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Chicago Suburban-O'Hare Rail Connector

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It is theoretically possible to give the northern Chicago suburbs a direct, one-seat rail connection to O'Hare International Airport. The best part of this is that it would run almost entirely over disused, former railroad rights-of-way that have not (yet) been developed.

From a northern terminal in the Lake-Cook Road region, the rail line would travel south, over the abandoned Skokie Valley Route of the CNS&M to the Dempster-Skokie area. From there, the rail line would continue south over the abandoned Skokie-Weber-Mayfair Line of the C&NW. At Mayfair, a connection would be built to the CTA Blue Line where it continues on to O'Hare in the Median of the Kennedy Expressway.

I do not really believe this is economically or politically feasible, at least within my lifetime, so consider it the autistic foamer equivalent of fan-fiction.
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/BRT/ - Bike Training and Racing thread

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Sprint finish edition

Previous thread (currently on auto-sage): >>1051703

IN THIS THREAD, we discuss:
* Training for bike racing (road, MTB, track)
* Bike racing tactics and strategy
* Bike handling skills relating to racing (pacelining, maneuvering within the pack, blocking, when to attack, etc)
* Your races
* Pro races
* Equipment choices (including power meters, heart rate monitors, etc)
* Anything and everything relating to bicycle racing and training

When discussing power, post W/kg (watts per kilogram), not just watts.

If you're new to bike racing and need to get started, you can start with The Cyclists Training Bible (aka CTB); there's a copy of 3rd Edition online you can peruse: (please buy a copy if you like it).

If you're interested in Power Meters for your bike, here's a good article that covers most of the choices available on the market:

If you're interested in doing some reading on basic race tactics and strategy, you can check out the following two books:
"Racing Tactics for Cyclists" by Thomas Prehn
"Reading the Race" by Jamie Smith and Chris Horner

Ask questions, and share your knowledge, expertise, and experience; everyone interested in training to be a better cyclist are welcome.
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"threaded bottom bracket, alright!"

In 2011 anyone with a threaded bottom bracket had a frame worth of being scrapped....

In 2017 the same people are now saying it's a luxury feature on luxury bikes?

I thought they said it was trash......

I also thought GCN suggest against steel road bikes period, doesn't matter if it was high end Reynolds cromoly

Sounds like they make up whatever the new hot shit is every 5 years.

What's next 7005 aluminum bikes they claimed that were trash in 2014 being the next cutting edge technology?
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Bicycle Maintenance Costs

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I've just moved to the downtown area of my city and am interested in owning a bike to keep the miles off my car. Can anyone tell me how much it costs to maintain a bike each month?
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Service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach starts in July.
Miami portion opens up late August/early September.
Phase II aka the Orlando Leg was set for earlier 2018 but is up in thin air now thanks to some of the counties along the route.
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Quadricycle Thread

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With all these bikes that come to /n/ but never is a quadricycle to be seen here.
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Final Steam Services

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When did steam services end in your countries?

In the UK where I am from they came to an end on the 11th August 1968, the train pulled was called "The Fifteen Guinea Special"
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Public Transport in Rural Areas

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It seems like the less densely populated an area is, the more necessary it becomes to own a car.
Is this actually true? Is there any mode of public transit that is actually feasible for a bunch of dispersed villages of a few hundred inhabitants each?
I'm thinking of something between Demand responsive transport and publically funded cabs, which could also transport goods, groceries, mail etc.
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Steam Shunters

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Hey you /n/egroes, what types of steam shunters do you have in your countries?
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