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Mike Zumwalt
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Directional tires
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Riding fixed and free wheel. I switch depending on conditions so does the tire direction matter? I really can't take the tire off and switch it.

Started this discussion. Last reply by This PBL dosnt make me feel safe Nov 5, 2015.

Riding and visibility
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As it gets darker earlier here we go again with riders without lights,that's an easy fix but I've noticed that the blinking red gets lost in the sea of red in traffic. Many cars have yellow turn…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Zumwalt Oct 15, 2015.

A pinch flat at 100 psi?
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I've hit many a bumps,potholes but tonight that front tire went flat in 3 seconds. Nothing in the tire and there was the snake bite in the tube.I don't ride underinflated but should I go to a wider…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Lee Sep 10, 2015.

How to p*ss of a local
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I haven't read Chicago yet but L.A. seems to share the sentiment of most auto drivers.9. Take up a whole lane with your bike "We’re chill here in LA. But not that chill. This is still a car city and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Adams 4 mi Jan 6, 2015.


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Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion Does Riding Your Bike Still Make You Happy?
"Well riding in the city, every day, 5,6,7,10 hrs a day...not really.too many sh*t heads driving, groups of 4 walking on the 606 oblivious tourists on the LFT. I still love Critical Mass and group rides but since I work so much ON my bike it's…"
Mike Zumwalt replied to Juan Boyce's discussion Honking Drivers
"They honk when breaking the law like backing up, they honk when you're "in the way" like waiting for the light to change. They honk when they're turning onto a one way street the wrong way.  Imagine as a person yelling at…"
Mike Zumwalt replied to Jennifer on the lake's discussion "If only there was some way to spin while en route to work..."
"I hope there's a bus with tread mills so that people can walk to work on the bus."
Mike Zumwalt replied to Waymond Smith's discussion Who designed this bike lane on Roosevelt Road?
"Yeah,and why are the crosswalks blue with giant words in them? What we want is people crossing Mi ave looking diwn reading instead of watching for cars,bikes."
Mar 26
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion Driver Attacks Cyclist in Chicago After Driving in Bike Lane
"I've said that and fortunately not met the same results but the valets in River North,Halsted really need to watch it. The Kinzie lanes are used for parking and the ones backing up telling me to get the fuck out of the way really need to know…"
Mar 4
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane? 2016
"Com Ed blocking Division street but I get that because the manholes are in the bike lane but..."
Mar 4
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion Cyclists (Literally) Blown Off Their Bikes
"More than a couple times I've hit a wind tunnel or sheer, the way it hits a building...Clark@ Lincoln park west, Pine Grove@Irving park, Halsted@Grace, Broadway@Devon to name a few."
Feb 11
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion Speed dating for cyclists. Who else understands N+1?
"I had 5 bikes at one time, now I just have the one. But do need to get a mt bike again, and a beach cruiser. I like "dating" while riding, not really dating but having a relaxed conversation while on a ride or the after party exchange…"
Feb 11
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion As we enter the deep freeze in Chiberia, where do you dream of moving?
"I never think of moving but a nice 3 week vacation along the Ocean in California or Miami."
Feb 11
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion Sharrows Are Not Effective Substitutes for Bike Lanes (Study)
"Unfortunately the same or next day I saw a car puul out into the bike lane and the cyclist hit the front fender,flew over the hood. He was also doing a good clip possibly riding fixed? Also didn't appear to have a light."
Jan 25
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion Sharrows Are Not Effective Substitutes for Bike Lanes (Study)
"Halsted through Lakeview or Pilsen is too narrow for a protected lane Milwaukee through Wicker and Logan too. The lanes are clear enough and the traffic slow or stopped that it's relatively safe."
Jan 15
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion DNAinfo, "A Bike Lane That Would Connect Edgewater to Evanston Is In The Works"
"I don't do that trip anymore but since you have 2 choices go go around the cemetery I'd pick the lake side in the Summer and Clark in the Winter. That whole stretch along Clark is a bit sketch and poorly lit. Coming from the LFP I take…"
Jan 13
Mike Zumwalt replied to Yasmeen's discussion 2 of "America’s 10 best new bike lanes of 2015" are in Chicago - Clybourn and Clinton.
"Hmmm, it's clearly marked,buffered but the remaining bike lanes on Clinton are on the opposite side of the street. Dearborn continues to have vehicles parked in it,driving in it and the pedestrians think its an extended…"
Dec 17, 2015
Mike Zumwalt replied to Julie Hochstadter's discussion Yelp Had Me Rate Bike Parking
"I wouldn't go all that way without breakfast,worst case is you can lock the wheels and put it next to a window possibly where you can see it?"
Nov 20, 2015
Mike Zumwalt replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"The road is/was wide enough,one way and I'm almost bigger than your car but I know honking,telling me your gonna kick my ass and run me over just so I can take a pic if your berry eatin' ass at the next block. Good job."
Nov 20, 2015
Mike Zumwalt replied to Fran Kondorf's discussion Name Your Most Frequent Cycling Hazard(s)
"Potholes, those sunk in manhole covers, and this time of year...wet leaves. Road rage...!!! twice this week some asshole going 4 blocks can't wait 5 seconds without honking,fluppung me off,threatening me."
Nov 20, 2015

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What I ride:
Fixed Gear
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Commuting, Around Town, My job involves biking
What brings you to The Chainlink?
I ride a bike.
About me:
10 years without owning a car.

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At 7:23pm on August 10, 2013, Fran Kondorf said…

Hi Mike-

 Those are pretty much my stompin' grounds as well.

Be glad to pick it up at your convenience.


At 9:09am on July 28, 2011, Katie Jo Schuler said…
Oh yeah how's your toe?


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