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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…


Added by Yasmeen on January 22, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

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,…


Added by Yasmeen on July 27, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Yasmeen on June 6, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Yasmeen on May 31, 2018 at 5:53pm — No Comments

I Moved To A New City, Now What?

Having recently moved to Washington, D.C., I am quickly discovering not all bike cities are created equal. The flats of Chicago and the lakefront have been replaced with the hills of D.C. My flatlander legs are stubborn and I’ve begun looking closely at the feet of elevation on my Google maps when scoping a route. I…


Added by Yasmeen on November 5, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Featured Event: One Day 100 Bikes

Most of us ride hundreds or thousands of miles each year.  Commuting, road riding, cyclocross, crit-racing, off-road… You name it, we ride it. It’s easy take cycling for granite, as well as, the many transportation options we all enjoy.  Imagine an environment with no options other than to walk.


We’re designating One Day to join the Chicago cycling community together, along with family and friends, to help provide…


Added by Yasmeen on September 5, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Featured Event: Bike Commuter Challenge

By Yasmeen Schuller, Photo by John Castro

Tomorrow (Friday, June 16), Active Transportation Alliance kicks off Chicago Bike…


Added by Yasmeen on June 14, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

New Bike Shop: Chicago Bicycle Company North

By Yasmeen Schuller

If you bike in Chicago you probably know Denis Smith. He’s owned several bicycle stores in the city since 1998. Denis and his former classmate at Cornell College, Elizabeth Georgescu opened a bike shop in North Center just in time for bike season, adding a second location to their…


Added by Yasmeen on June 8, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Featured Ride: CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour

By Yasmeen Schuller

The quality of our air can affect us in so many ways and is important for a healthy environment, active lifestyle, and maintaining good health. The CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour is in its 21st year and has grown to address the larger issues related to clean air, healthy…


Added by Yasmeen on May 24, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Bike Safety: Get Lit!

Get Lit - Front and Tail Lights

Next to a helmet, lights are the alpha and the omega for safe riding. I always have a front and rear blinky with me, no matter when and where I ride - better safe than sorry! As I…


Added by Yasmeen on April 13, 2017 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Race Report: Barry-Roubaix "Killer Gravel Road Race"

Photo by Rob Meendering Photography

This "Killer" race lived up to its name with cold rainy and road conditions described as "peanut butter" or "oatmeal". Leah Barry and Zach Schneider, both racing for The Chainlink, race Barry-Roubaix for the first time and report back on what it's like to race in some of the worst…


Added by Yasmeen on April 6, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Local Bike Shop: Tailwind Cycles in Albany Park

By Yasmeen Schuller

If you ever shopped at Iron Cycles in Albany Park, you probably met Steven Blum and Ben Fietz. Their friendly, helpful reputation is well-known in the cycling community and the neighborhood for bikes, bike repairs, and bike fit. After the Iron Cycles location on Montrose…


Added by Yasmeen on April 6, 2017 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Group Rides 101

By Yasmeen Schuller with input from The Chainlink Team and Ambassadors

Thinking of joining a group ride or just want a refresher on group ride etiquette and safety? Group rides are a great way to improve your fitness and speed as well as make new friends. If you are training for a century, a bike…


Added by Yasmeen on March 30, 2017 at 10:30am — 6 Comments


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