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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' Zerocats 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 Julie Hochstadter Aug 28, 2014.

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 Far'arned Retrogrumpalunkus #63 Feb 22, 2013.


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prof.gfr commented on Brett Ratner's page Don't Be a Bike Ninja
"Thank you Brett for starting this informative discussion as the days grow shorter and the Ninjas begin to proliferate.  And thanks to everyone for their well-informed perspectives! I think we all agree that stealth Ninjas are problematic! "
Oct 13, 2016
prof.gfr commented on Brett Ratner's page Don't Be a Bike Ninja
"May I also offer, please don't be the opposite of a bike ninja, aka the bike Christmas Tree. I've seen too many people with a headlamp plus multiple front handlebar lamps, all turned on to flashing pulses. Firstly, headlamps are dangerous…"
Oct 6, 2016
prof.gfr replied to Yasmeen's discussion Bike Locks Cut at Millenium Park by Management Last Night
"My friend's bike was cut from a fence that night (Tortoise was the concert).  She lost a $60 u-lock and got no apology, just a lot of hassle from the park employees and security. To add insult to injury, once she recovered her bike they…"
Sep 1, 2016
prof.gfr commented on Brett Ratner's page Chainlink's Favorite Bike at Interbike: The Open U.P.
"Looks like a very interesting bike. I'm gonna reveal my retro-grouchiness with this question: does it have braze-ons or the ability to mount fenders and racks? Because that would make it truly versatile.  "
Sep 24, 2015
prof.gfr replied to John Greenfield's discussion Epic Rap Battle: John Forester vs. Mikael Colville-Andersen
"This is hilarious and terrific.  I love both their philosophies in different ways and under the different circumstances provided throughout Chicago.  There's a happy medium between their positions and most importantly, I respect their…"
Nov 20, 2014
prof.gfr replied to Alex James's discussion FS: 62cm Surly LHT with full fenders and racks
"I do not see this bike on craiglist. Is there a reason why you won't be offering it there, where there is a much larger group of potential buyers than the community on chainlink? Just a thought because like others have said, it seems a shame…"
Nov 12, 2014
prof.gfr replied to Matt M. 18.5KM's discussion Solutions for 700C conversion - this is different, I promise.
"I have done a 27-700c conversion using MTB cantos that I salvaged from an early 1990s beater bike that someone left at my house.  They have a lot of adjustment and seemed to work just fine. I can double check on the brakes, which were Shimano…"
Nov 4, 2014
prof.gfr replied to Mike Zumwalt's discussion If bikes took up much space as cars.
"German conceptual artist Wolf Vostell made a piece about this issue in Chicago as early as 1970, Concrete Traffic. A maquette for the piece is viewable in the exhibition The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago and Los…"
Oct 28, 2014
prof.gfr replied to sarah's discussion Quick release locks
"bummer that they won't work on older or vintage-style internal cam skewers.  I also wonder if they would rattle while riding.  But a very ingenious idea.  "
Oct 8, 2014
prof.gfr replied to peter moormann's discussion Moving a bike while riding a bike.
"I have a Yuba Mundo with the same bike attachment system as KayCee (see the posting above).  I would imagine that without having to invest in a cargo bike or a trailer you could do something similar with a rack attached to the rear of a regular…"
Sep 22, 2014
Julie Hochstadter replied to prof.gfr's discussion RFID-style chip for stolen bikes
"Looking forward to seeing if it works, would be great to have a tool like this. "
Aug 28, 2014
Jaik S. replied to prof.gfr's discussion RFID-style chip for stolen bikes
"I should be receiving my TrackR any day. Just found their server data map, and they have over 100,000 of these shipping to everyone. That will create the largest crowd sourced GPS network, assuming everyone uses the app to track things like they…"
Aug 27, 2014
Jaik S. replied to prof.gfr's discussion RFID-style chip for stolen bikes
"I didn't spend two years obsessing about it. About a month total. Within the first week I found the person that stole it. He didn't have it anymore. Since I followed the proper "snake oil" tactics, it was discovered when someone…"
Aug 21, 2014
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to prof.gfr's discussion RFID-style chip for stolen bikes
"If my bike is stolen, that's bad for me, and presumably good (at least temporarily) for the thief. If I was the only bike owner that thief took advantage of, then sure, I understand your admonition to get over it and move on. However, San…"
Aug 21, 2014
Julie Hochstadter replied to prof.gfr's discussion RFID-style chip for stolen bikes
"My friend did get her iphone back actually. She was back in Chicago and drove all the way back to the Wisconsin Dells.  "
Aug 21, 2014
Jaik S. replied to prof.gfr's discussion RFID-style chip for stolen bikes
"Find my iPhone works on GPS. GPS is only accurate to about 10 Meters. iPhones are also easily turned off or restored to another image. Specifically, someone looking to steal a phone would also be likely to turn it off to disable these tracking…"
Aug 21, 2014

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What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross, Cruiser
The kind of riding I do:
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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, Far'arned Retrogrumpalunkus #63 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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