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    Hi, from Chicago

    Hey, folks! Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I started riding in earnest this past spring when I decided to start riding my bike to work instead of using public transportation. I'm just having a blast even after having two bikes get stolen already! Didn't deter me in the least.

    I don't do any serious long distance riding, just the short commute to work (3 mi. each way) along with some recreational riding. Even that small amount has helped me trim down to a 30" pant waist size and I feel fantastic. So far, I've been toughing it out for most of the winter, but there were a couple super windy/cold days that I decided to skip riding.

    Right now I'm riding a Schwinn Ranger mtb (I know, I know . . .evil dept. store bike ) and I'm actually quite pleased with it. It's been nothing but reliable and after the recent tune-up I got for it, it rides better than brand-new. That's probably a good indication that it wasn't assembled competently at Target, but whatever.

    Anyway, I look forward to learning more through reading through the forums and discussing with the fine people here!

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    Up on the Down Side CyLowe97's Avatar
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    MadCap, welcome to the boards. Tons of Chicago and Chicagolanders on the boards.

    Check out the Great Lakes sub-forum when you get a chance. Several folks ride in the City on a regular basis.

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    Hi MadCapsule, what a way to start off--not one, but TWO bikes stolen ! You are one tough cookie!

    Welcome to BF!

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    Cy - I'll definitely check out the Great Lakes sub-forum.

    East Hill - Luckily they were crappy bikes, so I wasn't out a ton of cash. The last one that was stolen got snagged right outside the restaurant that I bartend at. It was on a bike rack that I can SEE from behind the bar! The thief must've gotten lucky and swiped it when I had my back turned. But it's cool, the handlebar had become loose and would sometimes rotate independently of the front wheel. I like to think that karma did its thing to the bike thief that stole that one. I'm much happier with my current bike, anyhow.

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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCapsule View Post
    I like to think that karma did its thing to the bike thief that stole that one.
    Oh yeah!



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    Chief Slacking Officer ms.gio's Avatar
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    Hey Madcap!

    Welcome to BF. As cylowe97 stated, there are many Chicagoans and Midwestern people here so check out the Great Lakes forum. Well, happy riding.

    A fellow Chicagoan,
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