Category Archives: cycling the midwest

Divvy up that commute, would ya?

  I’d like to share a couple things about commuting to Chicago. My goal is to make it efficient to get to and from my home to the office in the city where I work a new gig as a … Continue reading

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The republican qualities of cycling

Everyone that has ever served on a committee knows the frustrations of trying to establish a legitimate, healthy compromise to the most difficult items on an agenda. People typically weigh in with all sorts of opinions. In the end, the … Continue reading

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Riding outside the White Line

There is little reason to not share the road with cyclists or runners other than raw selfishness. Even a large crowd of cyclists taking up a lane of country road on a Saturday morning can be passed eventually. Yet there … Continue reading

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Riding into the sunset

Summer does not feel complete unless a cyclist ends at least one ride with the sun setting with ¬†light fading and the mystery of dusk settling all around. Which is why last night’s right with Sue was special. She traveled … Continue reading

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Hugging a wheel

  Athletes By Design is a cycling club to which I belonged a few years back while doing a bit of criterium racing. The group is housed out of a pair of Prairie Path Cycling shops run by Mike Ferrell, … Continue reading

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The mortality running through us all

I was exchanging texts this morning with fellow artist Kerri Hoskins Branson about a painting project we’re working on together through Water Street Studios, the artist’s collective where we both have gallery and studio space. I profiled Kerri in this … Continue reading

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Memories are mist on the windshield of time

The last two days I made the wonderful drive up to Minneapolis, Minnesota and back. And I mean that seriously. It really is a beautiful drive. Over the years, and for a variety of reasons¬†I’ve covered that road up from … Continue reading

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Requiem for a Felt 4C

The autopsy by my bike mechanic is complete. My Felt 4C is officially a wall ornament. It happened as a result of a long ride under poor physical conditions. I’d been feeling sick during the Pumpkin Ride last October on … Continue reading

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Scarlet Burmeister making things work on a number of fronts

Scarlet Burmeister is both talented and a pragmatist. Her chosen profession as a welder and instructor at Chicago Women in Trades is in many senses a counterculture approach to a career. “Only 3% of the people in the trade segment … Continue reading

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Summer engagements and the drivetrain of love

Yet, it tends to be a greasy chain of love and trust upon which we depend to drive our relationships. We wish it could always stay shiny and clean and working like new, but it doesn’t. Like all collaborative relationships, the drivetrain of love accumulates a little dirt and history along the way. Unresolved feelings tug and pull. A collection of hurts or neglect gets jammed in the links. A gritty conversation or two creates noise and wears down the components. The drag of past relationships gets in the way. All need to be maintained and cleaned up with regular purpose and practice, lest we break a chain and have to start all over again. Continue reading

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