What better place to immerse yourself in the uniquely beautiful natural habitats of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area than by visiting one or more of its state parks! Imagine hopping on your bicycle, cruising a few hours past the city and its noise then suddenly finding yourself immersed in a tranquil landscape that looks and sounds like what most of the State of Illinois looked and sounded like before the City of Chicago was even an idea.
Carrying Gear On Your Bike
Like the title says carrying gear on your bike, not your back. Wearing a back pack or messenger bag while riding is great for short trips that are under 2 hours but when it comes to all day riding/long distance the back pack will start to wear you down. It will put unnecessary strain on your shoulders and make for a really sweaty back. I've seen people do it, heck we even tried it. Our message is this: do yourself and your body a favor and put the gear on the bike and really up' the enjoyment of your riding experience.
Sometimes its not about the destination.
Sometimes its about the things you do and see along the way~
Who can do Bike Camping
What's Great about bike camping is that anyone can do it. Trips can range from long to short. You can camp, cabin or hotel and the pace is not a race. You can even do a portion of your trip on the train or have the train as an optional back up plan. You are also not limited to the type of gear you have.
The trip distance, type of bike and the places you want to visit, are really all up to you. But if you want to see the State Parks of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area and go on an all-day weekend bike adventure, you are going to have to travel farther. Most bike overnights from Chicago are around 50 to 75 miles in one day.
But Holy smokes! 50 miles! I’ve never ridden more than 10 miles and definitely have never done an overnight ride. OK. Let’s break this down a bit. Here are Six Tips to travel farther so you can visit some very cool places and gain an awesome story to tell. State Parks, Breweries, Adventures... here we come!
Tip #1 -Pace Yourself and Ride Steady
Young teenagers usually ride their bike around 10 miles per hour when they're cruising the neighborhood with their friends, by going a little faster than that, 12 mph, which is about the average speed for an average bicyclist, you'll be surprised at how far you can actually go.
Do the Talk Test, if you can't hold a conversation in complete sentences while riding then you're probably riding too fast. Relax, enjoy the ride and pedal forward.
Two state parks, the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge ... cabins, camping, or hotel, plus the big city all in one epic weekend bike ride: Enjoy... The North Loop Ride — Chicago to Chain O’Lakes State Park...
The Out Our Front Door's North Loop Ride submission was featured nationally and world wide last month, on Adventure Cycling Association's Bike Overnights' website.
Quoted "Chicago! This week's Bike Overnight north of the Windy City seems pretty heavenly. Thanks for the great submission, Andrew. " via Adventure Cycle Association
This month, we lent a helping hand to Friends of the Major Taylor Trail, on Earth Day Weekend, organized by local bicyclist Anne Alt.
Hosted by Cook County Forest Preserves, in association with TreeKeepers of Openlands and Green Corps, the day brought us out to Chicago's South Side Whistler Woods to clear out overgrown sections of the Major Taylor Trail and to remove invasive species. We learned about new, up & coming trails and a little local history too. Read on to find out more.
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