Warren Heir, co-founder, Mama Tried Indoor Bike Show
There are so many cool ways to spend the day on your bike in Milwaukee. Start off your day at the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.) (just a few blocks from The Iron Horse Hotel), where I recommend paying a little extra for the self-guided tour (you will learn so much!). And don’t miss the top-floor Restoration Department, where you can peer through the fence and see what is next on the chopping block. Next, ride down to Bradford Beach (43.0621622,-87.8728478) on the city’s East Side. There’s lots of easy parking for bikes, great views and plenty of people watching. After the beach, wind your way up the hill toward the old North Point Water Tower (43.061245,-87.8753261) and onto North Avenue — one of the best strips to hang out thanks to a bevy of bars. For a classic Milwaukee meal, head over to Comet Cafe (947 N. Farwell Ave.) — but make sure you get there early, as it fills up fast. Then, jump back on your bike and cruise down Lake Drive (43.063296,-87.877287), where you will travel through the quaint towns of Shorewood (43.089248,-87.874143), Whitefish Bay (43.113313,-87.895258), Fox Point (43.157465,-87.896902) and Bayside (43.180502,-87.895185), to Virmond Park (43.1962096,-87.886259) in Mequon. The park is small, but it features a huge bluff to perch atop and stare at Lake Michigan. If you are a little more adventurous, traverse the bluff down to the beach. You may have the beach all to yourself, which is worth the trip.