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mike w.
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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. added a discussion to the group Bicycle Astronomy

Triple Shadow Transit

Rare Triple Transit! There'll be 3 Moon Shadows on Jupiter on January 24th, 2015Of course, the cloud cover will thicken. The rarer the event, the more likely the weather will interfere...See More
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion What is your favorite ride or bike-related event?
"+1 on the Lake Pepin 3 speed tour. Also Apple Cider Century is up there..."
Jan 3
mike w. left a comment for Julie Hochstadter
"All the best, Julie! See you down the road...Don't be a stranger."
Dec 30, 2014
mike w. is attending Michael's event

Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College

January 17, 2015 from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Whatever your velo needs, there is something for everyone in the 30,000 sq ft of the Chicago Winter Bike Swap!Don't pass up the one chance in the year to find a huge selection of great post-holiday closeout bargainsBrowse the BIKE CORRAL for a selection of hundreds of new and used complete bicycles at discount prices       Need a vendor space?    PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! All vendor spaces will sell outTo contact the Chicago Winter Bike Swap: email …See More
Dec 28, 2014
mike w. replied to Jon Cunningham's discussion Ratcheting Shoes?
"i find the ratchet pretty durable and less prone to wearing out than plain velcro. i did manage to break one once when on a ride, but was able to improvise a quick fix. On most if not all shoes of this type the latch is replaceable. The one i broke…"
Dec 22, 2014
mike w. replied to Andronymous's discussion CONGRATULATIONS JULIE!!!
"Thou swell, we kvell... MAZEL TOV, Julie & Ari!"
Dec 10, 2014
mike w. replied to Haddon's discussion Excercise VS Chest Pain
"Google is watching you...."
Dec 2, 2014
mike w. replied to Haddon's discussion Excercise VS Chest Pain
"Google is watching you...."
Dec 2, 2014
mike w. replied to Matt M. 18.5KM's discussion Solutions for 700C conversion - this is different, I promise.
"Matt, Please excuse the crappy quality, but these are the Tektros that worked for me. Don't know the model number, and can't find a reference- probably out of production, so if anyone can ID them for me, i'd appreciate it. i believe…"
Nov 6, 2014
mike w. replied to Matt M. 18.5KM's discussion Solutions for 700C conversion - this is different, I promise.
"i had a similar situation with my Univerga -basically it's a Miyata 1000. Was able to find a pair of older tektro cantis that had enough adjustment to reach 700C and they work beautifully. i don't recall the model number- i'm pretty…"
Nov 5, 2014
mike w. and kiltedcelt are now friends
Oct 27, 2014
mike w. replied to kiltedcelt's discussion Any bicycle astronomy folks out there?
" Wish i could get down to Adler tomorrow, but sorry to say that the weather report for tomorrow is not promising... :( Did manage to catch a glimpse of the 26 1/2 day old moon as i rode to work this AM . Beautiful!"
Oct 22, 2014
mike w. joined kiltedcelt's group

Bicycle Astronomy

This is a group dedicated to pursuing amateur astronomy using bicycles as a means to get to sites for viewing. You don't need to own your own telescope, but the more the merrier. You should of course own a bicycle, and be interested in amateur astronomy. Anyone with an interest in astronomy will be welcomed from neophytes to experts.See More
Oct 22, 2014
mike w. replied to kiltedcelt's discussion Any bicycle astronomy folks out there?
"Putting  10" dob on a trailer? Is it a truss or solid tube 'scope? i'd have to think the ride would play hell with collimation. But yes, i'd join that group. i belong to a couple of astro clubs out here in NW suburbia.…"
Oct 12, 2014
mike w. replied to Skip Montanaro 12mi's discussion Fixed gear, no lock ring
"REALLY bad idea... i was once thrown down by a stripped track hub that the owner who lent me the wheel had ridden without a lockring. The remaining threads just let go. Another reason to not borrow a wheel (or any equipment,) without checking it…"
Oct 1, 2014
mike w. might attend Wrongway Pete's event

5TH ANNUAL RIPLEY ROAD TO LONDON & CAMBRIDGE, A Tweedy Rural Ramble at Glacial Drumlin Western Section HQ, Lake Mills, WI

October 5, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Join us this Sunday Oct. 5 for a genuinely RURAL ride on The Glacial Drumlin Trail and on country backroads leading to the grand metropolises of London and Cambridge. We start the morning at the Lake Mills train depot and trailhead with complimentary coffee, tea and fresh-baked scones, and a hearty round of "God Save the Queen."…See More
Sep 30, 2014
mike w. replied to Maurice's discussion Particularly dangerous bike lanes
"Double +1!! Davis used to be a great street to ride, now it's a ruin."
Sep 30, 2014
mike w. commented on globalguy's group British Bicycles of Chicago
"Fareweel to a' our Scottish fame, Fareweel our ancient glory; Fareweel ev'n to the Scottish name, Sae fam'd in martial story. Now Sark rins over Solway sands, An' Tweed rins to the ocean, To mark where England's province…"
Sep 19, 2014
mike w. commented on globalguy's group British Bicycles of Chicago
" Och, aye!"
Sep 18, 2014
mike w. replied to dan becco's discussion When a bike mechanic says
"When in doubt, change it out."
Sep 13, 2014

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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