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Chicago area riders....some advice?(8 posts)

Chicago area riders....some advice?FTMD
Dec 18, 2002 10:04 AM
I will be in Chicago (Lincoln Park exactly) from 12/27-1/1 visiting a friend. One 12/30, my friend has to work so I'm on my own. Is it worth it to bring my bike along and do a ride that Monday? Any decent rides in that general area, or ones that I can get to w/o much hassle? I've been told that there is a MUT that runs along Lake Michigan both North and South. Is this worthwhile? I'm from cold weather climate, so I'm not particularly worried about temperatures. Any suggestions yea or nea?

Oh yeah, is CBike worth hitting? Apparently, it's about a 1/2 drive from LP and I don't want to mess with it unless there is plenty of eye candy to drool over.

Thanks!
re: Chicago area riders....some advice?getoffmywheel
Dec 18, 2002 10:54 AM
Yes. The best part of that route since it's winter is no one will be out there except other hardcore bikers and some runners. You can go 42 miles roundtrip but there's some construction on the southside so your ride is 36 miles. It's easy to access. Maybe I'll see you out there.

Can't comment on Cbike.
re: Chicago area riders....some advice?pben
Dec 18, 2002 11:18 AM
Absolutely. If you have a fixed gear, bring it, especially if your plan is to ride only one day and along the lake front. There is no need to change gears. (cool if you're visiting, sucks if you live here). Just head East, then choose North or South.

If you really want to put in some miles, I suggest head to the lake front and go South. Take the route all the way 'til it ends. Very cool scenery and you will get, in my opinion, the best view of the Chicago skyline, the one from the South. Turn around and head North. You will come to the end of the lake front path. Follow the signs and ride along Sheridan road. This will take you into Evanston and past Northwestern U. Go as long as your legs will take you.

Some points to be aware of. Bikes are not allowed on some sections of Sheridan road (the best sections actually). Also, the roads thru Evanston (the first North Shore suburb) SUCK. Be careful.

Chicago is FLAT, FLAT, FLAT. Do not expect hills unless you are going to go way out into the suburbs, and it doesn't sound like you are going to have time.

As far as CBike. TONS of eye candy, but nothing that any shop specializing in high end stuff wouldn't have. But then again, it's hard to pass up candy.

Hope this helps.
CBike is on the Sooooooooth SideKristin
Dec 18, 2002 11:40 AM
The store front will be about 20 miles away from you and is kind of small. They have perhaps 20 bikes on the floor along with shoes and some clothing, etc. There is a shop up on the north side call Sprocket (I think) that is suposed to be a great shop. In Lincoln Park, you'll be MUCH closer to Alberto's which also quite respected in the area. Have fun & enjoy the ride!
CBike is on the Sooooooooth SideJuanmoretime
Dec 18, 2002 1:35 PM
Isn't it Johnnie Sprockets? Not too far from Performance Bike at Halsted and Diversey?
CBike is on the Sooooooooth SideWrigleyRoadie
Dec 18, 2002 1:38 PM
Probably thinking of "Johnny Sprockets". There's two, and the one in Lincoln Park, on Broadway, has so many bikes that there's no room to walk. Really. Mostly year-off Litespeeds and some Giants. Occaisional Santa Cruz Roadster and Look bikes.

Another nice LP shop is Higher Gear on Fullerton.

As far as the Lakefront path, it's worth the ride, but if the temp is really low, just watch yourself. There's nothing between you and a four-foot drop into the lake except common sense, so watch for ice and idiots on MTBs with headphones that take wide corners.
re: Chicago area riders....some advice?PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 18, 2002 12:28 PM
Another thing to take into consideration is the wind off the lake.This time of the year if you get a North or Northeast wind it can litterally take your breath away.Also if the winds get really hard you can get some waves up on the path.They don't call us the Windy City for nothing even if it's not for the litteral meaning.Have fun and enjoy some of the great restaraunts too.
Thanks all..FTMD
Dec 18, 2002 5:10 PM
...I'll ride the MUT unless it's spitting snow or a Nor'easter is blowing the lake about. I might just stay in LP for the shops too. Thanks again.