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Old 10-04-07, 07:41 PM   #1
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Noob Commuting in Windy City

Greetings, Bike Forums massive!

Primitive Don here, writing from Logan Square in Chicago. Been lurking here for a few days, and I must say I'm astounded by what I've read. Been checking out the forums on Commuting, Road Cycling, and Fixed Gear/Single Speed; really enjoy absorbing the culture and lingo.

After much encouragement from co-workers, my wife and I signed up for the MS150 ride this year. I got an old Schwinn Le Tour off Craigslist, and found a really clean Schwinn World for my wife, and we dove in. We did a 33 mile ride to get our toes wet, then did 75 miles the first day of the MS150 through 6 and a half hours of constant pouring rain - a great introduction to cycling! Made our sunny 35 miles the next day seem like a breeze.

Have enjoyed the Lakefront path along Lake Michigan and the amazing North Branch trail up the Botanical Gardens. Lately I've been starting to commute to work in the Loop, 7 miles each way, getting to know the bike routes and watching more experienced cyclists navigate red lights and crowded intersections. Really enjoying the exhilaration of a morning bike ride and transportation-as-exercise. Also realizing how little I know about bikes and getting to know the folks at my LBS.

Drooling now, so must close.

Hope to see ya round!

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Old 10-04-07, 07:54 PM   #2
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Hello PD, is your LeTour a fixie now? Get some photos and show off your bikes in the Classic & Vintage forum....

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Hi East Hill,

Nope, I haven't converted the LeTour to a fixie just yet : ) It came to with the front derailleur and the smaller chain ring removed, so it's something of a 5-speed. Being a Total Noob I'm still attached to my gears and freewheel, but I'm aware that the fixed gear phenomenon is very big here. Pretty cool seeing the SS/FG conversions EVERYWHERE.

So far I replaced my trashed out wheels with an aluminum wheelset from Harris Cyclery and got a new chain and freewheel from the LBS. Also put some foam grip dealies on the handlebars. Still needs some love, but it's getting me to work and back very nicely!

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SS/FG is good, but don't get rid of any of the original equipment that came with your bike--what's left of it, at any rate...someone may one day want to make it back to stock .

Oh, except for the wheels...chrome rims look good, but they don't have much stopping power. You did well to replace them!

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Thanks for the welcomes, all!

Love that BILF design BAC. Hilarious!
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Don, welcome to the forums. You picked a nice time to start biking the North Branch Trail since the resurfacing project has almost been completed. About 25 years of enduring ruts and bumps is finally over.
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Do you commute up Milwaukee Ave? Afternoons I am often on Grand/Milwaukee/Elston/California/NS Channel path. It's getting dark early. I may be looking for more lights on the bike.
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Thanks for the welcomes!

I had been taking Milwaukee and then turning on Elston, but last couple of days I have been taking Milwaukee all the way. My bike is like the one in my avatar except blue with blue foamy grips. Just got a light, because it is definitely getting dark. I have to be at work by 8 and leave at 6. Hope to see ya round.
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