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“ The US wasn't equipped for 2020's cycling boom. Its failures stem from a century of leaving bikes behind.”
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“The pandemic forced cities to remold their streets to give more room to pedestrians and bikes, but it also thrust their longstanding lack of good biking infrastructure into the spotlight.”…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt M. 18.5KM Jan 3, 2021.

How Far You've Ridden in 2021
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Who will post the first ride for the new year?Post your miles.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Miller Dec 31, 2020.

Infrastructure Can Make a Difference Between Life and Death

Before I jump into this, yes, I do very much believe we need to be careful and defensive cyclists. Some of the most helpful advice I received when I started bike commuting over 8 years ago was to…Continue

Started Dec 1, 2020

Thinking About the Family and Friends of the Victims of Crashes
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We all know things can get heated and we are all feeling the impact of cyclists being hit by cars. This year is an especially terrible year. Sometimes we will never know where the fault lies.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by curt(is) locke Oct 30, 2020.


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Yasmeen is attending SlyRed's event

Chicago Tweed Ride 2024 at Oak Park

May 4, 2024 from 11am to 3pm
Feb 27
Bob Kastigar commented on Yasmeen's blog post New Local Bike Shop: Tailwind Cycles in Albany Park
"They're on Lawrence, not Montrose. SE corner of Lawrence & Spaulding, about a block or two east of the Brown Line terminal. 3259 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625"
Feb 18, 2023
Yasmeen replied to Nancy L. Fagin's discussion Bike friendly apartment
"Any links with photos you can share? That would be helpful."
Jan 9, 2023
ketoguychicago replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"I think that's almost the point, and there's an extent to which the street design is like the dreaded Kinzie Street may come…"
Mar 4, 2022
David Barish replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"Hey guys, I like the discussion off bike lanes and am interested in both  sides of that  discussion,  but  agree with  Curtis's original  comment about the thread.  I will  not call it  a …"
Mar 1, 2022
curt(is) locke replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"103rd, hell no! I mean, I ride it occasionally, but it's a major detour coming from south Hegewisch and it's a balls out cannonball run through a minefield of potholes, rough road due to heavy truck traffic, and merging traffic entering…"
Mar 1, 2022
James Popp replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"And 103rd isn't much better for the comparable segment. I'm looking forward the Big Marsh Connection Project that will hopefully give us some safe, quicker alternatives. I usually take Doty to Stony to 122nd to 126th and out over towards…"
Mar 1, 2022
Anne Alt replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"Sorry to hear it. I am SO ready for spring, or at least for most of the snow and ice to melt so that lanes are relatively clear again."
Feb 10, 2022
Kelly Reaves replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"Exactly. They just finished adding beefy cement buffered curbs to the left side of the bike lane on Lake St at Kedzie and the only reason I’ve been able to even ride through there since all this snow is by following the car tire tread marks…"
Feb 8, 2022
ketoguychicago replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"I hear you, This pic really highlights the issue with this design, now a week out from when the plows were working the area.  It's about a foot deep in the bike lane itself, and the plow has to stay left of the plastic else it takes them…"
Feb 8, 2022
Brett Miller replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"While I am an advocate for bike lanes, and buffered bike lanes, in general, I am reminded every winter that the designated, separated bike lanes are often unpassable for long stretches after snowfall. In non-winter months, separated bike lanes are…"
Feb 7, 2022
Mark replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"I agree 100% with ketoguychicago. Buffered bike lanes, please. "
Feb 5, 2022
curt(is) locke replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"In your original posting, you identified NO particular stretch of road but instead laid into "a handful of anti-automobile misfits masquerading as pro-cycling" and "It's as if a few folks at CDOT have friends thinking…"
Feb 5, 2022
ketoguychicago replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"This thread is about bike-unfriendly streets, and as another example these Clark Street conditions are bike-unfriendly.  So I suppose we can call impractical street designs that contribute to dangerous conditions for cyclists a pet…"
Feb 5, 2022
curt(is) locke replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"Please. Talk about hijacking a thread to rant on about your particular pet peeves."
Feb 4, 2022
ketoguychicago replied to Yasmeen's discussion Dreaded Bike-Unfriendly Streets
"So here's what's bike unfriendly:  Streets with the the bike lames that aren't plowed after the snow this week, all because they have those plastic bollard garbage so the city plows can't come through, and then the…"
Feb 4, 2022

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What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross, Mountain, Track
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town, Distance, Competition / Racing
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Looking for more opportunities to ride bikes, meet people, keep riding. :-)
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My first bike:
1976 red, white and blue Huffy

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At 9:19am on March 30, 2018, Ben C said…

Thanks for having me! Wish we had something like the Chainlink when I was living in LA.

At 2:30pm on February 8, 2017, Megan Lee said…

Thank you, Yasmeen! :)

At 6:03pm on January 5, 2015, Jeff Markus said…

Yo Yasmeen,

Welcome to the 'management' of da' 'Link. AQs a complete re4creational and commuter cyclist allow me to say it is nice that you bring a broad based expereiance of pedalling to the reins of our humble net home...

I look forward to the future with you at the head of the pace line.


At 9:56am on January 2, 2015, Christian said…

You are most welcome, happy cycling in 2015

At 9:39pm on January 1, 2015, David Simmons said…

Congrats Yasmeen! Here's to continued success for you and the Chainlink.

At 6:48pm on December 30, 2014, Christian said…

Congratulations! :)

At 2:29pm on December 30, 2014, Megan B said…

Congratulations on the new position, and thanks for taking on this new role.  Best of luck!

At 2:21pm on December 30, 2014, Bill W. said…

Congratulations...let me know if I can help in any way!

At 1:05pm on December 30, 2014, daWillinChi said…

Yay! Congrats!

At 12:41pm on December 30, 2014, Mike Murray said…

Always look forward every week to the Chainlinks...  I look forward to seeing what you can do...  don't forget there are still some of us Luddites who just getting the hang of the "computer thing".

Yasmeen's Blog

Of Sweat and Sisterhood: The CANYON//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy

One of The Chainlink's favorite cyclists (and lifetime ambassador), Jasmin Welter shares her recent experience with Zwift. This indoor training program is a great way to stay motivated training indoors, improving cycling fitness. With snow and Arctic temps, now is an excellent time to jump on indoor training in preparation for a cycling season of centuries, bike camping, and/or…


Posted on January 22, 2019 at 9:30am

Ride Report: 2018 Chicagoland Tour de Cure

By William Nedza

When we heard about this year's challenges, I asked if we could have a "rider report" to share their experience. The person I had in mind is Chainlink member, William Nedza. Every year Bill has so much enthusiasm,…


Posted on July 27, 2018 at 12:30pm

Biking Green: An Interview with Maria Boustead of Po Campo

Recently, after moving to D.C., I decided to "go green" as much as possible. So I stopped taking Lyft rides, replacing them with an around-town Linus and I replaced my bus trips with a Brompton for my daily commute. I realized with the recent awareness of straw usage and one-use plastic containers, I still have a…


Posted on June 6, 2018 at 11:00pm

Help Celebrate The First Ever World Bicycle Day

World Bicycle Day is "a global day officially recognized by the United Nations to celebrate the power of bicycles".

Rides and events are planned through out the United States and World Bicycle Relief (a Chicago-based organization) will be in New York to celebrate…


Posted on May 31, 2018 at 5:53pm


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