Packing my bags! Road Bike Recommendations?
Last week I was offered a job with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning as a Regional Land Use Planner. Obviously, I don't know exactly how it will work out for me, but if I were to describe my (realistic) dream job it would almost perfectly match the job description for this one. CMAP is the agency that was formed when Chicago Area Transportation Study (Chicago's MPO) and Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) were merged. NIPC developed the 2040 Regional Framework Plan with "specific strategies to guide future growth in northeastern Illinois. The plan provides a vision for meeting land-use challenges in the most efficient, coordinated and sustainable manner." They won the APA's 2006 National Plan of the Year award. I'm honored to be joining this agency!
And I will be buying a commuter bike as soon as I get to Chicago! Any suggestions? My commute will be 3.5 miles (another short one!) but I will do longer weekend rides and after-work jaunts. I loved my Jamis Coda Sport, but am interested in Bianchi bikes and would also consider a bike that would function as a touring bike (with minor adjustments).
Then I will continue the blog with a Chicago focus. Sorry to all my DC readers!
Please leave comments about bike recommendations! Thanks!