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FS: 1973 Schwinn World Voyageur Touring Bicycle - 58 cm
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Hi Everyone,Below is my bike, as stated in the title. This is definitely unique; read on. Long ago (ok, about 2 years ago) I purchased a 1986 Schwinn World Voyageur. It was wonderful, but too small…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by GEORGE VANDERFOR Jun 3, 2014.

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 Lanterne Rouge Sep 10, 2014.

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, 2014.

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.


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Lanterne Rouge replied to Haddon's discussion WGN - Man bikes Wicker Park to Glenview (20 miles) each way, every day.
"You have to seriously love riding to do this. When I lived in Andersonville, I would sometimes ride to the train in Forest Glen (~6 miles) and then get off in Gleview, and ride the whole way home (~18 miles) which was a lot of work. As a challenge,…"
Mar 29, 2015
Lanterne Rouge replied to Tom Z's discussion Jefferson Park: Milwaukee Ave Complete Street Project - UPDATE 2015
"It's absolutely a political decision, but from what i've been able to gather, his will reflects the will of a LOT of the citizens in the ward. There are some really old, grumpy NIMBYs in the area. I suspect that if this goes up for…"
Jan 24, 2015
Lanterne Rouge replied to BritBoy's discussion Cycling in the rain
"rain cape and fenders is all you really need. Heck, with fenders I'm usually good to go unless it's really, really pouring."
Dec 30, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Julie Hochstadter's discussion Chainlink Leadership Changes and Meet Yasmeen Schuller
"Thanks for the memories! I can say that I've met some really awesome people and been on some really great rides thanks to this site.  "
Dec 30, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Kevin C Dormant's discussion Road Construction Report(s)
"Nice! I'm guessing they'll wait until the summer to rip out all of the concrete to pour asphalt? "
Dec 26, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Kevin C Dormant's discussion Road Construction Report(s)
"Hopefully the end of this is near. It's been really frustrating to ride the sidewalks for the stretch they've been tearing the hell out of. As of Friday, they were working in their ditches at the last stretch. They just might make their…"
Dec 13, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Greg Berry's discussion Any Pro or Semi-pro cyclists out there? Better shave your legs!
"Since I started doing club rides this year, I decided to give the shaving a go. Aside from feeling 'cool' with the 'in crowd', I must say that ladies have been doing a good job at keeping the 'shaved leg sensation' a…"
Sep 10, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"I actually solved my problem by finding a new job. The potential for an awful commute was one of many issues. Now, I'm somewhere I like with the metra stop a block from my office. Win/Win."
Sep 10, 2014
Tony Adams 4 mi replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"Based on my experience riding near O'Hare and that general vicinity - my advice is to look around for a better employer. How attached are you to the job? Are employers in your field hiring? "
Sep 10, 2014
Chitown_Mike replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"I will third (or fourth) Oakton, I have taken it almost clear to Busse Woods and it is a doable route. I did once take NW Hwy to Woodstock....that was a hectic ride I'll never do alone again."
Sep 8, 2014
Rich S replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"Oakton is good but I prefer Devon. The traffic's not nearly as bad as Higgins or Touhy and you'll be further south. But River Road really sucks to ride pretty much anywhere around there. You may want to take the sidewalk for the mile or so…"
Sep 8, 2014
Tominator replied to Lanterne Rouge's discussion New Commute Route - Need some advice.
"Yes, I was going to suggest Oakton. Better than Touhy."
Sep 8, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Lisa Curcio's discussion 'Tis the Season for long rides
"I'd like to ride with you guys. As we get closer, I'll message you. "
Sep 3, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Will's discussion Need a local shop recommendation... looking for a large saddle bag
"I've got a Zimbale 7L saddle bag that I'm not using any more. I was going to list it for sale, but never got around to it. Let me know if you'd be interested. ( I actually got it from Boulevard Bikes.)"
Aug 5, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to bob hsiung's discussion How far you've ridden in 2014
"Just broke 1600, with 80% of that coming at the beginning of March. Also, for the first time ever, brevets, solo centuries and weekly/weekend club rides have surpassed commuting miles, which is awesome for me. In addition to the miles, I'm down…"
Jul 11, 2014
Lanterne Rouge replied to Julie Hochstadter's discussion 2014 Metra Blackout dates
"So I'm dense and didn't understand the blackout rules. Got to my Metra stop this morning and was obviously denied entry. Proceeded to time trial for 20 miles to my office in Northbrook. Arrive a sweaty mess since I was not prepared for my…"
Jul 9, 2014

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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 ( 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…

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.





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