Meet Elizabeth Adamczyk — Elizabeth is a circulation supervisor for Northwestern University Library’s Chicago campus branch and is also a dedicated bike commuter. Here is her profile:

Elizabeth Adamczyk

Why do you bike commute?
Living in Chicago, it’s just so much easier to hop on my bike in the morning and go. I never looked forward to the crowded bus or EL ride (or the long wait for public transit). Riding my bike is my favorite part of the day, plus it has cut my commute time almost in half.

How long have you been bike commuting?
My commute started as something of convenience on “nice” days a few years ago. I was a fair-weather cyclist for a while. But once I got the right gear and fenders, I now opt to commute year round. (Last year was my first Bike Winter.)

Chicago skyline

What kind of bikes do you have?
I have a Jamis Nova cyclocross that I now primarily ride on weekends. My commuter bike is my old Schwinn Sprint from the early 90s. It’s “the tank” or “the purple demon?.

How long is your commute?
My commute usually takes me close to 5 miles each way, around 25 minutes.

Any funny or interesting story that you may want to share.
First off, in the winter I wear a screaming yellow color jacket. The guy
driving the garbage truck in my alley waved and smiled at me as I trudged my bike past him and his truck through the unplowed alley to the street. He thought I was nuts for riding in such weather. Then he told me he wished more bikers stood out as much as I do with my lights and bright clothing. He also told me to be safe out there. I asked him to watch out for me and fellow bikers on the road. From that day on, he has always nodded at me when we pass each other. What a great way to start that day.

Last winter I struggled with keeping my fingers and toes warm. I remember being almost to work one morning and my fingers were SOOO cold that I could barely use them to apply my brakes. When I finally got indoors, my only thoughts were not that ‘it’s too cold to ride’ but rather ‘what more can I do to keep my fingers warm? I don’t want to stop riding because of my cold fingers!!!’ I was feeling desperate for a solution. Somehow I made it through — mittens and hand warmers (on the coldest of days) helped. Thank goodness… and I’m still riding.

Lincoln Ave.

What do people say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?
Most people first ask me where I live that I commute by bike. Usually they’re more surprised when they find out I ride year-round and don’t plan to garage my bike for the winter.

Do you have an ‘advanced commuter tip’?
Stay alert. It’s not really an advanced tip, but it’s one that even I need
to remember. All it takes is a moment of daydreaming to get into a really bad situation — like running into a pothole or getting doored or carelessly crossing an intersection.

Lincoln Ave. southbound

Anything that you may want to add?
Bicycling has completely changed my life — for the better. I truly believe that the world just looks better from the saddle. To quote the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, “The more you bike, the better your world.”

Also, I advocate sharing the road. The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event that takes place in May to recognize fallen cyclists and the legal sharing of the road. Look for your local Ride of Silence or organize one in your community. Let the silence roar(


Thanks, Elizabeth, for sharing your profile and insights and your excellent pictures of Chicago!

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Get some skills

The awesome people from C.I.C.L.E will be offering a traffic basics class this Saturday. If you are a person that is afraid to ride on the streets or want to start riding your bike to work, this class is a must for you!!!

This class is limited to 12 people, so be sure to call or email to reserve your spot. Email: info(at) or call 323-478-0060

Click here for more details.

We are back from Interbike and we finally have most of the sites up. We learned a few things about both events — never trust your host provider and beer flows after 4:00pm at Interbike. What was the biggest trend? Commuter/Utilitarian Bikes! Most manufacturers will offer bicycles with fenders, racks, lights and power-assist electric motors. Check out the pictures:

KHS Urban X

The KHS Urban X; the bike gets a new paint scheme and a new Shimano “Special teeth profile shifting”

Giant Storm
Giant City Storm, bike features integrated lights, speedo, rack, frame lock and fenders.

There were also plenty of Folding bike offerings:

Here’s a full carbon folding bike:

Kona surprised me with their new Kona Smoke, a 29er Commuter Bike!

Even Haro is throwing their entry in the hat:

For those who like Mountain biking, the ‘Niner revolution is still going strong — all major manufacturers offer a 29er bike in their lineups. Check out for Interbike mountain bike coverage.

We’ll keep posting more Interbike stuff as we go through our collection of over 600 pictures which you can check out by clicking on the flickr sidebars.

Our Hosting company had a major server failure that caused all our sites to go down for several days. Although we are back online, we have lost a month’s worth of content. We sincerely apologize to all of our readers and our sponsors. We are working hard to restore our sites so we can continue sharing with you our experience at Interbike and continue being one of the leading sites in bike commuting.


The Crew: Moe, RL, Priscilla, Randy, Jack, Nick and Jeff.

Well, we are here at Interbike. This is my first time coming to the BIG show and so far there has been one company that has really grabbed my attention: Jango.

This company has basically designed a ‘plug and play’ bicycle, you can add all sorts of accessories, racks and bags to the bikes easily.

The bikes are designed to be a ‘do it all’ types of bikes, from a relax ride at the beach to a high mileage tour.

Here’s another neat feature, simply write in your name, detach it from the card, insert it inside the head badge. The cool thing is, you CAN’T remove the head badge! Keep an eye for Jango bikes in early ‘08.