Monday, May 19, 2008

Lake front RIDE on Don't forget Your Helmet!

ANDREA METCALF, Last Saturday I had the pleasure of riding with my favorite Red Head - Ronald McDonald and favorite Radio Personalities Eric and Kathy of 101.9.  It was a leisurely ride along Chicago's lakefront with apple dippers at the start and finish.  This made me think of the upcoming biking season and of course riding on Lake Shore Drive.  There are only a few days in the year that are really worthy of Chicago Bikers:  Bike the Drive and McDonald's LATE Night Ride.  Bike the Drive is this upcoming weekend, May 25  and will open LSD for thousands of riders.  BUT do not forget your helmet-- or they will not let you ride.  Also fun is the post breakfast party.  Only $7 but this party has something for everyone!  There are special activities for families and the Chicago land Bicycle Federation will have booths and information available too.  Another great ride is McDonlad's LATE night Ride.  Held on the eve of July 12th -13th come ride Chicago at night.  An incredible experience to see the city in a different light!  This ride benefits Friends of the Parks which is helping with the renovation of Buckingham Fountain this year.
Remember the ABC's of biking.  AIR Pressure - Check the air in the tires before riding- makes for a smoother ride and less chance of a flat.  BRAKES - check to make sure your brakes are opening and closing firmly to stop when needed.  COVER - Cover your head with a helmet, cover your feet with shoes, and be kind to your behind with padded shorts or a firm seat.  Get out Chicago and RIDE!!!

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