Bike Chicago

14 Jul

I have to admit that one of my biggest fears about moving to Chicago was the lack of any mountains. Now that I’ve been here for a week and a half I am adding hills, inclines and lack of any change in elevation at all to that list. This place is as flat as a pancake for miles and miles in any direction.

I’m not complaining, it turns out that the lack of mountains and hills isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There happens to be miles and miles of pavement. Really technical, obstacle strewn pavement no less. I’m thinking this might be the next Fall Moab destination.

9 Responses to “Bike Chicago”

  1. Bill Martin July 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Ouch dude…o/o

  2. Derron T. July 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    I’ve heard that Chicago can get a bit…shall we say…”Windy”? Hence the nickname, “the windy city”. You can use the wind as your hill repeats. Ride against it for a few miles and then turn around and ride the other way for your recovery periods. Your new nickname could be “the Chicago Wind Climber”.

    • brkeyes7 July 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

      I guess I’ll look forward to the wind then.

  3. dug July 15, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    i think i could clean that.

  4. Zach July 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    Brad, I saw that you moved to Chicago. That is where Sara and I moved from 3 years ago. Let me know if you are interested in me setting you up with some guides to show you around the trails of Palos. Shoot me an email.

    • brkeyes7 July 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

      Zach, email on its way, thanks!

  5. jacquiephelan July 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    VEry technical asphalt canyon there. It looks like metro Moab, from this “aunt” perspective.

  6. Jenny July 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    The Chicago area may be pretty flat, but not far north in Wisconsin we have some hills. Check out one of our local rides There are also mountain biking opportunities galore. Local to me is Blue Mounds State Park kept up by Closer to you is the Southern Kettle Moraine, and I have heard that is excellent riding as well.

    • brkeyes7 July 18, 2010 at 5:36 am #

      Thanks for the links! I’ll be sure to add those places to my exploration list.

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