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Donating old bikes in the suburbs?
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a plan to donate an old bike in the suburbs (preferably west suburbs)? I am having a bit of trouble trying to find a reliable place to donate an old bike. It…Continue

Tags: suburbs, bikes, donating

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris C Dec 27, 2016.

Recommendation for a Rear Light that can attached to the seat stay and/or reflector mount?
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Hi all,Anyone have recommendations for a rear light that can attached to the seat stay (rear fork) on the bike? I have seen some riders around who have them, but everything I have looked at doesn't…Continue

Tags: rack, tail, red, staty, seat

Started this discussion. Last reply by ad Feb 12, 2016.

Winter is Coming: Do you know your snow trail etiquette?
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Winter is coming up fast and pretty soon there will be some heavy snow on the ground. I know that fat tire bikes are all the rage right now and I see more and more bikers getting out into the snow to…Continue

Tags: riding, trail, winter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tricolor Oct 8, 2015.

Cyclocross with MTB
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Hi all, I have noticed from the past few emails from the community a lot of talk about Cyclocross in the Chicago area. It has piqued my interest. Doing some research online it seems like you can run…Continue

Tags: bike, mountain, mtb, cyclocross

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yasmeen Sep 19, 2015.


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What I ride:
Road, Mixte, Cyclocross, Fixed Gear
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Social, Touring
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Looking for events to ride in.
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National Ride Your Bike to Work Day - They Forgot to Tell the Motorists

This past Friday, May 20th was national ride your bike to work day. I have been wanting to do this for the past several years, but rain and other factors at work have prevented that. This year however the weather…


Posted on May 21, 2016 at 1:00pm

The Salt Creek Bramble

This past Christmas I received the "Road Biking Illinois" book and two weeks ago Megan and I got out to do our first route in the book. We did the Salt Creek Bramble which was a nice ~35 mile bike ride around the…


Posted on May 2, 2016 at 1:00pm

Grumpy Grind #4 - Or the story of how I bonked

So, if you have been following me at all on social media for the past week, you would have known that I was attempting to do the Grumpy Grind this weekend. This was an 82 mile gravel grinder. A gravel grinder is a very Midwest sort of bike ride that is focused on riding on gravel roads. 

So for the past month or so leading up to this ride I was preparing myself for some pretty terrible weather. Cold, perhaps raining conditions. What we got instead was a beautiful…


Posted on April 17, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

First Cyclocross Event - Dan Ryan Woods

So I had my first taste of cyclocross this weekend on Saturday. Cyclocross is, lets just call it offroad bike racing. It is apparently very popular in the Chicago area. 

My first race was in the Dan Ryan Woods yesterday. I was placed in the 4/5 Men's Group, which is basically the beginners group for the race. Races last about 30 minutes and the laps are…


Posted on October 12, 2015 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

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