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Chainlink Tourers

A group for cyclists interested in traveling via bike. Veterans can offer addice to new tourers and we can all get inspiration from each other as we plan anything from an overnight at a B&B to a round-the-world aventure.

Members: 203
Latest Activity: Apr 5

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Climate Ride Midwest

Started by Annette Mar 6.

Amtrak Bike Blackout - Springfield to St. Louis - May 1-10 and May 16-25 3 Replies

Started by Larry Mysz. Last reply by Bob Kastigar Sep 21, 2013.

weekend tour 4 Replies

Started by Robert. Last reply by Bob Kastigar Mar 15, 2013.

Touring Bikes Rivendell Atlantis? 2 Replies

Started by Dave D. Last reply by Dave D Nov 22, 2012.

S24O from Chicago Trips 18 Replies

Started by BalloonBiker. Last reply by Barry Niel Stuart Sep 26, 2012.

looking for Pacific coast touring partners summer 2012 3 Replies

Started by Max B. Last reply by Chad McQueen Mar 23, 2012.

Class on touring (info/inspiration/stories) 3 Replies

Started by Miroslav Lysyuk. Last reply by Robert Mar 18, 2012.

Safe Bicycle Route, Chicago to Springfield? 1 Reply

Started by Garth Liebhaber. Last reply by Duppie Jul 7, 2011.

Theft prevention while touring 8 Replies

Started by Joel. Last reply by Tank-Ridin' Ryan Jul 5, 2011.

2011 Bike Tour Plans 9 Replies

Started by BalloonBiker. Last reply by Peter Jun 5, 2011.

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Comment by Matt M. 18.5KM on April 5, 2014 at 10:17am

Awesome Bob!  New Orleans is really nice these days.  Don't miss it!  :-)

Comment by Bob Kastigar on December 15, 2013 at 8:32pm

I've been around Lake Michigan - twice.  It's a great bicycle trip and a great route all the way around.

For 2014, I'm thinking of a trip: train to Jackson MS, bike to Ocean Springs (to visit my sister), bike to New Orleans, then train back to Chicago.  I've been south many times, but usually through Louisiana.I'd hate to miss Louisiana, but one part of this trip is a long trail, the Longleaf Trace.

Probably early May, before it gets too hot.

Comment by Jim Kreps on December 15, 2013 at 7:49pm

You may have seen me on Jan 24th, an all seasons Chicago commuter, a randonneur, but more importantly a multi day touring cyclist.  Have completed Lake Michigan, Chile, Paris, Portland/Seattle/Victoria BC and recently Lake Erie and plenty of smaller 4 day weekend get aways.    Looking forward to tours around Lake Ontario 2015, Lake Huron and Lake Superior (but does not have to be in that order) and other foreign countries (years in between).  Look forward to the chat on this list between touring cyclists.  Anyone interested in joint planning a tour, specifically the great lakes, let me know. 

PS: 2014 - no plans yet, maybe Denver mountain trip.

PS: for great distance and hill training training, come up to Delavan, WI, Great Lakes Randonneurs at www.glrrando.org

Comment by Bob Kastigar on September 21, 2013 at 9:21am

Great article in the NY Times on bicycle travel.  (It's a pay-for site, so I hope this link works.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/travel/3-favorite-journeys-on-...

For many cyclists, riding a bike is a kind of heaven. You’re simply a body breathing clean air and having very few thoughts. That’s the meditative side. It does not hurt that the sport is kind to the knees. That’s the non-load-bearing, exertive side. Then there are the fans who like to mosey, the leisurely bike riders. No spandex or clocking speed for them. They don’t pay attention to the miles. It’s just the wind in their faces, and the tranquillity and peace that they feel. With the advent of fall, three writers tell us about their favorite bike journeys, from a beloved route along rolling fields and Lake Champlain in Vermont and upstate New York to a ride in the wild green countryside of western Ireland and a night ride in Paris.

Comment by Bob Kastigar on February 1, 2013 at 1:17pm

Amtrak is currently having a promotion for the Pere Marquette train between Chicago and Grand Rapids.

Amtrak Pere Marquette Route

However, this route doesn't accept carry on bicycles like the three routes in Illinois and the one route across Missouri.

 

Contact Amtrak and complain.

Comment by Annette on January 24, 2013 at 4:04pm

Of interest to the touring kinds!

Repost from event page:

Join Active Trans and connect with riders of all levels that have at least one common interest – seeing the world by bike!

Active Trans Board President, Jim Kreps will share his tips and tricks on bike touring both domestic and international.

In addition, Climate Ride will give a presentation about their long distance cycling events that have risen over $1 million for bicycle advocacy, sustainability, clean energy, and climate education/advocacy organizations. Climate Ride currently produces two events—a New York City to Washington, DC ride and Fortuna to San Francisco, CA—and are working toward bringing an event to the midwest as well. The presentation will share Climate Ride's transformative experience and cover logistics for training, travel, and fundraising.  

Past riders will be on hand to answer questions as well!

Chainlink event: 

http://www.thechainlink.org/events/bike-touring-meet-and-greet

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/459747270740749/

Comment by spencewine on October 19, 2012 at 8:34pm

http://www.thechainlink.org/events/kettle-moraine-autumn-s24o

We still have room for 2 more at our campsite. If you interested and don't have the equipment, I can scrounge up a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. You'll have to figure out how to carry it and bring your own food. Email me at sdgoodwine@gmail.com tonight, I will check until 11pm.

Comment by spencewine on October 18, 2012 at 2:55pm

Kettle Moraine s24o - this Saturday:

 

http://www.thechainlink.org/events/kettle-moraine-autumn-s24o

 

I have room for 2 more on my campsite. Let me know if you'd like to go!

Comment by Brian Bender on September 26, 2012 at 3:04pm

Is there opinion/experience on state road IL 49? I am trying to plan a Chicago to Olne ride and 49 looks like the obvious choice, but i haven't seen it.

Comment by Duppie on July 6, 2011 at 10:07am

@ M.A.R.K.

Those Route 66 maps are in fact very good. We did the part from Springfield to Joliet. The roads they chose are generally low traffic, flat, smooth, and straight. We took 2 days to ride from Normal to Joliet, but we weren't in a hurry.

I would stay away from the old route 66 itself. It's largely a 2-lane 55 mph road.

Biggest complaint is that the views in that part of Illinois are kind of boring.

 

 

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