Lake Shore Drive - Trail, Chicago, Illinois

Lake Shore Drive - Trail, Chicago, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

Miles of unspoiled asphalt and urbanites. Be sure to bring your mace lest you lose you wallet to the less fortunate or your leg to the canine critters.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 21, 1999]
Harry

Of course this is a joke. However, never have I seen such a place where so many people like to show off their red full-suspensions or Merlins. It's like a fashion show runway where the rich urbanites can flaunt their goods without the risk of getting their investments muddy. Oh well, at least there are some nice flights of stairs you can bomb down to impress Oprah...

Customer Service

Stay north of the Convention center or the best thing that happens is that you lose you wallet.

Similar Products Used:

Kettle Moraine (3 hours north), Swallow cliff

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[May 11, 1999]
Mike

I realize this is not any epic ride but; If you want to practice those skills that you will need on your next epic off-road adventure, practice here: Go ride the huge limestone blocks that are along the harbors and lakefront in this area. You can try your Has Rey imitations here if you dare. Big drops and Huge gaps between these giant rocks are a challenge for any rider. Off camber and crumbling rock sections that will make you question your bike handling skills. Most of the sections are like giant stair steps, try going down to the next level or up, some of the drops are over 2-3' and you only have about a 2' width to land on! Someone should be holding observed trials competitions here. Pretend that you are in Moab riding the slickrock. Basically a good spot to go play for a couple hours if your favorite trail is rained out. Watch out for fishermen, sunbathers, homeless(this is 'home' to some), dogs, kids, etc...and don't fall in the lake! Some sections are very technical and very dangerous - BE CAREFUL. Remember; "it's about the rider, not the bike" and "it's about the ride, not the trail" point being "no matter where you go, there you are"

Customer Service

I usually start around Waveland Park and go north or south from there. The areas around Montrose Harbor to the North and like North Ave. to the south. Just look for the giant rocks that line the shore near that area.

Similar Products Used:

the usual suspects

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5
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[Jul 01, 1999]
rob

well, i like it on the weekends, cause of the scenery, and all those fs $3000 bikes that never have seen 1 hard mile. this isnt really a trail its a gawkfest-something to do when you dont want to bust a lung, and just want to get out and try your technical riding in a mob, and look at beautiful women(yeah right-mostly overweight too-much-money, or underprivelidged minority women-sparsely peppered with a few elite) but worth a good laugh before going and playing with downtown traffic

Customer Service

i usually park offa irving park rd, as i can usually find parking, than i cruz to 15th st beach n back

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GO TO PALOS!!!!!!!!

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2
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[Aug 10, 1999]
Stupid

For the roadies that have the willpower to get up at the crack of dawn, the LSD path is a nice retreat from car traffic and beat up Chicago streets. For the record, my two worst bike crashes have both occurred on this path, one near Fullerton and one at Oak Street Beach. Very sad, but very true. Note that regardless of population density, on or near the path, something or someone will find a way to cross directly in front of you at the worst possible moment. For me, this has happened twice before 7am when the path appeared "empty". Let's just say that parents of small children are stupid and well, children learn from their parents, so... I digress. Avoid this path unless your goal is to people watch (all makes and models are available for viewing), because that's all the traffic flow, or lack thereof, will allow. Note that this is the only place I've seen a (fat) guy with a kickstand installed on a fully tricked out Litespeed Owlhollow...

Customer Service

To the couch or nearest pub. Stay away unless you're truly bored or out of shape or both.

Similar Products Used:

GO TO PALOS OR THE NEW MTB AREA AT WILMOT IN WISCONSIN!

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1
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[Dec 03, 1999]
Chuck

This is not a mountain bike area, unless of course, you make it one. Many manmade obstacles and people from all directions to test your handling skills; better than sitting on your ass when you get home from work. I usually ride my road bike here and can hit some amazing speeds due to the flatness and the fact that it is pretty deserted at night. Remember, most people are candy asses that won't go out when it is below 50 degrees or dark, so take advantage of the opportunity if you don't have the time to drive to some nice wooded trails. Plus, there is nothing wrong with site seeing while you ride as long as you keep it on the path. I give it 3 stars because it's great that we have a no car route in the city right next to the lake.

Customer Service

south of the loop; more dangerous at night because of fewer people

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3
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[Feb 27, 2000]
Chris

This isn't really a trail, but there are a lot of fun man-made obstacles to thrash around on...flights of stairs, huge rocks (on the shoreline), benches and an obstacle course made out of totally incoherent pedestrians that refuse to stay on the *right* side of the path. There are a couple strips of dirt that have been cut by the MTBers for shortcuts which are fun to bomb across. At times, this path can be very dangerous. I've had a few accidents, one serious where I ended up paying the vet bills for some woman's dog who was off the leash and out of control. Usually on a 50 degree day you'll find yourself almost all alone and free to just bomb around. It's a great way to end the day if you don't have easy access to a trail.

Customer Service

From Foster Ave. south to the convention center.

Similar Products Used:

Palos is nice; Kettle Morrain (sp?) is also good.

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3
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[Jun 02, 2000]
kemper

It isn't so much the Lake Shore Path as the Lake Shore Superhighway. It's a good trail that I commute 25 mi. on 3-5 times/week year-round, but be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS if the temperature is above 50. (As per my fellow posters) Avoid it after 5 p.m. on nice weekdays, and after 10 a.m. on nice weekends if you intend to ride at any respectable speed. It's pretty deserted November-April, when it belongs to the hard-cores (cyclists, bladers, runners, x-country skiers) Watch out when the weather warms and the newbies/posers/leashless dogs come out to die. If the path becomes too crowded for your taste, detour to the inner LSD surface streets for safety - cars are MUCH more predictable than people. Beware sand on the path blown up from the beaches-it will complicate quick stops/swerves and gum up deraillers on wet days. Beyond these caveats, it really is a scenic and nice path, with lots of quieter areas off the main path to play. Enjoy!

Customer Service

Entire length. Be careful around the beaches (many pedestrians!), and between Irving Park road to Grant Park. Opens up in Burnham Park south to the Museum of Science and Industry.

Similar Products Used:

Green Bay trail - Winnetka to Wisconsin.

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3
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[Jun 13, 2000]
Tetsuo

Obviously this isn't the mad bike trip of all time. However, as a scenic way to stretch your legs it's great. The main thing it has going for it is the competition. I love blowing past the nouveau yuppies on their _clean_ $3000 full suspension bikes. Crashing through idiots walking on the middle of the path is also enjoyable. _I_ haven't fallen yet, but they have. Also, for those who fear the south side, you're missing the area from McCormick to Hyde Park that features a few small hills, split paths, and light traffic. It's perfect for speeding flat out. Also, there are a few areas with steps and rutted grass "trails" as well as the nice rocky waterbreak that adds a little variety. The problems? Roller bladers, roller bladers, roller bladers. Did I mention roller bladers? These nimrods who think they're training for the Olympics with their tucked glide stances that swing laterally to swallow the entire path should be flogged. And then there's the lazy ones who try to ride my windbreak. That really irritates me, tho it does warn me I'm probably not working hard enough. Also, people with their dogs are a nuisance (The only major crash I've had here was when some twit with a little dog on an extendible leash let his dog cross my path. I tried to stop, went flying, broke my hand on landing, and the bas tard with the dog goes jogging off.), as are children running wildly through traffic. The south side _can_ host some thugs who want both your wallet and your bike, but if you stay alert, you should never have a problem. I was chased once by some kids on dirtbikes. Then again if you get ridden down by kids on dirtbikes, you probably _deserve_ to lose your ride. Anyway, the stretch from Irving Park to Foster offers criminals as well. Overall, the lakefront path is about as good as a city path has any right to be. All the people can be fun to watch in the summer, and in the fall when it's deserted, you can really fly.

Customer Service

Evanston to Hyde Park

Similar Products Used:

Green Bay

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4
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[Jun 22, 2000]
John

If you like rollerbladers on cellular phones or joggers with their three dogs on leashes this is the trail for you. Go knock yourself out with the masses - maybe one of these bottom of the barrel athletes will sell you their long term Bally Health club memberships that they never use. All kidding aside, for just commuting and getting some fresh air this trail can serve the purpose.

Similar Products Used:

I&M canal, Palos, Rock Cut, Kettle, Waterfall Glen/Argone, Oswego, Knock Knoll, Silver Lake

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1
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[Sep 10, 2000]
Jesus

This trail disgraces God, he is now upset at mankind. Whom ever rides it will go to Hell, and will live with Lucifer. That's why I'm there.

Customer Service

There's only one way to heaven. HINT: It's not Lake Shore Drive.

Similar Products Used:

Jacob's Ladder

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