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: help.carmelita@yahoo.com


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Flavor Cycle Milwaukee


I love this photo of Flavor Cycle’s delivery couriers. Keep holding it down in Milwaukee, kids!

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