Bike Shop Stop: Coast in Bikes

I wish I wrote about this shop earlier while the thoughts were fresher. Coast in Bikes is located in a cute area of Milwaukee called Walker’s Point. Most of the businesses in this area are small and cater to the locals. It’s the sort of town where the local cheese guy trades his cheese to the local bike shop, and in return local cheese guy borrows the cargo bike for the day to make cheese deliveries (true story, met both parties). Coast in Bikes is probably  one of the neatest and NICEST (as in NICE people) shop I’ve ever been to. Walking up to the store, a handsome custom handmade cargo bike was parked right out front (I don’t know why I would ever need a cargo bike, but man, oh man, do I want one).  I knew I was in good hands. The store was set up towards the front of the space, with Surly and Linus bikes lining the floor and walls. The repair area was towards the middle/back of the shop. And the coffee shop, yes, coffee shop was tucked away in the back. No frills, just a beat up couch, and an open kitchen that came right out of your moms house. I walked to the back just to look around and ran into one of the co-owners French pressing a cup of coffee for herself. From there we talked for probably 20min about the Surly she’s building up for the summer and the versatility of the frames. Mentioned that I was looking into getting an All-City and then proceeded to talk more about those frames, and what it was like to commute in Milwaukee (SO sorry to Dex and Kai about the detour). She also mentioned that she ran this women’s cycling club/team thing to empower women on bicycles.  Overall, 2 thumbs way up and bravo to the enthusiastic duo running this shop!

http://www.coastinbikes.com/

 

a different route

Normally I’ll stick to the road and cut through Dupont and Georgetown to get to work, however, this morning on a whim, somehow I landed here. Cut through Dupont and around the Kennedy Center to the Mt. Vernon trail. I didn’t even realize there was a bike trail in front of the Kennedy Center, sneaky sneaky. For the most part, I plan my route based on the way I’d take by car. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This was a nice change and pretty view, but I think I’ll stick to the road.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I had a wonderful experience with a garbage truck and a collector this morning riding down R. And I’m not being sarcastic. They were very respectful on the morning commute, that is all. You go DC, you go.

Cheers, and happy riding!

Spring?

it’s there somewhere. i think.
it’s been a solid week in riding.
using the saddle as a de-stresser.
it works. try it out. 

I’m thinking I might need new shoes…

Yeah, I don’t get this. I got yelled at by a cop today for not adhering to traffic laws today. Look at my bike lane. Look at it. 

A rad bunch in front of the Jefferson Memorial. 

A solid week in riding. There’s really no adhesive to this recap. My b.