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Use a fitness tracker or Strava?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Durham May 9, 2018.

Advice/recommendations needed: tent & sleeping bag for bike touring.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jaik S. Apr 9, 2018.

12 years' sentence in cyclist's death
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mike w. replied to Serge Lubomudrov's discussion Dooring on Broadway and Belmont
"At the very least you should report the incident to Uber along with the plate #. i should think they'd have the driver's info."
Matt M. 18.5KM liked mike w.'s photo
Jun 9
mike w. posted a photo

Nuclear cyclists

Byron reactor, along the GLR's Hampshire-Rock River Brevet, 08/06/19
Jun 9
mike w. replied to Matt Talbert's discussion Paving the Des Plaines River Trail?
"Paving would be good for about a year or two, then it would settle, tree roots would lift it, and cracks would appear. Maintenance would of course be expensive and therefore deferred. Think of the north sections of the McClory trail in Lake Bluff…"
Jun 3
mike w. replied to ChiBikeGeek's discussion Bobby Cann Updates: Ryne San Hamel Pleads Guilty, Receives 10 Days in Jail
"Pity his victim didn't live to be a pillar of his community."
May 29
mike w. replied to lft_rat's discussion Your friendly PSA
""...Most notable were the guys on tri-bikes riding with aero bars trying to draft off of strangers. " That's funny. Back in the day we used to troll the tri-guys by sneaking up and drafting them... often they lost their s#!t when…"
May 29
mike w. replied to lft_rat's discussion Your friendly PSA
"If it's more than a foot, it's not (proper) drafting... 6 inches is better. That stated, it is rude if done without permission anywhere outside a spirited group ride (where it's assumed to be allowable.) Drafting is a specialised…"
May 29
mike w. commented on Chris C's event Scottish Festival and Highland Games
"Ugh! Rugby is an English game. Will there be haggis, neeps and tatties? or a wee dram or twa?"
May 29
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May 29
mike w. might attend Chris C's event

Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Itasca, IL

June 14, 2019 at 5pm to June 15, 2019 at 10pm
Live music, Highland dancing, bagpipe competition, vendors, rugby, food, whiskey tent, beer garden, children's play area and men in kilts throwing very heavy objects. See website for ticket information. Two miles from the Salt Creek Trail at Thorndale Ave. Google maps is still out of date.  The Elgin/Ohare expressway is complete.  Thorndale Ave between Mittel Blvd & N. Prospect Ave has been repurposed for biking.See More
May 29
mike w. commented on Regina Schurman's event Barrington Boomerang 200K
"Be sure to attend the pre-ride briefing at 6:45!"
May 9
mike w. replied to Julie Aberhoch's discussion Bike Flights Claim Reimbursement?
"What's your claim? Just curious."
May 7
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Riding Songs... Chime in!
"Television: Marquee Moon Mission of Burma: That's when i reach for my revolver"
May 2
mike w. replied to Tooscrapps's discussion Everyday Hell of NB Deaborn Bike Lane
"i think i lost count at about 12... Especially enjoyed the "YO!... get the f--k  off your f--king phone!" although i'm sure that driver had no clue what she was doing wrong."
May 2
mike w. is attending Regina Schurman's event

My Nose is Bleeding 300K (Bleeding Randonneur Series) at Paddlewheel Inn in Oregon, IL

May 4, 2019 at 7am to May 5, 2019 at 3am
The first up in the Bleeding Randonneur series is the new 300k, My Nose is Bleeding.  It has 9,500 ft of climbing reported by RWGPS.  It also is rigged to include every nasty hill possible and relentless hills.  This should make you feel like the 300k out and back to Brest from Loudeac - even though you are starting fresh.Club members local to the area who know all the worst hills were enlisted to help with the route design.  There is at least one 40 mile section with no services.  And there is…See More
May 1
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Riding Songs... Chime in!
"Zoe Mumford, Life is too short to fold underwear. Got caught out in a cold windy rain on my first brevet, and sang this to myself for many miles."
Apr 30
mike w. replied to Matt M. 18.5KM's discussion La Crosse-Madison-Rockford Bike Tour - Memorial Day - Supporting Wounded Warrior Project
"Elroy-Sparta trail is currently closed from Norwalk to Elroy due to damage from last year's torrential rains. Same for the 400 trail from LaValle to Reedsburg. No…"
Apr 30
mike w. commented on El Duke's group Chicago Randonneurs
"Looking for a 200km Brevet a bit closer to home? Great Lakes Randonneurs is holding its Barrington Boomerang 200km on Saturday, 11 May. This is a rolling out-and-back ride from Downtown Barrington to Darien, WI and back.  For further info see…"
Apr 30
mike w. commented on El Duke's group Chicago Randonneurs
"A reminder that the Great Lakes Randonneurs will be holding ACP Brevets this Saturday 4 May. Rides start/finish in Oregon IL. Riders will have a choice of 200km or 300km routes. The courses are hilly, so bring your climbing gear! See The Chainlink…"
Apr 30
mike w. is attending Regina Schurman's event

Barrington Boomerang 200K at Barrington METRA station

May 11, 2019 from 7am to 8:30pm
New 200k route north from Barrington on some very nice rolling terrain up to Darien, Wisconsin. This is an excellent route for those seeking to extend their range a bit and check out some new territory.  The 7:00 am start means you probably won't need much in the way of lights or reflective gear, though we highly recommend them "just in case".  The start is the Barrington METRA Stop providing both free parking and an alternative way to get home.  The first train doesn't arrive in Barrington on…See More
Apr 30

Profile Information

What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross, Track, Fixed Gear, Tandem
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town, Distance
What brings you to The Chainlink?
About me:
Old retro-grouch... steel is real! Campag, 531, SP, Clips'n'straps, 36H, SunTour, not Shimano... fixies since '72. Hero: Joop Zoetemelk, Rainbow Jersey @ 38!
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The machine has got to be accepted, but it is probably better to accept it rather as one accepts a drug -- that is, grudgingly and suspiciously. Like a drug, the machine is useful, dangerous, and habit-forming. The oftener one surrenders to it the tighter its grip becomes. -George Orwell, novelist (1903-1950)

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At 1:58pm on March 11, 2013, Christine W. said…

Thanks, Love!

At 10:47am on December 22, 2011, mike w. said…

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

At 3:45pm on March 18, 2011, globalguy said…
Terrestria quando Mortales animas vivunt sortita, neque ulla est Aut parvo aut magno lethi fuga.
At 1:13pm on December 6, 2010, globalguy said…
Hey, she's just another Raleigh fan %-{0>
At 2:40pm on August 27, 2010, Digital Dario said…
Sure did. I'm going to try the Northshore Century Sept 12. I'll be missing my sisters half marathon but I'm totally fine with that.
At 2:21pm on May 5, 2010, Michael Robin said…
unsavory? how unsavory? the unsavory things I know are what make me like him so much
At 12:56pm on May 5, 2010, Michael Robin said…
Ha. Cause I love him and I don't have a good picture of myself or a bike. I am a current wizard! I'm the promo director actually!
At 12:40pm on April 8, 2010, Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer! said…
Yo, no freakin' problem. I'll see you at Palast this friday?
At 11:06pm on January 17, 2010, Michelle Green said…
I'm actually loving this winter riding. It makes me feel tough :)
At 11:59am on January 12, 2010, h' Zerocats said…
Thanks for the offer re: the swap.
Metra adds 90 minutes to my journey I am not too excited about, as I'd have to travel downtown to pick it up-- still trying to find other options.
At 1:10pm on January 11, 2010, Michelle Green said…
I'm riding as much as I can... I figure if I can get through winter on a bicycle (I just moved here from Texas) I can get through anything.
At 11:32am on November 3, 2009, Sam Schild said…
hey mike, I just went through my photos and added captions and general locations to all of them. they're all from my recent Lake Michigan circle tour, so sometimes I had to just put general locations when I didn't know specifics
At 12:36pm on September 3, 2009, mike w. said…
Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. -Douglas Adams, writer, dramatist, and musician (1952-2001)
At 12:27am on June 4, 2009, Jeff Roth said…
Ya. I kept looking over my shoulder and waiting fr the other shoe to drop.


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