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Bike parking etiquette
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Can we agree that it's bad etiquette to take up both posts of the typical upside down U racks that we have here in Chicago? I always park my bike at a 45 degree angle, which keeps the other post…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ad 25 minutes ago.

Anti biking tax law change that we might've missed
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Amongst the tax law changes that the Trump administration foisted on us, this one escaped my notice until now:"Bicycle commuting reimbursements. P.L. 115-97 suspends the exclusion of qualified…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tooscrapps Apr 9.

Chainlink forum here vs Chainlink fb "forum" (posts/comments to fb page)
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After some time perusing the facebook page for the Chainlink, vs the time I've spent here, I have to say I like the personalities here a lot better. Some of the people posting on the facebook page…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gene B Jul 20, 2018.

Secondhand smoke when locking up bike
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Is it just me or do you find yourself breathing in a lot of second hand smoke when locking up your bike? It seems like a lot of smokers like to lean up against the bike racks when taking "smoke…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maurice Feb 20, 2018.

 

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ad replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"It's a tough crowd because you called out a common and acceptable way that many lock their bike to racks across the City (myself included) as "bad etiquette."  How did you expect people to react to that opinion?  Make an…"
25 minutes ago
V W replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"Thank you, that's exactly what I'm saying. It can be hard to get an acknowledgment around here. Tough crowd."
2 hours ago
Tooscrapps replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"Next you'll be complaining that they don't accommodate those 4-seaters that cruise the LFT."
3 hours ago
John Greenfield replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"It's fine to lock basically completely parallel to the rack if you're locked to one of the vertical sections (or "posts" or "legs") of the inverted U. If necessary, the second cyclist can move your bike a bit to…"
8 hours ago
V W replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"Not seeing any cargoes in that pic nor bikes with baskets. Those bikes all have a somewhat narrow profile."
11 hours ago
Tooscrapps replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"Took this just now on my block. Other racks had all sorts, even cargos locked the same way to one side. You seem to be the outlier."
13 hours ago
V W replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"I agree with the concern of sticking into the sidewalk but that's more of an issue where you have a narrow sidewalk, which isnt always the case. And it's also minimized if you're at an angle and not perpendicular. "
14 hours ago
V W replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"Yeah but not every bike is a fixie or a road bike - skinny enough to get that close to the rack in that situation with no problems, handlebars facing the opposite way or not. Especially if you have a hauler, and/or baskets, accoutrements."
15 hours ago
ketoguychicago replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"I'd locked up parallel/flush against both posts and someone else did the same on the other side.  Just my luck, they used a chain in addition to their U-Lock and accidentally locked my bike with their chain too which made for a long wait…"
15 hours ago
Tooscrapps replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"Still no. If you having issues with your handlebars rubbing together, just have your head facing the other way. As I said, I've never had this issue and there is a reason they are designed this way."
15 hours ago
V W replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"I wasnt aware of what the designers had in mind. I'm asking why it's better to occupy an entire rack with one bike as opposed to the method I'm doing which much more easily accommodates two."
16 hours ago
V W replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"I wouldnt mind if people parked the way that is depicted here as the other post is still relatively free in the picture here. Now imagine if instead of the multiple U racks you had one or two. And bring that bike forward a bit and tether it to both…"
16 hours ago
Tooscrapps replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"This is a bad take. I'm able to lock my bike the way you described without issue, which is the correct way. Furthermore, many street installations have multiple U-racks spaced to pull in parallel, making your preferred method an obstacle. They…"
16 hours ago
John Durham replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"No. You're doing it wrong.  They are designed to be used in the way you say is "bad etiquette".  "
16 hours ago
V W posted a discussion

Bike parking etiquette

Can we agree that it's bad etiquette to take up both posts of the typical upside down U racks that we have here in Chicago? I always park my bike at a 45 degree angle, which keeps the other post completely free without the bike going to far out onto the sidewalk. But I see a lot of people with their bikes flush against both posts, making it difficult if not impossible for 2 bikes to occupy one rack.I get that if you have two u locks you have a modicum of additional security by locking a lock on…See More
17 hours ago
V W replied to John Greenfield's discussion CDOT Said Alderman Reilly's Riverwalk Bike Ban Was a Really Bad Idea
"Love the freedom of information act. Thanks for your sleuthing."
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