Hey all, especially all of my neighbors from Chicago in here,
What a great forum you have here! I live on the north side of Chicago and have been an avid mountain bike rider since the summer of 2000, when I was working for a now-defunct dot-com in San Francisco and decided a mountain bike was a necessity in that beautiful city with all of its bike trails and large hills to scale, so I bought a Trek 4300.
When I came back here to Chicago, I rode that bike through all the seasons as I was finishing up college and then when I got my job I started commuting to work every day, though I must confess it is only a five-block commute.
The Trek 4300 served faithfully for almost five years after being left outside in the cold and snow for all these years, since my work wouldn't let me bring it inside.
I just bought a new Trek 6500 with disc brakes, and so far I am loving it to death. Now that I have a new rig I want to get back to hitting trails regularly rather than simply riding the bike along the lake and on the streets.
Can any fellow Chicagoans/northern Illinoisans recommend some good local trails at any of the forest preserves, etc.?