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    when i had a 15 mile one-way commute, i rode with...

    when i had a 15 mile one-way commute, i rode with cycling shorts.

    now i have a short little 5 mile commute, so i don't bother with 'em.
  2. The Joy of Spring: warmer temps, flowers, green leaves, NEW ASPHALT!

    winter has wreaked its usual havoc on chicago's streets. winter is now over. spring has sprung and the asphalt plants have now reopened!

    this morning i was treated to a full continuous mile of...
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    Sticky: i had first commute of the season on my road bike...

    i had first commute of the season on my road bike this morning. and what a beautiful morning it is!

    as practical as my commuter and winter bikes are, there is a special cycling joy that only my...
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    being that my commute is 5 miles through a fully...

    being that my commute is 5 miles through a fully interconnected city street grid, there are more possible routes to work than i could ever hope to count.

    but i take the same routes pretty much...
  5. i don't try to look like any particular kind of...

    i don't try to look like any particular kind of cyclist when i'm bike commuting. i just do what works for me.

    most of the time that's riding on a commuting-converted CX bike with full fenders and...
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    Sticky: we've been having wave after wave of...

    we've been having wave after wave of thunderstorms rolling through chicago since last night.

    i checked the radar this morning and thought i saw a big enough opening between two waves to squeeze...
  7. ^ thanks for all your help and info, bruce. in...

    ^ thanks for all your help and info, bruce.

    in looking closer at my Mu frame, the clearance between the chain and the "seat stay" is already fairly tight with a 53t chain ring and 18t rear...
  8. i agree that the 70/22 is the ratio that i'll...

    i agree that the 70/22 is the ratio that i'll want (as big as possible), however, my Mu Uno came with an FSA Tempo 5-blot 130mm BCD crank, so i don't think i would have to ditch it to put the 70...
  9. ^ thanks bruce. i'm definitely interested in...

    ^ thanks bruce.

    i'm definitely interested in converting to gates belt drive. i'm not interested in converting to a 2-speed hub or any other kind of IGH. i want to keep the single-speed/coaster...
  10. ^ yeah, that's a cool belt drive Mu conversion on...

    ^ yeah, that's a cool belt drive Mu conversion on Thor's site, but it's got an 8 speed IGH which i'm not interested in.

    however, it does clearly demonstrate that belt drive conversions are...
  11. picture time: here she is out of the box with the...

    picture time: here she is out of the box with the carbon seat post and some shimano combo SDP/platform pedals.

    http://s21.postimg.org/6butap6p3/mu_uno.jpg



    the flat black paint job really...
  12. ^ Thor, i see that my Dahon Mu Uno that i...

    ^ Thor, i see that my Dahon Mu Uno that i purchased from amazon was actually shipped by you, so thanks for the extremely timely delivery. i would have ordered directyl from you, but amazon's price...
  13. based on personal experience, i would have to say...

    based on personal experience, i would have to say that chicago is both the best and the worst city for bike commuting because it is the only city i have ever bike-commuted in.

    i have ridden a...
  14. i wish i had the the confidence in my wrenching...

    i wish i had the the confidence in my wrenching skills to attempt the same.

    taking apart my alfine 8 scares me.
  15. here in chicago, we got 5" of snow yesterday. it...

    here in chicago, we got 5" of snow yesterday. it was pretty wet and then it got cold enough last night for some good refreeze action.

    needless to say, i was back on my studded winter beast this...
  16. if you ride during cold weather a lot (below...

    if you ride during cold weather a lot (below freezing), get the alfine 11. i have an alfine 8 on my winter beast, and in colder temps, it can feel a bit draggy. i've been told that the 11 uses an oil...
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    my wife and i just moved up here from downtown...

    my wife and i just moved up here from downtown last summer in anticipation of the arrival of our first child (the one bedroom 800 SF highrise condo just wasn't going to cut it for a family of three)....
  18. well, i couldn't find a Tern Link Uno in stock...

    well, i couldn't find a Tern Link Uno in stock anywhere nearby, so i just went ahead and ordered a Mu Uno from amazon. it was on sale for $524, and i had over $150 bucks in amazon credits that i had...
  19. always a good idea. The experience that prompted...

    always a good idea. The experience that prompted this whole thread was me perusing an LBS and coming across a Mu Uno and checking it out. After admiring it's stripped down simplicity, my next impulse...
  20. ^^ thanks for your very helpful responses Azreal...

    ^^ thanks for your very helpful responses Azreal and Thor.

    no EBBs! that's a relief to know. that would have been an instant deal breaker for me.

    looking at the Link Uno and Mu Uno more...
  21. Thor, you're probably the most qualified person...

    Thor, you're probably the most qualified person to answer my two main questions:

    1. between the Mu Uno and Link Uno, which would you recommend for someone looking for the most lightweight and...
  22. thanks for the input everyone. so far, it looks...

    thanks for the input everyone. so far, it looks like my choices are:

    - Dahon Mu Uno

    - Dahon Speed Uno

    - Tern Link Uno

    - Swift Single Speed
  23. Considering a lightweight off-the-shelf SS folder - money is only a moderate object

    I was wandering around a bike shop today and saw a Dahon Mu Uno. it got me thinking, if i sold my old 8 speed dahon, i could think about picking up a SS folder. living in chicago, speeds are...
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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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