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Polka Ride!

Time: January 25, 2013 from 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Location: Daley Plaza
Street: 50 West Washington
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:
Phone: 312-560-3966
Event Type: social
Organized By: John Greenfield
Latest Activity: Jan 27, 2013

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You know the drill. Bike to a bowling alley to party with the legendary power-Polka rock band the Polkaholics. Only this time, since Lincoln Square Lanes is closed for renovations, we'll be pedaling about 12 miles to Habetler Bowl, 5250 N. Northwest Highway in Jefferson Park (near Milwaukee and Foster, around the corner from American Science and Surplus). Full bar and snack bar are available, and the Jeff Park Blue Line stop is nearby, so why not make an evening of dancing and bowling? Dress warm!

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Comment by John Greenfield on January 25, 2013 at 5:46pm

Very sorry folks - wrapping up something at work and won't be at the plaza before it's time to leave. If you get this, could you please send word to Willow, probably dressed as Santa. Have a great start of the ride - I'll meet up with you down the road.

1zt7hr8qm0y90 Comment by 1zt7hr8qm0y90 on January 24, 2013 at 11:14pm
Solid state circuitry is a transistorized circuit on a PC (printed circuit) board. Tracers are the thin copper tracks covered by a thin layer of solder that take the place of wires connecting components on a conventional hard wired circuit. I can't help you with the pizza except to say that pizza should be available at the bowling alley. Have fun. I sure wish I could go but finding people, especially friends who know hard wired circuits willing to do it for beer and companionship takes presidence over the Polka Ride.
Comment by h' Zerocats on January 24, 2013 at 4:16pm

I'm sorry, I don't get the bit about solid state circuitry and tracers and pizzas. Is that something they're using to track and evaluate the drivers now?

Comment by Andrew Bedno on January 24, 2013 at 1:22pm

The flyer and route are of course posted on

If your phone's smart enough you can even get live route guidance, or text "map" to for the graphic.

1zt7hr8qm0y90 Comment by 1zt7hr8qm0y90 on January 24, 2013 at 2:15am
Not if it's solid state. The tracers are fragile and the tiny components are sensitive to soldering heat. This type of circuitry is flash soldered (dipped) in a chemically treated solder bath.
Comment by h' Zerocats on January 23, 2013 at 11:20pm

Can pizza be ordered in to the Bowling Alley? If so I'll see if Bike Winter can cover a round of 'za.

Comment by h' Zerocats on January 23, 2013 at 11:19pm

Can you fix the amplifier on Todd Allen's trailer?

1zt7hr8qm0y90 Comment by 1zt7hr8qm0y90 on January 21, 2013 at 9:05am
Sorry, John. It never ceases to amaze me that we can go months with nothing going on and then something else comes up to conflict each other. I have been waiting over 9 months for my buddy to find time to help me fix my vintage vacuum tube stereo power amplifier. He called and said he'll be over Friday at 5:30. I can't blow this off. The parts, soldering iron, tube tester and volt meter have been on the work bench along with the disassembled chassis since March. I am a big fan of antique electronics. My pride and joy is a 1930 Philco tombstone.
Comment by John Greenfield on January 20, 2013 at 9:21pm

If anyone doesn't feel like biking there (or gets cold and has to bail from the Mass) the bowling alley is a stone's throw from the Blue Line's Jefferson Park stop.

Comment by h' Zerocats on January 20, 2013 at 7:12pm

Maybe we can get some carpooling going so everyone's not driving to the bowling alley individually?

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