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My 105 mile urban, solo, summertime Century in October (pic -heavy)

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My 105 mile urban, solo, summertime Century in October (pic -heavy)

Old 10-08-11, 04:30 PM
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My 105 mile urban, solo, summertime Century in October (pic -heavy)

Century rides are often bucolic affairs. I’ll normally drive to Wisconsin and participate in a challenge ride with hundreds or thousands of other cyclists in some pastoral setting.

This week, I planned and completed an urban solo century ride without leaving the Chicago metro area. Yes, it’s not as ideal as a rural location, but it was scenic with great summertime weather. Using local MUPs, I planned a fast and fun route. I stopped as needed to provide a healthy group of pictures.

The complete route is here on Mapmyride: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view...2/?new_route=1




The north end of the Chicago Lakefront MUP at 8am. Weather is 65 to 80f with a 10 mph wind from the south.



The skyline with Navy Pier just off-camera to the right.





20 miles into the ride, Jackson Harbor. Time to turn around and go north along the same route.





SAG stop at home. A little solid food and a proper refill of the bottles.



The Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette



Suburban streets along the North Shore. This is Wilson St in Winnetka



This is where I join the Robert McClory Bike path which everyone knows as the North Shore Bike path. I only like the section starting from Ash & Maple in Winnetka, I'll exit at Harbor St in Glencoe.



The new century bike in the process of proving itself.
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Suburbia;







Things can get weird in the suburbs.





That's in KM/H







That will be a solid 10 mph head wind during the last 1/3 of the ride.



Time to head back to Chicago. Should be home in 20 miles.

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What's your route from the north end of the skokie valley bike path? It kind of ends out in highway hell, and the path it meets it utter BS as it goes west. I usually end up turning around at that point.
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Originally Posted by tadawdy View Post
What's your route from the north end of the skokie valley bike path? It kind of ends out in highway hell, and the path it meets it utter BS as it goes west. I usually end up turning around at that point.
I'll post the complete route in the next few hours, look for edits on the first post.

For now, see this: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view...=1&new_route=1

I don't go any further than Route 137 using the Skokie Valley MUP. I avoid North Chicago and Waukegan all together.
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wow, nice ride. thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the pics. Really enjoyed them.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
I'll post the complete route in the next few hours, look for edits on the first post.

For now, see this: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view...=1&new_route=1

I don't go any further than Route 137 using the Skokie Valley MUP. I avoid North Chicago and Waukegan all together.
I ride by the Baha'i temple every day on the way to work. Really beautiful at sunrise. That's on the days when it isn't still dark as I ride past.
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Nice ride report.
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So that is the new PF frame? Looks like a great ride. Wish I'd been there....

Building up the PF CX2 frame now! Just getting started on it. Disc front / canti rear brakes. Ultegra 6700 for the rest with a SLK crank.
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nice report, and pics.

how was the lake front trail today? i assume it was emptier than usually because the marathon. the botanic gardens MUP was sans joggers today, very freaky not having to dodge them today.
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Nice report and pictures.
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Originally Posted by tadawdy View Post
What's your route from the north end of the skokie valley bike path? It kind of ends out in highway hell, and the path it meets it utter BS as it goes west. I usually end up turning around at that point.
Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
I'll post the complete route in the next few hours, look for edits on the first post.

For now, see this: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view...=1&new_route=1

I don't go any further than Route 137 using the Skokie Valley MUP. I avoid North Chicago and Waukegan all together.
Here are a few more good quality Chicago based routes;

75 mile route from West Rogers Park in Chicago to HWY 120 near Gurnee: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/52907834

Century route to Russell Rd (along the IL/WI border) and back. A user can make his/her own route to the start from Skokie, Evanston or Chicago: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/17521558
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Originally Posted by waynesworld View Post
Thanks for the pics. Really enjoyed them.
Thanks, it was fun.

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I ride by the Baha'i temple every day on the way to work. Really beautiful at sunrise. That's on the days when it isn't still dark as I ride past.
I would be happy to commute along Sheridan. What is your route?

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Nice ride report.
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nice report, and pics.

how was the lake front trail today? i assume it was emptier than usually because the marathon. the botanic gardens MUP was sans joggers today, very freaky not having to dodge them today.
I try to stay off the Lakefront during the weekends when the weather is good. ...and the weather is awesome lately.

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Nice report and pictures.
Thanks everyone.
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I would be happy to commute along Sheridan. What is your route?
I live in South Evanston and work in Winnetka (just off Sheridan), so I just make my way through town, by the hospital on Ridge and down Sheridan. It's pretty much a straight shot.

Thanks for posting your century routes.
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So that is the new PF frame? Looks like a great ride. Wish I'd been there....

Building up the PF CX2 frame now! Just getting started on it. Disc front / canti rear brakes. Ultegra 6700 for the rest with a SLK crank.
Sounds like a great build! I'm happy with the CG2. I posted a review here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...edal-Force-CG2

I'm looking forward to your review. I'd be willing to use a Pedal Force Cyclocross frame without worry.
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Nice review. You should post it over here too. I never would have found it there.

I'm going to work on the new CX2 build this week. I got a disc front wheel but had to send it back because of a defect. Will be a few weeks before I have a front wheel. Did get the fork installed. I went with the Nashbar Carbon Cross fork, w/ disc mounts. I measured the length I wanted based on wanting it a cm or so higher than my QS3, as measured from the drop out. When we cut the fork there was no room for any spacers. Oh well, would have put one above the stem. It will be fine.

I'll let you know how it goes and in a few weeks how it rides.
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