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    What to do in Milwaukee...

    I'm headed to Milwaukee for work next week. Any place a C&V person such as myself should go and see?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanicmatt View Post
    I'm headed to Milwaukee for work next week. Any place a C&V person such as myself should go and see?
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    Elsa's. I recommend the 833 club, but get it with turkey, avocado and bacon.

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    The Harley Davidson Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum on the lakeshore which in itself is a work of art. Go to Culvers for a hamburger and thier custard flavor of the day (because it changes every day). Of course Kopp's frozen custard flavors change every day too so you have a decision to make there. The Mitchell Park Domes would also be a garden oasis this time of year.
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    Wow thanks...

    ...for the responses so far. I have actually been to Milwaukee on quite a few occasions (actually used to work for Harley-Davidson and did the Miller tour before too). Iab, thanks for the restaurants, that is exactly what I needed to know and I will revisit Water Street Brewery as well. I will check out the bike shop and try to visit the domes as well. Thanks a lot guys.
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    Even if your not a Harley guy the museum is pretty cool. Skip the Cafe Racer cafe because it's a bit overpriced. If you want to check out bike stuff maybe call Waterford and see if you can get a tour as they do that kind of stuff. Trek does a tour also I believe. Maybe check out Ben's Cycle or do a Pabst tour and get your Lavern and Shirley on. Go see a Bucks or Admirals game if your into hockey.

    The building for the art museum is pretty awesome just by itself. But I'm not too sure just chilling on the shore will be too fun since it's pretty cold in Wisconsin right now. Spoke with my family today and they're just an hours north and it's single digits but factor in the windchill...ummm burrrrrrrr. But I miss Wisconsin as Milwaukee has quite a bit of stuff to do. If your a music person then maybe check out whats playing at the Rave as they have concerts almost every night of bigger named acts. Also Dream Bikes if your looking to do some parts digging. I like the Madison store better though.

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    Timely thread.

    We'll be in Grafton a couple of weekends this spring for soccer tournaments with our youngest son.

    This gives us some interesting options.

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    If you want a really cool retro "bar/restaurant" type thing...check out The Safe House...

    The Official Safe House Home Page

    It has a 1950's/60's era "spy" motif...kind of cold war stuff. Now, to be honest, it has been a number of years since I have been there...so not sure what it is like now. But...I always found it to be kitschy in a cool way...
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    Winter's not really the best time to visit Milwaukee for a C&Ver, as the weather keeps everything indoors, and most bikes are put away. That's why we always transitioned over to cross country and downhill skiing during the winter months when I lived for many years in and near the City.
    But if you do get down there during the summer, the cycling scene is great with all sorts of pro and amateur racing happening around town with the Milwaukee Sentinel racing series, Bastille day, July 4th First Wisconsin Bank fireworks display on the lake and the Summerfest festivals overlapping one after another to fill out the summer season outdoor activities. The State Fair just southwest of the City is also a great thing to go to with all the great food to eat.
    I don't think Kopps Frozen Custard is actually open during the winter, but it's a favorite evening hangout for locals just a very few miles north of the city, in Whitefish Bay, during the hottest summer months too.
    But the best cycling related thing I remember about living in Milwaukee is the miles and miles of smooth roads to ride on, lakeside from the City to the suburbs and towns North of the City and how most drivers respect cyclists on those roads.
    Try to enjoy the City anyway, the war memorial museum at the lakefront is a good suggestion, with the new building being an architectural landmark too when you are there. Maybe you can check out the restaurants that features traditional German food which the City is quite proud of. I guess you can also take tours of local breweries. One of my favorite smaller ones is "Sprecher" in Glendale, just about a mile and a hlf south from Kopps Custard, which was literally right across the street from the apartment where Iived in.

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    If you are in Milwaukke and like Schwinns at all you should visit Ben's Cyclery. Roger

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    There are actually 3 locations for Kopps. Brookfield, Greenfield, and Glendale. And yes, they are open in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
    Also Dream Bikes if your looking to do some parts digging. I like the Madison store better though.
    I'll tell you that I've seen kids (teens) on some really nice looking old bikes. Like they took pride in them- just out riding on the west side of the Hank Aaron Trail. I attribute that to Dream Bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhenning View Post
    If you are in Milwaukke and like Schwinns at all you should visit Ben's Cyclery. Roger
    Their "storeroom" in the old theatre across the street... wow...
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    As I recall the Friday fish fry's at local joints were fun. I can check with my sister (West Bend) and Aunt (Milwaukee) for other stuff...but they will be no help with bike shops
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    Polka clubs still exist, if you want to see something like that.

    Is the Kensington House still open?

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    The Park East hotel used to have a roof top bar, at least they did 25+ years ago. Obviously better in the summer. You could see the lakefront fireworks from there.

    Is Dick Bacon still sunbathing at Bradford Beach in January? That's a sight to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iab View Post
    The Park East hotel used to have a roof top bar, at least they did 25+ years ago. Obviously better in the summer. You could see the lakefront fireworks from there.

    Is Dick Bacon still sunbathing at Bradford Beach in January? That's a sight to see.
    Dick Bacon died a number of years ago.
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    "The Domes" aka Mitchell park has bands on Thursday evenings all winter. $6.50, go early and tour all the domes first. My cousin is playing this week. Giant train layout currently in the show dome .

    Ben's Cycle on Lincoln Ave. and South Shore in Cudahy are great. Dream Bikes on MLK Jr Dr has ever changing inventory.Patio has some C & V but is closed in the winter. Scott Wilke curates his own Milwaukee bicycle museum - Urban Milwaukee Dial

    It's Lent, so a Friday fish fry is a must. They're everywhere, lake perch or bluegill if it's on the menu. Lakefront Brewery is a good one after a tour.
    The "Lowlands Group" restaurants (Cafe Hollander, Benelux, Centraal) are bike centric and support the local bike community great beers and decent food.
    Kopps or Leon's for custard.

    A number of custom builders in the area, Dave Wages(Ellis), Schlick, Waterford, etc Wisconsin's custom bike builders

    Harley Museum, Discovery World, Art Museum.

    If you can stay up late enough close Wolski's and get the well known I closed Wolski's sticker. http://www.wolskis.com/

    Polka? Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall
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    Quote Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
    Dick Bacon died a number of years ago.
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    That's too bad, he certainly was a sight. I even bought some of his Bacon Grease (tanning lotion) back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
    Music Under Glass
    "The Domes" aka Mitchell park has bands on Thursday evenings all winter. $6.50, go early and tour all the domes first. My cousin is playing this week. Giant train layout currently in the show dome .

    Ben's Cycle on Lincoln Ave. and South Shore in Cudahy are great. Dream Bikes on MLK Jr Dr has ever changing inventory.Patio has some C & V but is closed in the winter. Scott Wilke curates his own Milwaukee bicycle museum - Urban Milwaukee Dial

    It's Lent, so a Friday fish fry is a must. They're everywhere, lake perch or bluegill if it's on the menu. Lakefront Brewery is a good one after a tour.
    The "Lowlands Group" restaurants (Cafe Hollander, Benelux, Centraal) are bike centric and support the local bike community great beers and decent food.
    Kopps or Leon's for custard.

    A number of custom builders in the area, Dave Wages(Ellis), Schlick, Waterford, etc Wisconsin's custom bike builders

    Harley Museum, Discovery World, Art Museum.

    If you can stay up late enough close Wolski's and get the well known I closed Wolski's sticker. Wolskis Tavern -

    Polka? Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall
    Hmmm... Patio bike shop is still around?? What ever happened to Rainbow Jersey near UWM by Downer Avenue, just across the street from the campus and the one at Brown Deer road"
    Brent Emery and his dad had a nice old shop at Capitol Drive, are they still around?
    Not really sure if I would recommend going to Wheel and Sprocket if they are still around, They struck me as being too "commercial" and just too big and impersonal. I also remember an older shop selling Austro Daimlers and Peugeots just south of Milwaukee (They sold weight training machines too). I can't remember their shop's name at this time, but doubt if they are still around, but I was able to buy neat stuff from them back in the 80's like AD racing Jerseys. Who knows, these older shops might still have some in their back rooms.....
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    As far as I know Patio is still around. Rainbow Jersey moved to Santa Monica in Shorewood and recently got bought out by Erics. Brent Emery still on 99 & Capitol, just in there the other day & in Menomonee Falls. He does a lot of good stuff in the adaptive community. W & S is the 800# gorilla in the market with like 10 locations in SE WI & Fox Valley. They have used stuff at the Hales Corners Store and do lots of charity ride support and advocacy. But yeah, too big and impersonal for my taste. I prefer Ben's but actually patronize numerous shops depending on where I'm traveling or if they have it. There are actually quite a few shops in MKE, probably more than you would expect for a city this size.
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    I always liked the tire cover on Bacon's van - "Bringing home D Bacon". He worked 3rd shift at Pabst and spent all day at the lakefront. He was a sight in winter laying out at the frozen beach on sunny days in winter with his foil walls concentrating the sun to tan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
    As I recall the Friday fish fry's at local joints were fun. I can check with my sister (West Bend) and Aunt (Milwaukee) for other stuff...but they will be no help with bike shops
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