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Hello internet. What’s shakin’?

Feeling pretty lucky lately….

  • Saw two shows last week: Tim Kasher in a living room (dear god) and then Trail of Dead played “Source Tags and Codes” at Empty Bottle.
  • TWO DAYS OF BASEBALL! OPENING DAY in Bridgeport AND Wrigley.
  • Met a real boy Friday through friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve experienced this mutual sense of giddiness with someone. Instant connection. It feels pretty nice.
  • Saw the new doc “Finding Vivian Maier" last night. I love this story so much. I can’t believe I’ve been following it as long as I have.
  • Buddy checked my bike this weekend; hooked me up with new tires, a new chain and cassette. Bought a rear Knog Blinder (my fave). Bitch looks hot.

Thankfully this week is chill. No shows (until Coathangers on Friday and The Men / Basic Cable Saturday), no work events (except for in-store demos tomorrow and Thursday). Hoping to get in a lot of tv watching, biking and couch/bed time.

What’s happenin’ with all of you?

The Pedestrian–Cyclist Armistice, Slate Magazine

"I will run red lights with caution." ALWAYS.

calumet412: City car sticker, 1937, Chicago
Some of you may or may not know I have a Chicago History half-sleeve (nerd alert) and I kinda love the idea of having this old-timey-as-fuck imagery on the inside of my other (left) arm. I know I’m all, like, anti-car and pro-bike/public transit/walking but, since cars had yet to take over the world in 1937, I think this design is pretty badass.
And maybe I could counter it with some insane old timey  lady all side-saddling a bike? Or wearing bloomers and leaving all the boys in the dust?

calumet412City car sticker, 1937, Chicago

Some of you may or may not know I have a Chicago History half-sleeve (nerd alert) and I kinda love the idea of having this old-timey-as-fuck imagery on the inside of my other (left) arm. I know I’m all, like, anti-car and pro-bike/public transit/walking but, since cars had yet to take over the world in 1937, I think this design is pretty badass.

And maybe I could counter it with some insane old timey  lady all side-saddling a bike? Or wearing bloomers and leaving all the boys in the dust?

40 oz to freedom, eh?

ridebikesdrinkbeergetawesome:

“The Government must help eliminate cars so that bicycles can eliminate government.”

(via thegreenurbanist)

thegreenurbanist:

arteffect:

Chicago’s Audiotree Music has teamed up with Schubas Tavern for Schubas Bike Bash. Tune ups, demos and workshops + $2 Schlitz beer.

Where: Schubas Tavern 3159 N Southport Ave

When: June 11 (Same night as Chicago’s Naked Bike Ride)

Why: Becuase bikes and music are the best things on earth..DUH. (also to host a bike drive for Working Bikes Cooperative, to promote women on bikes, to give everyone a place to ask questions, meet other Chicago cyclists etc etc and so forth)

**BONUS since it is during the day before the Chicago Naked Ride, it’s the perfect way to break the ice with that bike hottie before you see all their nuts and bolts.

YES! schubas.com/Shows/06-11-2011+Schubas+Bike+Bash

thegreenurbanist:

Most Bike-Friendly Cities

“Part of urban planning is making sure that different commuters can co-exist on the roadway. This infographic offers you knowledge about different cities around the world and in the U.S. — and what they are doing to make room for cyclists. Find out more about what is being done, and how you can plan to make your city more bike-friendly.”

… for a lot of Jess-patting-herself-on-the-back-for-riding-her-bike. I mean, I ride my bike but I don’t commute on my bike often enough. It’s a 6.5 mile ride from my place in Ukie Village to the brewery in Ravenswood. It’s a very pleasant ride up Damen. Except for my archnemesis: that godawful bridge over the north branch of the Chicago River, where a gust of wind is always waiting to push me back. To a lot of people, daily bike commuting isn’t a big thing, but for me it’s a challenge and something I’ve always wanted to do. (I use my steel ‘72 Schwinn Suburban as an excuse too often: it’s too heavy for a commuter bike!)

So, yeah, I biked on Tuesday and Thursday. My goal is to communte by bike at least twice a week to start. Sounds easy, sure, but once it gets hot outside and the brewery becomes a 90 degree oven, you spend your day trying not to faint and not itching your heat rash. That’s when the ride becomes just a smidge less enjoyable. That’s when the bus or the car with it’s air conditioning becomes a treat you wait for all day. So I figure riding 25 miles a week, just to work, starting now will make it easier come July when the humidity and the glaring sun burn off my motivation.

So yeah. Twice a week. Announcing a goal on the internet means I’ll do it, right? (Not necessarily.)

Spring. Sitting outside listening to Justice after the 6.5mi ride home, enjoying a beer & my new vegan cookbooks

Um, yeah, that’s a Chicago Prohibition History Bike Tour Map. That’s pretty much all of my favorite things wrapped in one! No pun intended

Only $12 for a box of all five varieties, all named after booze, on Etsy.

From Ethnically Engineered's e-mail:

Our latest Chicago-centric Organic Vegan Soap Bar, Allsorts, is going to wow your guests with a Chicago history bicycle map inside.  Each bar is designed for the curious or student of Chicago Prohibition Era history. Open the wrapper to reveal a detailed adventure that will lead you to the intersection of vice and victim: 13 unlucky years unveiled as you travel through the city’s “noble experiment” and witness the creation of The Chicago Outfit and American Organized Crime.

Scented with the sun kissed blends of essential oils this bar will fill your shower with a lush sweet citrus scent and a towel snapping back end.  Try all four scents:  Whisky Sour, Gin and Tonic, Spiced Rum or The Screwdriver.  Made with the finest, sustainably sourced/fair wage, organic plant oils; this bar was also produced using the most ethical considerations for the bio-sphere, it’s creatures and your family.

Magical.

Woke up hungover but was on my bike by 9:30 for the 3-mile ride to New Wave. Now enjoying caffeine & the happy feeling that accompanies productivity.

hennepinave:

The National Corridor Plan map identifies 50-mile wide corridors, both prioritized (numbered) and un-prioritized (faint brown corridors). The Plan can change, based upon state opportunities and interests, with new corridors or realignments. As corridors turn into routes, the lines will go from wide swaths of color to defined routes (see USBR 76 and 1 in Virginia as an example). Links to U.S. Bike Route (USBR) maps, state bike maps and informational websites will be provided as they become available.

This is great — United States Bicycle Route System. (Via @TC Streets for People)

This would be amazing!

(via utnereader)