Let's ride our bikes!

It's finally going to be spring-like so let's ride our bikes without wearing 10 layers! Let's meet at the south-east corner of Damen and Clybourn and ride north to Highland Park. We can stop for coffee and a snack and those who are interested can go a few miles further to Fort Sheridan to get in some faster laps. The others can hang at the coffee shop or head back to the city together.
Round trip this will be about 45 miles but if you only want to ride one way, there is a Metra station in Highland Park—just check the schedule and bring fare money and a bungee cord to secure your bike.

All are welcome—this will be a great chance to ride with women of various experience levels!

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  • Lise L.

    I had a great time meeting interesting women while getting some good exercise on a beautiful day. I look forward to more rides with this group!

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • Liz M.

    My legs and neck are screaming today, but it was worth it. :-) Great riding with all of you!!! Happy Easter!

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • Carrie

    My tube must have a slow leak. Keeps losing pressure. Last spate, not Enid time to change & stay ontime. Better let this ride go y'all. Better prep for next ride.

    1 · March 30, 2013

    • Vanessa B.

      lol Hope you can make it next time!

      1 · March 30, 2013

    • Carrie

      Bought extra tubes Sat morn, road my 40+ later. This time for sure...

      March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So awesome!! Can't wait for the next one!! :-)

    3 · March 30, 2013

  • Dawn W.

    So awesome to meet everyone and get out and ride!! Thanks Annie for riding slow with me on the way back!!

    2 · March 30, 2013

    • Vanessa B.

      great to meet you! see you soon.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can't wait! I,too, could join the group to return earlier. thanks!

    March 30, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Ugh, have to work. Looking forward to joining on future rides!

    March 29, 2013

    • Vanessa B.

      that's ok! There will for sure be future rides, hopefully a regular one is coming soon!

      March 29, 2013

  • Lori

    I have to work

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Jill

    Can't make this weekend, but I'm definitely interested for the next one.

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Sandy K.

    I wanted to sign up for the group, but I can't attend this one. But maybe plans will change!

    March 29, 2013

  • Liz M.

    Looking forward to this! I definitely have to get back to the city sooner rather than later (homework to do)...will be heading back to Montrose and Kedzie, so will not be going all the way back to the starting point. If anyone wants to have a quick coffee (~20min) stop in HP and head back, would love the company for the return trip.

    March 27, 2013

    • Jen

      I'll join you in the group going back sooner rather than later, I've got lots on a schedule on Saturday. Thanks!

      2 · March 28, 2013

    • Liz M.

      Sounds good Jen! What neighborhood are you headed back to?

      March 29, 2013

  • Liz M.

    I built this bare bones cue sheet for the loop to Highland Park (Fort Sheridan section not included). It has the street names and the turns, but no distances between them. I made some notes about various landmarks, too.

    Feel free to print a copy and bring it with you!
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqXRhkiq_sPhdDhfR0FxbUFHUjdReXBISlE4YkRld0E&usp=sharing

    2 · March 28, 2013

    • Jen

      That's a great cue sheet. Any chance someone could print one extra? I don't have access to a printer today.

      March 29, 2013

    • Liz M.

      I printed out four. I'll bring 'em!

      March 29, 2013

  • Jennifer D.

    Hello, I'm interested in learning how to ride in a coordinated group.

    March 28, 2013

    • Vanessa B.

      This is your chance! Please join us!

      March 29, 2013

  • Annie B.

    Just a few more details to help answer any questions about the route and pace-- We will be riding on the street with traffic so we will be either in a single line or double, depending on how much room we have. The pace will vary based on ability, but I think we will be in the 14-18 mph range.
    Here is a map of a route we can take: http://connect.garmin.com/player/137802513

    Bring a tube in case you flat! I'll bring my pump and levers.

    March 27, 2013

    • Annie B.

      usually that is what we do. We can take a quick poll in case anyone has strong feelings, but I think heading north on through the goons is ideal.

      March 28, 2013

    • Liz M.

      Sounds good to me!

      March 28, 2013

  • Liz M.

    What is the name of the coffee shop in Highland Park that we typically stop at? I've been to two, but only know where they are based on sight.

    March 28, 2013

  • Jen

    Hey, I recognize Michael A's garmin supplying that route map!

    1 · March 27, 2013

    • Annie B.

      yep! i thought I would save myself the trouble of making it myself and use his...oh and I don't know the route well enough

      March 27, 2013

    • Liz M.

      Hehe, I had the same thought. It was the Colnago in the username that tipped me off. ;-)

      March 28, 2013

  • Sima D.

    Boo - I have a 10am haircut that I can't move - hopefully I can join next time - sound perfect!

    March 27, 2013

  • Margarita C.

    Will this be a fast pace ride? Or just a nice - not too slow - ride to bring Spring to Chicago? LOL

    March 26, 2013

  • Jesse

    Boo to work. Perhaps next time.

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Dawn W.

    I only have a hybrid so not too fast works for me!

    March 26, 2013

  • Daphne K.

    Is this a training ride or a bike stroll?

    March 26, 2013

    • Vanessa B.

      for you, a bike stroll most likely. recovery style unless an A group wants to break out and hammer.

      March 26, 2013

  • Bailey H.

    Can't this week :( Hopefully next time!

    March 26, 2013

  • Genna

    will we be taking the lakeshore trail?

    March 26, 2013

    • Vanessa B.

      we will be going north - i believe the route is described in the post above.

      March 26, 2013

    • Vanessa B.

      i should say north and NOT along the Lake front path.

      March 26, 2013

  • Vanessa B.

    FINALLY! yes i am there!

    March 26, 2013

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