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Ride cancelled on Sunday May 24th.
Group rides aren't just for the gods. So for those of us that can't sustain a 30mph pace for 60 miles into a 20 mph headwind, here is our ride.
- Leaving the Andersonville store at 5434 n. Clark Sunday mornings at 7:00. This is a 25-30 mile ride at a comfortable pace. Not too slow, not too fast. Just right? Maybe. About 18 mph going out and a little faster coming back. If you're looking for a race pace this group ride is not for you.
-The route is very straight forward so if you do fall behind it is very easy to get back on your own.
- Required items for the ride are, road bike, helmet, water, the ability to fix a flat tire and the tools to do so. Don't know how to change a flat? Ask us. We'll show you how. This is a non-competitive ride but we do want you to be prepared.
-We will ride single file out of the city. We will not be jerks to other people.
-You are required to have fun but if you find you are incapable of doing so, at least have the decency to pretend you're having fun.
- The ride is cancelled on days below 20F or if it's raining.
- Direct any questions to email@example.com.
Here's how it all started. When I was 6 I taught myself how to ride a bike. I wouldn't let my dad help me so I crashed all day until I figured out. I was instantly hooked.
In the winter my mom wouldn't let me ride outside so I would ride my bike in circles in our basement.
I took my first bike apart when I was 12, painted it, and put it back together. There were parts left over but it still worked.
I bought my first road bike with my own money when I was 13. I mowed lawns, walked dogs, painted houses, and did any odd jobs I could find for a year to save up for it. It was too big but I didn't care and on my first ride the police stopped me because they thought I stole it. I managed to convince them otherwise and they let me go.
In high school, when everyone was getting their first car at 16 I was getting my first mountain bike. I went off road for the first time at Palos and was instantly hooked on mountain biking. I still can't get enough of it 20 years later.
In the army I was the only soldier riding a bike to work. In full uniform. Doing wheelies the whole way. I got in trouble for that a few times but it was worth it. Apparently being stuck in traffic is behavior more appropriate for a soldier.
In 2001 I walked into Johnny Sprockets to buy shoes and I never left. In 2008 I took on a loan to buy the business.
People often ask me how my bike shop is different. I usually answer that question by talking about the quality and level of our service, our products, our support, stuff like that. But that's not really it.
The difference is, this is my life. It's not a job. It's not an investment. It's not a hobby. Cycling is my life. I am not driven by making more money. I don't want a big house. I don't want more locations. I don't care about retirement. What drives everything I do is simple.
Treat my customers and staff with respect and integrity. Constantly work to create the best bike shop I possibly can. Be a resource to our community that people can trust and a place that i can be proud of. That is what makes my shop different. I freaking love it.
I work in my stores with my staff and with my customers every day so if I ever fall short of that standard please let me know. You know where to find me.
Bike shop owner/ Cycling addict
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