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Here is an additional list of links to different bike clubs, manufacturers and events. IF YOU HAVE ANY YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE, SEND THEM TO US AND WE WOULD LOVE TO ADD THEM TO THIS PAGE.

BIKE CLUBS & ADVOCACY GROUPS


The Elmhurst Bike Club is a local bike club that doesn't just ride in Elmhurst or even just ride bikes!! They venture all over Du page County and further, and have hikes and even cross country ski stuff in winter. Click on their website to discover all the great events they are part of.


Active Transportation Alliance organizes some of the top Chicago land rides, as well as working with government to improve conditions for cyclists. Membership in the Chicago Bike Federation includes a discount card that is good for a discounts on accessories in lots of Chicago area bike stores.


Bikes Belong is another advocacy group that lobbies Springfield and Washington DC to better the world for us cyclists. Click on their site and get info on how to improve cycling in your neighborhood and beyond.


League of Illinois Bicyclists is another not-for-profit dedicated to making Illinois a better place to ride a bike. Supporting these advocacy groups makes your voice as a cyclist heard in Illinois government.


USCF (road and track racing) and NORBA (off-road): contact Mike Hanley, Midwest District Rep, 920-648-8101 or e-mail him.


The USA Cycling website has links to all kinds of cycling races. Looks really informative.


Track racing is probably the most obscure form of bike racing. The Ed Rudolph Velodrome is in Northbrook, Il., and still has indoor, track racing. Very cool.


The main governing body in the Midwest for BMX racing is American Bicycle Association. Go to our BMX racing page for a list of tracks.


United Off Road Racing holds most of their races in Morrison, Il. Camping is free at all races, they have lots of parking, and have hot concessions. Contact them at 815-778-3641 or here.


Learning to Ride for the First Time
For adults who want to learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle. You'll learn: getting on and off, the painless way to achieve balance, how to start and stop a bike, and steering made easy. Bring a bike or use one of theirs. By appointment; two to three hours; location by arrangement; $85. Contact the school at 312-427-3325 or go here.



ORGANIZED RIDES


The L.A.T.E. RIDE is one of the most fun rides you can go on. Above is a photo of us at the 2001 LATE RIDE. Yes, the photo is dark, but we took off at 1am!!


TRAILS TO RIDE


MTB Trail in Ottawa. Rated sick. Scroll down to Illinois for both a BMX and a mountain bike trail.


The Illinois Prairie Path is actually more than one bike path, with over 100 miles of trails. One of the most popular trails in Illinois.


CYCLING VACATIONS & TOURS


BICYCLE ADVENTURES is a touring company I haven't toured with yet, but I have done other companies. Are you looking for a vacation you will never forget? Go on a biking vacation.


DIRT CAMP is not as rough as it sounds. I have been to Dirt Camp and the facilities, food, and staff are outstanding. More of a camp to improve offroad skills, but does include lots of riding. I strongly recommend the Moab camp.


WORLDWIDE ADVENTURES is another company I have never used, but their brochures light the fire of imagination.
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BIKE COMPANY LINKS


Giant Bicycles are a brand of bikes that may not be well known to most consumers, but is a highly recognizable name in our industry. They are the worlds largest bike manufacturer, but they have only been making bikes under their own label for about 10 years. As a matter of fact, they make a lot of the brands you see in other stores. Using their purchasing power, Giant bicycles frequently have more value then most other brands. Bring in a catalog from any other bike manufacturer or bike store and we will help you stack up Giants and our other brands against them.


Diamond Back Bikes are the brand that we have carried for the longest time at our store. Their 2003 line is redesigned for women, and has a great new look and some interesting features. Check them out!!


Raleigh USA is a name many of us have known for many years. But don't think the are out of date, because our many of our customers have let us know how comfortable and stylish they are. Raleigh is one of the few companies that uses an all Shimano drivetrain, instead of just a Shimano derailleur.


Haro bikes are well known in the BMX and freestyle arenas. They have grown from a small, West Coast company to the #1 brand of 20 inchers in the U.S.


Finish Line Technologies has a great sight on maintenance of your bike. If you are not lubing your chain on a regular basis, it is like driving your car for 50,000 miles and doing no maintenance. When it breaks down or performs poorly, it is only your own fault!!!


Camelback's motto is Hydrate or Die!. Drinking enough water or sports drink is more important then most people realize. Camelback makes it easier to bring your water with you, no matter what your sport is.

 

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