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Donating old bikes in the suburbs?
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a plan to donate an old bike in the suburbs (preferably west suburbs)? I am having a bit of trouble trying to find a reliable place to donate an old bike. It…Continue

Tags: suburbs, bikes, donating

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris C Dec 27, 2016.

Recommendation for a Rear Light that can attached to the seat stay and/or reflector mount?
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Hi all,Anyone have recommendations for a rear light that can attached to the seat stay (rear fork) on the bike? I have seen some riders around who have them, but everything I have looked at doesn't…Continue

Tags: rack, tail, red, staty, seat

Started this discussion. Last reply by ad Feb 12, 2016.

Winter is Coming: Do you know your snow trail etiquette?
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Winter is coming up fast and pretty soon there will be some heavy snow on the ground. I know that fat tire bikes are all the rage right now and I see more and more bikers getting out into the snow to…Continue

Tags: riding, trail, winter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tricolor Oct 8, 2015.

Cyclocross with MTB
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Hi all, I have noticed from the past few emails from the community a lot of talk about Cyclocross in the Chicago area. It has piqued my interest. Doing some research online it seems like you can run…Continue

Tags: bike, mountain, mtb, cyclocross

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yasmeen Sep 19, 2015.

 

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mike w. replied to Matt's discussion Donating old bikes in the suburbs?
"Although not western, try Mikes Bikes (no apostrophe!) in Palatine."
Dec 27, 2016
Jeremy Bloyd-Peshkin replied to Matt's discussion Donating old bikes in the suburbs?
"How western a suburb? I end up out there with some frequency and I work near working bikes so I could probably make a delivery if that's useful."
Dec 27, 2016
Matt replied to Matt's discussion Donating old bikes in the suburbs?
"Thanks. "
Dec 26, 2016
Yasmeen replied to Matt's discussion Donating old bikes in the suburbs?
"http://www.workingbikes.org/drop-off-locations/ Lots of locations for drop-off. Hope this helps!"
Dec 26, 2016
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Donating old bikes in the suburbs?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a plan to donate an old bike in the suburbs (preferably west suburbs)? I am having a bit of trouble trying to find a reliable place to donate an old bike. It doesn't seem that the suburbs have the same sort of drop off organizations the city does.My LBS's don't want an old bike. It seems that Performance Bike, may be the only chain that reliably accepts old bikes. Any thoughts? See More
Dec 26, 2016
Matt commented on Yasmeen's page Product Preview: FitWell Bike
"Nice preview. Looking forward to some more info once you get some time on the bike. I have had my eye on a couple of their bikes for a while now. They have some amazing sales every once and a while for the current models. "
Dec 23, 2016
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May 23, 2016
Yasmeen commented on Matt's blog post Grumpy Grind #4 - Or the story of how I bonked
"Thanks for sharing. That sounds pretty brutal. Gravel can really take a lot out of you - especially with climbing. Heat can really take a lot out of you too. "
May 23, 2016
Matt replied to Steve Mac's discussion Messenger bag / front rack / rear pannier ?
"Does the bike already have a rack? If not, may I recommend the Public Bikes rear rack. The nice part of it is that it has a spring clip, which can be nice for holding and bungeeing down boxes or other top bags. I fitted one to my fixe with no…"
Apr 16, 2016
Matt replied to Rich S's discussion Post pics of your gravel/all-road bike in the group Gravel Grinders
"Just got my old MTB fixed up and ready for some gravel rides. I'll see you guys at the grumpy grind."
Apr 1, 2016
Matt commented on Brett Ratner's page Chainlink Product Review: Fitbit Blaze Smart Watch
"Nice review. Any comment on its integration with Strava or other smartphone biking apps? I know there is integration with the Blaze, but it has GPS. My understanding is that GPS routes recorded in the Fitbit app into Strava won't have all of…"
Mar 24, 2016
Matt might attend The Chainlink's event
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Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee (FTTM) at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

June 11, 2016 from 10am to 3pm
Drawing nearly 400 attendees each year, the Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee (FTTM) is the oldest group bike ride in the Milwaukee area, going strong for over 30 years. Have you witnessed the "Amazing Healing Power of Beer?" The 2016 event theme will be announced and registration will open early 2016. The ride will start at 10:00 am at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. Stops will be taverns…See More
Mar 1, 2016
Matt might attend The Chainlink's event
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The Gravel Metric at TBD

May 29, 2016 all day
The Gravel Metric will ride again.  Mark your calendars.New venue. New course. New challenges. New fun. Same gravel. Same awesome. Full details to come. Plan on 100+ kilometers of gravelly goodness, followed by food and drink....morning rollout! New location in DeKalb! New route! Lotsa Awesome!Our starting point is going to be a little bit more out in the country, to mean more gravel, more scenery and less paved roads and traffic. That also means that we're going to have to plan a little…See More
Mar 1, 2016
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2016 Cheesehead Roubaix at Newburg Fireman's Park

April 24, 2016 from 9am to 3pm
Inspired by Spring Classics like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, Cheesehead Roubaix is a 63-mile ride that features almost 10 miles of dirt and gravel. The ride will test your fitness with rough road conditions and about 2,000 feet of climbing.Cheesehead Roubaix is free of charge, but please consider making a voluntary contribution to the Newburg Fire Department to show your appreciation for the use of its facility. There will be a donations jar in the parking lot prior to the ride.…See More
Mar 1, 2016
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Grumpy Grind 4 at The Farmers Barn

April 17, 2016 from 9am to 5pm
The Grumpy Grind 4 is an 80 mile self-supported gravel grind that cyclists must navigate using cue cards. This years route will begin and end at "The Barn" just north of Milledgeville. The ride will traverse the back roads of Carroll, Ogle, Lee, and Whiteside Counties. Check out …See More
Mar 1, 2016
Matt might attend Pam Kaloustian's event
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St. Patrick's Day Ride by Wheeling Wheelmen at Wauconda High Scool

March 20, 2016 from 8am to 1pm
RegistrationDay of the Ride OnlyAdult (Over 12)$10.00Child (12 or Under)FreeT-Shirts (S, M, L, XL)$15.00T-Shirts (XXL)$18.00On site registration is from 8:00am to 10:30am.We ride snow or shine.Registration FormClick here for a Printable Registration FormWhat You Get !Routes of 16, 20 and 36 miles wind through beautiful Northeast Illinois over quiet secondary roads with SAG support.Starting and Closing TimesAll…See More
Mar 1, 2016

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What I ride:
Road, Mixte, Cyclocross, Fixed Gear
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Social, Touring
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Looking for events to ride in.
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):
http://matthewsupert.me

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National Ride Your Bike to Work Day - They Forgot to Tell the Motorists

This past Friday, May 20th was national ride your bike to work day. I have been wanting to do this for the past several years, but rain and other factors at work have prevented that. This year however the weather…

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Posted on May 21, 2016 at 1:00pm

The Salt Creek Bramble

This past Christmas I received the "Road Biking Illinois" book and two weeks ago Megan and I got out to do our first route in the book. We did the Salt Creek Bramble which was a nice ~35 mile bike ride around the…

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Posted on May 2, 2016 at 1:00pm

Grumpy Grind #4 - Or the story of how I bonked

So, if you have been following me at all on social media for the past week, you would have known that I was attempting to do the Grumpy Grind this weekend. This was an 82 mile gravel grinder. A gravel grinder is a very Midwest sort of bike ride that is focused on riding on gravel roads. 

So for the past month or so leading up to this ride I was preparing myself for some pretty terrible weather. Cold, perhaps raining conditions. What we got instead was a beautiful…

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Posted on April 17, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

First Cyclocross Event - Dan Ryan Woods

So I had my first taste of cyclocross this weekend on Saturday. Cyclocross is, lets just call it offroad bike racing. It is apparently very popular in the Chicago area. 

My first race was in the Dan Ryan Woods yesterday. I was placed in the 4/5 Men's Group, which is basically the beginners group…

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Posted on October 12, 2015 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

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