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Tour Bus Company pays $6.75 million for death of pedestrian
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Started this discussion. Last reply by h' 1.0 Aug 30, 2013.

Hills within 2 hours of Chicago
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I need suggestions for hilly areas within a 1-2 hr drive or (preferably) train ride of Chicago.  I'm training for Dairyland Dare and short of driving 3 hrs up to Dodgeville before the August 10 race,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Drewbacca Aug 1, 2013.

RFID-style chip for stolen bikes
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Wasn't there a company promoting a similar product for bikes recently on chainlink? This application and hardware combo may solve the problem of size (needs to be small and discrete) and battery…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skip Montanaro 12mi Jul 17, 2013.

best LBS to buy spokes for wheelbuilding
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What are your favorite local shops for buying spokes for wheel building? I'm planning on building some wheels using some vintage hubs I have laying around and will lace them to modern rims (I'm…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James BlackHeron Feb 22, 2013.


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prof.gfr replied to Carl's discussion Only known Major Taylor bike is selling on Ebay
"If only the Chicago History Museum were able to purchase this incredible piece of history, but I doubt they can afford it at $20,000. Hard for me to know if that's a fair price, but I do know it's incredibly rare and it would be AMAZING to…"
prof.gfr replied to Richard tencats's discussion A street pot hole to look out for
"+1 to Sol's comment. Our alderman (Pawar, 47th Ward) said essentially the same thing. Report them now so quick fixes can be made. More diligent repairs will be made in Springtime…whenever that is…. I've also used the Chicago…"
Feb 25
prof.gfr replied to Ezra H.'s discussion Green Machine Cycles, Chicago's premier cargo bike shop, is getting a face lift and wants your suggestions
"+1 on cargo bike rental.  I know lots of people would be interested in that and it's a great "gateway drug" to the experience of cargo-biking.   "
Jan 13
prof.gfr replied to Yasmeen's discussion Great bike (gear) gifts you received this year?
"Pearl Izumi lobster mits for my frozen hands.  Brrrrr....."
Dec 29, 2013
prof.gfr replied to Mickeal Teague's discussion Smart Wheel by FlyKly
"While it's cool that it seems easy to retrofit a bike, it only retrofits a fixed gear or singlespeed. That is my biggest skepticism -- that something this simple, without gears (it can ONLY accommodate a single speed chain) could actually climb…"
Nov 12, 2013
prof.gfr replied to Duppie's discussion Looking for a budget-priced dynamo hub wheel.
"Sorry to hijack this thread, but the Siva looks like it would offer resistance to pedaling. Is it as low-resistance as a good modern dyno hub? Or is it like an old bottle generator? "
Sep 11, 2013
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Tour Bus Company pays $6.75 million for death of pedestrian,0,1233829.storyThis is not directly related to cycling. But it sets a valuable precedent and resulted in a significant pay-out by the company. I'm thinking this should help instill greater scrutiny when companies hire drivers whose actions can harm pedestrians and/or cyclists, let alone other drivers.  See More
Aug 30, 2013
prof.gfr replied to Tim's discussion Bikers that always cut to the front of the line, repeatedly....
"I had Cap'n Commuter do this to me repeatedly along Lincoln Avenue between Belmont and Irving Park yesterday. He was riding an upright hybrid with panniers, wearing a flourescent yellow jersey, and a helmet so he was obviously a frequent rider.…"
Aug 22, 2013
prof.gfr replied to dan brown's discussion Chicago Businessman Kevin Flynn 44, Killed in bike-car crash (Michigan)
"This is very sad and sobering.  I wonder if Apple Cider Century will do anything to mark this event. Not saying it should or shouldn't just wondering aloud. "
Aug 15, 2013
prof.gfr replied to Slow Bicycle Society's discussion Century on a 3-speed?
"I've done ACC 100k and recently completed the Dairyland Dare 100k. While it is true that people do ride all kinds of bikes at these events and that some people have completed Paris-Brest-Paris (1200k) and other endurance events on fixies and…"
Aug 11, 2013
Drewbacca replied to prof.gfr's discussion Hills within 2 hours of Chicago
"Another suggestion is a trip along the Fox River trail, there are some short but reasonably steep hills on the east side of the river around Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles. I sometimes just zig-zag up and down them when I'm feeling homesick…"
Aug 1, 2013
prof.gfr replied to prof.gfr's discussion Hills within 2 hours of Chicago
"Thanks again, all. Good advice on not swapping out the Freewheel right before the race and also on checking out my brake pads. We will be doing Lake Geneva from the Harvard Metra stop. Reverse commute times allow us to definitely bring bikes on…"
Aug 1, 2013
prof.gfr replied to Jakki Cafarelli's discussion Touring Bicycles
"Cameron, I love my '87 Miyata 615gt. Always happy to about other Miyata owners. Re: Will's comment about the 27" wheels, you can find some good tires in 27" size if you poke around (although the Panasonic looks to have good tires…"
Jul 29, 2013
prof.gfr replied to Lisa Curcio 4.1 mi's discussion Bikes on Amtrak
"Thanks - very handy and timely!"
Jul 29, 2013
Steve Courtright replied to prof.gfr's discussion Hills within 2 hours of Chicago
"Agree with J.A.W.  Plot a ride from Arlington Heights to Lake Geneva, WI.  You will get over 2,000 ft of hills on the ride up."
Jul 29, 2013
prof.gfr replied to Jakki Cafarelli's discussion Touring Bicycles
"Ditto on that panasonic. Looks good. They made some nice bikes in their time and some of them had tubing by Miyata, if I am not mistaken. Or was that Univega that used Miyata tubes? I ride very similar biopace rings and while people sometimes sneer…"
Jul 29, 2013

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At 8:21am on November 11, 2012, mike w. said…

Not as much as i need to know... still learning.

At 2:34pm on July 27, 2011, James BlackHeron said…

I was previously producing about 1 restored bike a month but I'm taking a break right now and just helping some folks find and fix up bikes into ridable condition. 


If you have any specific questions I'd love to answer them.


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