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Lanterne Rouge
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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.

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.


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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
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
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
Lanterne Rouge replied to Jennifer on the lake's discussion Metra priority seating showdown
"Nice. My guess is that the guy in the powerchair got the shortened section of folding seats while the bike was bungeed on long section, with the baby stroller next to the (now bungeed) bike?"
Jul 9
Lanterne Rouge commented on Eric Peterson's event 200K, 400K, 600K Brevets
"Yeah, I'm hoping for dry travels as well. I forgot to pack my raceblade fenders, so I might end up with a mouthful of rural Wisconsin slurry. "
Jun 27
Lanterne Rouge replied to Tommy H.'s discussion GLAP: 100 Miles on the I&M Canal
"Sounds pretty rad, but alas, I only have 25mm tires. I won't show up for fear of having my tires slashed (ha ha. )"
Jun 26
Lanterne Rouge replied to morebanjo's discussion Cyclist struck, killed by CTA Brown Line train on North Side
"It never ceases to amaze me how many cars/pedestrians/bikes go around the gates on Kedzie/Kimball. "
Jun 26
Lanterne Rouge replied to Tommy H.'s discussion GLAP: 100 Miles on the I&M Canal
"Tommy, Are you doing this ride? This stokes the flames of adventure (to me at least) and I would love to hear about it. "
Jun 25
Lanterne Rouge and Eli are now friends
Jun 25
rwein5 left a comment for Lanterne Rouge
"Hey thanks for the interest in the jersey. Would you mind emailing me via the craigslist posting? Let me know if it doesn't work."
Jun 24
rwein5 and Lanterne Rouge are now friends
Jun 24
Lanterne Rouge replied to rwein5's discussion FS - Pearl Izumi Select Attack Jersey
"Sent you a friend request. I'm interested."
Jun 24
Lanterne Rouge commented on Eric Peterson's event 200K, 400K, 600K Brevets
"Is next Saturday/Sunday the weekend you become a SR, Joe?"
Jun 22
Lanterne Rouge replied to h' 1.0's discussion Air conditioner poll-- who's getting by without?
"This year's been pretty tolerable, terrible humidity aside. Stay strong! July is but a week away, and you can then gloat that you made it to July w/o AC."
Jun 22
Lanterne Rouge replied to Tommy H.'s discussion GLAP: 100 Miles on the I&M Canal
"Riding to somewhere you've never been is an adventure, is it not? ( said facetiously)  "
Jun 20
Lanterne Rouge replied to Chitown_Mike's discussion Good chamois cream for commuting, tips on saddle sores for commuters
"I've also never had saddle sores, and have been on rides where I've been on the bike for 13 hours.  Along with saddle width, I would check to see if your saddle height is correct as well. If it's set too high, you end up…"
Jun 17

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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 12:59pm on June 24, 2014, rwein5 said…

Hey thanks for the interest in the jersey. Would you mind emailing me via the craigslist posting? Let me know if it doesn't work.

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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