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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 dan becco's discussion When a bike mechanic says
"When in doubt, change it out."
mike w. replied to grayn8 (5.3 - 36)'s discussion Friday Frivolity: when the mercury drops, what first for you? Longer pants, long sleeve shirt...jacket?
"i was always advised that under ~65deg to keep the knees warm to protect the joints, so i use the heck out of my leg warmers. they can easily be rolled up and stashed in my seat bag when it warms up. When my legs get chilled, my already…"
mike w. commented on Self-sealing Stembolt's photo

1974 Raleigh/Carlton Competition with Ultegra

"So James, how the devil did you get 35mm tyres AND mudguards on that frame?"
Sep 2
mike w. liked Self-sealing Stembolt's photo
Sep 2
mike w. replied to Gene Tenner's discussion Evanston: Wheels keep spinning on bike plans
"Those bans were lifted in the early '70s, IIRC..( i distinctly remember Chicago ave as prohibited, as i recall being scolded by a driver for riding  there a couple of weeks after the signs came down c.1972.) Not sure when they were first…"
Aug 18
mike w. replied to Gene Tenner's discussion Evanston: Wheels keep spinning on bike plans
"i just take the turn SB on Sheridan at Chicago... it's safer on Sheridan below NU's campus anyway. Chicago av is pretty busy all the way to South Blvd most of the day, and  Hinman, Judson, and Forest are rather good alternatives…"
Aug 14
mike w. replied to S.Presley☠'s discussion bike shop recovers stolen Bike...Is it yours? (pictures inside)
"Nice paint..."
Aug 14
mike w. replied to Dan Feely's discussion Riding in Barrington Hills - update
"Looks like the same one where an officer was lurking a couple of weeks ago when our local ride went through on a sunday morning. He had been sitting at the other end of that road earlier. We were warned about his presence by an oncoming rider. Said…"
Aug 5
mike w. liked toax's photo
Jul 23
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Jul 23
mike w. replied to Julie Hochstadter's discussion Barrington's Anti Bike Campaign
""... Considering that the number of chainlinkers that regularly ride in Barrington Hills has to approach zero, we don't have much of a dog in this fight. " Okay, i'll allow that that not a huge percentage of chainlinkers ride…"
Jul 12
mike w. replied to Anthony S's discussion Bikes not allowed????
"Lake street in Wilmette has been closed to bike traffic west of Green Bay for about 40 years. It's a bit narrow for a 4 lane street and only recently has the speed limit been lowered to 30 E of Skokie Blvd. If i had to guess, i'd say the…"
Jul 5
mike w. replied to April's discussion Accident story to convince my nephew to wear helmet
"This is a repost of one i put up in 2009: i had to wait at the roadside for an ambulance for the better part of an hour with a clubmate who took a header. He was unconscious and convulsing, bleeding heavily, and breathing like a locomotive. We were…"
Jun 15
mike w. is attending Luke Jian's event

33rd Annual BCLC Ramble at Kenosha County Fairgrounds - Wilmot WI

June 8, 2014 all day
The BCLC Ramble is a recreational ride, touring through Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin on scenic rural roads. The ride begins and ends at Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, WI. Your choice of routes — 30, 50, 70, 100, or 124 miles. Routes are open 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. SAG support vehicles run until 4:00 p.m. and the rest stop is open until 3:00 pm. Our centrally located rest stop is stocked with HOMEMADE COOKIES, sandwiches, fruit, and snacks.Your Ramble fee includes…See More
Jun 6
mike w. replied to Andy J (9.2 miles)'s discussion Bad Accident Involving Cyclist in Glenview This Morning
"i ride Glenview road almost every weekday from Harms east to Crawford, and sometimes from Milwaukee av east. There are  groups i see many days riding Wagner or Glenview in the early morning. The road west of Harms is a bit narrower, but it is…"
Jun 6
mike w. replied to Marianne Swan's discussion Schwinn Paramount Road Bike looking for new Rider!
"Frame size?"
May 11
mike w. is attending Roger Hitchings's event

Northwest Suburban Ride of Silence at Recreation Park, Arlington Heights

May 21, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm
On May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than…See More
May 9
mike w. replied to Justin B Newman's discussion Driver sues cyclist *she killed* for $1.35 million in damages
"A good judge will toss that right out of the couthouse. i hope they have one up there."
Apr 27

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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