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08-12-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,504
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Just wanted to say I missed you all

So I was way more active several years ago when, during my last career, I was able to sit in front of a computer all day at work, commute to work on my bicycles year round, and generally more active....
Forum: Commuting
02-20-17, 08:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 919
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I have done the year round commute a few years...

I have done the year round commute a few years ago. The 2014/2015 years. We had some super cold temps in the winter. I think my coldest ride was -20 somethimy with the wind chill. I use the North...
03-25-15, 10:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,718
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I learned the hard way after lots of sores and...

I learned the hard way after lots of sores and chaffing that cycling specific clothing is your friend. I rode in loose shorts and athletic shirts with cotton/poly blend boxers and got all sorts of...
03-23-15, 09:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,970
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I never had the pleasure of meeting him face to...

I never had the pleasure of meeting him face to face, but we did trade emails and messages on here. He was a HUGE inspiration for me to get into shape, and my 60 lbs of current weight loss can be...
03-18-15, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 418
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Perfect! Thanks for the link.

Perfect! Thanks for the link.
03-17-15, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 795
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I bought it and love it! I got it last year and...

I bought it and love it! I got it last year and it was a 2013 model. Really comfy and haven't chaffed since installing it. Make sure you are using good shorts, I tried a few short commutes to work...
03-17-15, 02:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,107
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Sweet. I might be out there at the end of May...

Sweet. I might be out there at the end of May just north of the DC area, so I might be PMing you folks.
03-17-15, 12:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,107
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Well if I end up on the east coast in the next...

Well if I end up on the east coast in the next few months this might be something to do next year.

Any other good centuries out there?
03-16-15, 03:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Google image it....but not if you're squeamish. ...

Google image it....but not if you're squeamish. Basically instead of rolling your ankle to the side (either one) you roll your ankle with more of a backward motion than just side and pull the...
03-16-15, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I forgot to update, been riding to work for the...

I forgot to update, been riding to work for the last week when not going to PT. I did go for a "longer" ride yesterday which ended up a little over 15 miles, but my average was about 17 mph. ...
03-12-15, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,028
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Tried to check it out at work....spam blocker...

Tried to check it out at work....spam blocker says it is a porn site!

Is it a clothing optional training program" :lol:
03-12-15, 10:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,562
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I am going to sit here and learn. I'd like some...

I am going to sit here and learn. I'd like some new rims for my roadie in the next season or so.
03-12-15, 10:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,234
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Ahhh...why did you ruin it! I was enjoying the...

Ahhh...why did you ruin it! I was enjoying the responses and hoping to see it form into a 12 page discussion over the next 6 years!
03-12-15, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,276
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Listen, we can't REALLY comment until there is a...

Listen, we can't REALLY comment until there is a picture....I'll wait.....

I kid, congrats and enjoy! But seriously, we need pics!
03-12-15, 10:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 284
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I am so glad to be back riding!!

So I picked up commuting full-time back in June of last year due to car troubles and it not being worth to fix. Well I ride 99% of this past winter in Chicago, decked the bike out in studded tires...
03-12-15, 07:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Is that a Mongoose BMX bike? That looks pretty...

Is that a Mongoose BMX bike? That looks pretty nifty!
03-04-15, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Bad sprain - precautions to riding again?

So I've been silent for a little bit, just busy with life, but did become a full-time commuter back in June and rode 99% of the winter here in Chicago. Except for the last 2 weeks, because I ganked...
02-24-15, 02:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,756
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I would love to travel out there, but a purple...

I would love to travel out there, but a purple and green ankle is keeping me from doing anything other than hobbling along.
10-24-14, 12:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,232
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Here is what I consider to be a pictorial...

Here is what I consider to be a pictorial representation of us big'uns on bikes:

http://38.media.tumblr.com/08ab56065d3b01d436bd6cc00886dc86/tumblr_mxbbydRDq11qasw9lo1_1280.gif



And at times...
10-24-14, 12:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,628
Posted By Chitown_Mike

It is funny I went for a ride the morning before...

It is funny I went for a ride the morning before GCN released this video and totally got dropped on a short climb with my buddy. My excuse was more honest.....I totally wasn't ready for it at all. ...
10-24-14, 12:00 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 112,879
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I love my Canari bibs and shorts. I wear a large...

I love my Canari bibs and shorts. I wear a large with a 36-38" waist but I have massively muscular thighs and like the compression. The large fits just tight enough that it isn't bothersome, I...
10-24-14, 11:57 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,983
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I rock my round 2er all the time when out for the...

I rock my round 2er all the time when out for the more serious rides. My commutes are for the clothes I don't mind trashing.

Perhaps if this were to wait till after the 1st of the year I'd be...
10-16-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,517
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Right now I am more focused on cross training, so...

Right now I am more focused on cross training, so I run 2-3x per week and do some HIIT stuff 2-3x per week as well. Because I have focused primarily on riding the last 2 years my legs are fine tuned...
10-15-14, 04:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,517
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Oh I don't take offense easily, but I have...

Oh I don't take offense easily, but I have purposely avoided riding with the group in question because of how hard they go. I have ridden with several that aren't a challenge. Just being a pansy is...
10-15-14, 04:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By Chitown_Mike

That is one step above reading it because you...

That is one step above reading it because you thought it said h​erpes. :eek:
10-15-14, 02:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,517
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I have purposely come up with excuses as to why I...

I have purposely come up with excuses as to why I don't ride with some groups....mainly it is because I don't want to get dropped. However my reasoning never has been that.

Looks like I just need...
10-15-14, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I feel like this is a frickin' chain letter and...

I feel like this is a frickin' chain letter and now I need to do it.....I secretly hate you right now Solare ! :D

I have thought about adding these into my HIIT stuff I try to do 2-3x a week and...
10-08-14, 01:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,132
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I flaunt my massive calves because it was the...

I flaunt my massive calves because it was the only part of my body that was muscular when I was fat. Almost 60 lbs shaved off and they only got bigger and more toned.

Funny story was I was at the...
10-07-14, 12:09 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 112,879
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Wyored, the shorts are on the way USPS priority...

Wyored, the shorts are on the way USPS priority so I'd imagine you should see them by early next week at the latest. I can get you a tracking # if it is important.
09-23-14, 02:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,377
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Maybe it is just me.....maybe I have seen one too...

Maybe it is just me.....maybe I have seen one too many movies, but when I ride in traffic, whether on mark bike lanes or not, I always picture this scene in my head if I were to get into a...
09-23-14, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 519
Posted By Chitown_Mike

3rd organized century - lost an hour

So 2 years ago I attempted a century ride, in fact there is a thread here called "Clyde on a Century", and I did it. My moving time was around 6 hours and 50 minutes, the following year did the same...
09-23-14, 10:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,496
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I love the Domane, I like my 1.5, but a Domane...

I love the Domane, I like my 1.5, but a Domane would be a "dream" bike for me. I'd do one completely loaded out, built a nice one on Trek's Project One website, came out aroung $13k.

Very nice...
09-23-14, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Awesome write up! When are we doing this again?...

Awesome write up! When are we doing this again? :)

I might be moving to the DC area in the spring and full well plan on riding the GAP and C&O canal trails at one time. But I am really excited...
09-23-14, 10:08 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 112,879
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Wyored----I haven't forgotten about you! Just...

Wyored----I haven't forgotten about you! Just forgetting to grab the shorts when I leave for work (I'd ship from work). I have a reminder to grab them tonight and leave them in my back overnight.
09-18-14, 02:26 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,432
Posted By Chitown_Mike

These are great suggestions. Also I found a...

These are great suggestions.

Also I found a way to lighten my riding weight by 50 lbs......I only discovered this secret by riding the bike more, pushing myself when doing so, and eating better. ...
09-17-14, 01:27 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 112,879
Posted By Chitown_Mike

PM'd ya!

PM'd ya!
09-17-14, 08:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,888
Posted By Chitown_Mike

We have a few of these in Chicago, and while it...

We have a few of these in Chicago, and while it is nice to "legally" pull in front of a car, usually they are nothing more than an extension of the driving lane that cars stop in anyway.

And if...
09-17-14, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Just wanted to update this thread and throw some...

Just wanted to update this thread and throw some more thanks and encouragement out there to the C&A forum with all I have learned over the years.

I am down to 218 from 272 in November of 2012,...
09-16-14, 02:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,866
Posted By Chitown_Mike

A really good friend of my wife and I had his...

A really good friend of my wife and I had his in-laws putting a cow up for slaughter, we did a cow-pool with a few other families and got a full cow. It was from a small farm, only got antibiotics...
09-16-14, 02:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,736
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I can attest the the new wardrobe not being...

I can attest the the new wardrobe not being cheap. But I still get by on my old shorts, my old "fat" jeans are great for wearing a pair....or 2!....of sweat pants underneath them in the winter, and...
09-16-14, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I'll be at it, look for anyone who wants to keep...

I'll be at it, look for anyone who wants to keep a pace of 18+, the few of us want to get started at 6 AM and be done in about 6 1/2 hours including stops.

I'll be there on a black/white Trek 1.5...
09-11-14, 02:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,107
Posted By Chitown_Mike

This wasn't my normal doctor since I didn't want...

This wasn't my normal doctor since I didn't want to take the day off. This is a large practice and was one of the associate doctors there that I talked with/saw. When I tell people what I weigh...
09-10-14, 10:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,107
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I had something similar but from my doctor at my...

I had something similar but from my doctor at my physical a week ago. I am 220 (well 224 at the visit) and 71.75" tall, so technically my BMI weight is 185 or something around there. Of which I...
09-10-14, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 753
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I like cooking and such so maybe that's why I do...

I like cooking and such so maybe that's why I do it. However the fruit bars don't require baking, just food process them like crazy, shape, freeze, cut into blocks, and refreeze. Probably take...
09-09-14, 09:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 753
Posted By Chitown_Mike

Energy/Larabar/Ride bar recipes

I like to cook, and I really like making my own bars for rides and such because I know what goes in them and I know what my body likes and responds well to, and what it doesn't. I have made GCN's...
09-09-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 37,494
Posted By Chitown_Mike

After looking at my numbers....I need to ride my...

After looking at my numbers....I need to ride my roadie more! My average is sucktastic for me, but that is a front suspended MTB/commuter and I haven't done a long ride in a few weeks.
09-09-14, 08:46 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,394
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I started out on a stove-pipe Continent road bike...

I started out on a stove-pipe Continent road bike and LOVED the way it rode. Until I backed it up into a tree when on the back of my car.....le sigh

But now I have 2 brand new bikes, a 2014 Trek...
09-05-14, 12:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,711
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I heal somewhere between the tail of a lizard and...

I heal somewhere between the tail of a lizard and Wolverine. I can't really explain it but I heal really fast, broken bones included.




Not really, I use a SealLine bag and because it is a...
09-04-14, 02:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,584
Posted By Chitown_Mike

I guess it is better than shooting him? I am...

I guess it is better than shooting him?

I am totally lost on why they rolled over him again.....
09-04-14, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 882
Posted By Chitown_Mike

If you want to ride or drive safely it is a very...

If you want to ride or drive safely it is a very bad thing. If you don't care then it is good, but the scofflaws here are ridiculous. I have more issues with my safety on a bike than when I do...
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