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My Emergency Kit

Sharing the kit I keep under my bike seat to help others make similar.  Covers common needs from flats to medical to picnics.  Crafted from experience, comes to someone's rescue often (but don't ask me to change your tire).

That's (L>R T>B)…


Added by Andrew Bedno on March 9, 2015 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments


After nearly a decade helping backstage, I've announced unwinding my production involvement with the naked ride. Read the thespian themed farewell at

Added by Andrew Bedno on April 1, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.

It does…


Added by Andrew Bedno on March 29, 2014 at 5:04pm — No Comments

NSFW - Stunning striptease with bike to Strict Machine.

Added by Andrew Bedno on January 27, 2013 at 4:01pm — No Comments Forum

Ning's poor search features make these hard to find when not hot, so linking it here as a note to self:

Snax+Drinx on the LFT:

Heart Shaped…


Added by Andrew Bedno on March 9, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Pro-bike Laws

Penalties: $150-500+

Improper Turn in Front of Bicycle

MCC 9-16-020

Overtaking closer than 3ft…

Added by Andrew Bedno on July 19, 2010 at 11:29am — No Comments

Chicagoland Bicycle Map volunteerism

Phew, just finished my work for Active Trans' Chicagoland Bicycle Map. Rode 30 miles of "section 31", plus planning, meeting, and data updates, took like 20hrs. Lots of new bike lanes around, hope some of my changes make it in the 2010 product. The whole map is some 500 times my area; total labor must be huge, and understaffed.…


Added by Andrew Bedno on November 23, 2009 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Just bought a vintage folder.

I just happily bought an old folding bike at a neighborhood sale. It's single speed, 20", dual brakes, generator lights, Italian, vintage. Front tire marked Pirelli, headset marked Guizzardi.
Slight variations were reportedly sold under several names including Cinzia, Hyda-Bike, Barbarellas, Safari, Bianchi.

This particular model was custom built for "K.T.C. in Alsip" and most closely resembles a… Continue

Added by Andrew Bedno on October 13, 2009 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

I love my new fixie.

NOTE: This article is now maintained at

For the unfamiliar, "fixie" means fixed gear bicycle. Fixies are SINGLE SPEED bikes, which means no gear shifts at all nor attending cables and mechanisms. But fixies take it a step further and don't even have the "freewheel" mechanism which provides "coasting" in other common bikes. That basic fact that the pedals always turn with the wheel (no coasting) IS the primary… Continue

Added by Andrew Bedno on July 28, 2009 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

I love my cheap new bike.

I went to Target recently with the objective of finding the cheapest bike commonly available new that fits and of adequate quality. I RODE home on a $69 Magna. This to confront the oft heard various explanations of why a…

Added by Andrew Bedno on June 9, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

A bit torn up.

Riding LFP something over 10mph, nearing Diversey, chain dropped off during a hard downstroke. Threw balance chaotic, so I intentionally pulled bike down to control fall and get offsides. Elbow gouged through gravel, dripping blood, jogger women were urgently helping in SECONDS. I rinsed off nearby and aborted getting to the Ride of Silence, knowing shock would soon set in. Carefuly rode back home to wash cuts and bandage arm. Yes, I'm well prepared for such first-aid, and used to it, but I… Continue

Added by Andrew Bedno on May 21, 2009 at 6:36am — No Comments

I broke a toe.

Saturday May 2nd, afternoon at Cricket Hill in Montrose Park for Kids-n-Kites (must be my tenth time at that event). Tripped sort of when cheap flip-flop folded under, felt it crackle and knew right away. First toe (after big), right foot, hues of purple, treatment well in hand. Feeling better a few days later, starting to be able to move it. Bottom line: I can't risk skating for a while, and am not sure about biking.

Added by Andrew Bedno on May 6, 2009 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Chicago Ghost Bikes

This is the public feedback placeholder supporting Andrew's project to definitively publish map data regarding Chicago's ghost bikes.

That output has moved offsite:

For photos, locations, links, etc, visit
To provide additional information, feedback, etc, post here.

Added by Andrew Bedno on November 30, 1999 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

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