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Easy repair for out-of-sync shift???
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Okay, this is weird...I had trouble shifting into 3rd gear from two, but I could shift into 4th and then back down to 3rd.Later on, I found that I couldn't shift into 7th at all.Upon closer…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Reho on Friday.

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.

 

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Jim Reho replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion Easy repair for out-of-sync shift???
"+1 on the Park Tools article.  Sounds like you have insufficient tension on your cable.  Derailleurs can be a major PITA sometimes."
Friday
ad replied to OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns's discussion Easy repair for out-of-sync shift???
"You likely need to adjust the indexing on your rear derailleur.  Random adjusting of the cables won't solve the problem now.  Here's a link to a good park tools article and video on how to adjust rear derailleurs. …"
Friday
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns posted a discussion

Easy repair for out-of-sync shift???

Okay, this is weird...I had trouble shifting into 3rd gear from two, but I could shift into 4th and then back down to 3rd.Later on, I found that I couldn't shift into 7th at all.Upon closer examination, I found that nothing was frozen into place or anything, but after some Googling and YouTubeing, I figured I'd adjust the cable attached to the handlebars. But now, my bike does shift into proper gear -- SORT OF...but it's one off. Basically, 1st and 2nd are the same, and no shifting until 3rd…See More
Friday
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"In all honesty, I've found most women to be pretty darned fast on their bikes, so someone shoaling them because of gender is, well...a pretty stupid idea. (One difference I've noticed: men are much more disrespectful in their "pretty…"
Aug 4
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"OMG, I thought I was the only one who had the irrational irkedness at those Lincoln Avenue folks!! Glad I'm not alone..."
Aug 1
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"Went on a 15-mile ride earlier this afternoon. Here's what I spotted on the way back, on Bryn Mawr east of Pulaski: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAUtXEjMuYw&lc=z12igb4ikzzog3wts22ct3ozkuilf11cq"
Jul 15
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"Got it: if I go deaf, I have to give up my bike. :)"
Jul 14
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion What We LOVE LOVE LOVE About Our Fellow Cyclists
"Two things come to mind: - Had a really nasty wipeout on the LFT in February. Patch of ice on the curve by Michigan Ave. A nearby jogger came over and made sure I was okay. My bike was screwed up; couldn't straighten out the axel and ergo…"
Jul 14
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Ernesto Lube's discussion Etiquette at intersections
"Heh. Couple of years ago I biked to work, office used to be on Hubbard near the Merchandise Mart. I hop off my bike and walk it across Hubbard in the crosswalk, when suddenly one of my coworkers zooms by on his bike within about a millimeter of…"
Jul 14
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"Here's one that happened to me twice within about three minutes on my way to work on the LFT today: I'm passing someone. OBVIOUSLY passing. So when I try to move back over to the right, someone zooms by on my right. At least the second guy…"
Jul 14
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"Kinda reminds me of this little occurrence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41PD3Bs8e7c"
Jul 2
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"Same issues that license plates solve for cars: they make the vehicles trackable and ergo The Man can hunt you down!"
Jun 30
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"...which is exactly why I don't say "on your [place side here]." Because when I first (as a pedestrian) heard someone say that, I had no idea that 1) I was the one being addressed, and 2) what that would have even meant.…"
Jun 30
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"I just plain don't understand how people can freakin' ride a bike at night without 'em. I have a hard enough time seeing with lights attached to my bike!"
Jun 30
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"Oh, man....if I had good mental health, I would be the most boring person in the world. :) Heh....one thing I love about cycling: when I get road rage, people *will hear me*!! One thing I love to do, for example....someone in a car just kinda…"
Jun 30
OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"Ooh...sidewalk riders. I'm okay with cyclists just using a tiny portion of the sidewalk as sort of a transitional point (like the ten feet or so from Victoria Ave. to Ardmore on Broadway, as a way to head toward LFT) providing there are no…"
Jun 29

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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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