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  • Mount Prospect, IL
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Nexus Service
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I have a Nexus 7 hub, about ten years old.  It's functional, but I think it would benefit from a lube.  And if there's anything worn, I'd want to replace the guts.  Is there a shop in the Chicago…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by djm Mar 5.

Marginalization of Transportation Cycling
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I've seen many comments on social media lately by people who've stopped riding bikes on the streets.  Here's an article by someone in SoCal who made that decision:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan 2-3 or more mi. Nov 16, 2019.

Dockless Bikeshare May Not Be the Wave of the Future
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan 2-3 or more mi. Oct 17, 2017.


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Paul Lazzaro replied to Yasmeen's discussion Neck Gaitors Not Good Protection Against COVID-19
"I wear a neck gaiter while biking, and only pull it over my face for the parts of my ride that may be on crowded paths.  I think the protection it provides others from me is adequate for briefly passing, outdoors, at a distance.  If…"
Aug 13
Paul Lazzaro replied to DerferMark's discussion 8/9/2020 DPRT car collision kills cyclist :(
"I frequently drive on this road.  Drivers are totally oblivious to the presence of this trail crossing, and the little yellow lights do nothing to get their attention."
Aug 11
Paul Lazzaro replied to Yasmeen's discussion Are You Riding More or Less During Covid?
"Normally having a car commute to a bike- and transit-unfriendly suburban office takes ~2 hours of my day. Working from home most of the time since the end of March, I've used that time to ride and walk in my bike-friendly neighborhood and…"
Jul 23
Paul Lazzaro replied to Mayonnaise's discussion LakeFront Path
"I have been riding mostly where the cyclists and runners are separated, so I don't know how the runners are behaving.  Few of the cyclists had masks, but I didn't see any groups.  Everybody was separated pretty well."
Jun 25
Paul Lazzaro replied to Mayonnaise's discussion LakeFront Path
"The path is really nice now.  Car parking areas are closed.  There is no car traffic.  The path is fun and safe, even for kids.  Enjoy it while you can.  Drivers will be back soon, trying to kill us as usual."
Jun 23
Paul Lazzaro replied to John Greenfield's discussion Updated: LFT is closed between North and Grand -- here's a detour map
"I've ridden those streets many times.  Good recommendation!"
Jun 22
Paul Lazzaro replied to Yasmeen's discussion $4.75 Million Donation for Repair of Lakefront Trail, Information on the Reopening
"It's nice that Mr. Griffin would voluntarily make such a donation.  OTOH, it's quite a statement about our city and society that we must depend on the kindness of strangers for maintenance of our most highly used bike infra."
Jun 22
Paul Lazzaro replied to Yasmeen's discussion "We Must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes"
"US bike advocates, who have historically been mostly white and male, typically look at NL and DK and push infra to make the US more like them.  But perhaps the history of racism in the US makes this impossible.  Perhaps bicycling for…"
Jun 22
Paul Lazzaro replied to curt(is) locke's discussion boom & bust cycle
"In the 1970's, it was common for lots of normal (i.e., non-athletic) people (like me) to use bikes for touring and transportation.  The attitude of the public in general seemed supportive.  Practically everyone I met while touring was…"
May 23
Paul Lazzaro replied to SlowCoachOnTheRoad's discussion How do you leave east side 606?
"You have to take Cortland across Ashland.  That is one shitty intersection.  But once across that, Cortland is OK."
Apr 24
Paul Lazzaro replied to Yasmeen's discussion John Forester, The Father of Vehicular Cycling Has Passed Away
"No country in the world puts bike lanes on every street.  They're only necessary when the vehicle traffic is heavy or fast.  On most streets, bike riders have to mix it up with vehicles.  It's a better, safer, experience for…"
Apr 24
Paul Lazzaro replied to SlowCoachOnTheRoad's discussion Things we buy that make biking the pleasure principle
"Selle Anatomica saddle.  It's got a super long nose and a huge cutout.  Nothing is more comfortable.  Thieves don't seem to want it like they do Brooks."
Apr 21
Paul Lazzaro replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Is coronavirus changing biking in downtown Chicago?
"I've been using the bike to shop at grocery stores in the city that don't have a lot of car parking.  They're better stocked, suffering less from SUV-driving hoarders.  And riding is therapeutic.  But the reduced car…"
Mar 19
djm replied to Paul Lazzaro's discussion Nexus Service
"Green Machine Cycles"
Mar 5
Paul Lazzaro replied to dav's discussion What features do I need in a new bicycle?
"Lights are a big deal.  In Chicago, if you ride 3-4 seasons, a lot of your riding time is likely to be in the dark.  I use good dynamo lights (B&M) augmented by rechargeable battery-powered headlight, taillight, and helmet lights. I…"
Jan 17
Paul Lazzaro replied to SlowCoachOnTheRoad's discussion How are you keeping warm?
"When it's cold enough to require a balaclava, I need goggles to prevent my glasses from fogging.  I use OTG (over the glasses) ski goggles - the cheap kind - untinted (since I am often riding in the dark in winter)."
Dec 11, 2019

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What I ride:
Road, Mountain
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Articles by Brett Ratner
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