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About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.

Yuskauskas, still nice, now Peter from Brompton

I finally met Peter Yuskauskas, a tall and enthusiastic folding bike promoter, back in February 2018 at the Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association (CABDA) Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois. When I wrote about Peter from NYCeWheels in 2011, he worked for … Continue reading

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Day 30. 30 Days of Biking

Are you a spectator or a participant? Spectators watch the action. Participants are the action. Before you say participant, because that’s what people who ride bicycles are, participants in their own movement through time and space, consider what the two … Continue reading

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Day 29. 30 Days of Biking

Looking for good advice on how to ride a bicycle? Start with this list. Always stop to: Clean your tires Remove your jacket Drink coffee Drink water from a garden hose, even a really long one Help turtles cross the … Continue reading

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Day 28. 30 Days of Biking

When you’re out on the county grid, surfing the monocultures of soon-to-be soybeans and corn, it can look pretty bleak. Those straight lines on paper and Google Maps? They’re straight lines in real life, too. But only if you disregard … Continue reading

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Day 27. 30 Days of Biking

Is it possible to buy a bicycle and not see it change in some way? Maybe. But think of the obstacles to a truly unchanged machine. Let’s say you buy the bike only to hang it up. (And aren’t the … Continue reading

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Day 26. 30 Days of Biking

Takes 41 minutes to get from Bushwhacker to Dunlap along the Rock Island Greenway/Rock Island Trail. At least it’s 41 minutes if you are me, and you end up booking it. Riding the Bianchi Pista today, past dogs on long … Continue reading

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Day 25. 30 Days of Biking

The past is the hitchhiker we have no choice but to carry with us. Take yesterday’s ride: my Trek 2300. Most of the air in the tires was compressed last week. The rear hub is 21st century but in service … Continue reading

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