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#1 DWFiedler



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:43 AM

Hi everybody. I'm going to be driving to Chicago in April and was planning to take along the MTB and hopefully do some riding. Can anyone suggest good places to ride between here and there, roughly along the I-55 corridor? I'm familiar with SIUE trails; was looking for something more Springfield-ish and north of there up to/thru Chicago.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:36 PM

There are some trails around Peoria. Check out the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association web site WWW.pambamtb.org
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#3 The Krackheads

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:22 AM

Agreed, Try PAMBA or Little Ade's bike shop in Pekin, I think there are some good trails in University Heights which isnt far from the shop, Sadly I don't really know of any good trails in CHicagoland, When I travel there for business I'm pretty much stuck with the Des Plaines River trail and other local routes.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:12 AM

GORC helped design and build some trail at Lake Lou Yaeger near Litchfield, IL several years ago. The guy who was behind the project seems to have dropped out of sight, so I have no idea what's going on there now. Last we heard there was 1 mile built, with plans for 6.5. I rode what was there the day we finished it, and it was fun, but probably not worth stopping unless you're going to make a day of it at the lake. Comlara park just north of Bloomington is fun. Sort of like SIUE around a lake. 10 miles or so according to their website: http://comlaramtb.com/ Palos Forest Preserve isn't too far south of 55 as you get into Chicagoland. Lots of miles there. A little hard to find your way around if you haven't been there before. http://cambr.org/SMF...php?topic=359.0

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#5 Kent Kopplin

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

You can check: http://www.foxvalley....org/?q=node/50 Like Grants Trail in St Louis, but more interesting.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:09 PM

Palos is the place to go - right off 55, just outside the city - check the cambr website for trail status before you get on the road http://cambr.org/SMF...php?topic=359.0

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