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    CTA bus driver - a most disturbing story!

    Picked up the phone at the shop yesterday, a gentleman began a sad story: he'd gotten on the #147 Outer Drive Express with his bike attached to the bumper rack. For non-Chicago residents, this is a bus that goes up Michigan Ave. then takes Lake Shore Drive non-stop to Edgewater, about 6 miles north.

    Upon exiting to the front of the bus to get his bike, he is confused as to why it isn't there.

    "Oh..." the bus driver said, "...it fell off." Insert incredulus look of passenger

    "Where? When?" demanded the man.

    "Somewhere back there on the Drive."

    Now, LSD, as we call it, is a four lane divided highway, speed limit 45mph (or 70mph if you drive an SUV). Plenty of traffic behind any hour of the day. As the story was told to me, the driver did not stop to file a police report, check on other drivers, or generally give a damn. All the passenger has left is a few shifter parts and a mangled frame.

    We spoke on the phone for only a minute, but he may come in to talk with our Service Dept. to get an estimate of worth for an older Bianchi. I was stunned by his story, I can only hope that this driver is fired!

    Anyone here have a bad experiene using the bus bike racks with CTA?
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    Don't trust them so I only use the train or just ride the bike myself. That's some pretty shady stuff, though.

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    Those CTA bike racks are pretty risky.
    The bikes can fall off on regular routes, let alone LSD.

    Should have ridden up the Lake that day I guess.

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    I just moved to Chicago, Rogers Park to be more exact.

    This is good to know – thanks for informing us.

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    [QUOTE=Doctor Who]I just moved to Chicago, Rogers Park to be more exact.

    Really? I'm at Fargo and Ashland, just by the Jarvis El stop.

    Welcome to da Nortzide!
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    Bikes are for riding. I've only used the racks when I've gotten a flat. The real question is, would we expect anything more from the pathetic CTA?

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    I never really understood those racks. I know the city is doing a lot for bike riders, but why would you promote taking the bus to people who have a bike. I understand flat tires and rain, but overall seems a waste to me. I would much rather see better locations for locking/storing a bike.

    Poor guy nonetheless.

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    Welcome to Rogers Park!

    Doctor Who - Welcome to Rogers Park! I also live there!

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    Doc Who - Welcome to the Ro-Po, Rodge, etc...

    Rollo >>>> I'm right there on the 1500 block of Fargo.

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    Hey, Ro-Po people, let's go for a ride sometime.

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    We can have a Northside ride and lounge

    Alex in Evanston, Scotty2H, etc.

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    Hey, Ro-Po people, let's go for a ride sometime.
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    Golzy- Avatar?

    Golzy- is your avatar a VT for Virginia Tech?

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    Yeah. I work at Loyola with a number of VT alum. One of them organized a human VT logo shortly after the tragedy. Photos were taken and sent down with letters of support from our student body. This is one of the snaps we got.

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    Golzy- Cheers, I'm a Blacksburg native and visit family once or twice a year. Great place to ride.

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    city dwellers...where do you guys ride? The lakefront doesnt cut it for me unless i get out there real early in the morning.

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    Depending on where you're coming from north is the way to go. If you follow Sheridan through Evanston you can easily do 40+ miles. The roads are a little rough through Wilmette but clear up a little further north. It's quite the cycling attraction on weekends.

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    Im in river north. so if i follow the lakefront north that trail ends at sheridan road right? I can then just take that north?

    sorry im from the burbs originally...trying to get acquainted here

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    I mainly bump around the City - as far north as Evanston. I really want to head further South on the Lakefront or on the North Branch Trail and log some miles. Anyone been on that trail? I have this really great bike that I'm doing a disservice by just doing my 15 miles commute everyday...

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    i often ride all the way down to 71st street where the lakefront trail ends. i like it down there, nobody is usually around so you get some privacy which we all know is hard to come by on the lake

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    I'm out on the LFP around 8:00-8:30 weekday mornings, in order to do sprints and interval-ish efforts down in the southern end of the path. The ride down from the northern terminus of the path to Hyde Park makes for a great warmup; the ride back, a good cooldown with the occasional effort.

    I sometimes head out from RO-PO up to Evanston and then to the northern suburbs via Green Bay road, which is in FAR better shape than Sheridan. The traffic ain't the best, but it's far better than the traffic in Chicago proper and definitely better than the LFP on a weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo Tommassi
    Alex in Evanston, Scotty2H, etc.
    I'm down, just not for a little while. I sit for the bar in three weeks. I haven't done a ride over 20 miles in two months.

    Rogers Park in da h00d.

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    Good luck!

    sitting on a bar must be uncomfortable


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