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.

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 advanced riders are training to ride Pedal Across Wisconsin. This is the annual bike ride out of Madison, 350 miles in 7 days. They will be looking to ride a lot of miles between now and June 2. There may still be time to join this team if you are interested. Let's Ride!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Wednesday Night Ride

Harms Woods-North

Note: had to cancel event on Aug. 21 due to weather. We will try again on Aug 28! I am cross-posting my meetup from Beat Riders on this site as well. I plan to merge the Beat Riders into Let's Ride once my current subscription for Beat Riders is done. We normally do Wednesday night rides during the season--as long as there is enough light and it's not pouring or freezing between 5-7 pm.

Let's Ride the Lake Shore Bike path

Foster & Lake Front Trail

We will ride the Lake Front Trail from Foster south to Navy Pier / Olive Park and back. If we are feeling energetic we will continue on up to Hollywood and back for a few more miles. Time permitting we may stop for a refreshment after the ride. This will be a weekly ride, weather permitting. Distance is about 14 miles round trip. Intermediate ride, 13 - 15 mph (wind dependent). We leave at 5:30 sharp. Bring a helmet, bike lock, ID and money. Bathrooms and water fountains may be working all along the trail. Possible dinner after the ride on Lawrence, since it has lots of food options.

Wednesday Night Ride

6803 N Caldwell Ave

I am cross-posting my meetup from Beat Riders on this site as well. I plan to merge the Beat Riders into Let's Ride once my current subscription for Beat Riders is done. We normally do Wednesday night rides during the season--as long as there is enough light and it's not pouring or freezing between 5-7 pm. Tonight we will meet at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve at Caldwell and Tonty in Niles. We will be in the parking lot to the back of the entrance off Caldwell. I’d like to ride from there to Tower Rd which is a bit of a longer ride than we normally do and it has two hill challenges-Oakton overpass and Lake Ave. If you are interested in a shorter ride, you can turn around at Harms Woods or Dempster for 15 or 10 miles. Total round trip to Tower is 26 miles. So we will need to leave at 5:15 to finish before dark. We will meet at 5, be riding by 5:15. Pace should be 12-14 miles. Depending on the group we might have a slower pace group too (as well as a faster one--but the North Branch trail is well used so going much faster is a bit hazardous). Some of us are training for longer rides so we need to get miles in, but anyone who wants to ride any part of this is welcome to join us. I am not guaranteeing no drop on this route, but it is a well marked route and you should be fine whatever pace you can do. Please follow the rules of the road, bring some water and wear a helmet (recommended). Afterward, you can join us as we gather at at a local place to dine and chat. That will be at 7:30-7:45. See you then!

Let's Ride the Lake Shore Bike path

Foster & Lake Front Trail

We will ride the Lake Front Trail from Foster south to Navy Pier / Olive Park and back. If we are feeling energetic we will continue on up to Hollywood and back for a few more miles. Time permitting we may stop for a refreshment after the ride. This will be a weekly ride, weather permitting. Distance is about 14 miles round trip. Intermediate ride, 13 - 15 mph (wind dependent). We leave at 5:30 sharp. Bring a helmet, bike lock, ID and money. Bathrooms and water fountains may be working all along the trail. Possible dinner after the ride on Lawrence, since it has lots of food options.

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