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Lanterne Rouge
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New Commute Route - Need some advice.
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So, my company has informed me that we'll be moving from the north shore to the O hare area. I'm none too happy about this, since I've been working in the Niles/Glenview area for almost 5 years, and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elliot Bennett Mar 25.

Winter Tune Up Specials?
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It seems that I can't find a place that's doing a winter tune up special at the moment. Last year, Johnny Sprockets was advertising some crazy deals, and I ended up getting a complete overhaul done…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davo Jan 17.

North Shore Century 2013
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Holy cow - has it been a year since I made the 2012 thread?! Indeed, it has!Based on the calendar event, it looks like a good amount of people have RSVPd to ride. Even if you haven't, and were…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendi Kromash Sep 23, 2013.

Anyone have a car rack I could borrow tomorrow/saturday?
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Mine, unfortunately, is out of service. I'm riding the 200K at Delavan, WI this Saturday and would prefer to not stuff my bike into the back of my compact sedan. Any help would be greatly…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Hochstadter May 9, 2013.

 

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Lanterne Rouge replied to Marc-Paul Lee's discussion Shifting gears....my theory
"I think the whole point of a bicycle with multiple gears is efficiency. I made the leap from SS/FG to multi-speed because at some point, I thought 'man, I would be so much more efficient and expend less energy if I had more gears." And so…"
Monday
Lanterne Rouge replied to Marc-Paul Lee's discussion Shifting gears....my theory
"Up until a month ago, all I had ever owned was a manual transmission car. So, as a newbie to biking some 4 years ago, I was efficiently shifting from the get-go. My wife, on the other hand, thinks derailleurs and shifters are some sort of dark…"
Monday
Lanterne Rouge commented on igz's group Barter/Share/Give
"Pm'd you, Frank."
Friday
Lanterne Rouge commented on El Duke's group Chicago Randonneurs
"Joe, are you riding the 200 or 300?"
Apr 17
Lanterne Rouge commented on El Duke's group Chicago Randonneurs
"So who else is riding next weekend? I just registered. The Weather Channel is calling for a high of 55 and mostly cloudy; let's see if that holds up."
Apr 17
Lanterne Rouge replied to Vondo's discussion I've had it with my Chrome bag!
"I love Pepsi. I used to drink like, 3-4 cans a day. Now, once every month, or on occasion. But anyways, I digress.. That was always one of the main complaints with the Yalta. I had the same bag, and I hated trying to stuff anything aside from…"
Apr 17
Lanterne Rouge replied to Julie Hochstadter's discussion Do you Ride a Road Bike in the Rain?
"I've got salmon pads and haven't noticed any significant decrease in modulation.  Also, very good full fenders go a long way in keeping you and your bike fairly dry in all but the wettest of downpours. I don't even worry about…"
Apr 10
Lanterne Rouge replied to Robert Underwood's discussion Obssessive-compulsive cyclist seeks perfect frame, needs help
"Good call. I had completely forgotten about the Stanyan.  I might even consider that, if I can put some 2mm spacers on either side of my 126mm hubs.  "
Apr 9
Lanterne Rouge replied to Robert Underwood's discussion Slopey top tubes
"Now that I think about what I wrote, I'm not comparing apples to apples. When I owned all three modern, compact frames (52cm & 54 cm) I was fit much more aggressively for that 'pro look' fit. Now that I'm riding a 58cm…"
Apr 2
Lanterne Rouge replied to Amanda's discussion How bad did I mess up? Advice please!
"How strong are your legs, and how fast do you like to go? My personal sweet spot was between 70-75 inches when I was riding FG/SS. This would make sense since a common setup for factory FG/SS is usually 48/18 or 47/17. If you've got a 46T…"
Apr 2
Lanterne Rouge replied to David Gibbs's discussion Route recommendations near the IL/WI boarder?
"A couple of years back when we rode from Brookfield Zoo to Milwaukee Zoo, I believe we bobbed and weaved through Kenosha until we caught the Pike Bike trail. This ends right around Carthage College, where you can take Birch rd to the County Bike…"
Mar 28
Lanterne Rouge replied to Robert Underwood's discussion Slopey top tubes
"I have been on an anti-sloping kick for a couple of years, but now I'm over it. I'm probably going to add a second bike to my quiver, and I want it to be brand spankin' new.  Sizing is much different on sloping top tubes as…"
Mar 27
Lanterne Rouge replied to in it to win it 8.0 mi's discussion I rode today. Did you?
"Sorry if this has been posted before.. At least there is strong evidence that this summer won't be miserable : http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/2014/03/26/tims-weather-world-does-a-cold-winter-mean-a-cool-spring-and-summer/ So, brutal…"
Mar 26
Elliot Bennett replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"I have to ride from Evanston to Schaumburg occasionally for my work. I usually ride Oakton all the way to Busse Woods. Oakton is busy, but generally I have found it to be pretty wide and quite ride-able. Best of luck, East-West in this area is…"
Mar 25
Rich S replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"I can join you for pre-ride if you want someone to ride with once the semester is done first week of May.  Yeah that mile on Oakton looks hairy but not nearly as bad as the mile on Elmhurst.  "
Mar 25
envane (69 furlongs) replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"I have in fact ridden up to Busse Woods taking Northwest Highway to Oakton, which is not a "good" route but doable in light weekend morning traffic.   During rush hour its probably a bad idea.   Rich, for you…"
Mar 25

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What I ride:
Road, Hybrid
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Commuting, Distance, Around Town

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At 9:26pm on March 26, 2013, Adam Z said…
Ilter and I are riding down the Fox River on Sat. I posted an event that's waiting for moderation. We'd love your company if you're free.
At 10:30am on July 12, 2012, Howard Lo said…

Hi Jim, I noticed that you RSVP for Cycle for Change. Can you email me (hloworld@gmail.com) so that I include you on our roster and send you our logistics communique? Thanks, Howard

At 12:21pm on June 12, 2012, Julie Hochstadter said…

hilarious that you work with my bro. Did he show you the cool Chainlink pens he made us?  You can proof the temporary tattoos!

At 6:11pm on June 8, 2012, Joe Studer 8.0 mi said…
Jim:

Trying to answer you on my phone, and my big fingers keep hitting the wrong buttons. Sorry. But, yes, the pedals are still available. Cheers.
At 4:31pm on April 26, 2012, Adam Z said…

Jim is a man of honor.  He returned my polar bottle.

At 8:54pm on April 21, 2012, Adam Z said…
Jim you have my polar bottle!
At 10:21am on March 5, 2012, Colin Murphy said…

Hi Jim--sorry, unsure if this is as private as PM but we have to be friends before I can message you. Feel free to destroy after reading.

I never bought a bike there but I used to commute to downtown Evanston from the South Loop; Turin was the nearest store so I often took my bike there for service, or stopped in when I needed parts and accessories. I felt like customer service was downright neglectful unless you were standing at the counter right in front of them. On several occasional I went it, browsed for 20 minutes, settled on the item I needed (like a helmet, or fenders), and the checkout was the first time anybody even acknowledged me. Other times I was ready to drop some dough there on something vaguely big-ticket like a pair of panniers or rain gear and nobody ever even talked to me, so I didn't end up buying there. On the occasions they did talk to me, I felt like they were steering me in directions that were not necessarily what I needed, like to tires that were too light/skinny to stand up to a commute like mine over city streets. 

No quarrel with the mechanics, they always did fine work.

I don't expect to have somebody kissing my ass over every blinky or spare tube, but I think it's reasonable to expect some level of customer service when you're looking at mid-ticket accessories (or at least checking whether you need help or info or not). I know my way around a bike enough that I was able to do okay on my own, but my friend is an utter novice, so it's not a place I would send him. 

It has been several years since I've been there, so they may have totally turned it around, but my experiences were consistent enough over several years that I don't feel like I'm being unfair.

Cheers,

Colin

 
 
 

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