We will meet at the parking lot on McCormick Blvd. that is SOUTH of Dempster Street. This location has facilities and a couple of picnic tables. The ride will depend on the wind direction. If there is a North wind, we will ride up to Central Avenue and Green Bay Road in Highland Park. If there is a South wind, we will ride down to North Avenue Beach in Chicago. Either roundtrip is about 24 miles.
The ride direction will be announced at the Meetup; it will be based on that morning's 9AM weather report.
Plan on a 12-14 mph pace. We can split into "faster" and "slower" groups if the ride is large enough. Much of either route includes street riding. There are food places and a bike shop at either halfway point.
The ride will proceed as long as there is no active rain...
Helmets and signed waivers are absolutely necessary.
What to bring with you:
1. A bicycle in good working order. Almost any type of bicycle will do. Remember to properly fill the tires with air. And bring a spare tube...
2. Filled water bottles.
3. An energy bar, or similar.
4. A helmet.
5. A bicycle lock.
6. ID card.
7. Some money for food, etc. if desired.
8. Sun screen.
9. Sun glasses.
Most important, bring enthusiasm!