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#1 2016-02-11 11:30:33

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Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

So it appears I'm going to be in Chicago from March 9th-10th for business, which is posing a challenge to a goal of mine.  I'm trying to get in a bike ride per day for the entire year.  Thus far I'm holding strong, including a business trip that necessitated both a 5AM and 11PM bike ride.  However this schedule is going to make the 10th a significant challenge as I likely won't arrive back in town until after midnight.  I think I can get the 9th taken care of before leaving for the airport, but I could use some help from anyone in the downtown Chicago area.  Staying at the Palmer House FWIW.

I'm not 100% sure how to make this work.  I was thinking about demo-ing a bike at a local bike shop, but the hours could make that tough.  Does anyone nearby have a bike I can borrow for like half an hour?  Or want to go for an early morning ride?

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#2 2016-02-11 11:31:53

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Divvy it up, bitch

https://www.divvybikes.com/

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#3 2016-02-11 11:47:31

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Fuuuuckk, I forgot that some cities are not in the late 18th century like Boise.  Good call JM, station right around the corner.

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#4 2016-02-11 11:58:07

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Yeah those bikes kinda suck, but they work.  My bike is down right now, but I can always do a sweet 3rd gear pull in the FoST right by you if you want.


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#5 2016-02-11 13:14:17

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

They look like generic cruisers but they'll get the job done.  Better than relegating myself to an exercise bike, which would require arbitrary modification of my arbitrary goal.

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#6 2016-02-11 14:28:23

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Yeah those bikes are built for utility and built to fit everyone, but hey, they have to be durable. You'll get a workout.

Your hotel location is pretty close to the lake, get a Divvy and hit the lakefront trail, if the weather is ok.  up

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#7 2016-02-11 14:45:43

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Gonna be buttfuck early in the morning but I'll probably head out that way.  I've got cold weather biking gear.

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#8 2016-02-11 14:48:09

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You'll probably need it, hopefully it's not icy.

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#9 2016-02-11 15:10:22

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Tried to use Divvy before. The machine froze up so I never ended up riding one.  That's my extent of experience with them.  Cool story huh?


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#10 2016-02-12 02:02:08

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Non-trip question for you, possible one for me- are you going to Treefort this year?


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#11 2016-02-12 09:07:19

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I haven't gone in the past, but I hear good things.  Undecided on this year.

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#12 2016-02-12 22:59:43

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Aw man, I'm at a work conference in Nashville during these dates otherwise I would have brought you a bike down to the city and some beers smile


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#13 2016-02-13 17:06:11

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Super shitty dates, Blackhawks and Bulls are both away as well.

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#14 2016-03-09 23:27:13

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Divvys can handle stairs.  Loud and bumpily, but they'll make it.  Hard to wheelie.

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#15 2016-03-09 23:36:42

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We have two fireplace mantelpieces in our Aspen museum that were originally in the Palmer House.

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#16 2016-03-09 23:46:55

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lol at the broad on LSD


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#17 2016-03-10 07:53:25

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

Justin is confused...

JM, Divvy worked great.  Meh bikes but did the job.  Got about 10 miles in between last night and this morning.

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#18 2016-03-10 09:25:52

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

You got some decent weather for it, that's for sure.


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#19 2016-03-10 11:35:35

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

hyperboarder wrote:

Justin is confused...

JM, Divvy worked great.  Meh bikes but did the job.  Got about 10 miles in between last night and this morning.

Justin is on point. LSD= Lake Shore Drive.

Glad the bike worked out.  up

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#20 2016-03-10 12:19:40

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

hammyt wrote:

You got some decent weather for it, that's for sure.

Today's pretty meh but yesterday was a good day to ride.  I'm hoping for everything to start drying up so I can mountain bike but we're supposed to get a lot of rain coming up  unamused


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#21 2016-03-10 13:53:12

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Fair enough, LSD is LSD  big_smile.  I should have brought gloves, fingers got cold, but I wasn't exactly scooting along either.

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#22 2016-03-10 14:55:57

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Re: Oddball Request for the Chi-Town Folks

drewsro wrote:

Today's pretty meh but yesterday was a good day to ride.  I'm hoping for everything to start drying up so I can mountain bike but we're supposed to get a lot of rain coming up  unamused

It is March during an El Nino, dry? haaaa


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