The Chainlink

Bike Resources

Here are some of The Chainlink's favorite organizations, businesses, and bike info-sites.  This page is updated regularly. Have a resource you'd like to see included?  Send it to links@thechainlink.org.

 

Be sure to check out the extensive Blog Roll and the Maps and Route Tools too. 


Friends of The Chainlink

Chicago & Illinois

USA

International

General Cycling

Maintenance & Repair

Stuff to Buy 

Bike-friendly Businesses

Miscellaneous



Friends of The Chainlink

Albany Park Bikes - A community, nonprofit bike workshop.

Chicago Bike Racing - News and notes about road racing in Chicago.

Get A Grip Cycles - A bike shop with great selection and service, specializing in bicycle fitting and custom bicycles.

Uptown Update - A blog all about the goings-on of "Chicago's most entertaining" neighborhood.

West Town Bikes - A community bicycle learning workshop, offering classes in mechanics, youth programs, and special events to members of the community.

Eilts And Associates - A CPA firm in Chicago.

Yo Chicago - Joe Zekas provides a fresh take on homes, apartments and neighborhoods in Chicagoland.


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Chicago & Illinois

Active Transportation Alliance - Chicagoland's voice for better biking, walking and transit.

CAMBr (Chicago Area Mountain Bikers) - A volunteer organization of hundreds of riders who work to ensure that mountain bikers have diverse and challenging local opportunities to enjoy their sport.

Chicago Bicycle Advocate - a local blog about bicycle laws and advocacy by lawyer Brendan Kevenides.

Chicago Bike Injury Lawyers - Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers

Chicago Bike Racing - Local teams, nearby races, and group rides for racers ranging from beginning to experienced. 

City of Chicago Bicycle Program - A CDOT resource with info on current bike-related projects and tips for riding in the city.

City of Chicago's Bicycling Ambassadors - The City of Chicago’s bike-safety and public-awareness outreach team.

Chicago Bike 2015- The City of Chicago's plan to make bicycling an integral part of daily life in the city.

Chicago Bike Winter - A campaign to promote cold-weather riding through education, teamwork, and funky, free, fleece balaclavas.

Chicago Critical Mass- A monthly bike ride celebrating cycling and reclaiming Chicago's streets for riders.

Ed Rudolph Northbrook Velodrome - Local velodrome with track racing, and training clinics. Also available for public use for stoplight-free riding.

Grid Chicago - Opinion reporting on sustainable transportation in Chicago and Illinois by two Chainlinkers.

Illinois Department of Transportation Bicycling- A resource for Illinois bike maps, laws, and issues.

Illinois Bicycle Law - Trial lawyers representing victims of crashes.

Illinois Bicycle Rides - Mike Bentley's current list of regional tours and charity rides.

League of American Bicyclists- Organization to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.

League of Illinois Bicyclists - Statewide advocacy for Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety.

Where To Bike Chicago - A new book with 72 cool ride routes for adults and families in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago - Annual naked bike ride protesting oil addiction and promoting positive body image.


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USA

Bike Kitchen - A DIY volunteer-run workshop in San Francisco, CA. 

Magic City Bicycle Collective - A nonprofit bicycle repair education center in Miami, FL.

Oberlin Bike Co-op - Teaching maintenance and renting out bikes in Oberlin, OH since 1986.

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op - Helping people use bikes in greater Cleveland, OH.

Plan B - The community bike project of New Orleans, LA. 

Third Ward Bike Shop - A program of Workshop Houston (TX), empowering youth through creative skills.

International

Bicycle Cape Town (BCPT) A community campaign and info-hub fostering cycling in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cyclerides  Cycling community and tours in Australia and France. 

 

General Cycling

Bicycling.com- the largest biking magazine featuring bikes, gear, equipment reviews, training plans, bike maintenance how tos and more

Bike Commuters- a site providing news, articles, product reviews, and how to’s of anything that is related to bike commuting

Crazy Guy on a Bike- A place for bicycle tourists and their journals

Mr. Bike- Dave Glowacz gives tips on urban biking

Sheldon Brown- the most complete reference for all things cycling. Esoteric info you can't find elsewhere. Though Sheldon passed away, his site is well-maintained.

Urban Velo - a magazine dedicated to bicycle culture in cities around the world

Liquid - Rent a bike from awesome people. 

Bicycle Crazy - The lighter side of cycling.

Bike Forums - Topical bike discussion threads.

Stackexchange Bicycles - Q&A for people who build, repair, train or commute on bicycles.

Bike Collectives Network - A (somewhat dated) info-hub for community shops and organizations. 

Momentum Magazine - Smart living by bike.  Find it in hard copy in local shops too. 


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Maintenance & Repair

Bicycling Magazine: Bicycle Repair and Maintenance- repair and maintenance information and videos from Bicycling magazine

El Duke Degreaser - biodegradeable, non-toxic degreaser made locally by chainlinker Nick

Park Tool - good resource for bike repairs


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Stuff to Buy

Chainlove - steep discounts on bike gear

Craigslist Bike Classifieds - a bike marketplace.

Road Bike Review - product reviews, ratings and classifieds for road bikes, mountain bikes, parts, components, used bikes and bicycle classifieds


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Bike-friendly Businesses

Wishbone - Bicyclists enjoy a "low-carbon discount" of 15% on meals, Monday through Friday, at both restaurant locations, where they serve up "Southern Reconstruction" cooking. 

Uncommon Ground - Get a 10% discount for biking or walking to eat at the "most sustainable restaurant in the US" in Wrigleyville or on Devon.


Miscellaneous

Chicagoist - goings-on all around Chicago

CTA Tattler - news and gossip related to the CTA

Gapers Block - more goings-on around Chicago


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