On My Milwauke Bicycle Co. Orange One Frameset and Other Randomness


On My Milwauke Bicycle Co. Orange One Frameset and Other Randomness


Ok, ok, stop emailing me now! Here’s the full monty on my Milwaukee Bicycle Orange One frameset. I didn’t think everyone would be so receptive to such a gaudy paint job but after the 10th email, I promised I’d post the frame. But there’s more to me posting this bike. Let me explain my recent rants about rack and fender mounts.

Check out more on this and a few more photos below.


You may have caught some discourse in the recent All-City Mr. Pink entry regarding “sporty” and multi-functional bicycles. When Drew at Milwaukee told me that they were working with Waterford on a new road version of their popular Orange One fixed gear, I was stoked. Call it a niche-fetish, but I like seeing companies develop affordable steel road bikes. While I believe that steel is real, part of my interest lies in the multiple tasks people can put them through.

Brian Vernor and I were discussing this very subject at this year’s NAHBS. Young people (like you and me) want a bike that they can ride for 100 miles, build a camp site, drink whiskey, shoot shit (not animals) and then ride home. We like the mini-rando trips. The best example I can think of is the Philly Bike Expo ride Harry, Scott, Isaac and I went on. It was a 110 miles of off-road riding and I had to tie my backpack to my saddle rails with a belt! I am always an advocate of a multi-purposed bike. Remember, I still ride around on my fixed freestyle bike around town in an age when people stand to pedal them.


Most riders don’t want a modern steel bike to race on, they want to “epic” on it. At least that’s what I did. I’ve got my rawesome Geekhouse Woodville to do that and now, I’ve got another option to ride. Sure, there’s some functional overlap there. I wouldn’t ride from PDX to San Diego on the MKE / Waterford but you could if you wanted to. In my opinion, you can never have enough bikes and I was anxious to see how this one performs.

I know this is a bit of a read, I’m three drinks in on my Jameson bottle and am giddy with anticipation to build this bike up.