The bike is back!
Originally uploaded by katherine of chicago
For me, I mean. It never went away for some of you. But my back wheel was stolen in November...this had never happened in the 13 years I'd had the bike, nearly all in Chicago, and then it did when the bike was locked a few days in front of my building. Last Tuesday night, in a caffeinated fit (I made it over two months without coffee! or anything containing caffeine other than chocolate/hot chocolate), I walked the bike the 10 blocks to the shop. I didn't think I could take it on a bus and I didn't want to ask a friend with a car for a favor.
I thought the store might be closed so I locked it overnight and came back to Boulevard Bikes in Logan Square the next afternoon, a gorgeous day. While they quickly repaired it, I ate at Johnny's Grill and took photos in the area. The prices were reasonable for the parts/repair, but it added up to more than I realized it would ($162, which must be half of what I paid for the bike itself). But I was so happy to have it back, I biked 5 miles Wed. evening, 24 miles Thurs., and 10 yesterday.
I was in a hurry to get it fixed for yesterday's Critical Mass...and the forecast was so lousy (yes, they got rained on) that I didn't go; in fact, I didn't even make it home on the bike, and it's locked up across from the Ferrera Pan Candy Co. in Forest Park.
If you're on LiveJournal, I just started a bike blog there (kofc.livejournal.com), because for several years I've meant to keep a log of my mileage and streets I travel (and to mark them off on a copy of the Chicago bike map). I'm debating the extent to which it'll be friends-only (i.e. you have to be a LiveJournal member to see it); I need to keep some of it private to keep my location private...but right now I only have one reader, ouch. Anyway, if you don't see it at all, no big deal, any of the GOOD stories will end up here, in my usual timely fashion. Oh, and I've also started a group on Flickr called Bicycling Chicago--there was no general-interest Chicago bicycle group there. If you're on Flickr with any bike photos whatsoever, feel free to join!