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.
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Coming up in 2 weeks, on June 16th, 2018, is the 34th happening of Milwaukee’s longest running cycling event, The Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee. Originally billed as a bike ride through the seedy underbelly of Milwaukee, with stops at dive bars and pubs, the ride has morphed into an event that draws nearly 500 attendees each year with a movie-themed group ride uniting cyclists over a common love of bikes and beer.
Schlick Cycles loose-knit team of owners and riders will be along for the action so be sure to say howdy!
This year’s theme is Young Milwaukeestein, an homage to Young Frankenstein, Obviously!
The ride route varies from year to year but is generally a casually paced ride covering 15-25 miles over a 6-7 hour span.
Learn more and register at http://www.fattiretour.com/milwaukee2018/
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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.
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We built this SuperFast in about 2010 long before the recent disc road bikes started appearing. Plus, we built this one with an eccentric bottom bracket to allow for chain tension adjustment to accommodate a Shimano Alfine 8-speed Internally Geared Hub (IGH)! The idea was to build the ultimate commuter bike and the SuperFast lives up to the billing.
The red powder-coated 54cm frame is a Tom Teesdale built from TrueTemper Verus HT steel. The geometry is taken from Tom’s tried-and-true Allroad designs and can fit up to 35mm tires for sure. Depending on the tire you could probably even go 38mm. If you wanted to run fenders you could do up to 32mm.
Currently the SuperFast is sporting Fyxation Session 700 x 28 tires, which I find to be excellent urban assault tires, on Alex 28 rims laced up with black double-butted spokes. The rear hub is the Alfine 8-speed SG-501 while the front hub is an Alfine Dyno to power a 6v light system.
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We did a few 24” Cruiser BMX Frames for team guys a few years back. This particular Orange “Simplified” was a backup bike and was only run for a couple of weekends at the indoor track in Walworth county, a couple of fun sessions at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park while it was still around in Milwaukee and a couple of local pub/fun rides. Probably less that 100 miles total and is in excellent shape.
This is a “Made in the USA” 4130 Cro-Mo frame that was hand-built by Tom Teesdale. Serial Number TET432
For the Geometry we started with basic specs from our best racer’s Redline Pro Cruiser and tweaked them to his liking.
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When I decided to build one of our Schlick Cycles Growlers for myself, I know pretty much what I wanted. A 1×11 SRAM Force 1 drivetrain, at least 40mm tires that would be at home on the dirt or the road, a high-quality wheelset and a Thomson cockpit. Mission accomplished and it rides even better than I expected!
The Growler line was made for us in Portland, OR by Zen Bicycle Fabrications shortly before they closed shop. Seems shorter run jobs like ours couldn’t sustain their business model but the fact remains that these Made-in-the-USA frames are excellent build quality and have some really well thought out features that make them perfect Allroad bikes. We still have a handful of these frames as well as the Velocity Aileron Pro Wheelsets that we spec for the builds and can custom build you a one-of-a-kind bike that will give you years of satisfaction. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us help you spec out your dream ride!
Continue reading Bike of the Week – Greg’s SRAM Force 1×11 Growler – We Can Build You One Like This!
Greg and I have a car “thing” along with our bike “thing.” Especially for vintage race cars – mostly late 60’s and early 70’s. The Gulf Porsche 917 is maybe one of the most iconic and we love it. We love it so much we decided to have one of our Simplified bikes painted in this distinctive color scheme. You may be wondering “what is your Simplified bike line?” Well, at one time early on at Schlick Cycles we were dabbling with a line of singlespeed bikes. We learned pretty quickly that gears are good. We live in a fairly hilly area around Milwaukee and because of our technical savvy with various gearing drive trains (okay maybe our age and fitness level had something to do with it), we have only built bikes with multiple gears from that point on.
So, this particular bike started out as a single speed with cow horn bars and only one gear.
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This Growler is John Schlick’s personal ride that started with custom paint over the standard black powder coat and was built up with a 2×10 Shimano Ultra drivetrain, Velocity Aileron wheels with Sapim CX-Ray Spokes, TRP’s HY-RD Cable Actuated Hydraulic Disc Brakes, a Thomson cockpit and it all rides on Clement’s 35x700c X’plor USH tubeless tires.
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