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Brompton Riders Chicago


Brompton Riders Chicago

For the love of riding the venerable and versatile Brompton!

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Comment by Michael Andrew Stenson on March 31, 2018 at 4:39pm

Hi all! Excited to find this group. Anyone putting rides on the calendar now that better weather is near? I’ve been riding alone since moving to Chicago in 2014. While I’ve had some very enjoyable rides - even did the century to Milwaukee twice last year - I’d love to find some friends to share the adventure. Cheers and hope to meet all of you sometime.


Comment by Marcusn on September 25, 2017 at 8:18pm

Well done Ken! Always the considerate and passionate advocate.

Here's what I emailed:

As the global trend of bicycle commuting grows (true here in Chicago as well), I’m very concerned that new Metra cars seem to ignore this fact. While I do appreciate that upgrades are being considered (wifi, fresh cars), it seems Metra has all but ignored bike riders. With many municipalities approaching infrastructure upgrades with a “Complete Streets” policy (giving priority to cars AND bicycles AND pedestrians), it’s rather disappointing that Metra appears to not notice — by upgrading cars that actually allow for LESS space for bicycles (including folding bikes)!

It would be shameful if one of the great pubic transportation systems in Chicago was evolving in an antithetical way to current trends. Please don’t be caught behind.

Comment by Kenneth Obel on September 25, 2017 at 9:17am

Hey Brompton Metra riders -

Have you noticed that the rehabbed Metra cars have eliminated the few good spots to stash our bikes? I encourage everyone to provide feedback to Metra at

Here's what I wrote:

New rolling stock and bicycle accommodations - Given the increasing number of us who bring (or want to bring) our bikes (folding and regular) on the train with us, it's disappointing that the rehabilitated Metra train cars incorporate no creating ways to provide for bike storage. Right now, without a doubt, people with bikes are second-class citizens on Metra, not allowed on most trains and never particularly well accommodated. I am sure that more creative thinking could have led to Metra finding some spaces where bicycles could conveniently be stored — even on rush hour trains. I myself bring a folding bike (Brompton) on to rush hour trains, which is permitted. The best slots to put these are at the end of the car, between the trash can and the first jump seat, and then at the end of the jumpseat rows, where the forward-facing seats begin. The new rolling stock has effectively eliminated these spaces, due to the different placement of the trash cans and the fact that the forward-facing seats no longer reverse direction.
I appreciate that Metra is upgrading its cars, but it is going in the wrong direction with respect to the worldwide trends in bike commuting. I would rather see innovation effort put here than on WiFi.
Thank you for hearing my views.
Comment by Sarah D. on September 13, 2017 at 11:05pm
Ha! It's 55 E. Jackson - I work for DePaul, which rents two floors there. The building said no to a folding bike, and the facilities people at DePaul echoed that when I pressed it. Boo. But will try with a bag!
Comment by Bill P on September 13, 2017 at 9:01pm

Radical makes nicely-designed high-quality transport accessories.  That one should work for you even though you can't roll it along.But pray tell what unenlightened building is involved (if you can do so safely.)

The folks at One North Wacker freaked out several years ago when I brought my B into their precious lobby and folded it at the security desk while checking in, ready to get in an elevator and meet someone upstairs.  I left and phoned the VP I was meeting and had him come downstairs and meet me outside the building.  But even there I think they have a bike room accessible via a freight elevator.

Comment by Sarah D. on September 12, 2017 at 9:56pm

Thank you both, Marcus and Melissa - I bit the bullet and ordered this bag today. I need something to bring it into my current work building that completely covers it - bikes - even folding ones - are not allowed inside. :\  

Comment by Melissa Zammit on September 12, 2017 at 8:56pm
Hi Sarah, I've used the below bag before and may be willing to sell it as I don't use it much anymore. Is this the kind of bag you're looking for? Or are you looking for something that could be a checked bag for air travel?
Comment by Marcusn on September 12, 2017 at 8:49pm

Hey Sarah,

While I would only suggest the very cheap blue Ikea bag (not sure if they're still available), my other thought is ask the question to the avid Brompton riders group on Yahoo Groups.

Comment by Sarah D. on September 11, 2017 at 1:11pm

Hey Brompton people! I'm looking for a transport bag for my bike that isn't super expensive. I have the IKEA DIMPA clear bag, but would prefer something not so see-through. So a) Is anyone selling a bag used? and b) if you have leads on an aftermarket bag you've used and recommend, please let me know!

Comment by Jaik S. on August 28, 2017 at 2:12pm

Saturday Botanic Garden Ride! (weather permitting)
Let's meet at the compass on the head of the North Shore Channel Trail(near Lawrence & Foster) at 10am. It's a hair over 16 miles each way, so if you want to ride the Metra back, bring some cash.
Google Maps route is here:
Ride with GPS route is here:

So far, it's Sera and I, but anyone is welcome to join!

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