The Capitol Pedaler was designed and built by a Dutchman in bicycle-happy Amsterdam before arriving in Madison to whisk travelers around town in eco-friendly style. Lovingly referred to as “The Big Red Bike”, it adopted its signature hue state-side in honor of the Wisconsin Badgers, and frequently takes breaks from escorting pub-crawlers and wedding parties to ferry fans on game day. Capable of accommodating up to 14 passengers, with the recommended group size of at least six–eight pedalers the vehicle typically cruises at 5–7 miles per hour—the perfect speed for drag racing local steamrollers.
Prechosen routes include excursions to the zoo or the Old Sugar Distillery, making up to three preselected stops en route at local bars, public parks, and coffee shops. While alcoholic drinks aren’t allowed on the foot-powered party bus, passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks and nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy between stops, and can blast premade playlists of party songs or favorite commercial jingles courtesy of an on-board stereo with iPod and mp3-player connections.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
Each day presents a new challenge to Mathew Levin. He could be installing new brake pads, diagnosing a mysterious engine rattle, or fixing faulty wiring. The combination of mechanical prowess and electronic expertise is what drew Mathew to auto repair in the first place—that and a lifelong love of cars.
Growing up in a small town taught Mathew the value of a spotless reputation, and he couldn't stand to see garages treat customers dishonestly or watch dealership salesmen delivery faulty advice. After becoming an ASE-certified Master mechanic, Mathew founded Integrity Automotive Service on the principle of honesty. Mathew supervises his team of two mechanics, though he takes it upon himself to deal with every customer directly. He'll frequently offer to test drive vehicles for free to make an accurate diagnosis and make sure he explains exactly why each repair is needed before completing it. Mathew's thoughtful, honest approach to car repair has ensured him a steady stream of repeat customers and cars that wag their exhaust pipes when they see him.
For the past 20 years, Madison Auto Detail’s technicians have freed cars from workaday grime and highway-born detritus with restorative detail services performed seven days a week. Crews spruce up vehicles inside and out with a spectrum of detailing packages, from an express service to a diligent total-vehicle overhaul. They unearth and evict stagnant smells burrowed in the vents and upholstery and hand wax and buff exteriors, leaving the surface smooth, shiny, and as reflective as a meditation circle conducted on a mirror. Madison Auto Detail also vends à la carte services, such as scotch guarding, paintless dent removal, and engine detailing.
At West Town Monona Tire, teams of ASE-certified master mechanics protect their clients' well-loved vehicles as they perform speedy oil changes and wheel rotations, repair and replace suspensions and belts, and recharge A/C and heating systems. An array of high-tech analysis systems diagnose tricky engine problems, and computerized tools measure vehicles' exhaust, airflow, and mechanical positioning with exact precision.