I saw your comment on the Ride for AIDS Chicago event. To answer your question, yes we do have connections with local bike shops. Our current partners are Kozy's Cyclery, Roscoe Village Bikes, and Velosmith Cycle Studio. We would love to grow our partners and get connected with Working Bikes and Blackstone Bicycle Works as well! We're always open to suggestions.
IF I make it to CM tonight, I will not have bells on, like you. I will have instead: goggles, snow pants, many layers, big mittens, and more. I do not prefer 'the thirties' on the farenheit scale. Either way, next month IS ON! It will be my 1 yr anniv month for CM and it better be nice out!!