Sunday, July 29, 2012

curious about Monday night training rides?

Here's a related discussion thread on the Chainlink.  If you haven't done the Monday night rides (or haven't gone recently), check it out to get a sense of what's happening.  It's become a regular habit for a growing number of riders who want a challenging workout.  If you prefer to go south instead of north, the South Shore fitness ride may be the option for you.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


These last few weeks of record breaking heat mean we all need to avoid dehydration while exercising outside. The average person loses a pint of water without any exertion. That means during strenuous excercise with temps over 90 degrees one may lose a half gallon in an hour. When we lose too much water and/or salts, dehydration or heat fatigue may result.

Symptoms of dehydration vary from person to person but some of the signs are headache, dizziness, confusion, fatigue & profuse sweating accompanied with rapid heart rate. Those over 50 years of age should be more vigilant about these symptoms. If dehydration is suspected, move into a shaded area, or AC if possible. Sit down and start to drink water and/or an electrolyte replacement. Drink slowly until symptoms deminish. Consider getting help or transport if weakness continues. Most times fluid replacement and cooling down is enough to restore well being.

Keep an eye on fellow cyclists for any signs of dehydration. Ask them how they feel. In this kind of extra hot weather, carry more fluids and have more rest breaks in the cooler shade to be safe. Hey, if you needed another reason for a gelato, ice cream or snow cone break, this weather is the ticket!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tour de Fat coming 7/21

Are you a fan of New Belgium beer, live music, parades, bike fun or all of the above?  Tour de Fat might be just the thing for you.  It's happening in Palmer Square this weekend.  More info here.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Metra bike blackout for Taste of Chicago

In case you're not already aware, Metra will not be allowing bikes from Wed. 7/11 to Sun. 7/15 due to expected crowds for the Taste of Chicago.  The exception is folding bikes in bags, however, trains may be crowded enough to make even folders a tough squeeze.  If you were planning to take your bike on Metra this weekend, you may want to try CTA or Pace, or find another way to go.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beverly criterium race this Friday 7/6

Who's coming to Beverly this Friday?  If you can get away, it's a great excuse to start the weekend early.

We're having an informal gathering to watch the race.  The race starts at 5:45, but you can always join us after the start if you can't come earlier.  

There's a festival at the start/finish area (107th & Longwood) with food, beer and live music.  Of course there's ice cream from Rainbow Cone.

Come on down!  It would be great to see you there.

    - Anne Alt

going out for a ride today?

Enjoy your ride. We hope it's a safe one. Here are a few tips for cycling in hot weather.

I'll add one to that list: carry an extra water bottle with really cold water - either partially frozen or with lots of ice in it. Wrap it in a towel and put it inside your pannier or rack pack to keep it cool. Pour some of the water over your head and shoulders from time to time to help cool you off during your ride.

Take care and stay cool.

    - Anne Alt