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A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
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1) What's up with those bikes with that extra set of handlebars perpendicular to the regular handlebars, the ones that make the cyclist practically lie down in order to grab? Usually used by people…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David P. Jun 9.

Some unsolicited advice...VIDEO!!

Okay, now more than ever, I strongly believe in this (especially after reading Juan 2-8 Mi's post):If you don't already have one, GET A VIDEO CAMERA AND MOUNT IT TO YOUR HANDLEBARS OR HELMET WHENEVER…Continue

Tags: camera, video

Started May 22

Into and out of Evanston...
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Anybody know of a safe way to cross between Chicago and Evanston? Only ways I know of are Sheridan and Clark Street/Chicago Ave.Sheridan is pretty dangerous on a bike where that big curve is. Sure, I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Gordon Feb 16.

So I doored a cyclist yesterday... :(
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I was leaving Silvie's yesterday (well, not LEAVING leaving, just had to run outside to grab my amp, was there to perform), and their doors all open out. Just when I opened the door, *wham!*...right…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns Aug 24, 2016.

 

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OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Josh L.'s discussion We Came Upon Violence Tonight on Lakefront Path @ North Avenue
"Sounds about right...usually the season opens with some North Avenue Beach violence... :("
Jun 14
David P. replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"By turning kinetic energy into heat ;)"
Jun 9
Tony Adams replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"Ideally with a front brake. :) Bikes with one gear may or may not be in Fixed Gear mode. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed-gear_bicycle. Most(?) fixies have a "flip-flop" hub which lets the wheel run in fixed gear mode or with a…"
Jun 8
Anne Alt replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"To use a sailing metaphor, a difference in the amount of sail area greatly affects how much wind one catches.  That's part of the picture. Gearing and bike weight also make a difference. "
Jun 8
Mike Zumwalt replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"I'm curious about those bikes with one gear, how do they stop? it looks like they're always pedaling. I see them sometimes walking and the pedals it looks like an invisible person is riding it."
Jun 7
Juan 2-8 mi. replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"The aero bars are good for holding my front lights and a bag if I mount it in front."
Jun 7
Marcelo Marcos replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"Awesome of you to ask straight forward questions tbh. And you are not the only ChiCycler who stops at stops signs. I commute everyday and I also do. I've also been cycling for over 15 years and I agree with your kit assessment. You are doing…"
Jun 7
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"Well, I can't deny the jealousy thing. :)"
Jun 7
Michael B replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"I wear a kit because I look damn fine in one. The rest of you are just jealous. ;)"
Jun 7
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"I wear one because I sweat obscenely, TBH...but man, the world does not need to see my fat @$$ in those pants..."
Jun 7
Maurice replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"I wear a jersey for my commute because pockets, and I almost never ride on trails. Does that make me better or worse than Fred and Lance?"
Jun 7
Michael B replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"....and I'm address those that see a cyclist in a kit and make assumptions. "
Jun 7
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Alex Z's discussion LFTmageddon?
"LFT was a beast today -- if you're riding on ti today, be aware of park vehicles and construction vehicles in several spots. A few times I actually had to hop off my bike and walk it -- including by the detour. I asked a guy working if there…"
Jun 7
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Second Chicago Bike Fatality of 2017: Louis Smith in Garfield Park
"Yep, one reason I keep a camera rolling on my bike, in case, God forbid, I'm a fatality (or other serious injury) -- the footage could help."
Jun 7
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"Oh, believe me - I totally understand (and believe me even louder -- you do not want to see me in those lycra thingies...I'd nauseate everybody outside!) the usefulness of those things...I'm just addressing those who see 'em as being…"
Jun 7
Yasmeen replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion A couple of really ignorant questions to which I probably should know the answers, but nope.
"So true! I like wearing bike shorts under skirts and dresses too. :-)"
Jun 7

Profile Information

What I ride:
Hybrid
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Sign at Village Cycle Center
About me:
I'm a lifelong Libra. Been cycling in Chicago since 2014; before then, I hadn't touched a bike since, oh....about 1987.

Oh, and I also obey traffic laws on my bike (including stop signs); DESPISE Critical Mass (although I'd be all for it if they did Critical Manners here in Chicago); sometimes drive a gas-powered car; and believe the Lakefront Trail is a PATH, not the Tour de freakin' France...can you deal?

My bike is a 2014 Trek Shift 2 hybrid; got a hybrid because I had read that a hybrid is a good choice for people who haven't been on a bike in a while. My bike's name is Syd. And if you understand why I named my bike Syd, then...well, you and I should probably go out and grab a Guinness; I'd invite my wife to join us but she doesn't like Guinness.
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):
http://www.piefactorypodcast.com
My first bike:
Some cheap-o kid's hand-me-down from K mart courtesy of my ten-years-older brother

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