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this afternoon on WBEZ

Started Dec 11, 2016

For Sale: Classic Eddy Merxkx, 58cm
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles F nighbor Oct 28, 2016.

Rider down at Harmon 100?

Started Sep 12, 2016



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mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"Is the car in the lower right corner of the picture also parked in the bike lane?"
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"And is that a parking garage just off to the right?"
mike w. replied to ChiBikeGeek's discussion Bobby Cann Updates: Ryne San Hamel Pleads Guilty, Receives 10 Days in Jail
"Sadly, the survivors get to dictate the police report."
Feb 1
mike w. replied to ChiBikeGeek's discussion Bobby Cann Updates: Ryne San Hamel Pleads Guilty, Receives 10 Days in Jail
"The only things that even slightly look like justice in this case are the expense of a high-priced defense lawyer ($$$$), months of sweating out possible outcomes for Mr. Hamel, and a felony record (no big deal so long as he has current employment,…"
Jan 31
mike w. replied to Sarah D.'s discussion IKEA jumps into the bike/bike accessories market, and...WOW!
"As far as what your LBS might charge to assemble an IKEA bike, i don't think they would take too kindly to putting labour into any bike that they didn't sell in the first place. It wouldn't win you many friends with the…"
Jan 17
mike w. might attend The Chainlink Events's event

St. Patrick's Day Ride at Wauconda High School

March 19, 2017 from 8am to 4pm
What You Get !Routes of 16, 20 and 36 miles wind through beautiful Northeast Illinois over quiet secondary roads with SAG support.Starting and Closing TimesAll routes open at 8:00am. All riders must plan to complete their rides by 1:00pm when all routes close and SAG support stops.SAG SupportPhone equipped SAG's are intended to help riders needing assistance. Priority will be given to riders in emergency situations - illness, injury or irreparable mechanical breakdowns. Flat tires are not…See More
Jan 14
mike w. replied to Jim Reho's discussion A Hero Of Cycling!
"C'est magnifique!"
Jan 4
mike w. replied to Matt's discussion Donating old bikes in the suburbs?
"Although not western, try Mikes Bikes (no apostrophe!) in Palatine."
Dec 27, 2016
mike w. liked Jeremy Harbottle's photo
Dec 26, 2016
mike w. replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"Time to call the local alderman? (Don't bother with 311.)"
Dec 17, 2016
mike w. replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"Heh... Your sign sleeps with the fishes tonight."
Dec 17, 2016
mike w. replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"Maybe that sign could just, ya know, disappear?"
Dec 17, 2016
mike w. posted a discussion

this afternoon on WBEZ

A segment of The Barber Shop Show dealt with cycling in Chicago, and made particular mention of the number of deaths of cyclists this year in town. Unfortunately, the thing that stood out most in my mind was hearing  the host and reporter repeatedly refer to these events as "accidents."At the risk of beating a dead horse  or preaching to the choir, i'll share the email i sent them at Vocalo (WBEZ's satellite station which produces this show.) If you think you might agree and have something to…See More
Dec 11, 2016
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Riding on a Cold Day
"mmmmm... Comfort food!"
Dec 9, 2016
mike w. replied to Joe Guzzardo's discussion Canadian Geese
"Sandhill Cranes, along the Fox river, near Rawson Bridge."
Dec 8, 2016
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Reader Article: "Stop Victim Blaming..."
"Maybe the comparison is a bit extreme, but it certainly gets one's attention; sometimes it takes a stark example to get people to think about larger issues and attitudes. Blaming the victim is a time-honoured legal tactic, and it seems people…"
Dec 8, 2016
mike w. replied to SkokieSurly's discussion Lights - May be stale conversation but still relevant
"Thread drift... guilty as charged   ;-) i look upon ninjas as kind of a self-cleaning oven... eventually they'll get winnowed out of the gene pool."
Dec 5, 2016
mike w. replied to David Beazley's discussion New Lake Bluff "Bike Path" sign
"i have never forgiven Lake Bluff for closing Sheridan rd to bicycle traffic. It is nearly impossible to cross Lake Bluff unimpeded north to south without being forced to take the trail. The McClory path is narrow and the pavement is terrible with…"
Dec 4, 2016
mike w. replied to willow naeco's discussion URGENT: Joseph Zmuda medical fundraiser
Dec 2, 2016
mike w. replied to Josh L.'s discussion Last Night's Amusing Event on the LFP....
"Glad he didn't drive off too far to the east!"
Dec 2, 2016

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What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross, Track, Fixed Gear, Tandem
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town, Distance
What brings you to The Chainlink?
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!
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):

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' Zerocats 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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