What we're about

Anyone interested in bike riding is welcome to join this group. This group is for people age 40+ who love to ride, see the sites of Chicago and its suburbs, and socialize. Our group consists of casual, intermediate, and advanced cyclists. We currently host at least 3 rides every week. We have Tuesday and Thursday after work rides and always have a Saturday ride. We also often do Sunday rides. 
Past rides included trips to the Botanic Gardens, the Bahai Temple, Navy Pier, Promontory Point, Northerly Island, plus exploring the Greenbay Trail, North Branch Trail, Great Western Trail, 606 Trail, Des Plains River Trail, and the North Shore Trail. We also do muti-day rides like a Lake Geneva group tour, Ragbrai, and Pedal Across Wisconsin!
Want to learn more about bikes, equipment, and clothing- come to one of our rides. Bring any type of bike and we'll help you get the most from it! We will bike together on area trails and roads throughout Chicago and the suburbs at a casual to moderate pace (10-16 mph) for 15-50 miles at a time. We start out at a slower pace and shorter distances at the beginning of the year and increase the distance and pace as we get more riding in. We never leave anyone behind. Many rides include both beginner and intermediate riding options. Choose what's best for you.
This year some of our riders are training for a bike tour across France, Pedal Across Wisconsin, and the North Shore Century!  
By joining the Let's Ride meetup group you agree to all of the following:
A HELMET IS MANDATORY for all Let's Ride bicycle rides. 
As 'situational awareness' is critical to safe bicycling, EARBUDS, EARPHONES and LOUDSPEAKERS will NOT be ALLOWED on rides.

Also required, a working and properly maintained bicycle that will allow you to travel the distance and pace you have elected to ride.

You should also bring the normal accouterments (ID, emergency contact name & number, and Insurance cards, spare inner tube, pump, etc.), proper attire based on the weather forecast, facemask, hand sanitizer, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, money for food and/or beverage, a bicycle lock and a good attitude!
Finally, we have a strict NO GUNS, NO WEAPONS rule for all our rides. This applies to your person and your vehicle! Note that open carry of a weapon is strictly illegal in Illinois, and most parks, trails, and forest preserves prohibit all weapons.
Check us out on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/lets.ride.40plus/

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Most Awesome Brew Ride

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Here's an interesting event hosted by another group. I'm unable to attend, but this is an organized ride anyone can join.

Join us on May 22 for another fun Most Awesome Brew Ride! We will repeat our first MABR but in reverse. Meet at Brother Chimp Brewery in North Aurora between 10am and 11am. Brother Chimp will be open in case anyone needs to use the facilities before their ride. Riders will head out in intervals starting at 11am. We will meander through a few subdivisions, crossing Randall at Oak Street then head down to the Fox River Bike Trail. Take the trail north into St. Charles, ride a few blocks of city streets then cross over the pedestrian bridge, through a parking lot and into D&G Brewing. Alex promises us Ream’s brats and refreshing beers for a mid-ride snack. We will enjoy Alex’s hospitality for a while then head back to Brother Chimp the way we came. Steve will have a food truck and live music so we can party and celebrate our great accomplishment.

The route for this ride is simple. It’s about 22 miles with 18 miles mostly dedicated bike trail along the Fox River. Our route is paved and mostly flat, with a fairly long climb coming off the trail and into the subdivision heading back to Brother Chimp. I will zig-zag you through the subdivision to break up that climb a little. Please keep in mind that the Fox River Trail is one of the most popular trails in Illinois and can be crowded on a Sunday. Please be polite and follow good trail etiquette.

Registration for our first 2022 Most Awesome Brew Ride is $20. For that fee you will get a planned and marked route, route maps and sag support. You will also get one free beer ticket from each brewery (additional beers and food purchases will be up to you), a water bottle and a $20 gift card from The Bike Rack. You can also purchase a ride t-shirt for $15. Registration is limited to 100 people so sign up now to reserve your space for a fun day of riding.

Most Awesome Brew Ride is a Rain-or-Shine event. Dress according to the weather. The only conditions that will cause us to cancel the ride are lightening or hail.

Registration info:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/most-awesome-brew-rides-brother-chimp-to-d-and-g-brewing-tickets-325377943187?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=484ca07af1

Wednesday Night Ride! NEW START TIME

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Spring has sprung and it's time for our weekly Wednesday rides!

WEATHER PERMITTING! We roll at 6PM!

Meet at the Harms Woods parking lot of the North Branch Trail (click the map link) and ride to and from the Tower Road boat launch (10 miles) or to and from Dundee Road (15 miles). We will be meeting around 5:45 so we’re ready to roll at 6pm. If you come late, head north on the trail. It's difficult to get lost on the North Branch Trail.

All are welcome to join us, but riders should be able to MAINTAIN AT LEAST 10-11 MPH AVERAGE pace throughout the ride. Depending on how many riders attend we may have B, C and D levels of riding (15+, 13-15 and 11-13 MPH respectively).

A HELMET IS MANDATORY for all Let's Ride bicycle rides. Also required, a working and properly maintained bicycle that will allow you to travel the distance and pace you have elected to ride.

As 'situational awareness' is critical to safe bicycling, EARBUDS, EARPHONES and LOUDSPEAKERS will NOT be ALLOWED on this ride.

You should also bring the normal accoutrement (ID with Emergency Contact and Insurance cards, spare inner tube, pump, etc.), proper attire based on the weather forecast, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, money for food and/or beverage, a bicycle lock and a good attitude!

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

NOTE: All riders participate and ride at their own risk. Meetup.com, Let's Ride and/or its organizers are not responsible for your safety or well-being.

Intermediate Ride Wilmette to Lake Bluff (Do not sign up for the Beg Ride)

As there are two rides posted for this date, please only RSVP to either the beginner or intermediate posted ride.

This ride is 40 miles round trip with an average speed of 13-15 mph. We will have lunch with the other group (that is starting in Highland Park) at Panera Bread in Lake Bluff before returning.

The ride will follow the Green Bay Trail, pass through Fort Sheridan and continue on the McClory Trail. There are a few places where we need to ride some roads. Here is the link for the route:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27696672

A HELMET IS MANDATORY for all Let's Ride bicycle rides. Also required, a working and properly maintained bicycle that will allow you to travel the distance and pace you have elected to ride.

As 'situational awareness' is critical to safe bicycling, EARBUDS, EARPHONES and LOUDSPEAKERS will NOT be ALLOWED on this ride.

You should also bring the normal accoutrement (ID with Emergency Contact and Insurance cards, spare inner tube, pump, etc.), proper attire based on the weather forecast, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, money for food and/or beverage, a bicycle lock and a good attitude!

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

NOTE: All riders participate and ride at their own risk. Meetup.com, Let's Ride and/or its organizers are not responsible for your safety or well-being.

Please change your RSVP if you cannot attend.

Beginner Ride Highland Park to Lake Bluff (Do not sign up for Intermediate Ride)

As there are two rides posted for this date, please only RSVP to either the beginner or intermediate ride.

This ride will be 21 miles round trip. It mostly follows trails, but we will be on city streets passing through Highland Park and Fort Sheridan. This is a no drop ride, and everyone should be able to ride at their comfortable pace. Please make certain you are capable of riding 22 miles!

Another group will be riding up from the Wilmette Train station to meet us at the Panera in Lake Bluff. Here is a link to the ride:

This route is to Panera Bread in Lake Bluff (21.7 miles round trip)
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35957483

A HELMET IS MANDATORY for all Let's Ride bicycle rides. Also required, a working and properly maintained bicycle that will allow you to travel the distance and pace you have elected to ride.

Front and rear lights are highly recommended as we will be riding on streets with car traffic. Lights help motorists see you!

As 'situational awareness' is critical to safe bicycling, EARBUDS, EARPHONES and LOUDSPEAKERS will NOT be ALLOWED on this ride.

You should also bring the normal accoutrement (ID with Emergency Contact and Insurance cards, spare inner tube, pump, etc.), proper attire based on the weather forecast, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, money for food and/or beverage, a bicycle lock and a good attitude!

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

NOTE: All riders participate and ride at their own risk. Meetup.com, Let's Ride and/or its organizers are not responsible for your safety or well-being.

Please change your RSVP if you cannot attend.

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