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Velodromes & bike maintenace.

Velodromes & bike maintenace.

For our second Smartluck this Wednesday, we had the awesome opportunity to have lunch with Micheal Genge, an extreme cyclist who is experienced in architecture. Micheal is currently involved with keeping a velodrome (an arena for track cycling) available for public use, but stated that at this time it is very difficult to find more...
Branding Crash Course

Branding Crash Course

Starting a social media outlet and making a brand, is very hard to do. The first thing we had to do was think of how to make a logo. The logo we make was a combination of the ideas that we had drawn and made by hand. The gear around the bike, which was, at...
People Watching

People Watching

Gathering data on a certain topic by walking up to random people might seem easy, but there are some very interesting characters walking around town, even during the day in Chicago. As a group we started at a bike shop asking people if they bike or not; of course the people who worked at the...
Track Cycling

Track Cycling

Velodromes Sound like a thing out of a science fiction movie, but in reality they are oval shaped specialized bike tracks, for racing. As a cycling aficionado and as an ex-fixed gear rider, I have some knowledge of a velodrome; I have never ridden in one but always wanted to. At the beginning of my...
"Cooking" 101

“Cooking” 101

I have never cooked for people before. If cutting vegetables and mixing them counts as cooking, than now I guess I have cooked for people. I should probably start learning so that during my college life, which is going to start within a month, I will not starve. As I was put to cut tomatoes...
Humboldt Park event plans

Humboldt Park event plans

The bikeLab team and I are working together to come up with a plan to interview people in Humboldt Park. The interviews will focus on how the people in Humboldt Park store their bikes and how to make bikes more accessible within their homes. We practiced interviewing by talking to each other and asking each...
Teamwork Progressing

Teamwork Progressing

  My team is an amazing group of people that I am glad to be working with. I can’t wait to find our strengths and weaknesses so we all can work together to improve them. One thing I really like about today was the bonding we had. We all got to know each other way...
Asset Maps

Asset Maps

When you hear the word LUCHA you probably think of  Mexican wrestling when actually it an organization that provide affordable housing to low income hispanic families. LUCHA is on a mission to help making biking more accessible for their tenants, and have asked bikeLab to help them to design more biker friendly spaces.  To start,...
Using my Drawing Skills

Using my Drawing Skills

For the next five weeks we will be visiting LUCHA buildings in Humboldt Park, to get feedback about people and their bikes. Today we had to design a poster to let people know who we are and what we are doing for the summer, so we can post it around the community. Right away I...