This Sunday, May 29th, please join AXLETREE for the 2016 Gravel Metric. Gravel Metric is a 100 kilometer ride on some of DeKalb County’s finest gravel and B roads. Riders are encouraged to show up between 7:30 and 8:30 am; the ride will leave from 6805 Leland Road, Waterman, Illinois at 9:00 am sharp. Please bring a signed event waiver with you and PLENTY OF WATER, as there will not be water available at the event start and finish. When you arrive, we will have people to help pack cars in for parking purposes.
Full event details can be found here, and the Facebook event is here.
Ever wanted to feel what a real deal dual suspension mountain bike felt like on the trails but you live in Chicago? Today at the Palos Park staging area Bailey will be out with Salsa Cycles with bikes to demo! They’ll have the Redpoint, Horsethief, Bucksaw, Spearfish and Beargrease all ready to try out so don’t sleep on it. Here’s a link to the event – Salsa Demo
So far this season, you’ve ridden the lakefront trail from bottom to top countless times, been on an overnight to Starved Rock State Park, gotten dusty on the Des Plaines River trail, and stopped in Highland Park for coffee on a road ride, but have you gotten rad on a mountain bike lately? Chicago’s flat as a pancake grid of streets doesn’t scream out “MOUNTAIN BIKES,” but if you’re in the know, you can easily find some dirt to rip. Have you been by the shop lately and seen some wider than average Chicago tires? We’re keeping a selection of mountain bikes in stock to slake the thirst of folks who are looking to get a little more variety into their riding menu. The Honzo AL is a great bike to handle the local terrain, and we’re keeping a size run in stock. Chicago’s closest local treasure is the trail system at Palos Forest Preserve in Willow Springs, IL. Palos offers a robust 50+ miles of singletrack and widetrack trails to explore. The area boasts elevation not seen in Chicago proper, which means you’ll be climbing and descending on tight twisty sections, hammering up long rolling widetrack, and navigating rocky technical sections. Your guide to adventure comes from the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers at CAMBr.org, where you can find trail maps, conditions, directions, and more. Also check out the mountain biking at Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin! Be sure and check the trail conditions before heading out, as riding on a muddy trail can damage them and make the trails unusable for others.
The shop will be closed Sunday May 1st for International Worker’s Day (May Day). Our regular hours will resume on Monday May 2nd.
If you wanted to celebrate the sacrifices workers have made for the 8 hour day, child labor restrictions, weekends, etc, in good company and support a wonderful non-for-profit we suggest swinging by the National Lawyers Guild‘s fundraiser party Saturday April 30th.
I’d also suggest stopping by the library in search of Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. 1916.