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Current state of GPS units for navigation - 2018
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I haven't seen much discussion in awhile on the current state of GPS units and am soliciting opinions.I'm mostly concerned with navigation, not all the performance metrics of which these things are…Continue

Tags: MTB, Project, Mapmyride, RidewithGPS, Garmin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dirke Jul 26, 2018.

Knickerbakken will be at 2017 Chicago Winter bike swap. Buy my flatfolio™!
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Hey Chainlinkers!  Just reminding everyone that tomorrow is the 2017 Winter bike swap at Jak’s Tap (info on Events page).  I will be there selling my Knickerbakken flatfolio™, a stylishly ingenious…Continue

Tags: gift, flatfolio, knickerbakken

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Feb 5, 2017.

Knickerbakken cell phone holsters for sale locally Wed eves at Revolution Brewery
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Hey Chainlinkers,I made a lot of my cell phone holsters for the Winter bike swap and still have a bunch left over.  They'll soon be going to a few local shops (where they'll probably be more…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dirke Feb 26, 2014.

Anyone with a table at the winter bike swap need a third, or want to go in on a halfsie?

I don't seem to be getting a response on the event page so trying here.  I would like to represent my little phone case business at the Winter bike swap and meet some cool people, but it is very…Continue

Tags: 2014, swap, bike, Winter, Chicago

Started Jan 25, 2014


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Dirke replied to Elwood Gruschow's discussion Store Inverted?
"Elwood,  Remember, Google is your friend.  But I remember having this question once, and at the time, found the question answered by Lennard Zinn.  I'll save you the trouble of a link.  FWIW, I've stored 2 bikes…"
Sep 15, 2020
Dirke replied to curt(is) locke's discussion Craigslist disconnect
"Phew, I thought it was just me. Craigslist used to be great. I found and easily purchased many parts in various states of use for what I believed to be fair prices from friendly and interesting people. In the last few years, I have found that the…"
May 14, 2020
Dirke replied to Tim's discussion Entry Level Touring/Gravel Bike (Under $1000)
"Justwill has made solid recommendations. I would second his inclination toward a bike with thru-axles, as opposed to quick-releases, as they make a significant difference with disc brakes. The Trek Checkpoint he references does seem like a good…"
Apr 25, 2020
Dirke replied to Renee Patten's discussion Careful with physical distancing on forest preserve trails, we don't want the districts to shut them down to people
"Without trying to sound combative, it seems that the Forest Preserve officials have an anti-bike bent. I would ask how you come to know what "they" are observing.  If you're privy to Forest Preserve officials, I would ask that…"
Apr 6, 2020
Dirke replied to Michael Neal's discussion Three Floyds Warning
"Regardless, NICE Black Lightning!"
Dec 29, 2019
Dirke replied to Dave Grossman's discussion Milwaukee Bike Bazaar Happening This Year
"I too have enjoyed going to this show for about the last 6? years so I fired off an email at lunch to the address listed on FB and just got a response.  Retrogrouches rejoice! Thanks for reaching out. We had to move the date due to the school…"
Oct 24, 2019
Dirke replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
"I want to give props to the OP and say that I appreciate respectful rack etiquette in high density parking areas, especially when there is very low probability of theft, like right in front of the lifeguard office at Osterman beach.  I managed…"
Sep 13, 2019
Dirke replied to Apie (11)'s discussion Des Plaines Trail to Illinois Prairie Trail to Noon Whistle
"It's been about 3 years but I have been on the DP "trail" south of North Ave to about Chicago. The bridge over the river at North Ave is abandoned rail and has been rainbow painted and an apparently popular teen hangout spot. As per…"
Aug 23, 2019
Dirke replied to Phillip Hutchinson's discussion Road and/or gravel routes around Traverse City, MI
"FYI, lists 58 rides including gravel within 25 miles of Traverse City, like this one... Ok... back to work."
Jul 9, 2019
Dirke replied to Phillip Hutchinson's discussion Road and/or gravel routes around Traverse City, MI
"Here's what I've been doing for the past year to find loops to ride in a place I've never been before. Upper left of splash page, click FINDLeft side of page, enter # of miles from (insert city here), add a…"
Jul 9, 2019

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