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Im ready for spring!!!(13 posts)

Im ready for spring!!!pkompath
Jan 9, 2002 7:28 AM
Come to ChicagoKristin
Jan 9, 2002 7:40 AM
We've got spring! 50 degrees today and my bikes in the car!
:-)
70's in Texas today, but we'll pay for it in the summer! -NMTig
Jan 9, 2002 10:58 AM
re:Come to ChicagoRayBan
Jan 9, 2002 1:50 PM
HA I took a walk during lunch and all I could think about was how good of a ride today would have been! 51 degrees on 1/9/02. Something tells me this isn't gonna last though;). We will be sure to have snow and or extreme cold once my new road bike shows up!
Naw you didn't miss much...it was too windyKristin
Jan 9, 2002 2:03 PM
okay...I can not tell a lie, it was pretty nice. :-) Though the headwinds tricked me--I got it both directions. I won't complain though, because I didn't have to put on the lobster claws.
Come to Chicagopatrick
Jan 10, 2002 7:07 AM
Kristin, where do you ride in Chicago (city vs. burbs)? I moved to Chicago from St. Louis and live in the City. Not that St.L is known for hills, but at least there's a need to change gears. Other than going on the lake front, where else do folks go for good training/rolling rides? Thank you for any input.
Where do you live in the City?Kristin
Jan 10, 2002 7:26 AM
If you live near the North side, you could talk to Rollo, Alex or GrassyKnoll, they both ride around the Evanston or Northbrook areas.

I live in Arlington Heights and we (in the NW burbs) have a nice little riding patch in Barrington Hills. Its thoroughbred country with quiet rolling roads (interupted by the occasional busy intersection--do stop at ALL stop signs). A typical climb in Barrington is probably a 1/2 mile long. You are more than welcome to join us for rides anytime. My email address is Kristin6@hotmail.com if you want more details.

Rollo, Alex or Grassy Knoll could post info on the rides nearer to Chicago as they're all downtown.
And welcome to Chicago, by the way! <font size=2>:-)</font> (nm)Kristin
Jan 10, 2002 7:27 AM
North side infoAlexR
Jan 10, 2002 1:12 PM
Hey Patrick, welcome to Chicago. I've actually done some cross racing down in St. Louis at the Queeny Park series. My girlfriend has been going to Wash U. seemingly forever (undergrad and now for architecture) so I'm down there all the time.

Anyway - Chicago rides. Almost everybody who lives north of the loop and South of Milwaukee goes up and down through the North Shore suburbs, sticking close to the lake in Cook County, and meandering west for loops in Lake County. Sheridan Rd. and its residential street spurs serve as the main drag between Evanston and Lake Forest. Once up there things branch off to the west via Old Elm.

To get the lay of the land, you might try to jump in with one the many clubs who use part or all of this route (Alberto's, 2CC, Turin, Cityscape/Higher Gear).

The lakefront path is a fun place to roller blade but is pretty much unused by serious cyclists, it's just too crowded (although it's great in January).

e-mail me for details.

ar.unitel@usa.net
Alex Randhava, I live in Evanston.
North side inforidermark
Jan 10, 2002 3:35 PM
Patrick,

Alex R was right about Sheridan Rd. but I would add some specific info about paths in Lake Co.

There is a bike path running along Sheridan (forget the name just now...McCrory, McCleary?) that runs from Evanston to Zion. Also, at Rte. 176 it connects with the Northshore Bike Path going West all the way to Mundelein. Just West of the interstate(I-94), you can access the Des Plaines River Trail (which is all forest preserves, dirt trails) and go South past Rte 60 (I think) and North past Rte 137 to Indpendence Grove which has boating, fishing, picnicing (sp.) along with paved paths for bikes and rollerblades.

Drop me a line sometime and maybe we can hook up. Unless I'm on my road bike you'll find me out there (Northshore path or River Trail) most Saturdays once it warms up a little. (Especially as I haven't been along Sheridan or out to Evanston.)
North side inforollo tommassi
Jan 10, 2002 4:03 PM
Sorry I'm so late to post - been terribly busy at work.

Anyway, Patrick, welcome to Chicago! Everything Alex amd Ridermark say is true, I'll only reiterate that the lakefront bikepath is too dangerous in peak hours and peak season: May - Sept.

I also have to highly recommend weekends in Wisconsin - you'll get homesick for hills soon, but they got 'em up there!

Hope to meet you on the road - me on red/white serotta, riding for Alberto's!
Come to Chicagoridermark
Jan 10, 2002 4:02 PM
Some info about paths and trails in Lake Co.

There is a bike path running along Sheridan (forget the name just now...McCrory, McCleary?) that runs from Evanston to Zion. Also, at Rte. 176 it connects with the Northshore Bike Path going West all the way to Mundelein. Just West of the interstate(I-94), you can access the Des Plaines River Trail (which is all forest preserves, dirt trails) and go South past Rte 60 (I think) and North past Rte 137 to Indpendence Grove which has boating, fishing, picnicing (sp.) along with paved paths for bikes and rollerblades.

Drop me a line sometime and maybe we can hook up. Unless I'm on my road bike you'll find me out there (Northshore path or River Trail) most Saturdays once it warms up a little. (Especially as I haven't been along Sheridan or out to Evanston.)
70's here in lousianagrandemamou
Jan 9, 2002 11:21 AM
I agree an earlier thread discussed the weight of excrement. What was worse is that I was actually reading it. Now get on your bikes and ride!!!!!!!