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We have a few threads here and there with introductions, but nothing organized. For this thread, post your picture, pics of your bikes, and a small blurb about yourself (favorite foods, commuting routes, etc).

yes, this was ripped off from chifg...

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Hi, I'm Andy.

I like like to ride too, but at the moment, I'm more interested in where to find this place in Glenview where the lonely divorced woman hang out...

cutifly said:

The trick is to meet the kind of woman with "her own money and her own future" . Although in the majority of examples such as that they do end up being not very attractive nor interesting and are almost always overweight but hey you know they gotta be smart. So the trick is a brown paper bag and a cut out from a fashion magazine with someone you are really attracted too, paste with a glue stick and place on head. Don't have a paper bag ? A younger better looking sister or 20's something's daughter will do. Woman always sense when your getting some kind of action and all of a sudden they want to chase you and try a mess you up only to dump you after you say you have left your other woman for them. Solution is don't tell. I know a great place in Glenview supposed to be a haven for lonely divorced woman with great live music. I personally have not been there yet, but would be willing to check it out, I am pretty good at chatting people up when I am drinking. I personally prefer my babes on Prozac involved in some type of crisis, but hey that is just me. I am always down.

Keep this one alive.

Everybody sing: Ahh ahh ahh ahh...

Hello! :)

Hello everyone.

I'm Mark.  Newb here.  Newb cyclist.  And I love this community.

I recently took up cycling to lose some weight, and have really fallen in love with it.  I have had a few bad experiences from the start, (Brand new road bike stolen on the first day I owned it) But have kept a positive attitude, and look forward to many, many, more rides.

I am a bit different in my riding then most people.  I actually live in Wisconsin, but I ride in Chicago on a daily basis.  I work for Metra, as a conductor, so I have a long break in Chicago, and enjoy the LFP as often as possible.

I appreciate all the information you all post. This is a fantastic resource, and I look forward to getting to know you all better. 

Here is a picture of me, and a picture of my bike.  A Fuji Sportif 1.7c. Great entry level road bike. But be warned, the seat is a mid evil torture device in disguise.

Are you a conductor on a line to Wisconsin?  I'd love to say hi sometime!

Mark said:

I am a bit different in my riding then most people.  I actually live in Wisconsin, but I ride in Chicago on a daily basis.  I work for Metra, as a conductor, so I have a long break in Chicago, and enjoy the LFP as often as possible.

Hi, I'm Mike and I strongly adhere to the cycling Rule #5....ok not really, but I enjoy pushing myself to become a better cyclist.

Oh and I interchange terms that may be associated with a person who rides a motorcycle, mainly because I don't care and in context it means nothing.

This is me on a ride after the crazy flooding earlier in 2013 (duck lips in their full glory):

These are my rides:

The 82 Schwinn Continental - aka Gertie.

Also mistaken for a spaceship......

The early 90's Trek 800 - aka The Dirt Denizen 

Consistently mistaken for a tank or off-road vehicle because of the knobby tires on it.

And this is my wife and I's little buddy (the face is because he is eating a dill pickle....yes he really likes them too):

Yes, I am.  I work out of Ogilivie Transportation Center, on 500 W. Madison.  On the Kenosha line.  Feel free to say Hi.  It seems the car I work in always has the most bikes, maybe because I really enjoy talking with the cyclists.  They are usually very good people.



Julie Hochstadter said:

Are you a conductor on a line to Wisconsin?  I'd love to say hi sometime!

Mark said:

I am a bit different in my riding then most people.  I actually live in Wisconsin, but I ride in Chicago on a daily basis.  I work for Metra, as a conductor, so I have a long break in Chicago, and enjoy the LFP as often as possible.

sweet! I may be on that line tonight! 

Mark said:

Yes, I am.  I work out of Ogilivie Transportation Center, on 500 W. Madison.  On the Kenosha line.  Feel free to say Hi.  It seems the car I work in always has the most bikes, maybe because I really enjoy talking with the cyclists.  They are usually very good people.



Julie Hochstadter said:

Are you a conductor on a line to Wisconsin?  I'd love to say hi sometime!

Mark said:

I am a bit different in my riding then most people.  I actually live in Wisconsin, but I ride in Chicago on a daily basis.  I work for Metra, as a conductor, so I have a long break in Chicago, and enjoy the LFP as often as possible.

This hasn't been bumped since August. New folks, post pics of yourself, your ride, your puppy/baby/kittie, your pin number. Whatevs. And browse all the other chain-clinkers too.

Soo ready for weather to be a bit warmer!

I'm also a transplant from Nebraska. I was born and raised in Omaha and did my biking/bike-commuting in both Omaha and Lincoln. 

Biking in Omaha was very different than in Lincoln. Neither had a lot in the way of "bike friendly infrastructure," on top of the whole "designed for cars" layout of the cities, but I remember that it was always much easier to bike through Lincoln because the main off-road paths were parallel to the main routes you'd take to get where you wanted to go. In Omaha, the main paths go north-south when most of the time you want to go east-west. 

But yeah - much flatter here. Every year I go back to Omaha to visit and I'll rent a bike for some trail-riding - even the dips on the Keystone trail are steeper than most of what I have to deal with in Chicago. Biking in Omaha with my Chicago-trained legs always makes me feel like a wimp. I'm thinking next time I'll bring my own bike and see how much street riding I can handle.


Brian James Beerman said:

Thanks for the welcome, Jeff! Always nice to meet a fellow former Nebraskan. And yeah, Omaha is long on hills and short on bike-friendly infrastructure. There is a small but dedicated group of folks advocating for bike-friendlier streets, but it's an uphill battle, especially with the new mayor.

Jeff Schneider said:

Welcome from another former Nebraskan!  I think you will find riding here much more fun than in Omaha.  A lot of Chicago streets are much more bike-friendly, and of course we don't have *any* hills.  I remember riding in Omaha from the river back to my home near the med center was quite an uphill battle.  Omaha riders aren't wimps!

Brian James Beerman said:

Hi. I'm Brian. I'm new to Chicago. I moved here in January from Omaha, Nebraska. I'm a graphic artist by trade and I like music, movies, books, beer, coffee, bikes, et al.

Me:

My ride (in my closet, where it's been pretty much since I moved here):

I'm not much of a winter rider yet, but I'm looking forward to more hospitable temperatures (anything above freezing would be welcome) and hopefully meeting some like-minded folks to ride with.

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