One Earth Film Festival Returns to Chicago this Spring

     

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One Earth Film Festival motivates Chicago to go “All In” for planet Earth in 2019.

     Springtime always brings excitement to J.C. Lind Bike Co. every year. Weather bounces between balmy and freezing rain; meanwhile customers, phone calls, and emails come pouring in, as do shipments of bikes we’ve ordered from across the continent and the world. All that excitement isn’t restricted to the business of running a bike shop, though, and the One Earth Film Festival is one of those things that we look forward to every year that happens outside the shop’s doors.

     This year the lineup of movies being shown at OEFF promises to impress and the programming that accompanies them we trust will be similarly thoughtful and insightful. It’s often a critique of environmental documentaries that they leave us feeling like the world is terrible, horrible, the situation is grim, and now we’re worse off than we were because prior to seeing the movie we were living in blissful ignorance. One Earth Film Festival is unique in that the festival’s organizers don’t just screen a movie; they put on an event that’s designed to give viewers the opportunity to take action on the topic just discussed, in order to make a positive difference in their little part of the world.

     In that same vein, we at the Shop try to be intentional about acting in ways that reflect what we learn from these movies. For us, that most often means riding our bikes! (Maybe that’s self-evident). We usually use the OEFF as an opportunity to do some kind of a planned ride to one or multiple screenings of movies. Sometimes we end up involved in the events tied to the screenings (as is the case this year). So, without further ado, let’s talk about the movie we’re greatly anticipating this year: Why We Cycle!

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         The story of how this movie came to the One Earth Film Festival is an interesting prologue that we were actually lucky to be involved in. Back in October of 2018, we got word from a customer of ours in Minneapolis about Why We Cycle, who sent the trailer our way knowing that we were a Dutch bike shop and we’d likely be interested in seeing it.

     We were so excited about the movie we contacted the filmmakers to see whether we could screen it at the shop. We quickly realized the logistics of hosting events at the bike shop pose more problems than we have the bandwidth to solve! It then dawned on us that there’s an organization that would be delighted and more than capable of screening the film if they could get approval from the directors. That organization is One Earth Film Festival. Over the several years we’ve been attending the film festival, we’ve talked with OEFF Director Ana Garcia Doyle about our shared desire for more documentaries about transportation and bicycling. It was only natural that we come to her with news about the movie’s existence, which leads us to today.

     Dutch filmmakers Gertjan Hulster, Arne Gielen, Marco te Brömmelstroet, and Jeroen Dirks bring us the movie Why We Cycle, a documentary which is truly a portrait of Dutch people, their motivations, joys, and rationales for riding bikes as much as they do. This year One Earth Film Festival was able to bring Gertjan Hulster and Arne Gielen to Chicago to be present for a Q&A following the March 9th screening of their film.

     This film, for a Dutch bike shop such as we are, is a really special moment to geek out over a passion we share with the Dutch and also spread it to Chicagoans in a unique context that is decidedly not a bike shop. Having said that, some readers may be excited to know that J.C. Lind’s own Jon Lind will be a part of a post-screening panel on March 2nd at the Oak Park Library. We will also be tabling following both screenings of the film to give viewers ideas and tangible ways that they can make a big local impact when it comes to bicycling and the environment. We advise that you book your tickets online in advance (there is a suggested donation), because these showings can and do sell out. Come join us!

Nihola 2019 Pre-Order Offer

Are you interested in getting a Nihola next Spring? We will be placing our order for these fantastic machines in early December and the bikes will arrive around mid-February.

Pre-order deadline is Wednesday December 12th.

Get in on the order now to save a little scratch and more…

Save $100 with a pre-order

Family model was $3,449 (Now $3,349 w/ Pre-Order)

4.0 model was $3,899 (Now $3,799 w/ Pre-Order)

You will potentially be saving even more by taking this discount off of 2018 prices as the 2019 price is likely to rise.

This is also your chance to pick your cargo box and rain hood color.

And, it’s also your chance to order a non-standard model (Dog, Low, Rehab, Flex etc.) that we do not normally stock in our store.

Any questions, please contact us. 

New Brompton Colors

*Updated 11/10/2018

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As summer falls into autumn, here at J.C. Lind we’re lookin’ forward to the slight chill in the air, long sleeves, colorful trees, pumpkins and their gourd friends, baseball and all its championship happenings, and for Brompton – the perfectly sized, utilitarian, multi-modal folding bike that goes wherever you go, inside and out – and its new, fun colors: Hot Pink, Flame Lacquer, Purple Metallic, and Papyrus White. The bike literally folds smaller than the last sentence, and to be honest, it’s way more fun, too. Nevertheless, in appreciation of these atmospheric changes and a desire to spice up the season, and hopefully a few people’s lives, we were quick (possibly the first?!) to order a new Purple Metallic Brompton and a Hot Pink Brompton for our current inventory (ETA November 2018 they’re now here!).

The Purple Metallic is a premium color; it’s a bit more in price (+$250 up-charge), but it’s a lot more to look at – like metallic flakes that glisten in the sunlight. We built it as a M6L, so it has the “M” handlebars, 6 speeds, and fenders. We also added dynamo lighting – front and rear lighting that is powered by you and your pedaling and all your luminous affections.

The Hot Pink is an attention grabbing crowd favorite that, after a brief hiatus, the public demanded to have back. Brompton did just that and so did we. Our Hot Pink Brompton is a M3L, so it has the “M” handlebars, 3 speeds, fenders, and is an uncomplicated style that’s fun to ride. So if you’re excited about these bikes like we are, check out our website for more information (Purple Metallic M6L & Hot Pink M3L) but then stop by the shop to say hi and see these bikes in person. Let’s celebrate the changing complexion of the fall with colorful new bikes.

~Devin

* It’s been 47 days. Summer is history, autumn is giving up and leaving us, and the “slight chill in the air” is now slightly above or below freezing. But even though it’s pretty much dark by lunch time, we have something brilliant … the new Purple Metallic Brompton! It finally arrived here at The Shop, and we can’t stop looking at it (which can be a problem when you’re riding it). So come on over to The Shop and look at our (or maybe your?!) new Purple Metallic AND Hot Pink Brompton.

Winther Cargo Trikes Special Order

Winther makes some pretty amazing cargo trikes, we should know since we were a dealer of theirs from 2010-2017. Our run only ended because we had to narrow our cargo trike options for space and financial concerns.

We just received a special order for a Winther trike from a motivated customer who was ‘Winther or bust’ and so we are happily committed to making that bike a reality for them. Our order will be submitted to Winther in less than 2 weeks on Friday September 21st.*

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This is a special orders only opportunity, we are not planning to bring in inventory heading into the winter. To our knowledge there are no other Winther dealers (or should I say stocking Winther dealers) in North America so this is a unique opportunity with a short order window.

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These bikes are expected to arrive in Chicago in early to mid November. Prices for the various models (Luxe, Lite and Cargoo) will range from $3,500-$4,500.

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Please contact us before Friday September 21st* if you are interested in getting your hands on one.

*UPDATE: WE ARE ACCEPTING SPECIAL ORDERS FOR WINTHER CARGO TRIKES FOR SPRING 2019 DELIVERY. MODELS INCLUDE THE KANGAROO LUXE, KANGAROO LITE AND CARGOO (INFO ON WINTHER WEBSITE HERE). SPECIAL ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED UP UNTIL MONDAY DECEMBER 31, 2018. BIKES ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN CHICAGO AROUND MID-MARCH 2019.

 

Onderwater / Workcycles Family Adventures

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We have some really rad customers. These guys took the rad meter up past 10 last summer when they went on a self-supported bike camping tour with their Onderwater Tandem XL and Workcycles Fr8. The crew included Mom and Dad and three kids ranging from about 2-8 years old. The journey originated and ended from their home in Chicago. They went clockwise first heading west then north dipping into southern Wisconsin then eastbound towards Lake Michigan and then back south for the homestretch. Total distance was about 350 miles riding on a mix of paved roads, gravel roads, and trails. They camped each night and completed the journey in 10 days. And the best part for us- they took some fantastic photos which they are kind enough to let me share with you here. Enjoy.

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So that was their adventure last summer, how could they possibly top that this summer? They added an Onderwater Tandem LX to their fleet and had a custom roof rack made to transport both of them on top of their truck.

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Later this summer they will head up to the UP (Upper Peninsula Michigan), parking their car and letting it sit idle for nearly three weeks while they explore the UP on their Onderwater Tandems. Have a great trip guys! Can’t wait to see the photos. Thank for letting us ride along.

All photos by John

Bike The Drive Sunday May 27, 2018

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Come join us for Chicago’s ultimate group ride and help us form the largest posse of Genuine Dutch Transport this country has ever seen! If you’ve never done Bike The Drive before, you are in for a treat. Biking down a quiet and car-free Lake Shore Drive is a memorable experience. So check one more thing off of your Chicago bucket list and join us!

What is Bike The Drive?-

If you’re not familiar, Bike The Drive is an annual event put on by Active Transportation Alliance (Chicago’s non-profit agency whose goal is to make the Chicagoland area more bike and pedestrian friendly). It is always the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It is sadly the only chance of the year to experience the peace and calm of a car-free Lake Shore Drive. The proceeds of the event form the largest source of funding for Active Transportation Alliance. I’ve done it three times and it is always a blast and a fantastic way to welcome the official start of summer here in Chicago. For more information on Bike The Drive and Active Transportation Alliance check out these links:

http://bikethedrive.org/
http://activetrans.org/

Our Route-

We will meet up at the shop (J.C. Lind Bike Co. – 1311 N. Wells Street – Chicago, IL 60610) on Sunday May 27, 2018 at 5:00am for pre-ride bike checks, coffee, donuts and stretching. Then we will hit the road around 5:45am. We will enter Lake Shore Drive at the Fullerton Ave check point and head north towards the Bryn Mawr rest stop for our first break. Then we will head south to Grant Park (between Monroe and Jackson) for another break. From there we will make our way south to the Museum of Science & Industry and then back up north for the post-ride festival in Grant Park with approx. ETA of 10:00am.

Things to keep in mind-

  • Our pace will be a very slow and relaxed one
  • You are welcome to break off from our group at anytime
  • Total distance will be around 35 miles if you do the entire ride described above
  • Kids are welcome, either as passengers on a cargo bike or as independent riders
  • Kids as passengers do not need to register. Kids as independent riders do need to register
  • Pack plenty of water and don’t forget the sunscreen

How to sign up-

  • text or call the shop (312) 643-1670 to let us know you are in and we will follow up with more details on the group registration process
  • registration is $43 per adult and $17 for youth riders (17 years old or younger)
  • cut off to register with our group is Friday May 4th
  • if you have already registered for Bike The Drive and want to join us, please do! Just let me know so I have a good headcount and enough coffee and donuts for everyone

For more information-

Some pictures from our last Bike The Drive back in 2010-

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Now Hiring – Experienced Bike Mechanic

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Now Hiring – Experienced Bike Mechanic or 2!

We are looking to add a new member to our crew here at The Shop. You will be responsible for bicycle assembly, repair/service along with working on the sales floor.

We have been Chicago’s Dutch city and cargo bike shop for over 10 years. We are focused on growing the concept of treating bikes as utility vehicles rather than recreational toys.

2+ years of bike shop mechanic experience required. Experience with internally geared hubs is desirable. We offer a diverse range of bicycles, including cargo trikes, requiring a diverse set of knowledge and skills and the ability to come up with creative solutions.

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Part time positions available with potential to grow into full time roll. We offer competitive wages, opportunity for year round employment and paid time off. If you are interested in growing with us and being part of something different and exciting come check out this opportunity.

If you’re interested in applying, please call or text (312) 643-1670 or send us an email on our contact page.