Due to the ongoing pandemic, The Bike Lane will not be hosting any in person events or group rides for 2021. We really miss riding with our friends and are looking forward to resuming in person activities next year. Please follow our social media where we'll keep you posted on solo rides, virtual events, and other happenings in the bike world.
If you made it to this page that means you like to ride bikes with other people. That's great, because we do too! Below you'll find an overview of some of our shop hosted rides, as well as a calendar containing local events and races. This calendar only scratches the surface, so if you have an event that you think other people should know about, reach out at [email protected], or just stop by the shop and chat with us!
Our monthly social ride takes place on the second Thursday of each month, from April until September. We depart from the shop at 6:00pm and usually ride for about 2 hours. Normal pace on this ride is 13 mph and our average distance is 20 miles. Nice and easy, lots of fun. Chance of after ride socializing and beverages is high. As with everything we do, all people and bikes are welcome, but this ride definitely trends towards casual. If you are looking for more of a traditional road ride, see below.
Road rides can be intimidating, we get it. But they don't have to be. Road rides can be really fun. Road rides should be really fun. If you're new to group riding, this is a great way to see what it's all about. Our road ride departs at 5:30pm from the shop on the third Wednesday of each month, from May until September. This one is a little faster than our social ride, around 15 mph pace. While not required, people will probably be wearing jerseys and bibs. If that's not your thing and you're just looking to ride bikes with friends, see our social ride above.
We've partnered with Great Lakes Randonneurs for an amazing day of riding in Western Illinois. Your choice of either 200k or 100k routes across a mix of gravel and country roads with about 5000 feet of climbing. It will be a day full of scenic roads, rolling hills, chonkey gravel, and the Mississippi River! For full details, check out the event page here.