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Calling all Chainlinker's!!!
 Rapid Transit Cycles is opening a new store at 1305 S Halsted on March 31st! We look forward to being the south loop's transportation alternative. So get the word out!! It's going to be a great summer!!  Ride safe, and we'll see you then!!

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Yay!

If the bike I bought at the north location malfunctions (not that I expect it to, but stuff happens) and it's still under warranty, can I bring it to the south location for repair?
YES! All service contracts will be honored by both locations, all records will be available for both locations, etc. We will absolutely make sure your warranty repairs are handled.

Jennifer said:
Yay!

If the bike I bought at the north location malfunctions (not that I expect it to, but stuff happens) and it's still under warranty, can I bring it to the south location for repair?
Thank you, you all are awesome.

Sam Van Dellen said:
YES! All service contracts will be honored by both locations, all records will be available for both locations, etc. We will absolutely make sure your warranty repairs are handled.

Jennifer said:
Yay!

If the bike I bought at the north location malfunctions (not that I expect it to, but stuff happens) and it's still under warranty, can I bring it to the south location for repair?
Andersonville is already known as "A-ville" it is not big enough to be known as a town.

H3N3 said:
I still hear it all the time, but then I deal with a lot of westsiders on an everyday basis.
I've always thought "J-town" would be a better name for that area than "University Village"-- it's a nod to the history, but not overtly offensive. "University Village" smacks of the exact flavor of sanitation that embodies the worst side of gentrification.

We could then rename all of the other neighborhoods in the same scheme.


We've already got a K-town. Andersonville could be A-town. Bridgeport and Bronzeville could duke it out for B-town. Etc . . .

Mike Keating said:
I know. I actually wrote it and then thought the phrase was simply too politically incorrect and I deleted it. I was worried that it would sound anti-semetic even though it is a historical fact that is what the area was referred to as recently as the late 1990's by many Chicagoans. I didn't want it to seem that I condoned the language in any way and thought it best to just leave it alone. If anyone is curious, I'm sure a google search will give you the answer.

H3N3 said:
Was kind of hoping the RT folks would do their own research.
You did leave out the name by which most of the west side and much of the south side used to refer to the area (most west siders over 40 or so still do . . .)

Mike Keating said:
First, have to add a plug for Rapid Transit Cycles. I finished a 3-week bike maintenance course there yesterday and have to say I had a great time and learned a ton. Thanks to Sam and John and Jeremiah and anyone else I forgot. I highly recommend the class no matter how much you think you know (or don't know) there is power in numbers and you can learn from others.
Second, 1200-1300 South Halsted is not the South Loop. Technically speaking it is the Near West Side. In recent years it has been rebranded as "University Village" and in years past it has been known as the "TriTaylor Area" or even just simply "Maxwell Street Market".
OK, new naming taxonomy. Traditional community areas= "-town." Sub-areas= "-ville."

Example:
Lakeview= L-town.
Wrigleyville= W-ville
Boystown= B-ville
Roscoe Village= R-ville

Westtown= W-town
Bucktown= B-ville
Wicker Parl= WP-ville
Ukie Village= U-ville

Goning once, going twice, adopted.

Sol said:
Andersonville is already known as "A-ville" it is not big enough to be known as a town.

H3N3 said:
I still hear it all the time, but then I deal with a lot of westsiders on an everyday basis.
I've always thought "J-town" would be a better name for that area than "University Village"-- it's a nod to the history, but not overtly offensive. "University Village" smacks of the exact flavor of sanitation that embodies the worst side of gentrification.

We could then rename all of the other neighborhoods in the same scheme.


We've already got a K-town. Andersonville could be A-town. Bridgeport and Bronzeville could duke it out for B-town. Etc . . .

Mike Keating said:
I know. I actually wrote it and then thought the phrase was simply too politically incorrect and I deleted it. I was worried that it would sound anti-semetic even though it is a historical fact that is what the area was referred to as recently as the late 1990's by many Chicagoans. I didn't want it to seem that I condoned the language in any way and thought it best to just leave it alone. If anyone is curious, I'm sure a google search will give you the answer.

H3N3 said:
Was kind of hoping the RT folks would do their own research.
You did leave out the name by which most of the west side and much of the south side used to refer to the area (most west siders over 40 or so still do . . .)

Mike Keating said:
First, have to add a plug for Rapid Transit Cycles. I finished a 3-week bike maintenance course there yesterday and have to say I had a great time and learned a ton. Thanks to Sam and John and Jeremiah and anyone else I forgot. I highly recommend the class no matter how much you think you know (or don't know) there is power in numbers and you can learn from others.
Second, 1200-1300 South Halsted is not the South Loop. Technically speaking it is the Near West Side. In recent years it has been rebranded as "University Village" and in years past it has been known as the "TriTaylor Area" or even just simply "Maxwell Street Market".
Some first looks:


Huge cool posters they have in both windows:

Hello Chainlinkers! We will be opening the new location in 25 hours and 35 minutes! Come see what some of the best minds in the Chicago bike industry, 16 years experience, and a lot of willing and able hands have made to best serve you!

We can't wait to see you!
congrats ! the great family has just grown...

this calls for a proper bike bar / bat mitzvah !

with proper annointing and baptism too...

db

Sam Van Dellen said:
Hello Chainlinkers! We will be opening the new location in 25 hours and 35 minutes! Come see what some of the best minds in the Chicago bike industry, 16 years experience, and a lot of willing and able hands have made to best serve you!

We can't wait to see you!
How late will you be open tomorrow, Sam?

Sam Van Dellen said:
Hello Chainlinkers! We will be opening the new location in 25 hours and 35 minutes! Come see what some of the best minds in the Chicago bike industry, 16 years experience, and a lot of willing and able hands have made to best serve you!

We can't wait to see you!
Wishing you success on the launch of the new store!

Sam Van Dellen said:
Hello Chainlinkers! We will be opening the new location in 25 hours and 35 minutes! Come see what some of the best minds in the Chicago bike industry, 16 years experience, and a lot of willing and able hands have made to best serve you!

We can't wait to see you!
Today is the big day, good luck!

I won't be able to stop by until the weekend, I'm looking forward to seeing the new location then ...
I'll be stopping by on my way home tonight? What can we expect this evening?

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