Tis’ the (Cyber) Season!

Where's Linito?

Tis’ the (Cyber) Season! Did you know the Slinky made its debut in a Gimbels store? Gimbels became the largest department store corporation in the world in the 1940’s and was the first to move customers from floor to floor via the escalator. Their popularity was in part because of the carefully cultivated rivalry with Macy’s and also publicity from the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was once again a success, Black Friday has come and gone, and Cyber Monday is here!  In the spirit of Gimbels, Kris Kringle, and spreading good will and good cheer, LiNiTo Cycle would like to offer you a great gift idea for any bicyclist, family member or friend. Give them a bicycle gift package filled with all sorts of goodies. There is something for everyone: baskets, bags and panniers for commuters and long-distance riders; bike lights and wearable reflectors for added safety; patch kits and inner tubes, a must have for all riders; gloves, hats, fenders and bar mitts for form and function.  Plus much more! Take a look at our website, and if something you are looking for is not shown, just give us a call or drop us an email. We can usually get it within a day or two and at a fraction of the cost in retail stores. Looking to buy a new bike for that special someone? Have it shipped to LiNiTo and we can assemble it correctly for you in plenty of time for the holidays!
Visit the Shop page on LiNiTo Cycle today and complete your cyber shopping for your favorite bicycle enthusiast–or yourself!

Thanksgiving. What are you grateful for?

This is such an important question, because without even knowing the answer, it will roll around in your head until your heart opens, your eyes soften, and your whole life begins to reorganize as you think about the response: the little things, family, friends, music-art-poetry, being fit and healthy, sunrises, sunsets, bicycle rides 🙂
When things pick up again with the rush of the holidays (you know they will), LiNiTo Cycle can help you find great gifts for your favorite bicycle enthusiast on our website. If you are looking for something that is not shown, give us a call or drop us an email because we can usually get it for you quickly and at a lower cost than in stores.
LiNiTo Cycle would like to wish our family and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful to have had such a great year meeting many new customers and servicing our regulars. Your friendship and customer loyalty are very much appreciated, today and every day.

Where’s Linito Cycle? – November 24, 2014

Where's Linito

Congratulations to Steve P. who correctly guessed that last week’s picture was taken locally while we were at Kline Creek Farm along the Illinois Prairie Path in West Chicago. The location of this weeks’ pic shouldn’t be too hard for you eagle eyes to figure out 🙂 Good luck to all of you! Keep checking here to see the picture of where we were.
1. Like LiNiTo Cycle on Facebook (if you haven’t already done so)
2. Every Monday, check our Facebook page to see the link to our website with our most recent posting ‘Where’s LiNiTo Cycle?’ .
3. Identify where the picture of the week was taken (hint: most of them will be taken on the trails around the western suburbs–IPP, Great Western, Salt Creek–but you never know!) You should identify the trail and nearest cross street.
4. Add a comment to the posting (not the picture) with your answer.
5. Enter as many times as you want to, but only one winner per household per month!
The first person to correctly identify where Linito was will receive the gorgeous LiNiTo Cycle t-shirt! These t-shirts are a great first layer when riding on these chilly autumn days, or for wiping the sludge off your bike after a muddy ride. We will continue to post pictures of our travels here and also continue to give our swell t-shirts away, so be sure to check Linito’s Facebook page every Monday and tell us where we’re at.

Have lights, be bright and think safety!

This time of year the clocks go back and evenings draw in earlier. Bicycle commuters and enthusiasts soon find their sunlit evening rides home or around town are now darker or even pitch black. It is also a time of year that is notorious for accidents. Naturally, cyclists feel nervous when riding in the dark, and with good reason. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you feel safer and more confident to cycle in dark, inclement conditions.

http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/bikes-and-gear-features/dark-and-dirty?cid=NL_BIK_1889164_BIK_10242014_dark_dirty

Where’s Linito Cycle? – November 17, 2014

Where's Linito

No one guessed that the picture from two weeks ago was taken locally while we were in Elmhurst on the Salt Creek Trail heading south towards Eldridge Park. This weeks’ pic was taken while it was still warm enough to be riding in t-shirt and shorts 🙂 and we again got to head out on one of our favorite trails. Good luck to all of you! Keep checking here to see the picture of where we were.
1. Like LiNiTo Cycle on Facebook (if you haven’t already done so)
2. Every Monday, check our Facebook page to see the link to our website with our most recent posting ‘Where’s LiNiTo Cycle?’ .
3. Identify where the picture of the week was taken (hint: most of them will be taken on the trails around the western suburbs–IPP, Great Western, Salt Creek–but you never know!) You should identify the trail and nearest cross street.
4. Add a comment to the posting (not the picture) with your answer.
5. Enter as many times as you want to, but only one winner per household per month!
The first person to correctly identify where Linito was will receive the gorgeous LiNiTo Cycle t-shirt! These t-shirts are a great first layer when riding on these chilly autumn days, or for wiping the sludge off your bike after a muddy ride. We still have plenty of biking to do this season! We will continue to post pictures of our travels here and also continue to give our swell t-shirts away, so be sure to check Linito’s Facebook page every Monday and tell us where we’re at.

If you build bike paths, cyclists will come!

It seems like the new majority…are bicyclists. Bicycling is on the rise across the U.S. and already the choice of transportation in other countries. Adults are capitalizing on the health and economic benefits of active transportation, while increasing numbers of young people are forgoing drivers’ licenses, along with high costs of purchasing and maintaining cars, to save money and embrace more walk-able, bike-able lifestyles. The truth of this may be as simple as…if you build bike paths, cyclists will come. Read on for an interesting, uncomplicated perspective.

http://grist.org/news/if-you-build-bike-paths-cyclists-will-come/

Cycling Tip for Today – November 13, 2014

Today’s tip is about your bikes quick release springs.

You may think that losing one of these on the  garage floor is no big deal, but those little conical coils provide the leverage and tension needed to hold your wheel in place. When installing a quick release, make sure there’s a spring on either side of the wheel and that the narrow ends face in. Then tighten the nut just enough so that the lever closes firmly. If you tighten it too much and have to put a lot of  pressure into closing the lever, you’ve tightened it too much. This could damage the hub and cause the wheel to spin too slowly. Having problems getting it just right? Bring it on by and we’ll help you out!