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Toughest Hills In Chicagoland(20 posts)

Toughest Hills In ChicagolandBianchiAmber
Mar 6, 2002 12:05 PM
I know we aren't blessed with a lot of them, but where are the toughest hills in the Chicago area?
Hills In Chicagoland?bigdave
Mar 6, 2002 12:39 PM
I didn't realize there were any! ;-)

--Dave (just a smart aleck from Cheeseland)
Hills In Chicagoland?johnny d
Mar 6, 2002 12:46 PM
where are you in chicagoland? Do you live in the city? suburbs? please, be more specific and I might be able to help you.
Brikner Rd in BarringtonKristin
Mar 6, 2002 12:58 PM
I haven't ridden in a lot of places yet, but this is the biggest hill I've seen in my area. Just make sure you turn around and go back before you reach Algonquin. This is the intersection from H*ll.
Braeburn and Spring Valley in Barringtongreg n
Mar 7, 2002 7:09 AM
Are good ones also.
Hey Greg!Kristin
Mar 7, 2002 8:50 AM
Hope this is the Greg I know. Have you ever been on Brikner? I stumbled onto it over the summer while tooling around. Its a three stage hill, but longer than Breaburn...and not as steep as Spring Valley. In any regard, it doesn't matter to me...they all kill me!
Hey Greg!Greg
Mar 7, 2002 11:55 AM
I've gone brain dead. I'm having a hard time picturing Brinker. What does it connect with? You're name doesn't ring a bell either. What do you ride and where would we know each other from?
Sorry, must be different GregKristin
Mar 7, 2002 2:52 PM
Anywho, I typically ride in that area, especially on Tuesday's with the Willow group. Anywho...Brinker connects to Otis before you get to Old Sutton. Might be worth trying Hills & Dales Road too...though the name could be a lie. Or perhaps its privately owned by "Hill & Dale" on their eighteen-million dollar estate.
Multi-level parking garage downtown (nm)Starliner
Mar 6, 2002 1:07 PM
Seriously?timfire
Mar 6, 2002 7:13 PM
Seriously, do/have you actually biked up parking garages? I have actually considered it, but was afraid that the attendants would have a problem with it.

And if you have, which ones are good and tall?

--Timothy Kleinert
Yes, why not?Starliner
Mar 7, 2002 8:52 AM
Seems when I was last there I remember a garage north (east?) of Michigan Ave towards the lake that was around six or eight levels. Go on a Sunday morning or late at night when usage is down. Maybe start up on the second level so as not to bother the attendant. On the descent, take it easy on the corners due to the surface being a bit slicker than you might expect. Going up and down several times would be a good workout for your flatlander legs.
re: Toughest Hills In ChicagolandAndy M-S
Mar 6, 2002 1:10 PM
I once heard of a bunch of mountain bikers who supposedly rode the stairways in the Sears Tower, but that's probably apocraphyl. Other than that, there are the methane-spewing mounds down south a bit...
re: Toughest Hills In ChicagolandRayBan
Mar 6, 2002 1:23 PM
Well when you start to head south of Chicago, you start to see hills. Willow Springs road has some good ones between Archer and McCarthy Road. There is also Bluff Road near Joliet Rd(I forget which town its in (a bit south and west of Burr Ridge). Then theres some good stuff in Lemont with Tmberline road being the standout. All this stuff is south of Chicago...
Agree - Lemont is the best.Pack Meat
Mar 6, 2002 3:19 PM
The town itself has some really nice hills. Anything around Lagrange road around Palos can roll. Lockport also has some rollers. Timberline is one of the toughest hills I've been up in Chicagoland, besides all of the highway overpasses that is.
Agree - Lemont is the best.RayBan
Mar 6, 2002 5:08 PM
Hey Meat if you ever want to hook up for a ride email me.
re: Toughest Hills In Chicagolandtechie470
Mar 6, 2002 2:30 PM
How about the Prairie Path between Valley View and South Elgin. East side of the Fox river headed into the river valley?

Steve
No sustained climbing...butSavoirfaire
Mar 6, 2002 6:35 PM
If you fell like hill training, you can do a figure-8 loop out by the hideaway lodge (so.Elgin/StCharles). Its not long but the hill going up by the lodge is very steep.

There are also some out in the Campton Hills area, and Bull valley. Barrington hills area has some mild climbs that are not all that tough, but if you go all out in the flats before you get the hill they can be a lung buster.

Find some hills and ride them as hard as you can. Thats the best you can do, because there is no sustained climbing in this area.

SV
Definitely Campton Hills Rd.greg n
Mar 7, 2002 7:12 AM
Starting way down at the bottom, it gets progressively steeper. And if you start down at the bottom it actually takes a few minute to climb the whole thing if I remember right.
re: Toughest Hills In Chicagolandddb
Mar 7, 2002 10:28 AM
Go out towards Lamont and woodridge a few 1.5-2 mile climbs and some 15-20% grades in downtown Lamont. I ride them all the time.

ddb
go northJohnny
Mar 7, 2002 11:52 AM
There is a hill on the Fort Sheridan army base, just north of Highland Park. 1km steady climb up from beautiful lake mich. no auto traffic so you can do repeats. It's the legitimate hill I know of on the north side of the city/suburbs, and its a great way to top off a big ride north on Sheridan Road.

Your only problem is finding the hill. Ride north through the base on the street and you'll come to it just before the big new housing development. It's underneath the bridge. If you ride north on the weekends, it's worth finding.