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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Reho Nov 22, 2017.

 

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mike w. replied to Ernesto Lube's discussion Cyclist Struck Feb 11
"i prefer "crash." i'd guess the only people with twisted shorts about that word would be drivers. Alternatively, "collision" is an apt term. "Incident" is aacceptable. It's long passed time to lose the word…"
Wednesday
mike w. replied to Bobby Cobby's discussion plastic bollards on Halsted b/t Chicago and Division
"Worth a call to the alderman?"
Wednesday
mike w. replied to Ernesto Lube's discussion Cyclist Struck Feb 11
""As of Monday, no charges had been filed in the accident." Of course not... it was an "accident." "Accident." Such a comforting word, so anodyne... Any and all responsibility is completely removed, no one is to blame.…"
Wednesday
mike w. is attending K Stephens's event
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Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College

February 10, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:30pm
The original bike swap for the Chicago area is returning for the 11th year as the premier event for HUGE SAVINGS on everything for the bike.$5 admission for adults-Kids 12 and under freeFREE PARKINGWhatever your bicycle needs, there is something for everyone in the 30,000 sq ft of the Chicago Winter Bike Swap!Don't pass up the one chance in the year to find a huge selection of great post-holiday closeout bargainsBrowse the BIKE CORRAL for a selection of hundreds of new and used complete…See More
Feb 9
mike w. replied to Jim Reho's discussion Epic!
"i've heard that skiers swear by a product called Cat Crap for keeping their goggles clear."
Feb 4
mike w. replied to SixtyTwoPercent's discussion Multi-Day Trail Ride...suggestions needed please
"The threat came while we were still in the station, and i could've taken the next train, but i needed to get home and i pick my battles. That conductor was rather belligerent and obviously like to be The Boss. i hope the other guy was able to…"
Feb 1
mike w. replied to SixtyTwoPercent's discussion Multi-Day Trail Ride...suggestions needed please
"The only problem i see with your method (which sounds great, BTW) is that a lot depends on the individual conductor. The conductor is the Boss of the Train, and their word is Law. If the conductor is having a bad day or is otherwise grumpy, they may…"
Feb 1
mike w. replied to SixtyTwoPercent's discussion Multi-Day Trail Ride...suggestions needed please
"Consider Amtrak to LaCrosse, Trails to Reedsburg (River trail, La Crosse-Sparta, Sparta-Elroy, 400 to Reedsburg) and roads to Columbus Amtrak. Or get the road miles done first from Columbus and trails to LaCrosse. Camping along the way isn't…"
Feb 1
mike w. replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion Cyclist clipped by a Brown Line train
"There's a phrase i learnt from a family member in the Navy- it applies to stupid, or self-destructive and self-defeating individuals: They're a self-cleaning oven. Eventually such riders either learn or get removed from the gene pool."
Jan 10
mike w. replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion Mayoral Candidate Dorthy Brown
"Yeah, well... would those fees help create a stolen bike recovery task force? Eh, no. Unenforceable boondoggle. As if traffic & parking division didn't already have enough work they're already not doing."
Jan 10
mike w. replied to Gage B.'s discussion Aggressive left turns.
"i hope that when you're dead right you don't get right dead! There are a lot of homicidal drivers out there!"
Jan 4
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Cyclists Are Emotionally Attached to Their Bikes (study)
"Most of mine have names. They're operational bikes; i curate them, but don't display them as "art."                                                   …"
Dec 27, 2018
mike w. replied to Ernesto Lube's discussion Careless pedestrian
"A water bottle is cheaper."
Dec 27, 2018
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Checking out for a while by bike: Where would you bike? What would you bring?
"A decent paper map and a reliable compass should be in every traveler's kit."
Dec 26, 2018
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Checking out for a while by bike: Where would you bike? What would you bring?
"The Wisconsin maps &c. are also fatalities of loss of funding to the DNR. i was able to find the excellent regional MMS maps at a couple of QuickTrip gas stations last summer, and i believe they're still in print and available in better…"
Dec 25, 2018
mike w. replied to Gage B.'s discussion Angry City.
"i didn't really want to pull out a full-on accusation of "racist," but yeah.  Elitist, classist, and xenophobic work pretty well though. i was trying to give the benefit of the doubt, but the poster is running out of doubt…"
Dec 22, 2018
mike w. replied to Gage B.'s discussion Angry City.
"As the son & grandson of immigrants, the current xenophobia gets under my skin. People are just people. There are good and bad people in any population. Labeling isn't helpful no matter how easy it is to do."
Dec 22, 2018
mike w. replied to Gage B.'s discussion Angry City.
"Fair enough. Cheers!"
Dec 22, 2018
mike w. replied to Brian's discussion Elston Protected Bike Lane--Zero Maintenance Zone
"i've never liked "protected" lanes ever since i rode one in Madison years ago- it was a 4' wide path with curbs on both sides and impossible to exit in an emergency or even to exit without dismounting and interfering with the…"
Dec 22, 2018
mike w. replied to Gage B.'s discussion Angry City.
"Well said.  The only quibble i have is your last sentence regarding "other" immigrants- there's far too much negative stereotyping of immigrants. Maybe you should've added /s ? And yes, jerk drivers are anywhere and…"
Dec 22, 2018

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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?
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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!
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):
http://Euphoriabwltd.blogspot.com

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.
Thanks!
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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