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    Title: Edgewater to Evanston (Chicago) Route:...

    Title: Edgewater to Evanston (Chicago)

    Route: 5 mile one-way distance, 90% on residential tree-lined city side streets with one annoying cemetery to get around that requires a busy street.
    Road...
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    Poll: i voted "very well". i work in a small office...

    i voted "very well".

    i work in a small office of 7 people and we have secure indoor bike storage in the basement of our building.

    out of my coworkers, i'm the only 4-season bike commuter, but 1...
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    i have no idea if my route is less snow friendly...

    i have no idea if my route is less snow friendly than yours, but i have such an easy train commute to work that some days (like when we get 20" of snow) taking the train is just the easier route to...
  4. when my one-way commute distance was 15 miles, i...

    when my one-way commute distance was 15 miles, i rode quite hard and aggressively for speed.

    now that my one-way commute distance is only a paltry 5 miles, i ride more chill and relaxed.
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    to clarify, we didn't move to evasnton, that's...

    to clarify, we didn't move to evasnton, that's just where my job is. we're still in the city, in the edgewater neighborhood on the far northside.

    i could see us possibly ending up long term in a...
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    my wife and i moved last summer in anticipation...

    my wife and i moved last summer in anticipation of the birth of our first child (we needed more space). she took a new job where she works from home, so that kinda opened things up for us in terms of...
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    we got 19.3" of snow here in the city of chicago....

    we got 19.3" of snow here in the city of chicago.

    5th snowiest winter storm in the the city's history.

    but no snow day for me, my office is still open.

    i took the train to work; path of...
  8. the first 7 years of my bike commuting career was...

    the first 7 years of my bike commuting career was a 15 mile one-way commute through city streets and along chicago's lakefront path (i lived downtown and worked up in evanston). i started out as a...
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    by virtue of my location on the extreme eastern...

    by virtue of my location on the extreme eastern edge of a time-zone and an 8:30am start time at my office, i never have to ride to work in the dark. i have full daylight for my morning commutes 365...
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    december in chicago is so hit and miss that i...

    december in chicago is so hit and miss that i don't consider it a part of "real winter". "real winter" is the exclusive domain of january and february, almost always the 2 nastiest months of the...
  11. 2014 Motobecane Fantom Cross Disc the bike...

    2014 Motobecane Fantom Cross Disc

    the bike itself: $900
    700x27 GP4's: $75
    rack & panniers: $75
    campus pedals: $40
    fenders: $50
    lights: $40

    all in: $1,180
  12. i was a car-free bachelor for 11 years. then i...

    i was a car-free bachelor for 11 years. then i fell in love. when i moved in with my then fiance (now wife), she had a car, so we became a one-car family. we now have one child and have remained a...
  13. yeah. i wish i had just splurged and got an...

    yeah. i wish i had just splurged and got an alfine 11 bike instead of my alfine 8 bike from the beginning. i suppose i could always upgrade, but money, inertia, etc.

    for real winter riding (not...
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    yeah, that was me. here's a shot of my hybrid...

    yeah, that was me. here's a shot of my hybrid from a couple years ago when i had the aerobars on it.


    http://s11.postimg.org/4nn0tg5e7/IMG_0087.jpg


    but they looked so silly on a hybrid that...
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    i run 32 gators on my hyrbrid, and i have 28 GP...

    i run 32 gators on my hyrbrid, and i have 28 GP 4-seasons on my CX commuter.

    the gators have better puncture resistance from my experiences, but the GP 4-seasons are the superior tire.
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    they're fine in all seasons, hence the name...

    they're fine in all seasons, hence the name "4-seasons". you certainly wouldn't want to use them in a race, but for commuting and general getting around town riding, the conti grand prix 4-season is...
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    i have 700x28 Conti Grand Prix 4-Seasons on my...

    i have 700x28 Conti Grand Prix 4-Seasons on my foul weather bike. it's a good wet weather tire.

    i have 700x35 Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires on my dedicated winter bike. i like the safety...
  18. I roll Conti GP 4 seasons on my foul weather...

    I roll Conti GP 4 seasons on my foul weather commuter.

    they're a good wet weather tire and i would recommend them, but at this time of year in the wet it's really just best to slow down for turns...
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    to the OP, if you're just debating the small...

    to the OP, if you're just debating the small difference between a 28 and a 32 for yourself, then simply follow these easy guidelines:

    1. a high quality 28 is generally preferable to a low quality...
  20. combo platform/SPD pedals for me! i have them on...

    combo platform/SPD pedals for me! i have them on all of my bikes. i very much prefer to ride clipless, but i also really like the flexibility of being to ride with regular shoes if i just want to hop...
  21. I live in chicago, what are these things you call...

    I live in chicago, what are these things you call "hills"?
  22. ^ i think it might be a cultural difference. here...

    ^ i think it might be a cultural difference. here in chicago, all of the condo buildings that i have lived in over the years have had secure indoor bike storage rooms in the ground floor/basement of...
  23. how inhumane! i would no sooner...

    <shudders>

    how inhumane! i would no sooner leave one of my bikes outside over night than i would my own child.
  24. and we are still amazed at the european...

    and we are still amazed at the european fascination with 50 lb. boat anchors. :D
  25. to each their own. the ultegra brifters on my...

    to each their own. the ultegra brifters on my road bike have given me well over 15,000 miles of urban shifting, and they're still going strong. we'll see how long the sram apex groupset on my new...
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