Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Women's Bike Mechanic Scholarship Through UBI

With help from sponsors like, QBP, SRAM, Liv, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro's & Park Tool UBI is offering (10) scholarships for women to attend bike mechanics. The dedication to getting more women on bikes and supporting the development of more female mechanics is very cool.

As per the QBP site, the scholarship has two primary goals:
  1. To grow the number of talented women working in the bike industry
  2. To grow female ridership
Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on their potential to do both of these things. This scholarship will cover the 2-week Professional Shop Repair and Operations class. Additional support is provided by Nuu-Muu and the Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition (OIWC). This open call for applications begins October 20 and will close Nov 15. Scholarship winners will be notified via email by December 19.

There is more information and a link to the scholarship application here.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

2015 Salsa Beargrease Is Here!

Earlier this week we got the new Beargrease Carbon 1 in and we finally got a chance to get some pics of it. If you're looking for a ultra-endurance super-fast racing fatbike this is it. Full carbon from front to back with internal cable routing.

My personal opinion I think Salsa got it right with the white on black, looks simple yet rich.

Salsa went for everything fast. Salsa Fat Conversion hubs are paired with the Surley Marge Lite rims and suited with the 120 tpi 45North Dillinger 26 x 3.8” folding tires.

Equipt with the SRAM X1 drivetrain the Beargrease Carbon 1 will keep you moving forward but when you need to stop the SRAM DB5 hydraulic brakes will provide you that sure stopping power.

From this angle we might be able to put some aero bars on and beat Fabian in a time trial! This fatbike is no slow bike that is for sure. The 1,000 mile Iditarod Invitational in Alaska is calling your name.

The new Beargrease is leaving fresh tracks.

Salsa Beargrease is Adventure by Bike.

A Salsa film about the Arrowhead Ultra 135.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Finding Peace & Serenity in Gravel

I took off tonight around 5pm and the temp was still 72 and barely a breeze. This combination doesn't happen too often this time of year in Minnesota. I find myself thoroughly enjoying the gravel more-so this year and it brings me to a place of peace and serenity. The gravel roads and countryside backdrops in SE MN are simply breathtaking. On gravel it seems as if I can enjoy the scenery more than I can racing my road bike in the heat of summer. Tonight alone, on only a 24 mile gravel route, I stopped a half dozen or more times just to smell the country air and take it all in. Below are a couple snapshots of the ride.
The 2015 Boone 5 Disc that takes me pretty much anywhere I want to go...and I can ride it all day. One of the smoothest and most comfortable bikes you'll find.
I zoomed around a corner to find a pasture full of cows. I was going to keep riding but I thought I saw one of them holding a sign that read "Eat Mor Chik'n".
This guy felt it necessary to mash a bunch decorations together to fill his front yard. I'm assuming a Halloween theme was the intention but I'm not sure it was accomplished. Nevertheless, "A" for effort since my front yard currently stages 3 small pumpkins and some dog poop.

In close, I find that the best places to ride are the places with less cars...here's to peace & serenity.

2014 Fall/Winter Bontrager Look Book

Whether you want to look at the latest Trek/Bontrager products are just admire the photography I think this has some eye candy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2015 Beargrease Tease

This is all you get for now...we have a size large Carbon Beargrease at the shop.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2015 Blackborow DS

Still quite rare as the first deliveries of the 2015 Blackborow DS are on their way to the shops we were able to get one on the floor for a couple weeks. I was able to spend some time Riverbend Nature Center on it and loved every bit of it.
What does the "DS" stand for you ask? Answer: Dinglespeed, or double-singlespeed. The combination of 30x18t & 26x22t is perfect for a cruise around town or getting through the nitty-gritty.
The DS comes stock with Salsa's new Bearpaw 150 fork but is fully compatible with the RockShox Bluto suspension fork. Back to the Bearpaw 150 fork, you're able use the Three-Pack boss configuration on both fork legs.
100mm-wide Surly Clown Shoe rims & 4.8" folding bead Surly Lou tires are stock on the 2015 DS.
Salsa uses their thru-axle equipped 6066 aluminum frame for the Blackbarow and the cogs, chainrings, chainring bolts & spokes are all stainless steel. The 2015 Salsa Blackborow DS is designed and ready for all the off-road exploring you can give it!

Monday, May 05, 2014

First MTB ride of the year!

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) we'll be doing our first mountain bike ride this spring in Riverbend Nature Center. We are leaving the shop at 7:00, riding for about an hour. Anyone looking to get in some dirt time before any of the metro area trails open should come.

Hope everyone can make it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fat Tuesday ride

We will be riding snowmobile trails again tomorrow at 7:00pm leaving from Bridge Square in Northfield. Everyone is welcome, fat bikes are recommended. We will ride for 1-1.5 hours. Lights are needed as it will be dark.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday Ride

In keeping with tradition here at the shop we will be doing a Black Friday mountain bike ride in Riverbend Nature Center for anyone looking to escape the shopping madness.

Ride is leaving the shop at 11:00am, the fatter your tire the better.

Hope to see everyone here!

P.S. we'll make a Ham that you all know and love...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Changes at the shop.

This coming fall with mark nine years that I've run Milltown Cycles.  In that time we've taken a rather dismal business and built something that I think is pretty special.  I've met countless friends over that time, and have had the opportunity to experience some amazing things. I have to say that it's been one of the best ways to grow up that I can imagine.  It has been a truly incredible experience, one that I'm immensely proud of.

I have recently started another journey of similar proportions.  Earlier this spring I accepted, and last week I started, a new job with Salsa Cycles.  I am representing Salsa as their Western Region Brand Ambassador.   I am incredibly excited about my new role, and I look forward to the future with Salsa and QBP.  

Some rumors have been out there that the shop is closing.  This is not true.  The shop will continue to be open and operate as it always has.  I will of course have a diminished role at the shop going forward.  We will continue to offer exceptional sales and service provided by Curtis our manager and our professional staff.  I will be in the shop from time to time, and I can still be reached with questions or issues.  

I can't thank you all enough for the support you have provided me.  It's been a hell of a ride. 

Be well, 


Friday, June 28, 2013

A bit of clarification.

Many personal, business and administrative reasons led to the canceling of this years 4th of July race. 

The road construction did lead to detouring the course.  A miscommunication between myself and the city about chip sealing 5th street occurred, making our detoured course not possible as well. The city was not aware that it would affect the race, and I did not inform them of the issue.  

We had the option of rerouting the course a third time, which would have still allowed the event to continue.  We chose not to do this as the available route would not be ideal for the race, would have further inconvenienced city residents ,and would have altered the event negatively. 

Throughout this whole process the city administration, police department, and street department have been wonderful to work with.  As always they have been accommodating and have helped us whenever we've had questions.

We are looking forward to the race next year, and plan on holding the race on it's original course as it has been then. 

Questions about this can be directed to my email benwitt11@gmail.com

Thank you. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Salsa Issues Vaya Fork Voluntary Recall

Salsa issued a voluntary recall affecting some 2012 Salsa Vaya and some La Cruz Disc forks.  Date codes are stamped onto the fork steer tube and indicate whether your fork is affected or not.  Please contact us or stop in if you have a fork/bike to be looked at.  Details herehttp://salsacycles.com/salsaforkrecall.

From Salsa:

"This recall involves all Salsa Vaya bicycle forks stamped with the batch codes 2011 02 21, 2011 04 11, 2011 06 14 and 2011 09 09 and all Salsa La Cruz bicycle forks stamped with the batch codes 2011 03 01, 2011 04 08, 2011 05 30 and 2011 09 09."

Saturday, June 08, 2013

XX1 White Industries Fatbike Set up.

We added a XX1 driver to White Industries new SnoWhite hub this week. It's a set up that will call Maine home soon enough, an it's stunning.  I love the idea of 1x11 on a Fatbike, and this shows why perfectly. What a gorgeous combo!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Custom Bike Build: Matt's Salsa Ti

We wrapped up the build on Matt's El Mariachi Ti singlespeed yesterday.  This one turned out great.  It's understated and classy, with just the right amount of bling.  It's not a bike that shouts, "look at me!"  Rather, it's a bike that calmly says, "why yes, I am a kick ass bike."

 Starting with the already awesome Salsa Ti frame, we built this bike off of a full compliment of King bits.  Hubs, headset, and bottom bracket are finished in King's classic Navy color.  It's my favorite color they offer against brushed Ti.  There are two reasons Chris King parts are worth the asking price.  One is they last forever with proper service.  The other is that there are just pretty.  'Nuff said.

Bontrager's 2.35" 29-2 tires are mounted on their excellent Duster tubeless rims.  This combo is reasonably light while being durable and fast rolling.  The tread is largely open in the center with ramped knobs and features much larger side knobs for cornering.  The size of the tires fills both the frame and fork well.  They look very proportional with the larger tubing size of the frame.

Up front Fox's 15mm thru axle, tapered steertube, 100mm Kashima coated Float will take anything thrown at it.  This super adjustable fork looks great on the bike, and will work on CO rocks even better.  Chris King's Inset 7 tapered headset brings matches up great with the new hourglass shaped, machined head tube.

Matt wanted to use a set of silver XT cranks on this bike.  Using a silver Dimension, (formerly Salsa branded,) chainring carries the look through, while contrasting nicely with the titanium tubes behind.  Shimano cranks are favorites of ours for singlespeed builds.  They are lightweight, solid, and super durable.  Rolling along on a Chris King bottom bracket will have this working well for as long as I can imagine.

A Chris King's ISO disc hub with a 15mm thru axle is used up front.  The Shimano XT brake with their Ice Tech rotor is visible in the background.  These rotor surface of these is a stainless clad material similar to your frying pan at home.  Together with the large black aluminum rotor center it serves to dissipate heat from braking.  Even the brake pad have aluminum cooling fins on them to further reduce heat build up.

The result is a firm, powerful feel at the lever, almost devoid of brake fade.  These are the most impressive feeling brakes I've ever ridden. The levers are three way adjustable to dial in the feel you'd like them to have.  The XT brakes are very similar to Shimano's SLX line as well.  The SLX's are available at a lower price while retaining most of the XT's performance.  Bontrager Race X Lite carbon bars, stem, and seatpost are used in this build.

This is a super bike.  It's light, strong, durable, comfortable, and really good looking.  It should serve Matt well for years.  Now I just need to make it out to Colorado to ride with him!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Registration for Chequamegon 100 Fills, Benefitting CAMBA and IMBA

We're thrilled to be a title sponsor or the Cheq 100 race again this year!  This year's race was set up for be a fundraiser for IMBA and CAMBA.  I love the idea of races directly benefiting the places they are held.  The set up worked phenomenally well.  Thanks to overwhelming rider support registration filled in three days.  With a capacity crowd of racers signed up, the race will generate well over $10,000 for these two organizations!

From IMBA:

For Immediate Release 3-7-2013
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115

The Chequamegon 100 mountain bike race recently announced that registration has filled for the 2013 edition of the event. Thanks to a partnership between the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) and the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), the entry fees will generate more than $10,000 for the development and improvement of local trails.

"This is a great partnership," said Ron Bergin, executive director of CAMBA. "We have very ambitious trail development program, including a yearly trail development and maintenance budget of almost $60,000. The funds generated through the Chequamegon 100 will help us meet our financial needs for the 2013 season."
Sponsorships generated enough funding to cover the event's operating costs, allowing entry fees to be directed toward advocacy and trail building programs. Salsa Cycles and Milltown Cycles led the charge, sharing title-level sponsorship.Twin Six also provided a significant boost with a supporting-level sponsorship.

“Great things happen when folks come together to focus on a common goal,” said Hansi Johnson, IMBA’s region director for the Upper Midwest. “The sponsors wanted to help out with trails in the Chequamegon area, and specifically with CAMBA. They realized that their race was a great mechanism for boosting that support. IMBA was ready to assist, including providing online registration technology — it all fell into place, which will result in better trails for everyone to enjoy.”

Other event partners event include Lakewoods Resort; The River’s Eatery; RJF Insurance; Chequamegon National Forest, Hayward Office; U.S. Forest Service Wisconsin Office; and the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce. A check ceremony is being planned for the June 23 race date to celebrate this fundraising success story.