Wisconsin native, Brian, recently purchased a Milwaukee Road road bike from the Milwaukee Bicycle Company to ride on the roads and trails of his home in Oregon.
It has been a joy over the last year or so. Extremely versatile. I have had it set up as: a winter bike, commuter, rough road bike, even explored some abandoned logging roads with it. It is by far the most comfortable road bike I have ever ridden. It’s true calling is as a ride-all-day-till-the-road-turns-to-gravel-and-keep-on-going bike.
Milwaukee Road Shines on Mixed-Terrain Rides
Brian has ridden the Milwaukee Road on several 100k plus mixed-terrain rides throughout northwestern Oregon, including the well-known Dallas Mountain 60.
He says while he’s not an overzealous descender, the bike,
… climbs steep gravel grades easily, but more importantly it goes down them will confidence. When I ride gravel with people on “regular road bikes” I am always the first one down.
Milwaukee Road Will Take On Brevet This Summer
He’s planning a Brevet or two – a ride of at least 200 kilometers – this season.
It makes me smile every time I ride it and that is is what is important. It is a little bit of an anachronism of a road bike now in the days of tapered head-tubes, thru-axles, and disc brakes, but that won’t keep me from riding it hard.
Milwaukee Road Built with Domestic, “Oddball” Parts
Brian says he’s built up the road bike with some domestic parts and other “oddball things suited to my riding style.”
- Paul Racer Mediums
- Stronglight CT2 Chainrings in the wierd-o 48t/33t combo
- Soma Shikoro 700×38 tires. (really more like 37s but fit great!)
- White Industry t11 Hubs to H Plus Son Archetypes
He also adds that he can fit a 40mm knobby tire up front with center-pull brakes!
Milwaukee Native No Stranger to Ben’s Cycle
Brian, who grew up in Milwaukee and went to art school in Minneapolis, said he dad would take him into Ben’s Cycle to get low-rider parts for a bike he was building. Then when track bikes got big, he said he lusted after a Milwaukee Cream City!
This time around, though, he wanted a more modern steel bike and a true road bike that could handle the long days in the saddle.
I took a very cold, very brief test ride when I was in town, and it fit me perfectly, even in boots. What sealed the deal was the quality of the tubing, and the fact it was made in the U.S. for not much more than other frames manufactured overseas.
Milwaukee Road Available Online or at Ben’s Cycle
Milwaukee Road is available at Ben’s Cycle and benscycle.com as well as milwaukeebicycleco.com. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!