Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chicago suburbs
Bikes: 2007 Specialized Tricross Comp
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Pretty close, black_box. I ride the Illinois Prairie Path in Dupage county out to Elgin and Geneva. I hear Lake county has nice paths too, though. I never saw such well maintained and extensive paths, mostly old railroad lines, as has Chicago far suburbs and adjoining rural areas.
You guys have a great solution with studded tires. The Tricross Comps come with fairly thin, low tread tires, a bit more for road than trail. You've got me interested. The Chicago winter wind can really cut through, so layering's a key.
On that topic, Minneapolis weather can be brutal, sawtooth. You'll have to share some hints and tricks on keeping warm during your rides. My neighbor swears by battery-powered electric socks when he goes cycling in this weather with his heavy duty snow-tired MTB.
Last edited by Richard8655; 02-04-09 at 11:15 AM.