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Warrenville Road Commuters(4 posts)

Warrenville Road CommutersKristin
Sep 23, 2003 1:12 PM

I just submitted a survey report on the Ferry Road, Bilter Road construction projects, requesting some sort of provisions for cyclists who use this route. I also joined their membership and made a donation. If you use Ferry or Bilter, please submit a survey as well. They are doing construction on the new Bilter now. Ferry Road will actually be re-routed to merge with Bilter east of the Eola/Bilter intersection and will become more congested after the mall opens.

I also submitted a request for repairs to be made to the stretch of Warrenville Road between Yackley and Route 53. I'm hoping others will complain about this as well. If you ride this route, you know how dangerous the I88 underpass is. I'd like to see them clean up that sidewalk and remove the 6inch curb so that we can use it under the bridge.
Thanks for the link, Kristin, just getting started, myselfjma24
Sep 24, 2003 6:49 AM
I don't ride that route, but starting this week, (tomorrow, in fact) I will be attempting a commute from Roselle to Westchester. So I am going to keep the link and provide some feedback as soon as I have some. A little more than 1/2 the trip will be on a trail (the Great Western), which is pretty cool. On the other hand, I am not really that fired up about traversing Glen Ellyn Road at the beginning of the trip, and Wolf Road at the end of it. But such is life.

Any tips? How early is too early (IE, too dark) to get started? I don't have any lights or anything just yet (new to this cycling stuff), but from what I am reading here, that gear is essential.
No problem. InfoKristin
Sep 24, 2003 7:28 AM
Definately get a set of lights and some reflective material to add to your clothing. Even if you plan not to, inevitably you will be caught out after dark on occasion. You can buy a jacket that's reflective or you can buy tape on relective strips to add to your clothes. For the next few weeks, its light enough to ride with not lights after 6am and up until 6:50pm. Otherwise, you'll need them. If you plan to do the commute after DST, you'll need them for sure. Make sure to have a strong front light--something that runs on a bottle cage mounted battery. And have a rear blinking light. Take a look at the Night Rider systems. People have good things to say about them, and they are moderately priced. Make sure the mounts are strong, as I've lost lights before on rough roads.

A good warm pair of tights are made by Cold Lizzard. Do a google search for Ice Bike tights. The only downside is that they don't have padding so you must wear them over a regular pair of shorts. They are $47 and you can have them custom made to your size. Also get yourself a good insulated water bottle if you plan on riding in freezing temps. A regular bottle will turn to ice.

Do a test run on a Saturday or Sunday. Go early in the morning, when traffic is light. Ride through and figure out your route. With no traffic, it will be easier to handle surprises and you won't be late for work because you had to tweak your route plan mid trip. Over time, your route will evolve into an even better trip.
good stuff, thanksjma24
Sep 24, 2003 8:13 AM