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Question for Kristin; Alex-in Evanston and other Chicagoans(12 posts)

Question for Kristin; Alex-in Evanston and other ChicagoansSeth1
Apr 2, 2003 8:56 AM
Where do you guys ride in Chicago? Although I have lived in Chicago for years, I am new to having road riding as my "main" sport. During the winter I spent a lot of time riding by the lake because no one else is out there. I also hit the North Branch trail too when there was no snow. Do you have any other suggestions? I know that as soon as the weather gets nice riding by the lake will be crowded and dangerous due to all the runners and skaters.

I don't do a lot of my training in traffic. It's not that I mind riding with traffic (I've been doing it on and off for years) but, as you know, riding in Chicago often means stopping every couple of blocks for cross traffic.

Also, I want to learn to ride with other people so I think I should join a club. Is the Chicago Cycling Club the only club around? They have some fun rides, but from what I have seen I think that the "roadies" are too fast for me and the slower rides spread out too fast so there is no paceline-type riding.

I'm 45 miles west of you. The northshore guys will answer. nmKristin
Apr 2, 2003 9:11 AM
re: Question for Kristin; Alex-in Evanston and other Chicagoanstechie470
Apr 2, 2003 9:19 AM
Hi Seth

Take a look at this site.

Lots of Illinois biking info about clubs, bike rides and places to ride.
Hope this helps.

NW Suburban rider here.Thanks for the great link :-) (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Apr 2, 2003 10:35 AM
re: Question for Kristin; Alex-in Evanston and other ChicagoansScot_Gore
Apr 2, 2003 9:26 AM

I asked a similiar question a few weeks back looking for routes while attending a convention in Chicago.

Alex and Rollo helped me out a great deal. Rollo T. faxed me some maps and Alex gave me this web link.

I found the PDF route maps very helpful and worked Rollo's advice into a couple of good routes based on the PDF's

I plan on using their advice this weekend while in Lincolnshire. Thanks again, Rollo and Alex BTW.

Hope that helps
Where's your front door?Alex-in-Evanston
Apr 2, 2003 9:53 AM
I'm more familiar with the North Shore than the city, but I'd be happy to recommend rides and routes if I can. Regarding group rides - are you looking for a touring pace, or a race training ride or something in between? Plenty of options, just give me a little more info.

Where's your front door?Seth1
Apr 2, 2003 9:59 AM
I live in Wicker Park but am somewhat familiar with Evanston. I definitely would be intererested in rides/routes up north.

As for pace, I don't really know because I've never ridden with a group. I suspect the "somewhere in between" pace--I want to get in shape and learn group riding skills but I doubt I'll ever race. FWIW, last week I did a 62 mile ride by myself on my fixed gear in about 3:45--this was pushing a little but not lactic and I took a few breaks.
XXX leaves from Wicker ParkAlex-in-Evanston
Apr 2, 2003 11:24 AM
I don't know their policy on non club members joining the ride, but they're a bunch of really nice guys and have a very active racing group. They would be a good place to start. Check them out at Oh, and if you can do 62 miles on a fixed gear in April in under 4 hours, you are fast enough to stay with most team's group rides.

Also, check out It's a website hosted by Pete Janunas from 2CC. It has a list of many group rides in the area.

As far as routes north through the city, I've always taken Ashland when I ride down to your neck of the woods. There's probably a better way, but Ashland's ok.

Hi Seth!rollo tommassi
Apr 2, 2003 12:16 PM
Agree with what Alex says; also, Turin has rides on the weekends - call the shop for details or check out their website. This is the time of the year to get with a group and get familiar with group riding (start with a smaller group first - maybe of 4-6 people)

The major North/South routes are Ashland, Western, Ridge and Sheridan of course - but there are some shortcuts and jogs that you can take to avoid some spots.

The Chicago Bike Federation has a great city map outlining 'official' routes - check out www.chibikefed for more details.

Hope to see you on the road? Look for me on the fixie red Basso or the red/white Serotta!
Buy that map!Alex-in-Evanston
Apr 2, 2003 1:16 PM
The Chicagoland Bike Federation map is invaluable. You can get it at just about every bike shop in the area. I use mine all the time.

re: Question for Kristin; Alex-in Evanston and other Chicagoanst-bill
Apr 2, 2003 2:21 PM

A buddy and I ride the northern forest preserve trails on weekends. We usually get on at Devon/Peterson/Milwaukee and do a loop to botanic gardens and back. If you go early in the morning it's pretty traffic free. Actually if you go early enough, or late enough, the lakeshore isn't bad. You always have to stop for a few logjams, but is not bad for the city. I try to go in the mornings before work and do 20 miles or so.

Let me know if you'd like a training partner... I live at Armitage and Racine.

To all: thanks for the suggestions; and T-BillSeth1
Apr 2, 2003 4:06 PM
I definitely would be interested in getting together with you guys for some rides. E-mail me at