New biker here in Chicago. I bought my first decent hyrbid/fitness bike a few months ago, a Giant Escape, mainly for exercise and to commute to work on the Metra (train). I just couldn't do this traffic anymore!
Since then I've gotten into it and ridden a few of the trails in the area. My new commute is 7 miles up the Des Plaines river trail to Northbrook. Beautiful trail and so enjoyable before and after work!
Anyways, I have a few questions for the forums, but I'll post those later after I search around. I joined this site because every question I googled seemed to show up with results from this forum. Look forward to some good conversations, and learning about some of the cycling events and info in this area.