Fall Bike Rides In Chicago
When your summer spent eating all the carbs along the Magnificent Mile has seen its last sunset, it’s time to revamp your fitness routine. The good news is that working out during autumn in the Windy City is fun and easy. In the few precious months between summer’s end and the fall of snow, the trails in and around Chicago are better than ever. Biking during the fall in Chicago means touring near changing leaves and enjoying crisp air. Here are some of the best Chicago bike trails for an autumn adventure:
North Shore Century Ride
Distance: 100 miles
This is an organized ride put on each year by the Evanston Bike Club. The full ride extends 100 miles, but the event also features distances of 25, 50, and 62 miles if you’re not up for the full century. You’ll begin your journey at Clark Street Beach and go all the way to Wisconsin and back if you tackle all 100 miles. Late September is the perfect time for a ride this long; the humidity will be manageable and you may catch some of the earliest falling leaves.
Distance: 7 miles
One of the best bike trails in Chicago is along the North Shore Channel Trail, which weaves in part through the city’s Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. Not only is the park rich in foliage and paved trails, but you can take a self-guided tour of the diverse array of outdoor artwork. The part of the trail between Touhy Avenue and Dempster Street has more than 60 sculptures displayed to the public. Fall is a great time to visit this trail because the crowds are thinner and the leaves begin to thin, allowing you a better view of many of the sculptures from the trail.
Ned Brown Forest Preserve
Distance: 13 miles
In the mood for a loop? Bike trails that don’t require any backtracking are more fun because you’ll get unique scenery for the entire trip. When the temperatures begin to drop this fall, visit the 3,700-acre Ned Brown Forest Preserve. You’ll have a chance to pull over and watch elk grazing in a pasture and watch birds preparing for their winter flight as you loop around the reservoir. Your journey through oak and maple groves will also feature a bright display of yellowing leaves.
Biking in Chicago never gets old, and the boldest cyclists will continue their adventures all winter long. Still, autumn is a fine time to hit the trails and soak up the transition from sweltering summer to brisk winter. Whether you’re a cycling newbie or a seasoned biker, sixthreezero has a ride for you. Seek out the best commuter bike for rides across a variety of terrain or look at our best city bikes for short adventures on paved trails.
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