I have been involved in the bike industry as an advocate and retailer since 1993, when I opened Chicago's first (now closed) transportation oriented bicycle store. Chicago Bike Blog has been around since 2007, when it was originally conceived as the online journal for that store, and an extension of its newsletter, previously published in hard copy.
The blog has been sitting semi-dormant for a few seasons, while I've been involved in many things, chief among them starting up a brand new bike business!
I was looking for something else I could contribute, for a way that I could make a difference in the Chicago biking scene. Specifically, I was wrecking my brain about how to mobilize those reluctant Chicagoans who remember biking from their youth as being fun and carefree, but who are now put off from enjoying biking either by traffic and safety concerns, lack of time and leisure, feeling out of shape, not knowing where to go, or just not knowing where and how to begin.
Those who are already cycling enthusiasts have many online resources to consult on racing, training, technical issues, gear and how-to's. However, I realized that, for the beginner cyclist in Chicago, there is no centralized place for comprehensive, reliable, tested, basic information on biking in Chicago.
Since I am fortunate enough to own the ChicagoBikeBlog.com domain, it dawned on me that I could turn it into such a place. I am kicking off this blog with the start of the New Year 2018. There are just a handful of posts here at the moment, but I look forward to turning this blog into a definitive source on who, what, where, when, how and why of biking in Chicago.
I look forward to hearing suggestions, comments, and even contributions from readers and fellow cyclists. If you'd like to meet me in person, I can be found at Cosmic Bikes in Jefferson Park, Chicago.