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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 Fran Kondorf's discussion Name Your Most Frequent Cycling Hazard(s)
"Landscapers' trucks, especially the dump truck with an oversized trailer in tow. "
Nov 21
mike w. replied to Tom A.K.'s discussion Keep It Tight !
"Carefully -VERY carefully- heat the crankarm with a propane torch. It usually doesn't take much. The alloy of the crankarm will usually expand enough to loosen the threads and ease removal of the pedal.   (Would that happen to be a Campy…"
Nov 21
mike w. replied to Kindy Kruller's discussion Need your help! Support the North Branch Trail Extension
"Perhaps the drivers who may be crossing those trail intersections need to learn to drive with more care and awareness. The way this argument has been framed seems to put the responsibility for not getting clobbered on the trail users. Seriously?…"
Nov 7
mike w. replied to Kindy Kruller's discussion Need your help! Support the North Branch Trail Extension
"It seems to me that rather than "your loved ones and neighbors" being the ones "at greatest risk for injury by something"(and what even does 'or something' mean?) by a bike trail crossing these residential streets, but…"
Nov 7
mike w. replied to Tom Z's discussion Surprise! Drivers aren't slowing down on Milwaukee Avenue (Far Northwest Side)
"No one will drive the speed limit as long as it isn't enforced. i don't generally like the idea of "the cop-in-the box" speed cameras, but some places do cry out for them. If the city is so hard up for cash, they could make bank…"
Nov 7
mike w. replied to Andrew Bedno's discussion Moby Dick
"Saw a man taking a Vespa scooter onto the Paul Douglas Trail (Roselle & Algonquin rds, Hoffman Estates) last sunday. i was driving along Roselle when i spotted him. Now i know a Vespa can do 50+ without any effort, so it seems someone was afraid…"
Nov 3
mike w. replied to Christopher Wallace's discussion The ocean of change is here, Do you know how to ride the first wave?
"You're marvelously incoherent... "
Oct 16
Michele Brougher and mike w. are now friends
Oct 16
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Important update about North Shore bike enforcement *Action Requested*
"The usual, i suppose. Things like stop signs, two or more abreast... looks like a First World Problem of the Week. A few vocal drivers bitching about having to share the road, a few misbehaving cyclists. We see this every few years, these…"
Oct 11
mike w. liked Julie Hochstadter's photo
Oct 9
mike w. might attend Wrongway Pete's event

6TH ANNUAL RIPLEY ROAD TO LONDON & CAMBRIDGE (Wis.) at Glacial Drumlin Western Section HQ, Lake Mills, WI

October 4, 2015 from 10am to 3pm
Come ramble awheel in tweedy British style to London and Cambridge via the famous Ripley Road!Bring your trusty British or other vintage steed and join us for coffee, tea, fresh-baked scones, and a rousing rendition of "God Save the Queen" before we take to the Glacial Drumlin Trail and thence the country lanes…See More
Sep 24
mike w. is attending Pam Kaloustian's event

46th Annual Harmon Hundred by Wheeling Wheelmen at Wilmot High School

September 13, 2015 from 6am to 4pm
A non-competitive, scenic ride of 25, 50, 62, 75 and 100 miles. Well marked and quiet country roads, cue sheets, SAG support, friendly volunteers and our well-stocked rest stops that receive RAVE reviews every year. Free showers will be available after the ride. BRING YOUR OWN TOWEL.All routes open at 6:00 AM. Century riders should begin no later than 8:00 AM. All riders must plan to complete their rides by 4:00 PM when all routes close and SAG support stops.$20 before 9/1, $25 afterwardsSee More
Sep 11
mike w. replied to Anne Alt's discussion bike vandalism - has your bike been a target?
"Some Schwalbe tyres are suspected to be prone to sidewall failure. Are you certain it was sliced? If it was, that wouldn't surprise me much, though. Some people can be true jerks, but it sounds like a lot of effort was required."
Aug 30
mike w. updated their profile
Jun 18
mike w. is attending Eric Peterson's event

200K, 300K Great Lakes Brevet Series at Delavan, WI (Super 8)

May 2, 2015 all day
The Great Lakes Brevet Series is a series of long-distance bike rides through rural southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. If you are looking for more of a challenge than your local century and enjoy the company of others who are more interested in seeing you finish than dropping you on the next climb then please join us.200K,300K ride start is at 7:00 AM.See More
Apr 30
mike w. commented on El Duke's group Chicago Randonneurs
"St.Louis group has scheduled Edwardsville 200K for 3/28, 4/4, & 4/11. Hope to do at least one of them, probably 4/4. 4/11 is the Quad Cities 200, which is pretty good, too. i'm tossing a coin on that choice. Edwardsville is pretty flat…"
Mar 21
mike w. replied to Alex's discussion Is this Bike Mechanic job posting a scam?
"$20 an hour for a Wrench? Is that the going rate for a shop rat in Chicago? Hmmm..."
Mar 2
mike w. replied to Tominator's discussion Bike Swap at UIC in 2015? Is it not happening?
"Looks like the UIC swap is defunct. There is a swap in Milwakee on the 21st of this month. i didscovered by accident whilst on Ben's cycles website (they seem to be the main sponsor.) i don't know how big a swap or well attended it is, and…"
Mar 2
mike w. might attend Gary Gilbert's event

Arlington Heights Bike Swap 2015 at Centennial Park

April 25, 2015 from 8am to 2:30pm
The 2015 Annual Bike Swap sponsored by the Arlington Height Bike Club.  The swap is an annual event for more than 35 years.Sellers: Drop off bikes Saturday April 25 between 8AM and 9:15AM. You determine selling price.  Bicycles not sold must be picked up by 2:30PM.  Items for sale should be pre-registered at   Bike club runs the swap and takes 10% of sale price (only if the item sells).  Minumum cost $10; all items multiple of…See More
Mar 2
mike w. might attend Pam Kaloustian's event

St. Patrick's Day Ride by Wheeling Wheelmen at Wauconda High School

March 22, 2015 from 8am to 1pm
Routes of 16, 20 and 36 miles wind through beautiful Northeast Illinois over quiet secondary roads with SAG support.$10 on site registration only from 8-10:30am.All routes open at 8:00 AM. All riders must plan to complete their rides by 1:00 PM when all routes close and SAG support stops.See More
Feb 10

Profile Information

What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross, Track, Fixed Gear, Tandem
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Distance, Around Town
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!

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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