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Use a fitness tracker or Strava?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Durham May 9, 2018.

Advice/recommendations needed: tent & sleeping bag for bike touring.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jaik S. Apr 9, 2018.

12 years' sentence in cyclist's death
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Reho Nov 22, 2017.



Latest Activity

mike w. replied to Paul Lazzaro's discussion Marginalization of Transportation Cycling
"i prefer to call it "ghettoisation." Tremulous riders stoking fear of the streets,  automobile culture demanding more and more speedways, and societal marginalisation of anyone who does not drive are all working together to create a…"
Nov 15
mike w. commented on mike w.'s event Evanston Closer 200k Brevet
"Start moved to Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster st, Evanston (Just west of Dodge ave.) due to Northwestern football home game."
Sep 17
mike w. updated an event

Evanston Closer 200k Brevet at Temperance Beer Company

September 21, 2019 from 7am to 8:30pm
Last official ACP ride of the year but we may add some of our new club rides or a RUSA event if the weather remains nice into October.This is a loop route from Evanston to Bull Valley on rolling roads. We are taking advantage of many paved bike trails for safety and because they are nice! Parking is at Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster st. Note new start/finish location.This is an urban ride. Though you will likely be able to finish the route before sundown, our advice is to bring lights…See More
Sep 17
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Sep 6
mike w. replied to V W's discussion Bike parking etiquette
" well as an invitation to wheel theft"
Sep 3
mike w. replied to John Greenfield's discussion Fight the Dickens Avenue Greenway NIMBYs!
"Affect the property owners how, exactly? Will they lose the privilege of free on-street parking? What in their minds is dangerous about a bike lane? Wish i could be there to ask.  "
Aug 21
mike w. replied to clp's discussion Bikes suffer in coming era of Autonomous Cars
""Structured properly, this will all be safer for pedestrians and cyclists." Therein lies the rub: "Structured properly." i fear that we'll have a wild west show -even more than what we have now. Who do we trust to properly…"
Aug 12
mike w. replied to Madopal (16.5 mi)'s discussion Bike crash this morning on Milwaukee
"Another SMIDSY... The universal get out of jail excuse: "I didn't see him, he came out of nowhere!" "Oh, okay. Never mind then.""
Aug 9
mike w. replied to John Greenfield's discussion Three attacks on cyclists on or near the lakefront during the past week
"i wonder how many such attacks go unreported? i think this sort of thing happens more often than realized."
Aug 9
mike w. replied to N B's discussion Potential legal grey area on non-'roadway' bike trails for hit and runs
"Three words: Solves nothing; unenforceable."
Jul 11
mike w. commented on Inspyrd Ancienne's event 100K Populaire
"Question: According to the Driftless Randonneurs' website, this event is scheduled for the 27th of July. Which info is correct?"
Jul 11
mike w. commented on Inspyrd Ancienne's event 100K Populaire
"Question: According to the Driftless Randonneurs' website, this even is scheduled for the 27th of July. Which info is correct?"
Jul 11
mike w. might attend Inspyrd Ancienne's event

100K Populaire at Kwik Trip

July 14, 2019 from 7am to 7pm
100K PopulaireThe second event of our Dart – Pop weekend – a 100K permanent populaire.  In keeping with the “zen” of the weekend the idea behind this ride is that we’ll depart as a group and ride over to Spring Green where we’ll have breakfast at the Spring Green general store.The ridewithgps route can be found …See More
Jul 11
mike w. replied to N B's discussion Potential legal grey area on non-'roadway' bike trails for hit and runs
"i'm recalling an incident on a trail a couple of years ago where a man suffered fatal injuries when a dog's leash became entangled in his wheel. It may have been on the North Shore trail? To the best of my knowledge dog and its owner were…"
Jul 11
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Jun 27
mike w. replied to aLex's discussion An apology and explanation
"i have a bell mounted on a few of my bikes, with more on the way. i have used a bell to: 1)Announce myself well in advance before passing horseback riders to avoid startling a half-ton of nervous horseflesh (often get thanked for that by the…"
Jun 18
mike w. replied to aLex's discussion An apology and explanation
"IMO, the bell merely signals "i'm here." Usually, that's enough."
Jun 17
mike w. replied to Yasmeen's discussion Scooters: What Does This Mean for People That Ride Bikes?
Jun 17
mike w. replied to Serge Lubomudrov's discussion Dooring on Broadway and Belmont
"At the very least you should report the incident to Uber along with the plate #. i should think they'd have the driver's info."
Jun 10
Matt M. 18.5KM liked mike w.'s photo
Jun 9

Profile Information

What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross, Track, Fixed Gear, Tandem
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town, Distance
What brings you to The Chainlink?
About me:
Old retro-grouch... steel is real! Campag, 531, SP, Clips'n'straps, 36H, SunTour, not Shimano... fixies since '72. Hero: Joop Zoetemelk, Rainbow Jersey @ 38!
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):

The machine has got to be accepted, but it is probably better to accept it rather as one accepts a drug -- that is, grudgingly and suspiciously. Like a drug, the machine is useful, dangerous, and habit-forming. The oftener one surrenders to it the tighter its grip becomes. -George Orwell, novelist (1903-1950)

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At 1:58pm on March 11, 2013, Christine W. said…

Thanks, Love!

At 10:47am on December 22, 2011, mike w. said…

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

At 3:45pm on March 18, 2011, globalguy said…
Terrestria quando Mortales animas vivunt sortita, neque ulla est Aut parvo aut magno lethi fuga.
At 1:13pm on December 6, 2010, globalguy said…
Hey, she's just another Raleigh fan %-{0>
At 2:40pm on August 27, 2010, Digital Dario said…
Sure did. I'm going to try the Northshore Century Sept 12. I'll be missing my sisters half marathon but I'm totally fine with that.
At 2:21pm on May 5, 2010, Michael Robin said…
unsavory? how unsavory? the unsavory things I know are what make me like him so much
At 12:56pm on May 5, 2010, Michael Robin said…
Ha. Cause I love him and I don't have a good picture of myself or a bike. I am a current wizard! I'm the promo director actually!
At 12:40pm on April 8, 2010, Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer! said…
Yo, no freakin' problem. I'll see you at Palast this friday?
At 11:06pm on January 17, 2010, Michelle Green said…
I'm actually loving this winter riding. It makes me feel tough :)
At 11:59am on January 12, 2010, h' Zerocats said…
Thanks for the offer re: the swap.
Metra adds 90 minutes to my journey I am not too excited about, as I'd have to travel downtown to pick it up-- still trying to find other options.
At 1:10pm on January 11, 2010, Michelle Green said…
I'm riding as much as I can... I figure if I can get through winter on a bicycle (I just moved here from Texas) I can get through anything.
At 11:32am on November 3, 2009, Sam Schild said…
hey mike, I just went through my photos and added captions and general locations to all of them. they're all from my recent Lake Michigan circle tour, so sometimes I had to just put general locations when I didn't know specifics
At 12:36pm on September 3, 2009, mike w. said…
Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. -Douglas Adams, writer, dramatist, and musician (1952-2001)
At 12:27am on June 4, 2009, Jeff Roth said…
Ya. I kept looking over my shoulder and waiting fr the other shoe to drop.


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