"Cool video. One small factual error, though - the first oil crisis (at the time of the Yom Kippur war) was in 1973, not 1979.
I think that the biggest reason the Dutch were successful in getting more bicycle infrastructure is that at the time…"
Come thaw out your balaclava by the fire. This month's Bar Night is hosted by the nice folks at Uncommon Ground, who are providing us a cozy room and a generous round of free appetizers. (Come early. You know your fellow cyclists are hungry.) The bar has a sweet selection of regional craft beers and the kitchen is committed to great food that is locally-grown. Uncommon Ground is gaining national recognition for its innovative pursuit of sustainability and wants to support Chicagoland's…See More
"Wherever the river or an expressway must be crossed, we run out of good side-street options and have to get on major arterials with fast car traffic. These choke points should get priority for physically separate bike lanes."
"You missed the point. I don't think pit bulls are uniquely evil. As you point out, any dog the size of a 70 lb pit bull is easily capable of killing a person. And as Joe Schmoe said, animals "will sometimes do unprovoked,…"
"Narrow tires are not optimum for a lot of beat-up city streets, that's for sure. OTOH a light weight bike with narrow rims is nice for carrying up stairs or onto the train.
I've used presta valves for over 30 years without any…"
"Personal sacrifice is really not the issue. We have a transportation system that forces people into cars. We would save money and improve quality of life by having more attractive options (more/faster public transit, safe bike routes).…"
"I've been biking in winter since childhood. Chicago is actually not too bad for it, since we don't have many days when the streets have much snow or ice. And biking really is not cold at all if you wear the right clothing (but…"
"Make sure you double check in the inner diameter of your mustache bars. There are a few different models produced by different manufactures (Nitto, Origion 8, Soma, Nashbar) and they have variously different inner and outer diameters"
I'm planning to put moustache bars on a 1980 road bike. I know most people put bar end shifters on these bars, but the bike has down tube friction shifters that I want to keep. So, I have the option of putting reverse (time trial) brake levers on the bar ends. I know this is not a new idea, so before I blast ahead I'd be interested to hear about any experience you've had with this setup.Thanks in advance...See More
"Jessica, you must be a better man than I am ;-) I'm a very experienced rider, and I, too, am not scared of big, busy roads. Still, I don't at all enjoy riding on NW Highway (or any number of other major suburban arterials)…"
"I work in Mt. Prospect (very near Des Plaines), and I don't find the area very bike-friendly at all. Too often there is no way to ride from A to B but a major arterial with fast car traffic and no space for bikes. Don't get me…"
Jeff I am A bit larger in size then you I am 5'11 the bike I think will be perfect for you...This bike was my roomates who moved out and left me with some serious bills so the Mercian is now mine...at any rate he was about 5'9"