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2018 Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee Recap

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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Join The Schlick Team at Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee 2018!

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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Bike of the Week – For Sale! – Large Purple Tatanka Fat-bike

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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Bike of the Week – For Sale – 54cm Schlick Cycles SuperFast Road Bike with Shimano Alfine 8

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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Bike of the Week – For Sale – Schlick Cycles Simplified 24” BMX Cruiser in Orange – Demo Model

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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Bike of the Week – Greg’s SRAM Force 1×11 Growler – We Can Build You One Like This!

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 info@schlickcycles.com and let us help you spec out your dream ride!

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Bike of the Week – Gulf Racing-Inspired Custom Schlick Cycles 2-speed Road Bike – For Sale

 

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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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Bike of the Week – John’s Road-based Schlick Cycles Growler – We Can Build You One Like This!

 

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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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Available Now! Growler Framesets $1299

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:

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Amazing Healing Power of Beer

We’ve been getting these “Amazing Healing Power of Beer” stickers for years at the Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee from event organizer, Pee Oui Roubaix, or as he’s been know by others, Mr. Phil Van Valkenburg.

The Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee, coming up on its 35th year in 2018, is the oldest continuously running group ride in the greater Milwaukee area and has a long history of underground/pirate DNA. The original rides back in the late ’80’s were most definitely underground with probably a dozen riders lilly-padding

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Greg’s Smitty with Rohloff Internally Geared Hub and Gates Carbon Drive

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.

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Trail Genius Uses Our Schlick Northpaw To Cover the Fat Bike Birkie

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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.

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Ross Took on the Fat Bike Birkie!

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Our pal, Ross Matlock, took on the 47K Fat Bike Birkie last Saturday on one of our APes and had a great result! Facing a field that included a lot of the top fat-bike racers in the US, Ross finished 16th in his age group (Male 18-29) and 103rd overall out of 489 finishers. Congratulations, Ross!

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Ross’s APe was set up with 70mm rims, Northpaw 135/170 hubs, 4.0 Husker Dus, a White Brothers/MRP fork and a 3×10 drivetrain.

 

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Chuck’s Belt Drive Rohloff

We finished up Chuck’s Gates Carbon Belt Drive, Rohloff Equipped Northpaw fat-bike recently and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Fortunately, so is Chuck!

Chuck is a year ’round commuter and will be using the Northpaw as part of his fleet of bikes to get him where he is going regardless of the weather or time of the year.

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For Sale – Medium APe Fatbike Matte Black

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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

Buy the Medium APe Now!

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Fatbike Wheel Builds

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Just like our 29-plus wheel builds, we’ve been building a lot of fat-bike wheels. I started shooting photos and will post them to a gallery on this page. Builds have been mostly our Northpaw-S 47mm fatbike rims with 170/135 hubs from Hope, Paul or Salsa although we have done both offset and symmetrical builds with Surly Marge Lite and Rolling Darryl rims as well.

We are open to suggestions for your dream fatbike wheelset! Let us know if we can build a set of wheels for you! info@schlickcycles.com

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Custom Schlick Shark

 

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We sure love building Sharks. This black beauty headed down to Arizona recently but before we sent it on the way local photo-wiz Rafal from Seville Media Photography shot some pix for us, enjoy the Gallery!

Each Schlick Shark is truly a custom work of art that is individually crafted for the rider. We currently have enough material to build 3 more Sharks, so if you want to own a very special bicycle that only a few other people in the world own, let us know! We’d be happy to work with you to build a one-of-a-kind Schlick Shark. info@schlickcycles.com

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29-plus Wheel Builds


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We’ve been doing quite a few 29-plus builds lately. I’m going to get photos when I can and post them to a gallery on this page. Builds have been divided between 135/100 sets for the Krampus and other 29-plus bikes that use the MTB standard and the fat-bike standard 170/135 builds we do both for our 29-plus bike as well as folks converting their fat-bikes to 29-plus. I probably don’t need to tell you which are stronger but both build up well!

So far most of the wheelsets have used Hope hubs, black double butted spokes and black brass nipples but we are open to suggestions that will fill your needs.. Let us know if we can build a set of wheels for you! info@schlickcycles.com

 

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2013 Riverwest 24 Team A Champions!

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After 24 hours of racing, over 280 miles of riding and 23 Bonus Check Points it all came down to one lap, and we had it! Riding a custom Schlick Cycles fat-bike, Team #1, AKA, Trippin’ the Fatty Boom Bastic, took 1st place in the coveted Team A class of the Riverwest 24. With over 1000 riders and 277 Teams, Team TTFBB also placed 12th overall for a fantastic end to a 24-hour odyssey. We will have more pix soon but, for now, bask in the Champagne-soaked glory that 1st place gets you!