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Why is it...
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Started this discussion. Last reply by dan brown Nov 26, 2012.

For Sale: Yakima Skybox

Started Sep 24, 2012

Any area shops do frame alignment?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael J Blane 6.5 Sep 17, 2012.



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mike w. replied to Thunder Snow's discussion Evanston Receives $1.5 Million in Federal Funds for New Cycle Tracks
"Pretty sure i won't be using it if it happens. i am not a fan of two-way on-street paths... one winds up riding facing oncoming traffic which i personally find disconcerting. i understand the concept in the proposed routes- to create a…"
mike w. posted photos
Apr 8
mike w. posted an album


Steel, leather, silk, wool.
Apr 8
mike w. replied to Juan Boyce's discussion Honking Drivers
"A tap of a horn doesn't really bother me, in fact since i'm a little hard of hearing, it's helpful to know that someone's back there. i believe CTA drivers are trained to give that short toot, as most of the ones i encounter…"
Apr 8
mike w. replied to Eric Peterson's discussion Fox Valley Permanent in the group Chicago Randonneurs
"Keep us posted. Maybe i'll join in.  "
Mar 13
mike w. replied to clp's discussion SXSW Accident
"Not an "accident." (Perhaps the correct term is "incident" or "Mechanised mayhem.") "Accident" implies an unpredictable event or outcome.   The driver is facing a capital murder charge."
Mar 13
mike w. replied to Tim Heckman's discussion An Ode to the Suburban (and the chance to convince me to buy a new bike)
"Wow. Lots of bike snobbery on display here. My $.02: Ride what you like. Sure, there are different, lighter, more modern bikes out there on the road, and when i was a wrench, i almost hated the Varsity, Suburban, and their kindred, mostly because…"
Mar 12
mike w. replied to Tim Heckman's discussion An Ode to the Suburban (and the chance to convince me to buy a new bike)
"i'd say keep it going. Maybe not as your full-time ride, but it is a great machine for tooling around town. i still have in my stable my old Schwinn Racer one-speed coaster that was a present for my 10th birthday . My daughter rode it…"
Mar 11
mike w. replied to Tim Heckman's discussion Rear Axle Shimmy?
"Broken axle. Been there, done that... easy fix. Do it ASAP. If you don't have the tools you need, any good mech will."
Mar 9
mike w. replied to Andy J (9.2 miles)'s discussion Could Monday Be The First Day of the Spring Commuter Season?
"Not before Easter. "
Mar 9
mike w. replied to h' 1.0's discussion The Atlantic: South much deadlier for cycling
"The South postpones Rising Again for yet another year...   (Courtesy of The Onion.)"
Mar 9
mike w. replied to Michael A's discussion Is it worth it?
"Statistics are like bikinis: What they reveal is interesting, what they conceal is essential."
Mar 8
mike w. posted photos
Mar 8
mike w. replied to Skip Montanaro 12mi's discussion Fixie Riders - what gear are you running?
Mar 8
mike w. replied to Skip Montanaro 12mi's discussion It could happen
"It's a pious thought."
Feb 23
mike w. replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"Haven't we heard tell of this spitter before? i have a hard time believing there's more than one... "
Feb 21
mike w. is attending Pam Kaloustian's event

St. Patrick's Day Ride at Wauconda High School

March 16, 2014 from 8am to 1pm
16, 20 or 36 miles on quiet secondary roads through Northeast IL.SAG supportRegistration:  8-10:30am*No Pre-registration*Fee:  $10, children under 12 are freeCookies and cider will be servedSee More
Feb 11
mike w. replied to Eric Peterson's discussion 2014 Plans for Riding Brevets? in the group Chicago Randonneurs
"Bigfoot's camping area is smallish and backs on a quiet residential neighbourhood that you'd never notice unless you walked out the side gate. The shower/toilet facilities are(were) 1940's-ish... primative, but we were…"
Feb 3
mike w. replied to Eric Peterson's discussion 2014 Plans for Riding Brevets? in the group Chicago Randonneurs
"Since i don't sleep well at motels in general, i've taken to driving up the morning of the ride. From my house it's about 90 minutes at zero dark thirty. Another alternative has been to camp at Big Foot Beach state park in Lake…"
Feb 2
mike w. replied to Jimmy Baham's discussion Chicago's most dangerous streets for cycling?
"Regarding Sheridan rd, i ride it most mornings from just below Northwestern's campus through Evanston and down to Loyola and back in the afternoon. i agree that below Devon Sheridan's a no-go, but Broadway isn't too terrible…"
Jan 24

Profile Information

What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross, Track, Fixed Gear, Tandem
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Distance, Competition / Racing, Around Town
About me:
Old retro-grouch... steel is real! Campag, 531, SP, Clips'n'straps, 36H, SunTour, not Shimano... fixies since '72. Hero: Joop Zoetemelk, Rainbow Jersey @ 38!
The machine has got to be accepted, but it is probably better to accept it rather as one accepts a drug -- that is, grudgingly and suspiciously. Like a drug, the machine is useful, dangerous, and habit-forming. The oftener one surrenders to it the tighter its grip becomes. -George Orwell, novelist (1903-1950)

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At 1:58pm on March 11, 2013, Christine W. said…

Thanks, Love!

At 10:47am on December 22, 2011, mike w. said…

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

At 3:45pm on March 18, 2011, globalguy said…
Terrestria quando Mortales animas vivunt sortita, neque ulla est Aut parvo aut magno lethi fuga.
At 1:13pm on December 6, 2010, globalguy said…
Hey, she's just another Raleigh fan %-{0>
At 2:40pm on August 27, 2010, Digital Dario said…
Sure did. I'm going to try the Northshore Century Sept 12. I'll be missing my sisters half marathon but I'm totally fine with that.
At 2:21pm on May 5, 2010, Michael Robin said…
unsavory? how unsavory? the unsavory things I know are what make me like him so much
At 12:56pm on May 5, 2010, Michael Robin said…
Ha. Cause I love him and I don't have a good picture of myself or a bike. I am a current wizard! I'm the promo director actually!
At 12:40pm on April 8, 2010, Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer! said…
Yo, no freakin' problem. I'll see you at Palast this friday?
At 11:06pm on January 17, 2010, Michelle Green said…
I'm actually loving this winter riding. It makes me feel tough :)
At 11:59am on January 12, 2010, h' 1.0 said…
Thanks for the offer re: the swap.
Metra adds 90 minutes to my journey I am not too excited about, as I'd have to travel downtown to pick it up-- still trying to find other options.
At 1:10pm on January 11, 2010, Michelle Green said…
I'm riding as much as I can... I figure if I can get through winter on a bicycle (I just moved here from Texas) I can get through anything.
At 11:32am on November 3, 2009, Sam Schild said…
hey mike, I just went through my photos and added captions and general locations to all of them. they're all from my recent Lake Michigan circle tour, so sometimes I had to just put general locations when I didn't know specifics
At 12:36pm on September 3, 2009, mike w. said…
Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. -Douglas Adams, writer, dramatist, and musician (1952-2001)
At 12:27am on June 4, 2009, Jeff Roth said…
Ya. I kept looking over my shoulder and waiting fr the other shoe to drop.

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