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Off to Washington - Shutdown be Damned!
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I'm headed to Pittsburgh on Sunday to bike down to Washington.  Sadly the second half of the trip is through the C&O Canal National Park, and it's closed.The owners of various B&Bs where I'm…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tricolor Oct 4, 2013.

Illinois Beach Campground

I'm going to bike up to Illinois Beach on Saturday and camp for the night.  Has anyone already reserved a spot or want to share mine if I reserve one?Continue

Started Sep 9, 2013

Steel Frame Coatings
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The search function still isn't returning anything but I've got a new frame that I'm cleaning up (removing some paint overspray on the fork crown and brake nubs) and was considering what to do about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by notoriousDUG Jul 19, 2013.

Pedestrian Scramble at State and Jackson
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Chicago seems to be trying to emulate Tokyo with a pedestrian-only free-for-all crossing at State and Jackson.  News crews were all over the place, city workers were configuring the lights and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vitaliy May 31, 2013.


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Latest Activity

Tricolor replied to Adam Herstein's discussion Integrated Tail Light and Camera on Kickstarter
"Finally!  I hope it works as advertised."
Tricolor replied to David Altenburg's discussion Winter Bike Shop Specials & Cleanings
"It's not too hard to remove and clean the sprocket along with the chain and pulleys."
Tricolor replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"Considering police cars regularly park at the edge of intersections or on the curb when occupants go for dinner there's not much chance a car left in the bike lane will be addressed any time soon. "
Tricolor replied to Chitown_Mike's discussion The shoaling thread - understanding this phenomenon
"That's not true at all, even with cabs these days.  And then they do it's to the derision of cars, bikes and pedestrians.  Please don't make the argument that bikes are okay doing something that's reviled when it's…"
Tricolor replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"I've seen that happen personally three times this year.  Someone should really just paint some lines across the path there to remind tourists they shouldn't be turning."
Sep 24
Tricolor replied to Chitown_Mike's discussion The shoaling thread - understanding this phenomenon
"Shoaling is done by people either not paying attention or intentionally planning to 'get one over' on everyone else.  Neither one is acceptable on foot, in a car or any other social situation I can think of, so why should cyclists get…"
Sep 24
Tricolor replied to John Greenfield's discussion Have you had any interactions with unsafe Divvy riders?
"A lot of tourists are hesitant riders and wobble a bit, but they're going so slowly they're easy to spot and work around with extra space.  No different than someone on foot taking in the sights.  I've seen a few timid souls…"
Sep 23
Tricolor replied to jolondon30's discussion Nice Piece from NYT on Dangers of Bike Riding...
"Particularly the nasty stretch of Dearborn north of the river with a left side bike lane and lots of left turning traffic.  When's State Street going to be finished, by the way?  I really don't like going in to work down Wabash…"
Sep 19
Tricolor replied to Alex James's discussion An explanation, an apology, and an extension of gratitude.
"You're going to hit snow crossing the mountains this late in the year.  Watch yourself out there."
Sep 19
Tricolor replied to h' 1.0's discussion Oak Park PD is going to need a highly trained bmx squad soon
"Proper grabs depend on speed.  It's over and done before the victim has time to collect their wits or anyone else realizes what's happened.  I'd want something with small (low inertia) wheels, low gearing and no speeds to…"
Sep 17
Tricolor replied to Josh Garis's discussion Bikelash!
"Other than a few internet freaks that get forwarded around like old chain letters and op-ed blowhards trying to keep things controversial to maintain their jobs there's not much hostility out there, and certainly not in Chicago.  I…"
Sep 16
Tricolor replied to Matt M. 18.5KM's discussion shifter end conversion and anything goes?
"If you are going to buy new friction bar ends take a look at Rivendell's website.  Craigslist may turn up some nice Shimano bar ends for even less, of course."
Sep 16
Tricolor replied to dan becco's discussion When a bike mechanic says
"I spent more than the cost of a wheel replacing my other brakes a couple weeks ago. Doug are you still at Johnny Sprockets?  The north location's not as convenient as when it was on Bryn Mawr but my rear wheel is starting to get a little…"
Sep 13
Tricolor replied to Tom A.K.'s discussion Have the 'Monsoonal' rains in our current climate situation affected your ride schedule?
"I've been stuck on too many soaked slogs on long rides to willingly go through one for my commute."
Sep 10
Tricolor replied to Lisa Curcio 4.1mi's discussion 'Tis the Season for long rides
"Looks like a good day for riding.  Hope the 4 Star goes well!"
Sep 7
Tricolor replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"Those bike sedans are so slow I've never found them to be a hazard.  I've seen cars get lost at Belmont Harbor and end up on the trail three times myself."
Sep 4

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At 7:05pm on March 27, 2014, Matt M. 18.5KM said…

Belgian solidarity!

At 6:47pm on March 27, 2014, Matt M. 18.5KM said…

Yes sir, it's that time of year!  We have a friend in common who is set on coming along, so I'm content that I've at least got one companion.  I've done some route cleaning, upgraded my bags, gear, and tent, switched to solar power, made arrangements which should make the ride a bit cheaper, backed up the route to my phone, bought new tires, etc...  I'm going to stay in west Madison an extra day, so I won't be around to shepherd anyone home.  Also, all the bridges along the Glacial Drumlin have been completed, so bring your trail pass or you'll be reminded to get one!


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