Smell Ya Later, Tiny Fix


If you’ve noticed that it’s been all weeds and crickets around here at Tiny Fix lately, you’re not the only one. I’ve often been frustrated when blogs stop updating regularly without explanation, so I wanted to let our readership what’s been going on with Tiny Fix, and with me, personally.

Tiny Fix still exists! We post links we find interesting frequently on our Facebook page, our Twitter is still active, and our nine members will continue to post bike-related articles as inspiration strikes.

Events and posts may become less frequent, however. The reason behind this are myriad. Only two people showed up to our last alleycat. I have personally become less involved with the bike scene. And, as the member of Tiny Fix who used to make sure that we had at least one post a week and that all alleycats that I heard about were posted, I no longer have an interest in maintaining that posting schedule.

I know, I’m a jerk. I still love riding my bike! I still have u-locks tattooed between my shoulders! But I honestly have written mostly everything I have to write about bikes, and biking. I’m moving onto other projects that I find more fulfilling, either because they’re new to me and hence more interesting, or because they pay me.

I will continue posting on Tiny Fix as inspiration strikes, and so will our other members (who are awesome and rad and better writers than me). In the meantime, please check out the other resources I have gathered below.

Always Yours in Scummy Bike Punkdom,



Store Brand Soda: If you like the way I rounded up events and commented on culture within Chicago’s bike scene, you may enjoy reading me do the same thing for Chicago’s DIY punk scene. It’s a blur of basement shows, in-stores, all ages dance parties, sweaty jean vests, leather jackets, 7″s and cassette tapes someone dubbed in their bedroom. I’m really excited about writing for it in the way that I used to be for Tiny Fix, and I really think you should check it out.

I Have Tourette Syndrome and CBiT Changed My Life: A long form, incredibly personal article about my struggle to live a healthy life with the neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome.

I Used Clothing As Armor But Now I’m Using It To Express Myself: An article for xoJane about how my anxiety and gender identity have impacted how I dress myself.

Check Out These Diverse Punk Bands I’ve Rounded Up Just For You: A beginner’s primer on the importance of QTPOC representation in punk, as well as a ton of recommendations for really awesome bands that don’t fit the “three or four straight white cis dudes” mold.


Don’t Bike Like A Dickweed: 10 Rules for New Cyclists

The Gender Candy Store: Biking While Genderqueer

A #BikeWinter Outfit, Layer by Layer (Slightly NSFWish)

The Epic Tiny Fix Guide to #BikeWinter

If My Dumb Ass Can Bike in Winter, So Can You

Talent and What You Think is Pretty Have Nothing to Do with Each Other

Cupcake’s Fixed Gear Jamis Sputnik Bike Check

The Chicken Fried Guide: Opinions on Chicago’s Fried Chicken

Transformative Justice: Reforming Policing & Incarceration in Chicago

#BikeWinter Checklist: Should I Ride Today?

My First Bike Crash; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bombing Hills


Facebook: Not the most helpful answer, I know, but this is where I found out about 99% of the alleycats I used to post about. You have to do the work yourself now. Bummer.

Bike Jerks: Mostly MPLS-based events like Bandit Cross, Track or Treat (which is coming up!) etc

Chicago Cuttin Crew: The pink-kitted racers behind Messenger Prom, Chicago Cuttin Crew Classic, Chicago CMWC, etc

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C4: Chicago Cycle Courier Championship: Saturday, October 4th


Kind of an early warning for this one, but I figured I might as well post it before I forgot! Throw this banger on your calendar and check the Facebook Event for updates.

All details after the jump!

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Update to The Chicken Fried Guide

Photo of PQM’s Chicken & Waffles by Tiny Fixer KC

On Memorial Day, KC and I took our first ride together in months down to Publican Quality Meats for their Chicken & Waffles special. This impromptu brunch bikery has resulted in a slew of new content for Tiny Fix.

The Chicken Fried Guide, Tiny Fix’s Guide to Chicago’s Fried Chicken, has been updated with a review of the chicken and waffles you see above. And I’m currently working on an article about the super-secret-surprise shop visit we made to a new bike shop on our ride back northwest. Check back later this week to say hello to a new LBS!

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Spinlister – A Renter’s Guide

Somewhere between one and three times a year, I fly across the country. Inevitably my main goal is to ride a bike inside of wherever Point B is. In the past, I’ve eschewed shipping or flying with my own. Some airlines charge ridiculous prices that leave a broke ass nonprofit employee in a quite a state of SMH.

I don’t know if I can justify spending $$ getting my beater bike to my destination for more than it cost me to buy. Because of this, I am forever on the quest to properly find my tiny body a tiny bike to enjoy when on vacation.

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It’s tiny! And fixed!

You guys, it’s an adorable robot that rides a tiny fixed gear. No brakes.  If only those gyroscopes were in a little robot messenger bag though.  New mascot perhaps?

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For Carmelita

1486137_567711609974567_27347341_oMiss Sams herself, photo courtesy of West Town Bikes.

I first met Carmelita Sams when she was helping to host a clothing swap during Women and Trans open shop night at West Town Bikes. Later she and I would meet again, at their Ciclo Urbano storefront when I came in with some tricky brake problems and she was the mechanic who would fix them. Later, she was the friendly face who greeted me at a Women Bike Chicago event where she was determined to find a Surly touring frame small enough for me to try out and stuck with me until I found a saddle my tiny legs could get upon.

This woman was simply a ball of positive energy, to me, a casual witness to her enthusiasm and assistance, and a beneficiary of her welcoming attitude that provided me a safe place to go with my bicycle and my questions. It will be easy to remember her with a smile on my face.

Carmelita recently passed after a powerful fight against cancer. Her death has her family working hard to find money to pay funeral costs. Please give what you can on behalf of a woman who gave so much to the Chicago bike community at large. You can donate to her family by clicking here.

Via her family:

From the bottom of our hearts we wanted to thank everyone for all of their kind words and support during this hard time of losing our mother, Carmie [...] Unfortunately, like many of us, she was not prepared with life insurance, and we are now trying to raise money as best as we can to fund the funeral arrangements. If you have it in your heart to donate anything you can, we would greatly appreciate it. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the funeral arrangements. Please send any questions to:


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