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Elwood Gruschow
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  • Chicago, IL
  • United States
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Special Metra HC Train for Bikes Saturday October 16 2021

Great bike ride opportunity Saturday October 16th. I rode the I & M bike trail from Willow Springs to Joliet for my first time yesterday, October 9, 2021.   It was a great ride.  I used the…Continue

Started Oct 10

Specialized Align II Helmet MIPS Review
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Specialized Align II Helmet MIPS Review Animals were injured in testing.  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elwood Gruschow Oct 2.

Stainless steel chains
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Recently, I bought one of those go-no-go bicycle chain wear checkers.  I tried it on two of my bikes that have obvious worn chains, they failed.  I tried it on two of my other bikes, they also…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Schwab Jan 26.

Store Inverted?
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I am looking at different options to store my five bicycles in a condo with no out of the unit storage space. One option is to hang a bike inverted. It has to be inverted to fit between the sprinkler…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ketoguychicago Sep 17, 2020.

 

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Special Metra HC Train for Bikes Saturday October 16 2021

Great bike ride opportunity Saturday October 16th. I rode the I & M bike trail from Willow Springs to Joliet for my first time yesterday, October 9, 2021.   It was a great ride.  I used the Metra-Bike-Metra method.Metra has new bike cars.  Instead of hooking up to the fold seats in the Handicap Zone, there are cars on certain Metra trains dedicated to bicycles.  Normally there are no weekend trains on Metra HC (Heritage Corridor).  Fall 2021 Metra is offering Saturday Trains on Metra HC…See More
Oct 10
Elwood Gruschow replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion Clark/Diversey: Cyclist got run down by an Uber driver in a bike lane.
"it was "their discretion", "they didn't see it happen"   You wonder what would change "their discretion".  If the victim was a Chicago Bike officier , related to a fellow policeman, member of an…"
Oct 10
Elwood Gruschow replied to spencewine's discussion Desplaines River Trail in the group Chicagoland Bike Trails - News & Conditions
"Des Plaines River Trail Questions What is the history of the Des Plaines River Trails in Cook county? I used plural because there are two trails; South section that crosses Golf road and North section that crosses Central Avenue. A rider cannot…"
Oct 2
Elwood Gruschow replied to Elwood Gruschow's discussion Specialized Align II Helmet MIPS Review
"Specialized Align II Helmet MIPS Review Part 2Compared to other helmetsWhen I purchased my helmet I consulted the bike helmet ratings at Virginia Tech. https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html Virginia Tech, Virginia Polytechnic…"
Oct 2
Sheldon Schafer left a comment for Elwood Gruschow
"The Whetstone 55th Reunion is June 18/19.  Any thoughts about your going?  I’ve decided to go but am hoping someone I remember will be there.  I missed the 50th as I was in Europe for most of the summer.  I’ve also…"
May 29
Elwood Gruschow left a comment for Sheldon Schafer
"I will try to get an email off to you soon.  Thanks for being persistent in establishing a connection.  Elwood"
May 29
Elwood Gruschow and Sheldon Schafer are now friends
May 29
Elwood Gruschow replied to Radfahrer's discussion Cycling to Kenosha
"I did not ride this route at all during 2020, because of COVID-19 reservations.  I make a day excursion out of this by visiting and eating at places off trail and ride Metra home.  I hope to get clearance from my orthopedic surgeon June…"
May 24
Elwood Gruschow posted a discussion

Specialized Align II Helmet MIPS Review

Specialized Align II Helmet MIPS Review Animals were injured in testing.  November of 2020, I decided to buy a new helmet.  I wear a 62cm size and wanted MIPS technology.  I decided on Specialized Align II Helmet MIPS because of price, size, and…See More
May 3
Elwood Gruschow replied to Melanie K's discussion The Navy Pier Flyover
"I looked at the numerous comments on the the Navy Pier Flyover and did not see one with this information. February 24, 2021 I rode over the Chicago River on the new bike lane! The entire Flyover is rideable! There are numerous workers working on…"
Feb 25
Mike Schwab replied to Elwood Gruschow's discussion Stainless steel chains
"When you mount the chains, spray lightly with WD40 to get a light coaring on the outside surface of the chain.  Helps keep water and dirt from sticking.  Don't try to get any of the lube out from the inside."
Jan 26
Dirke replied to Elwood Gruschow's discussion Stainless steel chains
"https://cyclingtips.com/2019/12/the-best-bicycle-chain-durability-and-efficiency-tested/#most-durable-11-speed TLDR:  As long as you continue to employ your chain checker (and maybe clean your chains more/better), you'll get the most…"
Jan 25
DerferMark replied to Elwood Gruschow's discussion Stainless steel chains
"Look better and slightly easier to clean but I don't think SS chains give you extra chain life.  But you're right, the cost difference isn't that much.  I generally replace my chains every 3000 mi. or so but results vary."
Jan 25
Elwood Gruschow posted a discussion

Stainless steel chains

Recently, I bought one of those go-no-go bicycle chain wear checkers.  I tried it on two of my bikes that have obvious worn chains, they failed.  I tried it on two of my other bikes, they also failed.   I thought no big deal; it’s a bad gauge.  I tried it on my last bike and a short section of new chain.  They noticeably passed.      So now I am in the market for four new chains.  Previous times, I would buy lower end SRAM.  This time I noticed there are stainless steel chains for just a little…See More
Jan 22
Elwood Gruschow replied to Jaik S.'s discussion Sold! 1972 Colnago Super!
"I am glad it is off the market, I was contemplating visiting my orthopedic surgeon to price getting my frame to fit that frame."
Jan 22
Elwood Gruschow replied to Morning's discussion Air pollution masks
"Cycling in 2020;  After trying numerous options, I wear a mask that doesn’t fog up my glasses, restrict heavy breathing or pull out my hearing aids. see you on the road"
Oct 2, 2020

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What I ride:
Road, Mountain, Tandem
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Around Town
About me:
We do not own a car. I rent one for trips, but everything else is by bike, walk or CTA

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At 9:40am on May 29, 2021, Sheldon Schafer said…

The Whetstone 55th Reunion is June 18/19.  Any thoughts about your going?  I’ve decided to go but am hoping someone I remember will be there.  I missed the 50th as I was in Europe for most of the summer.  I’ve also contacted Bob Watkins and Joe Fetzer, the only others I have any information on.  Btw, I’m in Chicago area this weekend, right now in Flossmoor, moving over to Bolingbrook this afternoon (where the daughters & families are).  We’re here fairly often & I even keep one of my bicycles in Bolingbrook.  Where are you?

 
 
 

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