This ride will continue year round. All routes are approximately 20 miles in length and our pace will be in the 13 mph range, give-or-take. The route taken will depend upon trail conditions and the types of bikes present.
There is no official host for this on-going ride; it will never be cancelled - whoever shows, goes. As such, please adhere to the following Ground Rules:
* Please keep your RSVP up-to-date - no one wants to be the only one to show
* Be prompt - this ride leaves at 6pm; be ready to ride at that time
* Keep the pace in the 13-mph range
* Maintain a line-of-sight on all cyclists - be sure no one is left behind
* Please have your bike equipped with front and rear lights
* Veterans - please welcome and offer assistance to newcomers
This is our usual route and takes us down the full length of the North Shore Bike Path, an asphalt and crushed stone rail-to-trail from Mundelein to Lake Forest. If you're looking to expand your trail options, this is the trail to check out - it runs parallel to Route 176 and connects to the Des Plaines River and Middlefork Forest Preserve Trails, the Skokie Valley Bikeway, and ends at the Robert McClory Trail.
Bonus: This trail passes within feet of the local Dairy Dream - a nice treat during the summer months as we near the end of our ride.
This route accommodates all types of bikes - mountain, hybrid, as well as road with care.
As an alternative, we may take the North Shore Bike Path to the Des Plaines River Trail and then head north, up, through, and around Independence Grove in Libertyville. This is a nice scenic ride, especially at twilight and in the fall. Yes - we still pass the Dairy Dream on the way home! :-)
This route is best suited for mountain and hybrid bikes but we have ridden road bikes and lived to tell the tale.
Same as Route 2, except we head south to Old School Forest Preserve "loops".
Head west through Mundelein and pick up the Millenium Trail, heading out toward Lakewood Forest Preserve. The beginning of this trail is paved but eventually changes to gravel, some deep. Hybrid and mountain bikes are best for this route.
If the North Shore Bike Path is mucky and not conducive to riding, we will head west on Hawley Street through Mundelein and catch the Prairie Crossing Bike Path at Midlothian Road, heading north to the Rollins Savanna in Grayslake. This route is completely paved and will accommodate any type of bike.
We will meet in the northeast parking lot of Carmel CHS (turn off of Route 176 onto Carmel Parkway - first parking lot on your left). Please arrive a few minutes early so you are ready to ride at 6 pm.
Suggested Items to Bring
- Front and Back Lights - REQUIRED FOR THIS RIDE
- Spare Inner Tube
- Portable Air Pump / CO2 Cartridges
- Tire Levers
- Photo ID
- Cash / Debit/Credit Card
- Two Water Bottles
- High Energy Snacks (PowerBars, Clif Bars, Trail Mix, etc)
- Cell Phone
- Sunscreen and Lip Balm
- Bike Lock
You are strongly urged to wear a helmet. For everyone's safety, please refrain from wearing headphones / earbuds and utilizing a cell phone while riding. All cyclists bike at their own risk.