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milkbar joined El Duke's group

Chicago Randonneurs

A group for any one interested in randonneuring, cyclotouring and long distance cyclingSee More
Mar 4, 2013
milkbar replied to notoriousDUG's discussion Hello Oak Park, I'm inside you.
"Enjoy the quiet while you can!"
Mar 3, 2013
milkbar replied to Kevin K's discussion Winter Biking Apparel Hook-up, HIND
"The Ark in Wicker Park regularly has used cashmere sweaters for $5-10. The ideal insulating layer plus they look great! The Army Navy surplus on Lincoln has new synthetic base layers around $8 and wool for $15. Not as form fitted or refined as…"
Feb 25, 2013
milkbar replied to Mike Zumwalt's discussion Tube Troubles
"Mike, this can on occasion occur. It's possible that you simply got a bad tube/batch. I'd certainly return it to the shop for a replacement/refund. Fwiw there are boutique tubes on the market, but the main difference vs others isn't…"
Feb 22, 2013
milkbar replied to prof.gfr's discussion best LBS to buy spokes for wheelbuilding
"Agree with Kevin on both points and I'd add that factory threaded spokes are much preferred over custom cut and rolled. Although several local shops have the Phil Wood spoke tool and can say with first hand knowledge that the dies in several…"
Feb 21, 2013
Kelsey Coutts and milkbar are now friends
Feb 18, 2013
milkbar replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"Sarah, as much as I believe in my own little brand's bikes, I will say that they are very much designed for folks with extremely specific ideas about what their needs are, and maybe at this point not ideal for your search."
Feb 17, 2013
milkbar and Chris are now friends
Feb 12, 2013
milkbar replied to Christian's discussion Best Bike-fitting in Chicago?
"By day, by night TATI Cycles."
Feb 12, 2013
milkbar replied to Christian's discussion Best Bike-fitting in Chicago?
"Yes, Velosmith is in Wilmette. And while shops might focus on specific types of customers and bikes, good fitters work with basic principles of bicycle geometry, human physiology, and their interaction. We are not talking about physical therapy or…"
Feb 12, 2013
milkbar replied to Christian's discussion Best Bike-fitting in Chicago?
"I am a fitter myself and yet without reservation can tell you that Tony Bustamante at Velosmith is the most capable in our region, and in fact the entire country. "
Feb 11, 2013
milkbar and dan brown are now friends
Jan 27, 2013
milkbar replied to Josh's discussion Moving, Selling my horses...
"pics/info on the Concorde?"
Jan 27, 2013
milkbar replied to Dave D's discussion Touring Crank Upgrade Necessary?
"Hi Dave, that gearing gets you about 4mph a cadence of 60rpm. In very extreme circumstances less than 1:1 is useful, but not really."
Jan 26, 2013
milkbar replied to Joza 7 miles's discussion Thank You Rapid Transit.
Jan 10, 2013
milkbar replied to h' Zerocats's discussion Favorite floor and portable pump?
"FWIW those are *extremely* well made and also the worst of both worlds, ie not small enough to easily carry with you on the bike and yet also a really poorly operating traditional floor pump because (1) it's very short and you have to lean over…"
Jan 7, 2013

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