Thursday Night Tandem Ride Updates

ride update graphic9/14 is show & go; Dirk is unavailable
9/21 is the last ride of the season
9/28 is the potluck; see Dirk for details

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Updated Upcoming Events Flyer

ride update graphicAll, I have updated the Upcoming Events flyer to reflect the correction on the Out Of The Box Tour in Tiskilwa next Wednesday morning, September 13th and additional info to the Poker Ride at Dunlap Grade School next Wednesday afternoon, September 13th.

​Fai Mok
Ride Coordinator

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Ride Illinois Wants Your Feedback

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Dear Ride Illinois members/contacts in or near the Peoria area,

As part of our ongoing advocacy work, Ride Illinois has reviewed upcoming state road projects planned by your IDOT district over the next five years. We have drafted letters (linked below) asking IDOT for improved bicycling conditions when they work on these nearby roads. Our requests focus on priority locations and are meant to provide input at an appropriate level for the scope of the projects.

Please take a few moments to read our letters for roadwork near you, and let us know ( or 630-978-0583) if you – or others you forward this to – have further suggestions.

– US150 eastbound McClugage Bridge  – Illinois River bridge replacement
– IL29 Adams St, south of US150 – resurfacing project
– IL40 Knoxville Ave, south end – resurfacing project
– Airport Rd over I-474 – bridge deck
– Pinecrest Rd bridge over I-74 in East Peoria – bridge superstructure and deck
– IL8 bridge in Edwards – bridge replacement
– IL29 bridge in Mossville – bridge replacement
– IL40 bridge in Edelstein – bridge replacement
– US24 in Creve Couer – resurfacing, add sidewalk
– IL117 from Goodfield to Eureka – resurfacing, add shoulders and rumble strips

– US24 bridge in Banner – bridge replacement

Ride Illinois is committed to helping communities around the state use road project opportunities like these to improve their bicycling conditions, and we’re working hard to influence state and local agencies at every step of the way. Please consider supporting our work by becoming a member or making a donation today. Your financial support is critical to our success.


Ed Barsotti, Chief Programs Officer, Ride Illinois
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Central Illinois Vintage & Steel Bike Ride

Central Illinois Vintage & Steel Bike Ride

This is a chance to ride with fellow vintage & steel bike enthusiasts and perhaps show off the pride of your fleet!  If you’ve got a nice road bike from the 70’s or 80’s hanging in the garage that is too beautiful to sell, but you’ve been worried about it not being fast enough for the usual club rides, then this is the ride for you!  Likewise, if you’ve got a modern steel framed bike, let’s see how it compares to the vintage bikes.  The ride is intended to be a medium speed ride along quiet rural roads north of Peoria, IL, including a stretch along the scenic Illinois river… nothing too serious, and no drops.  

Date:  Sept 30th.   Meet at 8:30am.  Roll out at 9am.    

Route Info:

Start/Finish location:   Shore Acres Park,   100 Park Blvd, Chillicothe Illinois 61523

Meet in the parking area adjacent to the swimming pool.

Distance:  roughly 40 miles.

Cue sheet and map:  I’ve entered the route on RideWithGPS:

The map and elevation info have also been posted to a Flickr album (along with some photos from the route):

Speed:  the target is approximately 16mph or so.  The plan is to regroup at turns and key points to keep the group from getting too broken up.

Mid-ride destination & break:   Tanner’s Orchard, Speer, Illinois.

baked goods, hot cocoa, coffee, water, and restrooms.   Plenty of apples and cider are available too, but you’ll want to bring a pannier or big saddlebag to carry it in.

Fortunately, it’s mostly downhill from Tanner’s.  

Other ride info:

Support:   This is an unsupported ride.  Bring your own food and water, and be prepared to handle any mechanical issues that might occur.   

Terrain:  The hill going up the Illinois River bluffs is pretty modest, except for an initial bit of steepness at the bottom.. about 1/4 mile at 10%.   There are a variety of moderate rolling hills as well as some flat ground in the river flood plain.  

Road conditions:  primarily narrow rural roads with chipseal surfaces and very little traffic.  This is Illinois, so there are spots with poorer conditions, especially one 100′ stretch of small gravel.  I’ve ridden it on 23mm tires, and don’t consider it to be a problem.

Please let me know if you plan to attend or if there are any questions.


Steve Kurt


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Details for the last two Out of The Box rides are finalized

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September 13 (Wednesday): Beautiful Bureau County. Randy Seneff promises to minimize corn and bean field boredom as he leads us through the hills and valleys of his home county. We will bike 35 to 40 miles with a stop in the middle and an opportunity for lunch in Tiskilwa. We’ll start riding at 9 a.m. at West Park on the west end of Main Street in Tiskilwa. DO NOTE THIS DATE HAS CHANGED.

October 14: Barb’s Birthday Ride on the Great River Trail, paralleling the Mississippi. The ride is about as pretty as it gets in Illinois, and the birthday cake will be pretty good too. This is Barb’s favorite ride in Illinois, and she’s glad she’s not too old YET to share it with you. We’ll do the southerly route again, because it’s the prettiest, and we’ll follow up with our lunch and birthday cake tradition at the Brothers Family Restaurant in Rapids City. That’s about 30 miles, but you can turn north and go more or turn around and go less, depending on how fast you ride on your way back for lunch at 1. Do bring the family; slower riders can enjoy the spectacular scenery just as much as faster ones, and there are some nice parks to explore along the way. The entire trail is paved. The ride begins at 9:15 at the riverfront parking lot in Rapids City. (Take Rt. 84 exit north from Rt. 80. Go a half-mile or so, looking for gas station on your right and then turning left onto 18th Street. Turn right at the river, and go 4 or 5 blocks to the lot.)

Let Barb (692-1201, know if you plan to show up for a ride. That way she can let you know if weather requires cancellation or a change in start-up time – or if road construction forces a change of plans.

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Save The Date; Meet In the Middle Ride

This years Meet in the Middle Ride will be held on September 23rd. Mark your calendars! Details to be announced.

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Ladies Shoes For Sale

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Shimano SH-SD 66 Ladies Bicycling Sandals
EU Size 37-38 USA 6 1/2 – 7
Contact Michelle McGuire @ 309-253-8482.

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Are you in our mileage contest?

At the end of each year, IVW recognizes high mileage members. To make tracking easier, we pull the figures tracked by The National Bike Challenge. That service is free and allows automatic syncing with Strava and other methods. Here is a link that explains how to do it.

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2017 National Bike Challenge is right around the corner

Incidentally, this is how we track and recognize mileage for our club’s end of the year recognition. Join and specify the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n as your club affiliation and you are automatically in the running for our recognition as well as that of the National Bike Challenge. If you configure it, this service can automatically connect to your Strava account as well.  


The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists and encouraging countless new riders to use bicycle to improve their health, save money and help the environment. In its simplest form, it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, friends, family, coworkers and the greater community to ride more. It doesn’t matter if you’re riding hundreds of miles a week or just getting back in the saddle, everyone is welcome to join.
The National Bike Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2017 until September 30, 2017. It is also a fun way for participants to interact with other riders in the online community, track improvement on a local, state and national level and win prizes. Yes, NBC has monthly prize giveaways just for participating. All mileage counts towards getting you to qualify the next level of prizes regardless if you ride your bike for fitness, commuting or grocery shopping. Even if you don’t get selected for the monthly prize, every participant is a winner with improve health, saving money and helping the environment by reducing carbon footprint. The Challenge is a successful partnership between PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand. To join in the fun for this year’s event, go to

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Wanted to buy: good used hybrid

Pam Hoehne is looking to buy a quality good used hybrid to fit a person about 5′ 10″ or 6′. Hers that she shared with her son was stolen. Contact Pam at 339-9777.

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