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Bike Writer
05-04-2011, 01:10 PM
I just came across this ride today and am considering it. I love Chicago and this sounds like another reason to visit. Considering the congestion of traffic I would take the train, try to stay in a hotel near the ride location and just get around by bike while there.

Anyone else doing that ride?

Pax
05-04-2011, 01:33 PM
We've done it in the past and it is a bunch of fun! I think we're out this year though as we already have an obligation that day.

pll
05-06-2011, 09:53 AM
I've been doing "Bike the Drive" for several years and probably will do it again this year. It's a lot of fun to ride on Lakeshore Drive and being able to take in the views -- it simply looks different than on a car, and very much worth waking up at the crack of dawn.

Last year, the organizers implemented a change that, quite frankly, is very dangerous: in order to catch bandits, they now have at least two checkpoints where everyone is forced out of LSD so that their wristbands are checked, and then back on. That funnels hundreds of riders with varying riding skills into a narrow exit/entry --- you really have to be careful.

Bike the Drive attracts a lot of riders who cannot ride on a straight line, lack the common sense to keep right and instead might veer to the left, usually randomly and without looking. Every year, I have seen an ambulance at some point. You need to be super careful, but it is a blast.

Bike Writer
05-08-2011, 09:03 AM
PLL, thanks for the tips about novice riders. I am sorta one too but I do take care in a group or in high people traffic areas. I'm glad you confirmed how much fun this ride can be. Still considering it.

pll
05-08-2011, 12:59 PM
Did I mention it's a blast?

One thing I will recommend against is paying for the breakfast. Did one year. I have no spot in my heart (and stomach) for cold pancakes and sausages... Life is too short and there are too many nice places in Chicago for food to be paying for cold, crummy calories.

Bike Writer
05-23-2011, 02:10 PM
PLL, hope you go and enjoy the ride, as it turns out I won't be making it this year but it's something to look forward to because it does sound like a blast! It's got to be great riding along the shore of Lake Michigan. Cold breakfast, yuck!

pll
05-23-2011, 03:20 PM
That's a bummer. I hope the weather is good -- rain I could handle but not a thunderstorm. Anyone else signed up?

kimikaw
05-23-2011, 04:34 PM
My husband and I are doing it. Will be our first time. Looking forward to a night in Chicago and then the ride. The following weekend we're doing the UPAF/Miller Lite Ride for the Arts here in Milwaukee

pll
05-24-2011, 04:13 AM
Nice! Let me know if you want any dining recommendations. In downtown, there are tapas-type spots I like a lot:

Avec (http://www.avecrestaurant.com/)
Purple Pig (http://www.thepurplepigchicago.com/)
Mercat a la Planxa (http://www.mercatchicago.com/)


I've never heard of the Milwaukee ride. Have you done it before? Is it a nice area to ride?

kimikaw
05-24-2011, 07:14 AM
Nice! Let me know if you want any dining recommendations. In downtown, there are tapas-type spots I like a lot:

Avec (http://www.avecrestaurant.com/)
Purple Pig (http://www.thepurplepigchicago.com/)
Mercat a la Planxa (http://www.mercatchicago.com/)


I've never heard of the Milwaukee ride. Have you done it before? Is it a nice area to ride?

Thanks for the suggestions..will have to try those. I'm in downtown CHI quite often, as the company I work for has their main headquarters there. Plus it's not too far away and a great city to visit.

The UPAF Ride for the Arts in Milwaukee (http://events.upaf.org/ride/) is nice. Several different lengths, we're doing the 50 mile one. There's a 75 miler, a 25 miler and a 5 or 8 miler. Fund raising ride for the United Performing Arts fund (i think that's the UPAF) - my employer is the major sponsor so we have a pretty big "team". Rode for first time last year, did 25 miler which ran south along the lake and through neighborhoods. Last year the two longer routes ran north, again lake, Oak Leaf Trail other streets. Well organized ride, with a festival after it on the Summerfest grounds.

Pax
05-24-2011, 08:37 AM
I'll second Mercat a la Planxa, try the bacon wrapped, almond stuffed dates... YUM!!

pll
05-24-2011, 05:51 PM
I'll second Mercat a la Planxa, try the bacon wrapped, almond stuffed dates... YUM!!

@Pax: Have you tried the dates at Avec ("chorizo-stuffed medjool dates with smoked bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce")? The brandade is outstanding, too. And in Purple Pig, the braised pork shoulder... hm!

@kimikaw: I am intrighed by the UPAF ride, but I think I'll stick to the "Udder Century (http://www.mchenrybicycleclub.org/MCBC%20Udder.htm)" -- shorter drive and no hotel required!

Pax
05-24-2011, 06:13 PM
@Pax: Have you tried the dates at Avec ("chorizo-stuffed medjool dates with smoked bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce")? The brandade is outstanding, too. And in Purple Pig, the braised pork shoulder... hm!

I haven't tried either of those places... but will have to now, they sound fabulous!!

pll
05-29-2011, 08:03 AM
Ah, Chicago in the spring time.... 55 degrees shortly before 6AM, heavy fog. Had to wear a long sleeve jersey and knickers, was soaked by the mist. It was fun! :D


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Q-f7BLzx_eg/TeJfAr4fUvI/AAAAAAAAb9Q/W7JcMvd6h-Q/s640/IMG_1534.JPG

@kimikaw: I hope you enjoyed the ride, even if you could not see the city or lake because of the fog! If you and your hubby are still in Chicago tomorrow AM and feel like doing a ride of the North shore before taking off, PM me. I could lead. Tomorrow it will be sunny and get to 90 degrees.

ny biker
05-29-2011, 08:27 AM
Ah, Chicago in the spring time.... 55 degrees shortly before 6AM, heavy fog. Had to wear a long sleeve jersey and knickers, was soaked by the mist. It was fun! :D

At least it's not snowing. I remember the May day I was shopping at Marshall Fields on State St. when we had lake-effect snow. :eek:

I have a good friend who's planning to move to Chicago, and she keeps asking if I'll visit her there. And I keep saying yes, but not when it's cold...

pll
05-29-2011, 02:01 PM
The fog was followed by a deluge; Chicago weather is rarely boring. The Sun Times posted a collection of pictures:

http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/index.html?story=5659525

kimikaw
06-02-2011, 06:47 PM
The fog was followed by a deluge; Chicago weather is rarely boring. The Sun Times posted a collection of pictures:

http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/index.html?story=5659525

Thanks for posting the pictures, they make a nice memory! I didn't take many pictures. Too foggy, and too crowded to do it safely. Ride was fun tho', even if the worst riding conditions this fair weather rider has been in.

Oh and pll, thanks for the Sunday ride offer, but we left in the morning. Finished the ride, headed over to Yolk in Streeterville to re-fuel, back to the hotel to clean up, and then headed back to Milwaukee. Maybe some other time. I'm frequently in Chicago for meetings. Generally, I take the AMtrak, but could drive w/ bike. Or rent one from the vendors in the city.

Oh, speaking of food. We did go to Purple Pig on Saturday. A late lunch/early dinner. Great, great suggestion! Really loved it!