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4" of rain in Chicago...(15 posts)

4" of rain in Chicago...rollo tommassi
Aug 22, 2002 4:35 AM
I-94 closed, the Red Line is under water at Clybourn, cars are floating away!!

Needless to say, no track tonight, and it looks like heavy storms continue thru to Saturday.

Crit Saturday morning....should I wear a skinsuit or a swimsuit??

If bladed spokes cut down on drag, will "paddle" shaped spokes help propel me thru high standing water??

If swimmers shave their bodies, why cyclists only their legs?
One solution:Kristin
Aug 22, 2002 4:59 AM
Yeah, I left hell...I mean Arlington Heights this morning and eventually drifted into the office. Be careful out there! It isn't for the faint of heart.

I say, wear the swimsuit. If the track is under water, you could always swim funny laps. Or bring this:
re: 4" of rain in Chicago...RayBan
Aug 22, 2002 5:41 AM
no kidding MAN did it rain a lot last night. I seen a park next to the chicago river on the way in and the river rose so much it submerged almost half of it! I'm glad I got a good ride in on Tuesday night....
My dog is still hiding in the closet.Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 22, 2002 6:13 AM
Poor little dude, he doesn't like the thunder.

Alex
Yup! My gf's dog is the same way. :( (nm)jtferraro
Aug 22, 2002 6:42 AM
You guys need to get a real dog!!94Nole
Aug 22, 2002 12:06 PM
What are they, poodles?
re: 4" of rain in Chicago...sweetbuns
Aug 22, 2002 7:37 AM
It rains more in the summer months in Chicago than Portland, Or. Bike naked and I will be sure to cheer you on with a camera!

This city is more equipped for a ton of snow than a ton of rain....
Update 7-8" now fallen in NW Chicagoland. Thats inside 24 hours (nm)Kristin
Aug 22, 2002 8:52 AM
That much inside???? How much outside! ;) nm4bykn
Aug 22, 2002 1:21 PM
And 120 miles south.....4bykn
Aug 22, 2002 1:11 PM
Here in Normal we didn't get a drop! Really. You'd think that bad a storm would cover a larger area.
What's your favorite ride in that area?peloton fodder
Aug 22, 2002 1:26 PM
I went to ISU, I used to love the Danvers around Spin Lake loop. That was much better than the Lake Bloomington Loop. There's a ton of good riding out there, lots of great farm roads. I actually worked at Vitesse back in the day. The Jimmy Johns in d-town Normal is there because I suggested to the owner that it would be a good location, he never even said thanks, that bastard.
What's your favorite ride in that area?4bykn
Aug 22, 2002 1:52 PM
The whole Spin Lake area...north about a mile or so from Spin Lake is Myer's Hill, a short but STEEP climb. I do Lake bloomington loop and Lake Comlara loop frequently after work. A nice 25 mile loop from my place.

Favorite ride? Any calm day, any direction. There are so many good, low-traffic roads. For hills I go (obviously) west past Danvers, any other direction is flat and smooth.

Did you work at the "old" Vitesse? They used to share a building with The Pub on Linden, about 2-3 blocks north of the current location.
Yeppeloton fodder
Aug 22, 2002 2:10 PM
Old school Vitesse. I like the new place but the old place sure had more character. It just had that ancient bike shop feel that good bike shops acquire after about 20 years. I worked with Chris, Dale, Jim, Jamie, Curtis and Ron. I don't know if any of them still work there, cept Chris the owner. Ron probably still works there in the summer, nice guy.

I miss the wind, nothing like working at 90% and going 14 mph. It prepared me for the mountains here in CO. I never realized when I was there how windy it was and so consistently. I found out that there's a jet stream that is usually parked over central IL. Funk's Grove is good too. Do they ever do the downtown Bloomington race anymore?
Funk's Grove.....4bykn
Aug 22, 2002 4:22 PM
One of the few places to find decent shade in mid-summer. Refreshing! The race in downtown (Governer's Cup?) hasn't been run for a few years. I'm not a racer (strictly recreational rider), so don't know the specific year it ended. It must have been a while since you lived here, I think Vitesse moved over 5 years back.

Just wondering...you didn't happen to sell a re-beginning cyclist a white Giant Allegre in 1990 or '91?

I hate to admit it here, but I really dont like doing business with Vitesse (although I like Chris, great guy). I can wander into the store and not get asked if I need anything for up to 15-20 minutes. Then I see one of the local racers walk in and they fall all over themselves to tend to him/her. I did like the old building, it had/has class, and it makes a good bar, too!
fox river trail (nm)sweetbuns
Aug 23, 2002 12:18 PM