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

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

12 years' sentence in cyclist's death
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Reho Nov 22, 2017.



Latest Activity

mike w. replied to Matt Talbert's discussion Sportif Importer on Lawrence Closing?
"More like 40+ it's amazing to me that they stayed open as long as they did, given their general attitude towards potential customers... (BTW, nothing necessarily wrong with 20 yr old bikes.)"
4 hours ago
mike w. replied to Scott Dunham's discussion Fastest Time on IGT
"Why, please, would anyone even want to ride a trail for time? It's not like anyone should be in a hurry. If one has all day to get to the finish, why spoil it by arriving early? Where would be the enjoyment in that?"
mike w. replied to dav's discussion Velomobiles in the TABR. Do they belong?
"Human powered, unsupported. There's no rule against it. That said, they aren't the safest or most practical vehicles out there; they're a devil in a crosswind,the pilot has a limited field of view, and they're prone to be an oven…"
Jun 12
mike w. added a discussion to the group Chicago Randonneurs

Great Lakes Randonneurs 200km & 400Km Brevets this Saturday, 9 June.

Just a reminder about the next installment of GLR's brevet series.The rides go off at 7:00AM this Saturday from the Super 8 Whitewater.The 200km loops to New Glarus, while the 400km takes you through Sauk City & Baraboo.More info here: to see you there!See More
Jun 5
mike w. replied to dav's discussion So Sad. Such a waste.
"See if they'll hire you to pedal the thing around town with samples. Bet you could talk 'em into it & on the way, discretely swap out the saddle... call it a bonus."
May 24
mike w. replied to BikeScnhook's discussion Waterproof bike clothing...for fatsos???
"i'll point out that rain capes are great but your bike should have fenders, otherwise the wheels' splash gets under it. Also they can be quite a sail in a stiff wind."
May 10
John Durham replied to mike w.'s discussion Use a fitness tracker or Strava?
"Garbage fear mongering article.  Strava and many of these fitness trackers are setup as "social networks" so of course the data is shared, and it is REALLY EASY to turn that off. You can share data with only those you wish, or not at…"
May 9
Tricolor replied to mike w.'s discussion Use a fitness tracker or Strava?
"Your phone's already doing all that. I use Google Fit so at least all the data's in one place."
May 9
David Barish replied to mike w.'s discussion Use a fitness tracker or Strava?
"The ACLU forewarned us.  This video  was posted in 2006."
May 7
mike w. posted a discussion
May 7
mike w. replied to Steve Mac's discussion Correct me if I'm wrong .
"A friend of mine did that with a Dawes touring bike years ago and brought it back as used. Actually, you probably don't have to declare it. But i'd think that the airline's baggage fees might be high."
May 7
mike w. replied to Ernesto Lube's discussion Red means stop
"Bad form. Bad karma."
May 2
mike w. replied to Ernesto Lube's discussion Red means stop
"This.+100. Again we see that the problem many cyclists seem to have is with other cyclists."
May 1
Inspyrd Ancienne and mike w. are now friends
Apr 29
mike w. replied to dav's discussion What's the fastest you've ever gone on a bicycle?
"Once topped off near 50mph on Wisconsin HY 113 coming out of Devil's Lake state pk. Bike started to shimmy and i saw god... don't know how but i somehow managed to stay upright."
Apr 24
mike w. replied to dav's discussion What's the fastest you've ever gone on a bicycle?
"Ouch! What road were you on near Veroqua? There are some wicked hills in that area. Hope you weren't too badly hurt!"
Apr 24
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion How are you celebrating Earth Day? Post your rides *here*!
"Meandering up-wind ride from Palatine to Northbrook Velodrome, onward to the Skokie Valley path and over to the lake at Lake Bluff. Tailwinds home. 101km... That wind off the lake was chilly!"
Apr 23
mike w. replied to Scott Chillson's discussion Automated Driving Safety Survey for Bikes and Peds
"All that technology... So many things vulnerable to glitches... "Presumably, they'll slow to speeds the conditions allow." -Big presumption. i predict that autonomous cars will have a hard time catching on: they will obey speed…"
Apr 21
mike w. replied to Scott Chillson's discussion Automated Driving Safety Survey for Bikes and Peds
"My general concern is how well will all the sensors/detectors/cameras function in foul weather? Think about snow storms, icing, and general muck that cakes on a car.  They may work well enough when the weather is fair and dry, but how about in…"
Apr 19
mike w. replied to Greg Valent's discussion Dangerous Bike-Riding Gangs, in London UK
"As a rider  in London (and almost anywhere else) i'd be more worried about being murdered by a motorist."
Apr 15

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!
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):

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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