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British Bicycles of Chicago

Whether you ride a Raleigh, Dawes, Rudge, BSA, Hetchens, Pashley, Humber, Sunbeam, Hudson, Moulton, Triumph, Hercules, or Cox, this group is for you!

Website: http://bicycle-diaries.blogspot.com/2009/04/booze-bicycles-brits.html
Location: The City of Big Shoulders
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Latest Activity: Oct 29, 2018

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4th Annual Indy Tweed Ride - 2 Nov 2013

Started by globalguy Oct 1, 2013.

What are you're trusty steel steeds? 87 Replies

Started by globalguy. Last reply by Hector Lareau Sep 5, 2013.

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Comment by Aaron Bussey on April 6, 2009 at 11:55pm
Reminds me of the Bronx Courthouse


Comment by Lee Diamond on April 6, 2009 at 9:29pm
Garth....you are going to LOVE this route. Any interest in riding it soon with me?

I think you will dig the extended theme....namely prohibition, temperance, and its inherent folly!
Comment by Lee Diamond on April 6, 2009 at 9:27pm
Hey guys....Off this topic....do any of you have a good source for Raleigh 24tpi Bottom Bracket sets and./or cups? There's this:

http://www.freemanscycles.co.uk/product2.asp?product_id=1248&pname=Bottom%20Bracket%20set


but i am wondering if any of you Raleigh/Hercules riders knew of a good domestic source for that gosh-darned 24 tpi part?

Cheers - Lee
Comment by globalguy on April 6, 2009 at 8:26pm
Ah HA!


"In 1835, at the northeast corner of Clark and Randolph Streets, stood Chicago's first courthouse. Chicagoans demanded a far grander county courthouse and city hall as the city's population swelled over 30,000.

The answer was a tall two-story building erected in 1853 from plans by John M. Van Osdel, Chicago's first architect. It stood in the center of the block bounded by Randolph, Clark, Washington, and LaSalle Streets, the site of all future Chicago city halls. It was the bell atop this building that sounded the alarm of the Great Fire of 1871, until the building itself was consumed.

Following the fire, Chicago commissioned a city hall and courthouse. Designed by city architect James J. Egan, the mammoth limestone and granite structure took nearly a dozen years to construct and did not open until 1885. Standing on a two-story base, 35-foot-tall Corinthian columns rose to an elaborate entablature embellished with allegorical figures. It cost more than $5 million, precluded the completion of the vast dome. As soon as the gigantic edifice was considered complete, serious structural problems surfaced, while poor planning made for extremely difficult working conditions.

Thus, between 1906 and 1931, barely more than 20 years after it was inaugurated, Egan's structure was replaced by the present City Hall and County Building."
Comment by Lee Diamond on April 6, 2009 at 3:15pm
Not for nothing, but does anyone know the address of wherever the Cook County Courthouse would have been in 1885?
Comment by John on April 5, 2009 at 1:20pm
The next ride could be the "Forgive and Forget" ride, featuring beer from everywhere, as the British have gotten into scrapes with most of the planet.

In the meantime, here is a way to being enough to share between stops.

Comment by Aaron Bussey on April 5, 2009 at 11:18am
touche - we need to start drinking Boddingtons...
Comment by globalguy on April 5, 2009 at 11:12am
Not that I have anything against ze Germans, but this is the B-B-C!!!


Comment by globalguy on April 5, 2009 at 10:03am
It literally means "German Beer Association Bicycles". If only we could get some schutzblechfiguren like these but shpaed like beer mugs %)



Comment by Aaron Bussey on April 4, 2009 at 11:44pm
What does that umlaut dribble mean?
 

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