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Old 03-21-06, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hello from Northern IL

I live in the Rockford, IL area - which is about 75 West of Chicago, right near the state line bordering Wisconsin. Last year I purchased a Trek 1000 road bike. It's an entry level bike, but I've enjoyed about 1200 miles on it so far. Only ridden twice this year - it's still pretty darn cold here! I also have a Specialized mountain bike, which I've owned for about 6 years. I just recently replaced the knobby tires with skinnier ones without tread. I never ride it offroad anyhow - not really my interest. I haven't even taken the new tires on the road yet. Both of my bikes have SPD clipless pedals.

I also recently purchased my 10 year old daughter a small Trek 1000 road bike, and hope to have her riding alongside me soon. There were many times last year when I didn't ride because she couldn't go along.

I've ridden a few times with a local bike club, and hope to ride more. I'd like to get into some events for the sport of "doing it" (not to win). I became more interested in road biking from a recent exboyfriend, who used to ride competitively (I think he said he rode over 400 miles in a 24 hour period once - gads!), but would never go riding with me 'cuz I had a "slow bike path bike". Too little, too late I guess!

I'm looking forward to alot more riding this year. I'm waiting for a Kurt Kinetic trainer to arrive in the mail so that I can get my legs in shape!

Michelle
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Old 03-21-06, 10:23 PM   #2
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Old 03-22-06, 12:11 AM   #3
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I live in the Rockford, IL area - which is about 75 West of Chicago, right near the state line bordering Wisconsin. Last year I purchased a Trek 1000 road bike. It's an entry level bike, but I've enjoyed about 1200 miles on it so far. Only ridden twice this year - it's still pretty darn cold here! I also have a Specialized mountain bike, which I've owned for about 6 years. I just recently replaced the knobby tires with skinnier ones without tread. I never ride it offroad anyhow - not really my interest. I haven't even taken the new tires on the road yet. Both of my bikes have SPD clipless pedals.

I also recently purchased my 10 year old daughter a small Trek 1000 road bike, and hope to have her riding alongside me soon. There were many times last year when I didn't ride because she couldn't go along.

I've ridden a few times with a local bike club, and hope to ride more. I'd like to get into some events for the sport of "doing it" (not to win). I became more interested in road biking from a recent exboyfriend, who used to ride competitively (I think he said he rode over 400 miles in a 24 hour period once - gads!), but would never go riding with me 'cuz I had a "slow bike path bike". Too little, too late I guess!

I'm looking forward to alot more riding this year. I'm waiting for a Kurt Kinetic trainer to arrive in the mail so that I can get my legs in shape!

Michelle
Recently moved to Frankfort from the East Coast, I "think" Rockford is somewhere close, around - so a welcome, and enjoy the forum.
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Old 03-22-06, 08:03 AM   #4
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A harty Welcome from West Central Illinois. It is cold here too.
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Old 03-22-06, 08:14 AM   #5
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Yo Rockford! Lots of Northern Illinois (and southern Wisconsin) on the boards here. I'm down I-90 (or US-20) about 40 miles near Elgin.

Lots of great road riding your way, especially if you get up into Wisconsin.

Good riding to you!
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Old 04-25-06, 11:11 AM   #6
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Hello and welcome, I'm in Loves Park. The Perryville path that leads to Rock Cut is pretty much in my backyard. Maybe I'll see you around sometime. I'm on a Blue Raleigh M60 and wear a blue helmet. I saw in another post you're a member of the Blackhawk Bike and Ski club. I think I'll go do a ride or two with you guys and see how it goes. I'm a little slower, riding a mountain bike (mostly on the roads or paths but once in a while on the trails at Rock Cut) but I do plan on purchasing an entry level road bike in the next month or so. How's the Trek 1000 been going for you? An positive or negative thoughts on it?

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Old 05-22-06, 10:02 PM   #7
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Currently live in Milwaukee. Will be moving to Rockford in July. Looking forward to riding there. Info here (this thread) has been helpful. Would appreciate any more comments/info on riding (road) in Rockford.
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Old 05-23-06, 09:04 AM   #8
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I live in Lake geneva. I can literaly see the Illinois border from my neigbors back yard. (lol It's an old ski hill! ) There are alot of great trails in my area at least.
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