Posts in category "Bicycle Trail Review"

The Katy Trail and the Mighty Missouri River

The Katy Trail and the Mighty Missouri River
We leaned our bikes against the guardrail of the old trestle bridge and set ourselves upon the task of changing yet another flat tire. Neither my riding partner nor I felt threatened as the sky behind us turned an ominous shade of blue. We had fifteen miles to ride and three hours to do it.... Read more »

GITy Up! Sample bike touring in the Western Suburbs

Bike touring. It’s the ultimate freedom fantasy. You. Nature. Everything you need to survive – and not a single item more – strapped securely to your bicycle. Inspiring sunrises. Stunning sunsets. Nothing but the uninterrupted hours between to discover new places and reconnect with your inner self. It’s a dream shared by many, yet only... Read more »

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure
If you ride in the suburbs like I do, you grow accustomed to certain – let’s just call them – idiosyncrasies. Four-lane roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or more are an automatic no-go. Two-laners where the paved shoulder can be measured with the junior-size rulers issued to grade-schoolers also top the “ride... Read more »
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Navigating the St Louis Riverfront Trail

Navigating the St Louis Riverfront Trail
Sometimes you just have to deal with what lies in front of you – even if it aint all that pretty… At least that was my initial impression of the Riverfront Trail in St. Louis as I pedaled north from the downtown trailhead. At the south end of the 11-mile, paved, multi-use trail sits the... Read more »

This Saturday is Opening Day for Trails!

This Saturday is Opening Day for Trails!
Our friends at Rails to Trails Conservancy want to remind us that this Saturday – March 30th – is the official Opening Day for Trails. There won’t be elected officials with giant pairs of scissors on hand to snip a ceremonial ribbon at every trailhead. There won’t be marching bands, concession stands, and souvenir vendors... Read more »

Discovering the Des Plaines River Trail

View of lake at Independence Grove from DPRT, looking south.
Images of Des Plaines River Trail appear at end of text. When the heat wave finally broke late Saturday, the banks of the mighty Des Plaines River began to overflow – with people. By mid-Sunday morning, the Des Plaines River Trail north of Lincolnshire was spilling over with walkers, runners, and cyclists.  Nearly everyone I... Read more »
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703,461:1 - Cyclists Wait for One Man to Win His Lottery

703,461:1 - Cyclists Wait for One Man to Win His Lottery
Bicycling in the ‘burbs is quite different than cycling in the city. It’s quite challenging to be a transportation cyclist throughout most of Chicagoland.  The distances are greater between residential and commercial districts.  The speed limits on major arterial roads are much higher, making it dangerous to share the road.  Paved shoulders, let alone dedicated... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling: Weekend Events and Places to Ride

Sixty Second Cycling: Weekend Events and Places to Ride
National Bike Month may be over, but bicycling will continue indefinitely! Warm weather is here to stay and you don’t have to look very far to find somewhere fun to ride.  Even if you’re not sure about participating in a local or regional event, you need look no further than Google Maps for suggestions on... Read more »

Trail of Beers: A Tale of Two Breweries

Panniers attached in anticipation of an epic beer run
(Pictures follow blog post, Update: Minhas Tour times correction) It was the best of beers, it was the worst of…weather. Who would have thought that the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend would set a record for warmth?  I can recall overcast skies, cold temperatures, and heavy rain putting a damper on the holiday in years... Read more »
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30 Days of Biking Day 2: Deer Grove Forest Preserve (Image Gallery)

Informational sign at Deer Grove Forest Preserve.  Note "controlled burn" notice in lower left hand corner.  This is part of the "managed area" signed accordingly throughout the preserve.
Monday was Day Two of 30 Days of Biking and my desire was to log at least ten miles.  I needed a place I could get to quickly that offered an easy loop for a late afternoon ride. The perfect place for a nice, easy ride is the Deer Grove Forest Preserve on Dundee Road... Read more »