recently started on the extension of the Hank Aaron Trail that will take it from the current end of the paved section at 94 Place and will connect the Hank Aaron State Trail to Underwood Parkway just south of W. Blue Mound Road.
This will be very cool for East/West commuters as the trail will now provide an off-road commuter route from the western suburbs to downtown Milwaukee. Close to 400,000 people live within 15 minutes of the route.
When the extension is finished with crushed gravel, the path will link Lakeshore State Park to the Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail, the New Berlin Recreational Trail and the Glacial Drumlin Trail. It will provide a route, largely off-road, from the lakefront to Cottage Grove.
The crushed gravel will be replaced with asphalt following reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange.
With the Ride for the Arts just past and the fact that, during that ride, thousands of people experienced riding the Hoan legally, I figured it was a good time to remind you all to please sign the petition:
to let our elected officials know you support permanent bicycle and pedestrian access over the Hoan Bridge.
Wouldn’t hurt to shoot your elected city, county and state representatives an email or paper letter letting them know how important this is to the city for future transportation needs, quality of life issues and safe passage between Bayview and the Southside and Downtown and points north!
From our buddy Alex. Not sure what the other 11 are but if they are gems like this one we’ll have to find out!
The minimum number of bikes one should own is three. The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
Via Facebook from Wheel and Sprocket’s Chris Kegel: He, Trek’s John Burke and Wisconsin Bike Fed’s Kevin Hardman are meeting with Governor-elect Scott Walker today. Their goal get? Get Walker’s support to help make Wisconsin more Bike Friendly. As a $1.5 billion part of the states economy Walker OUGHT to be friendly towards biking and cyclists!
I’m heading Home From Interbike. Killing some time ’till my flight home. Another year, another Interbike in the books. It was a long one this year. Sorry, family, it was how the flight worked out.
They announced this year that Interbike will be moving to Anaheim next year as well as being in mid August instead of late September. Fine by me! Vegas is getting old and, as we are manufacturers, the timing is better. I can take my family! For retailers, especially Midwest retailers in our own backyard, I think it will be tough to go in the middle of the selling season. Hope it works out for them!
I met The Captain, Spinner, Drew and Sean in Las Vegas on Sunday so we could hit the Outdoor Demo Days at Bootleg Canyon and ride a bunch of cool bikes. Lots of nice stuff out there. A few things struck me about the MTBs:
– Carbon has come a long way since I last rode a plastic bike. The ride on the Marin and the Breezer I rode was well damped and the bikes are stiff where you need them to be. Cost is still a barrier though. The high-end spec Breezer is $5,600 or so! Yikes. I think I’ll stick with steel and more realistic components. Crash worthiness is a consideration too. There is not much material in a 2.5 lb frame!
– If I lived near Bootleg Canyon outside Vegas I’d have to have a Full Sus rig! No doubt about it, having tons of plush travel on both ends is great at 30-40 mph down the side of the mountain. Back home in Wisconsin I don’t need it, which is good because I don’t need ANOTHER bike. Oh, wait, see below.
– Rode a Pugsley again this year and there is a complete bike version available this year. I got one coming! Let me know if you are interested in one. Winter is coming and I can hook you up! Note that you can also go down the side of a mountain just fine on the Pug. I know, I did it!
The coolest product I rode that is more targeted to our bikes was the redesigned Nuvinci Continuously Variable hub. No gear steps!. When we last rode this thing it was 9-pounds! Nine! The new version is much more in line with the currently available Nexus and Alfine hubs and seems lighter than the i-Motion 9. I guess that is what shaving 3 pound off will do. The are also bomb proof, very smooth and have a wider “gear” ratio than previously. Good on ya, Nuvinci.
Surly has a nice trailer too. Gonna have to look hard at one because I can think of a lot of uses for one and the ability to unhook when you don’t need it is a real plus over a cargo-specific bike. Tracks behind the bike incredibly well, even with The Captain on board.
Saw a lot of cool, commuter/urban oriented clothing. Good to see that you don’t have to look like a rolling billboard to enjoy the benefits of technical fabrics and comfort. you can do it and still look stylish.
I’ll have more thoughts after I digest more of what I saw. See ya!
If you’ve seen out Schlick Cycles Flickr Photoset you know that we’ve been busy over the summer on new designs as well as custom bikes for customers. We will have atricles on each of these projects in the coming weeks but, just to whet your appetite, here are a few pix of our recent work.