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  • Saturday, October 14th

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  • Hills? I hate hills! Can't make it.

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    Starved Rock Hill Climb this weekend

    New thread started:

    Quote Originally Posted by aham23
    YEAH I GOT TO RIDE

    That was close. I was kicking myself for not figuring out a way to get my bike invited on the Starved Rock trip. We hiked and camped out yesterday there. Then made it home today for me to get in a nice 30 miler. Then me and kid watched the BEARS (Tivo) in the baby jail.

    Oh yeah, I found me some hills over at Starved Rock and think I need to map us out a route through them. Maybe 30 or 50 miles with some nice steep rollers for these parts!! We only need one more nice weekend!!! Later.
    Quote Originally Posted by dekalbSTEEL
    Next weekend looks OK (weatherwise) . want to organize something and start a new thread? I'll help.


    Quote Originally Posted by aham23
    Oooh, sounds exciting. From driving around there this weekend I mapped out this route......Starved Rock Route. There is a steep arse hill through the Park then Rt 71 heading West has plenty of climbs with twist and turns.

    I rode some of these roads on the Bike Psychos Century and surprisingly the traffic was light. We would want to roll out fairly early though to avoid any traffic issues.

    Any other interest or thoughts? I still need to get clearence from the Chief but it is likely doable for me as it wouldn't be an all day thing. Later.
    Who's in? Saturday or Sunday?

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    Can I vote for 1) and 3) ?

    I might be free this Saturday, but it's too early to tell.

    However, I' gonna need some other stragglers to chime in.

    I may be more motivated with a bigger crowd, only because I'm a slow rider and there's a better chance of other slow riders with more participation.

    I really don't want to hold anybody back.

    And you mention the word "hills." What are those?
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    I think I could make Saturday if we roll somewhat early. As of today it is forcasted to be Partly Cloudy with 14 mph SW wind and high of 54. However, we all know how that can change. Later.

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    Big maybe on this one. Mapquest says it's nearly 2 hours for me to get there and I'm not sure I want to drive that far there and back. We shall see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S_DOG34
    Big maybe on this one. Mapquest says it's nearly 2 hours for me to get there and I'm not sure I want to drive that far there and back. We shall see.
    Carpooling is a possibility. If you can make it to Kane County, I could get you the rest of the way. (still time consuming, but less gas used) I've got room for 4 bikes on my hitch rack, and 1 or 2 more inside, depending on # of passengers.

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    I'd come over for the ride from Indiana but I have to go to a wedding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dekalbSTEEL
    Carpooling is a possibility. If you can make it to Kane County, I could get you the rest of the way. (still time consuming, but less gas used) I've got room for 4 bikes on my hitch rack, and 1 or 2 more inside, depending on # of passengers.
    Bah, you're right. This is probably the last chance for a group ride before the weather turns. I will talk to the neighbor and see if he is in. Have you tried the route yet...how does it look?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23
    I think I could make Saturday if we roll somewhat early. As of today it is forcasted to be Partly Cloudy with 14 mph SW wind and high of 54. However, we all know how that can change. Later.
    I was just checking your garmin stats ahem. Was it really that windy on your Monday ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by S_DOG34
    Bah, you're right. This is probably the last chance for a group ride before the weather turns. I will talk to the neighbor and see if he is in. Have you tried the route yet...how does it look?

    Nope, but I'm game for anything under 50 miles.

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    ......wife working....both days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by S_DOG34
    I was just checking your garmin stats ahem. Was it really that windy on your Monday ride?

    Yes. The wind seemed light as I headed out, but as soon as I got out in the open and turned North BAM......right in the face. Actually coming back East was worse. I was chugging along and the legs wanted no of it. Still glad to get out though. The clock is ticking on riding season for us.

    I have ridden part of this route during the Bike Psychos Century. The part down Hwy 71 along the river. It has some steep inclines and twisty decents. At the time we rolled through it in the morning hours there was not a car in sight. I have driven part of the rest. Otherwise, we may just have to see where it takes us.

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    I'd like to attend. Haven't voted yet because I know I have something on one of the days (I think Saturday) but I'm not certain. That would make me a definite maybe for Sunday...

    P.S. I have a new bike on order but it isn't strictly to replace my old Trek. Commuter...

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    Hey Shider -

    How many gears you have on that older Trek?

    May not take much to upgrade to STI if you're so inclined.
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    The Trek is a 2X7 (39-53, 13-21). That could make some hills fairly interesting. No real interest in upgrading it; I appreciate it for what it is. Well actually I DO want to upgrade it, but I'd like to start with the frame, wheels, drivetrain, and shifters so that pretty much means a new bike...

    Good news! I should be in for either day for the ride.

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    Looks interesting.... gotta see what's going on this weekend, though.

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    I don't hate hills but I can't make it, I have blown off too much stuff over the last couple of weekends. I must make peace with the wife and kids.

    Have a good ride!

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    There's a front porch waiting for me to rebuild it this weekend. So I'm out. And although hills don't like me very much, there were some nice ones in and around Governor Dodge State Park (Wisconsin) that I did this past weekend. Nice, but a bit tougher than I anticipated on my Giant Cypress (hybrid) which I had because it was a family camping/hiking/biking thing and we were also doing some cross-country ski trails in the park. I've been through Starved Rock a lot of times (always by car, though) and it shoud be great for riding. There's some nice little hills in there, especially for the flatlands of Illinois. Enjoy!

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    I hate hills and besides, my shifts changed this week and Im working nights, so the bike is just about mothballed for the winter
    and the road becomes my bride
    I have stripped of all but pride
    So in her I do confide
    And she keeps me satisfied
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    wife and i are staying at a local bed and breakfast sat nite, was planning a sunday morning ride on my own but if there is a ride id join in, if not thanks for the map..
    love hills, did the hilly 100 in indiana last weekend

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    I voted for Saturday, but it looks like Sunday may be better for me. I just want to ride either way. I should have concluded negotiations by Thursday !

    I may even been in the route area tomorrow and drive it off to see how it is? Later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23
    <snip>I may even been in the route area tomorrow and drive it off to see how it is? Later.
    MAN! I've GOT to get into this "insurance" gig. Take trips during the day. Leave for rides during the week....


    ...but no. I had to listen to my dad. "Be an Engineer son. You'll get to build things that matter to people. You'll get to spend nights in bed wide awake wondering if you missed something that could cause a failure leading to an injury or death. It's a BLAST!"

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    I don't mind 15-20 miles in mediocre weather, but I'm not up for driving 90 minutes one-way to ride 40 miles and hills in cold and possibly rain. One or the other I can handle, but not both when it's supposed to be for fun. Call me fickle, I have it coming to me. If the weather holds like Saturday's forecast, I'd be interested. Slow... but interested.

    P.S. I assume someone knows a good place to gather for lunch afterwards in the area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemp
    I don't mind 15-20 miles in mediocre weather, but I'm not up for driving 90 minutes one-way to ride 40 miles and hills in cold and possibly rain. One or the other I can handle, but not both when it's supposed to be for fun. Call me fickle, I have it coming to me. If the weather holds like Saturday's forecast, I'd be interested. Slow... but interested.

    P.S. I assume someone knows a good place to gather for lunch afterwards in the area!
    That is basically exactly the way I except for me it's more like 105 minutes. If the weather is nice, I might be in, but that is still a long haul for 40 miles of hills. I'm not too keen on the idea of commuting to and from the ride for more time than the ride itself lasts .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001
    MAN! I've GOT to get into this "insurance" gig. Take trips during the day. Leave for rides during the week....


    ...but no. I had to listen to my dad. "Be an Engineer son. You'll get to build things that matter to people. You'll get to spend nights in bed wide awake wondering if you missed something that could cause a failure leading to an injury or death. It's a BLAST!"

    Well, I kinda have to be down in LaSalle for a mediation, so techinically I am in that area working. I may get done early and I may NOT go back to the office and I may drive the route. My job is 75% desk work and 25% field work, such as attending court, trials, and mediations. You know I am the guy that your company turns a claim in to because missed something and have been sued for 1 gazillion dollars. Later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23
    You know I am the guy that your company turns a claim in to because missed something and have been sued for 1 gazillion dollars.
    How, umm..... reassuring..... it must be to your clients that their gazillion dollar cases are being meditated upon by a guy on his road bike out on the farm roads....

    This weekend's no good for me, even though I love suffering up hills for some inane reason I have yet to figure out. Got a block party / hay ride / bonfire deal on Saturday afternoon/evening and then Psimet and I are thinking of meeting up in Carpentersville on Sunday to watch the Chicago Cyclocross Cup races. Anyone else want to check out the 'cross races? There is no Bears game on Sunday, by the way, so this is a good one to get the kids watching some racing!

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