BFNIC = Bike Forums Northern Illinois Chapter. There are quite a few of us that are close to you. Keep your eyes open for threads on this forum for ride get togethers. The ride schedule I linked to has links to each ride.
Yo Ben! It's Mark from MDCC.
Detroit here. The AABTS has a route called the "Hills of Ann Arbor" that has some decent hills. The area
across the one lane bridge from Huron Parkway has some killer hills, relatively short but steep for Michigan. The route itself is about 20 miles but is an excellent workout. The toughest hills are Broadway
which runs parallel to Plymouth and Country Club Drive which is in the area across the one lane bridge from
Huron Parkway. The AABTS site provides a map and turn by turn route slip.
The metro area isn't that bad. Most of the best riding is done in and around the area from Birmingham
heading north up into Rochester, Hines Drive, of course Ann Arbor and in the city of Detroit itself Belle
Isle is the safest and best place to ride with Outer Drive being a lesser option.
Just saying, hi :) I'm in Madison, WI and consider myself a newbie. I did my first major ride this month (the MS150) and signed up for the wright stuff century Labor Day Weekend (but I'm only doing 30 miles). I hope this rain will let up so I feel more motivated to ride :(
www.madisonbiking.com) are participating.
Riding with new folks is a good motivator. This time of year, things start to drag a bit and the same routes get boring, so hooking up with others on rides will jump start you.
Thanks so much. I *want* to join BBC but I am a bit intimidated. I've been a commuter for years (only 12 miles a day) and just started actually training this summer. I'm a bit slow and don't know if I'd be able to keep up :/ Maybe I'll be brave and show up on Saturday, I could definitely use some hills especially with all the time off from the rain...
St. Catharines, Ontario here. I'm not seeing many other canadians here :O!
I live in South Barrington, IL and commute year round, 4+ days per week with a group ride with Spin Doctors in Elgin on Saturday (50 miles, 20+ average).
north aurora, il here... just a mile from the fox riv trail
Also check out the Psimet Invitational Ride thread in this forum.
I'm from Cedar Rapids, IA. I live about a mile from the Cedar Lake rest stop on the Cedar River Trail, and am looking for people to ride with.
I live in Hoffman Estates, IL and ride around Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, South Barrington and Palatine. My favorites are Deer Grove West, Shoe Factory and Rock Cut. I was in Rock Cut State Park and I loved it. It's about 40 minute drive from my house and most of the trails seem to be single track and no limits to bikes!!
I rode one of the illegal single tracks along the creek in Deer Grove and it was challenging. Will they ever open those to bikes?
Any suggestion on off-road tracks in Cook/DuPage would be appreciated.
I'll bet we've seen each other. I do Shoe Factory FP every day on my commute 6-7AM, 5-6PM return to Streamwood. I ride in on street clothes (7 miles) and throw on kit for the longer ride home (usually 22 miles).
Ann Arbor, MI
just getting into the bike scene but am loving it.
We should have a small meet and great ride of a sort, maybe a nice fall ride with and grab some food at ann arbor brewing company, nothing like meeting some new people over a ride and a few beers