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Buffalo Chip: Pee-wee at 2010 SD Cyclocross

Sturgis Buffalo Chip News

The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Schwinn and Pee-wee Herman have once again joined forces to help local South Dakota charities during the 2010 South Dakota State Cyclocross Championships and Miss Chippie ‘Cross event being held at the Legendary Buffalo Chip on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Cyclocross racers and spectators are taking over the Sturgis hot spot for the highly-anticipated cyclocross event during which the Legendary Buffalo Chip will be auctioning several custom-made bicycles to benefit the Kids & Chrome Foundation which supports the Black Hills Children’s Home Society and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

As part of last summer’s "Pee-wee’s Big Sturgis Adventure" at The Legendary Buffalo Chip, a mix of nationally renowned and local South Dakota motorcycle and bicycle builders took part in an "extreme makeover" of Pee-wee Herman’s iconic 1947 Schwinn at the 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Schwinn donated several TRANSIT 3-Speed Electric bicycles to be redesigned and fabricated especially for Pee-wee. Each participant had the opportunity and only a few weeks to transform these electric bikes into high-tech, tricked out, ultra cool rides uniquely suited for Pee-wee Herman.

Participating fabricators included Steve "Brewdude" Garn of BREW Bikes, LLC who has been building custom bicycle frames since 1987; Bryan Schimke of TPJ Customs who started his custom bike building business in his garage and now builds only handmade bikes with the highest quality parts to withstand the abuse of the real world; Jesse Hansen, founder of Rushmore Mountain Sports, everyone’s favorite local bike and outdoor shop located in beautiful downtown Spearfish, South Dakota; and John Quinlin of Recycled Cycles which started out in 1978 selling just used and reconditioned bicycles and today is a full service Schwinn dealer located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

All entries were presented to Pee-wee who ultimately choose Steve Garn’s "Pee-wee Rider" complete with a red frame, American flag paint job, a skull mounted on the head tube in between the front forks and many other extraordinarily detailed designs.

Pee-wee then inaugurated the bike as Captain of the Buffalo Chip’s Annual Legends Charity Ride.

The bicycle built by Brian Schimke of TPJ Customs was then auctioned on the spot for charity. Scwhinn also generously donated 60 new bicycles and helmets to the Black Hills Children Home Society, giving each child a new bike to ride.

This weekend the remaining two bikes from builders John Quinlin of Recycled Cycles and Jesse Hansen of Rushmore Mountain Sports will now be soaking up the spotlight as they are ridden around the course by Rod Woodruff and Jim Burgess and then auctioned to benefit the Kids & Chrome Foundation during the 2010 South Dakota State Cyclocross Championships and Miss Chippie ‘Cross events being held at the Legendary Buffalo Chip.

The Cyclocross Championships will be held Saturday, December 4 at 10 a.m. and will feature the region’s fastest men and women competing on their bicycles through a maze of mud, hills and man-made obstacles.

Top racers from each division will be awarded prizes during a Champion’s Ceremony consisting of cash and merchandise from the area’s top cycling and outdoor adventure stores. In addition, during the eagerly anticipated Cyclocross Championships the fabricated bikes that were not chosen by Pee-wee will be ridden around the Cyclocross track and auctioned off for charity.

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind cyclocross event at the Legendary Buffalo Chip and watch as Pee-wee’s remaining custom bicycles are ridden and auctioned for charity. For more information check out or

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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