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INSIDE 6 ELECTRIC BIKES A new way to get charged up about bicycling 9 FOX VALLEY BIKE & SKI CLUB Rolling along for 50 years 10 OUTDOOR ESCAPADES Along the Fox River 15 WELCOME TO THE CLUB Bicycle enthusiasts join forces to share common goals and have a little fun 16-25 FOX RIVER TRAIL MAP

17 WATER WONDERFUL Take a canoe, kayak or paddleboard ride along the Fox River 20 MUSIC, ART AND MORE along the riverfront 23 SAFETY FIRST! Equipment musts for a safe – and fun – biking experience 25 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 27 BIKES FOR BATAVIA Program provides bikes for those in need 28 PATIO DINING: EAT, DRINK, RELAX Great places to stop along the Fox River Trail

30 WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Spring Biking Tips 32 GOING TO THE DOGS Dog-friendly places and open spaces 34 THE BIKE RACK HOSTS annual Everybody Rides event

36 SIP AND SIGH Coffee shops and bakeries for trailside treats 37 READY TO RIDE? Tips to find the right fit for your bike style

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ELECTRIC BIKES:

A new way to get charged up about bicycling

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or nearly seven years, Becky’s Bike Shop in Crystal Lake has been on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to selling and servicing bicycles. Curious what type of cutting edge technology? Becky’s Bike Shop exclusively sells electric bicycles.

the rider to go faster and farther than a traditional bike. And if there is a particular trail with a hill that has been difficult to traverse on previous bike rides, an electric bicycle will take the rider to the top of the hill with no additional effort. According to Jim Roden at Becky’s Bike Shop, electric bicycles are not difficult to maintain and requires a regular outlet to charge the battery. “The battery only takes 2-6 hours for a full charge,” says Roden.

With an electric bicycle, riders can enjoy the same trails and bike paths that traditional pedal-powered bikes can tread, While riders must be 16 years just with more ease and no old or older to use an electric license required! bicycle, mountain bikes or city The top speed of an electric bikes are available depending bicycle is 20-28 mph, and allows

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on what activities the rider is interested in pursuing. And there is no need to worry about the weather! Electric bicycles can still operate in the rain, but as with all electronics, prolonged use to a wet environment is not recommended. “You must come in and test ride one to get what they’re all about,” Roden says.  To take a test ride, visit Becky’s Bike Shop, 8404 Railroad St., Unit 1, Crystal Lake. You may also call 815-459-4990 or go to www. beckysbikes.com for more information.


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Explore BATAVIA The Batavia Park District is a leader in providing leisure experiences that enhance the quality of life in our community. With over 40 park sites, 17 miles of trails, a scenic downtown and a variety of seasonal special events, Batavia is a must stop along the Fox River. Experience the charm of the Batavia Riverwalk, the history of the Depot Museum and the uniqueness of Hall Quarry Beach!

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Fox Valley Bike & Ski Club

ROLLING ALONG FOR 50 YEARS By KELSEY O’CONNOR

For the past half a century, members of the Fox Valley Bike & Ski Club have been cruising their way through the Tri-Cities Area. The club, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this spring, provides activities and information for cyclists and cross-country skiers throughout the county. “We want to support and encourage people who want to get outside and be active,” says Beth Greenlee, the group’s president. “We try to offer adventures, opportunities and experiences that people enjoy. And we also provide resources so they can enjoy our area.” The group originally formed as the St. Charles Bike Club in 1968. After almost 30 years, they merged with the nearby Aurora Bike Club and renamed themselves the Fox Valley Bike & Ski Club. As for the skiing part, it just felt like a natural fit. “They’re similar sports,” says Greenlee. “Cyclists tend to enjoy cross-country skiing. They’re both aerobic exercises and you're self-propelled. It gives you something to do year round.”

abilities. There are evening trail rides during the week, afternoon outings popular with retirees, and long, leisurely weekend rides that usually include a bite to eat. Any member can host a ride and rides are open to all members. The public is welcome to join one to two of these rides to get a feel for the club before they become a member. Greenlee says the group is open and encouraging to beginning cyclists. “We want to help people who have bikes become cyclists,” she says. “There are a lot of people who have bikes and really enjoy riding bikes, but you learn so much by joining a group. And there’s safety in numbers on the road.”

To further encourage that safety, the group hosts regular meetings where they share resources and information. These meetings, which take place on the second Wednesday of each month The ride schedule changes at the Geneva Park District, often depending on the weather have an educational and and participants’ interests and informational focus. Today, the group is more than 100 members strong. These members host weekly rides throughout the Kane County area that cater to a variety of schedules and skill levels.

This might include a guest speaker, such as a local deputy and fellow cyclist giving a refresher on the rules of the road. Another time, members may share details of their favorite rides to inspire ideas for others. This month, the group is going to The Bike Rack in Geneva for a quick lesson on how to properly wash and maintain their bikes. The group also strives to give back to the community. Their Swedish Days Ride, held every June, raises money for a variety of causes. The non-competitive invitational attracts up to 800 riders each year and raises close to $10,000 for local and national groups. “We donate to non-profits who support cycling and outdoor activities,” says Greenlee. “We want to give back to our community and the organizations that make it possible for us to get outside and ride.”  For more information or to become a member of the Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club, visit fvbsc.org.

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Outdoor escapades along the Fox River Trail By ERIN SAUDER

If you are a fan of the great outdoors, look no further than the Fox River Trail. Stretching 40 miles, the trail passes through several forest preserves, nature centers, parks and attractions, as well as the towns of Elgin, East and West Dundee, Carpentersville, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, Aurora, and Oswego, among others. Check out this list of must-visit destinations along the trail:  RED OAK NATURE CENTER Surrounded by 40 acres of forest and wildlife habitat, the Red Oak Nature Center is a popular destination for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. The park area features several wood-chipped hiking trails, picnic areas, and The Cave, while the center itself plays host to many different nature programs and events throughout the year.

playground complete with a zip line, biking and walking trails, and picnic pavilion. Located along the Fox River, Island Park is also a popular hotspot for several events throughout the year, such as the Concerts in the Park summer series.

additionally open on Thursday afternoons. Part of the Fabyan Forest Preserve, the attraction affords visitors an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of Japanese gardening and enjoy a moment of harmony with nature.

2 E. State St., Geneva (630) 232-4542 www.genevaparks.org

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 FABYAN JAPANESE GARDEN 2343 S. River St. One of Geneva’s hidden Batavia gems, the Japanese Garden (630) 897-1808 is open to the public for www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org strolling on Wednesday and  ISLAND PARK Sunday afternoons in May The scenic waterfront park through mid-October. In June offers a large treehouse-themed through August, the Garden is

 POTTAWATOMIE PARK Take a swim, play a round of golf, have a picnic, hike a trail, make a sandcastle, cruise the scenic Fox River on paddlewheel riverboats – you can do it all at Pottawatomie Park. The 92-acre park, within walking distance of downtown

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St. Charles, also features a native plant demonstration garden, an amphitheater/ bandshell, playgrounds, fishing, and more.

365 S. LaFox St., (Route 31) South Elgin (847) 697-4676 www.foxtrolley.org

8 North Ave., St. Charles (630) 584-1885 www.stcparks.org  FOX RIVER TROLLEY MUSEUM Founded in 1961, the volunteerrun River Trolley Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Chicago's electric railway heritage and interpretation of the lines' colorful history. The museum operates a variety of antique electric trolleys, railroad cars, and locomotives. Visitors are also invited to enjoy a ride on a genuine old-time trolley car which makes a fourmile round trip along the banks of the Fox River.

 HUDSON CROSSING PARK Just a short walk from downtown Oswego, the 6.2-acre green space offers sheltered picnic areas, a playground and sandbox, catch-and-release fishing, and an egret sculpture garden, among other amenities. Hudson Crossing Park also plays host to a variety of local events throughout the year, including the Concerts in the Park series and Wine on the Fox fest. 65 N. Harrison St., Oswego (630) 554-1010 www.oswegolandparkdistrict. org

 THREE OAKS RECREATION AREA Once home to a gravel pit, the property has been turned into the ultimate aquatic experience. Visitors can enjoy the swimming beach, do some fishing, hike the trails, play sand volleyball, and cool off in the Splash Park. Three Oaks Recreation Area also offers recreational scuba diving as well as the opportunity to become certified through various community scuba schools, the Quarry Cable Park wakeboarding site, and Duke’s on the Water restaurant. 5517 Northwest Hwy. Crystal Lake (815) 459-2020, ext. 4288 www.crystallake.org

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Welcome to the club Bicycle enthusiasts join forces to share common goals and have a little fun By ERIN SAUDER Area cycling enthusiasts will find plenty of miles to traverse in the Kane, Kendall and McHenry county areas. Looking for camaraderie? Joining a bicycling club can be an ideal way to meet and ride with others who share your enthusiasm. Check out the list below to find one near you.

 McHenry County Bicycle Club

www.mchenrybicycleclub.org The not-for-profit McHenry County Bicycle Club is focused on recreational bicycling and seasonal activities such as hiking, camping and snowshoeing. Established in 1981, the organization welcomes all riders, from beginners to experienced touring cyclists. During the riding season, road and trail rides are scheduled on weekends and/or weekday mornings and evenings. Before each event, notice is sent via the Club's email event line to all members. The McHenry County Bicycle Club also advocates bicycle safety, which includes always wearing a helmet, keeping your bicycle properly maintained, and obeying traffic laws.

to knock out miles on the pavement, join the Fox Valley bike shop on a road ride. Those who prefer to stay off road can join Cycling Republic on a mountain bike ride. Group rides are for everyone at any skill level.

 Sammy’s Bikes

602 S. 1st St., St. Charles (630) 444-0690 www.sammysbikes.com Known as a premiere cycling shop and club in the Fox Valley, Sammy’s Bikes also offers weekly group rides on all the trails the area has to offer. Those who are up for an adventure are invited to join. Mountain bikes, cyclocross, and fat bikes are welcome.

class difficulty ranges from recreational to hardcore athlete.

 Prairie Path Cycles

160 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 406-9749 prairiepathcycles.com Prairie Path Cycles hosts a variety of rides and racing events throughout the year. The company also offers casual group rides for cyclists of all ages and skill levels, as well as intense training rides for the more experienced cyclists.

 Oswego Cyclery

59 Main St., Oswego (630) 551-2300 www.oswegocyclery.com

A full-service bike shop, Oswego Cyclery also offers a variety of weekly group outings, 2930 Campton Hills Road including road rides to Plano St. Charles and mountain bike rides on the (630) 584-6588 Saw Wee Kee trail. The third thebikerack.com  Cycling Republic week of every month Oswego 2397 S. Randall Road, Algonquin The Bike Rack supports and Cyclery meets for Taco Tuesday, participates in riding events and (224) 699-9589 which includes riding bikes and invites cycling enthusiasts to www.cycling-republic.com eating tacos. join them. The events include Weather permitting, Cycling All skill levels are welcome for the Trek Factory Tour and Ride Republic organizes two the outings. Of note: no helmet, and Everybody Rides 2018. different group rides each no riding. The Bike Rack also offers an week. For those of who prefer indoor training center with

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together! Get up close and personal with the Fox River by renting a kayak or pedal boat at the St. Charles Park District’s River View Miniature Golf. Both launch from the dock behind River View Miniature Golf at Pottawatomie Park. Kayaks are available for hourly rental on a first-come, first-served basis late May through mid-August. Rental includes a life jacket for each rider and paddles for kayak rentals.

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904 Front St., McHenry (815) 385-3232 edsrental.com

11 E. State St., Geneva (630) 232-2833 millrace.com

 Three Oaks Recreation Area Located near the Fox River, is Three Oaks Recreation Area. Stand-up Paddleboarding and sailboarding is offered through the Board House, which is owned and operated by Alpine Accessories. The first dedicated stand up paddle board facility in the Chicago area, the Board House has a large fleet of rental paddle boards and equipment as well as a private launch area. If you’re new to paddleboarding, the Board House also offers

MCHENRY COUNTY  Ed’s Rental & Sales With multiple locations in McHenry County, Ed’s Rental & Sales offers sit-on-top kayak’s and 15-foot aluminum canoes, each with necessary paddles and life preservers, to enjoy the water. Canoes are available at th Crystal Lake and McHenry locations; kayak’s are available at McHenry location.

5517 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake (847) 943-7043 www.aaboardhouse.com

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(no event in July) AURORA FIRST FRIDAYS Downtown Aurora www.auroradowntown.org Beginning at 5 p.m. the first Friday of the month, downtown Aurora is transformed into an artists’ haven with a rotating slate of music, art, theater and other attractions. Shop or dine at local businesses or swing by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum to check out its monthly pop up shop from 6 to 9 p.m.

 MAY 5-6

OSWEGO WINE ON THE FOX WINE FEST Hudson Crossing Park 65 N. Harrison St. www.wineonthefox.com

musical performances will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Adults 21 and over can sample award-winning wines from Illinois wineries. Tasting costs $15 per day and includes a souvenir wine glass, five tasting tickets and wristband. A two-day pass also can be purchased in advance for $25. Additional tasting tickets cost $1 each.

 JUNE 7-10

ST. CHARLES FESTIVAL OF THE FOX Pottawatomie Park 8 North Ave. with additional events at Baker Memorial Park and Lincoln Park www.festivalofthefox.com Sit back and enjoy the Chinese Dragon Boat Races along the Fox River complete with the awakening the dragon ceremony

This free festival featuring

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and proclamation. Or settle in for a family move night under the stars while enjoying free popcorn at dusk on Saturday. The festival closes out on Sunday with the Wonder Lake water ski show. The event also includes concerts in the park, pet adoption and more.

Be sure to stop by the park’s central gazebo to enjoy free entertainment throughout the day.

 JULY 8, 15, 22 AND 29

GENEVA RIVERPARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES North River Lane and Peyton Street www.geneva.il.us

 AUG. 17-19

SOUTH ELGIN RIVERFEST EXPRESS Panton Mill Park 10 N. Water St. www.riverfestexpress.net

This free festival offers an array of fun for the whole family, including a car show, trolley rides, craft show and a carnival complete with thrill seeking rides. Grab a bite to eat on Wrap up a busy summer while listening to the rotating weekend by settling in on lineup of live entertainment on the terrace or rows of the the stage. A special fun night stone amphitheater while listening to a variety of musical for children with special needs performances. Shows begin at 6 and their immediate families p.m. This year’s lineup includes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Lee Murdock’s melodies on six- Thursday, Aug. 16. Visit the and 12-string guitars on July 8; website to register in advance. the Illinois Brass Band on July 15; Steel Crazy Steel Band on July 22; and Miscella’s Sweet Melodies on July 29.

 JUNE 16-17

ALGONQUIN ART ON THE FOX FINE ART SHOW Riverfront Park 201 N. Harrison St. https://artonthefox.artcall.org Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at this free event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Booths featuring various artists will dot the park. Kids can try their hand at creating their own masterpieces in the Picasso Tent or at various hands-on demonstrations and activities. ILLINOIS PRAIRIE PATH

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HELMET Wearing a good fitting helmet is a must for a safe bike ride. You can take your level of protection up a notch with a multi-directional impact protection system (MIPS), which offers an additional layer of protection during falls compared to a standard helmet.

Equipment musts for a safe - and fun - biking experience By VICKI MARTINKA PETERSEN After being cooped up indoors all winter, the longer and warmer days seem to be made for taking a bike ride. Whether you’re looking to take in the beauty of the Fox River on a solo ride or turning a ride into a family affair, be sure to bring with these must have items for a safe ride along the Fox River Trail.

to help keep the helmet in place. REPAIR KIT Carrying a tire repair kit can be a lifesaver in the event debris on the trail causes a flat tire. A typical kit includes a tire pump, spare tube and tire levels. Honeyman recommends working with your local bicycle shop to put together a kit that will meet the needs of your individual bike.

“It allows the helmet to rotate on your head if you fall, and helps prevent head and neck injuries,” says Hal Honeyman of The Bike Rack in St. Charles.

TRAILERS FOR THE KIDS Even the youngest members of the family can join you on the trail when you use a tow behind trailer.

For younger riders, Josh Arnow of the Bike Haven, which has locations in McHenry and Woodstock, suggests using magnetic clips for the chin straps

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-Continued from page 23 “When buying a tow behind trailer, make sure the trailer is light weight and easy to handle. Also, be sure to look for a trailer that has harnesses inside to keep younger riders safe,” says Arnow.

cage will help keep your drink cool and easily accessible. STORE YOUR GEAR “A nice under the seat bag or frame bag is a great place where you can keep snacks along with a few key tools to get you out of a mechanical pinch,” says Arnow.

For the little ones who like to help, some trailers come with a cycle so the kids can help pedal during the ride, Honeyman says. Some trailers are even equipped for parents to securely put in car seats for children who can’t hold up their head yet, he adds.

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TRACK YOUR RIDE If you’re looking to add some high tech equipment to your riding experience, a bike computer can track how far you go, how much time you spend riding and your average speed as well as serve as a GPS to map your route, Honeyman says.

WATER BOTTLE No matter what type of exercising you do, St. staying Sheridan hydrated is a must. An insulated EXTRASLincoln St. Jefferson St. bottle tucked High St. inside a Highwater St. Here are a few frame mounted water bottle other suggestions Lincoln Ave.

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ADVERTISER INDEX 1 CYCLING REPUBLIC 2397 S. Randall Rd. | Algonquin

13 MILL RACE CYCLERY 11 E. State St. | Geneva

25 RIVER'S EDGE BAR & GRILL 12 N. River St. | Batavia

2 RIVERBOTTOM ICE CREAM CO. 301 S. Main St. | Algonquin

14 GALENA CELLARS WINERY 477 S. 3rd St. | Geneva

26 THE TEA TREE 29 N. River St. | Batavia

3 MAIN STREET BICYCLES 39 E. Main St. | Carpentersville

15 GENEVA WINE CELLARS 227 S. 3rd St. | Geneva

4 PSIMET 11 Jackson St. | East Dundee

16 NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE DELNOR HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER 296 Randall Rd. | Geneva

27 ALL SPOKED UP 14 W. Downer Pl., Ste. 12 | Aurora 3 Webster St. | Batavia

5 OLD TOWNE PUB WASCO 40W290 Lafox Rd. | St. Charles 6 ST. CHARLES PARK DISTRICT 101 S. 2nd St. | St. Charles 7 SKYLINE TREE SERVICE 303 N. 2nd St., St. Charles

28 FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT 101 W. Illinois Ave. | Aurora 29 MY SISTER'S LIL DONUT SHOPPE 25 S. Madison St. | Oswego

17 NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE DELNOR HOSPITAL 300 Randall Rd. | Geneva

30 OSWEGO CYCLERY 59 S Main St. | Oswego

18 STATE STREET DINER 630 W. State St. | Geneva

8 THE BIKE RACK & PROJECT MOBILITY 2930 Campton Hills Rd. St. Charles

31 OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT 313 E. Washington St. | Oswego

19 STATE STREET JEWELERS 230 W. State St. | Geneva

9 ALLEY 64 BAR & GRILL 212 W. Main St. | St. Charles

32 THE VILLAGE GRIND COFFEE & TEA CO. 19 S. Main St. | Oswego

20 THE DAM BAR & GRILL 65 N. River Lane | Geneva 21 THIRD STREET STATION 300 Crescent Pl. | Geneva

OUTSIDE MAP RANGE:

22 BATAVIA PARK DISTRICT 327 W. Wilson St. | Batavia

• BECKY'S BIKES 8404 Railroad St. | Crystal Lake (Ridgefield)

11 EARLY LIGHT CAFÉ 11 E. State St. | Geneva

23 BAR EVOLUTION 27 N. River St. | Batavia

• WHEEL WERKS 115 N. Main St. | Crystal Lake

12 GENEVA PARK DISTRICT 710 Western Ave. | Geneva

24 BATAVIA CREAMERY 4 N. Island Ave. | Batavia

10 DEANE'S MARKET & DELI 500 S. Third St., Suite 141 Geneva

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Bikes for Batavia

PROGRAM PROVIDES BIKES FOR THOSE IN NEED By AIMEE BARROWS

Everyone should have a bike. At least, that’s what Batavia resident Matt Knowles believes. So much so that he co-founded Bikes for Batavia, a program that provides bikes for individuals and families in need. Knowles, who is the owner of All Spoked Up, a bike shop located right along the Fox River Trail, has worked with Bikes for Batavia to give away about 350 bikes since its inception in 2014.

Knowles matches the recipients with bikes based on age, gender and ability. He explained that the program operates from small monetary donations for parts from organizations like the Batavia Rotary, while his shop donates the labor to spruce up the bikes before they’re given away.

cyclist, opened All Spoked Up in Batavia about eight years ago, and has since opened a second store in Aurora. He said he’s always loved to “tinker” with bikes, and after leaving “We’re getting people bikes “Not all parents think their kids corporate America, he knew his that might not have ever gotten need a bike, but they can tell next move was to open his own a bike. It’s awesome,” Knowles their school counselor they shop. Knowles thinks one of says. “Biking is about freedom. need a bike and the counselor the best parts about his shop is When you have a bike, you’re can send them to us,” he its proximity to the trail and the not bound to a particular explained. “The recipients are river, and said he’s met people location. You can get around. so grateful. We gave out 15 from across the Midwest who I’m so proud to be a part of this bikes for Christmas. One mother visited the area specifically to program.” told me she wouldn’t have been bike along the trail. able to afford bikes for her Knowles, who has been a whole family if it wasn’t for us.” “It’s one reason people move member of the Batavia Bike to this area. It’s one of this Commission since 2009, worked Spitz said for several recipients, community’s best attributes,” he with Joanne Spitz, co-founder the bike is their primary mode of says. “There’s a large cycling CHIP IN Batavia, to start Bikes transportation. community here and people can for Batavia, which receives enjoy can cycle for three or four “We’re able to get a bike to donations of gently used bikes. miles and be in the next town people whether they want it to Knowles is the program’s if they want to enjoy a meal or enjoy riding with friends, or if administrator, while Spitz and drink. Batavia is the best place they need it to get to work or her organization work to identify the doctor. For people who don’t to start and end your ride. There families who need and/or want are lots of great shops and have a car, it’s essential,” she bikes. In addition to referrals says. “I worked with a man who restaurants.” from CHIP IN Batavia, Bikes walked to work every day and  For more information about for Batavia works with the when we gave him a bike, he Bikes for Batavia, visit All local school district to identify told me it changed his life.” Spoked Up’s website at www. children and teens who need allspokedup.com. Knowles, who is an avid bikes. FOX RIVER TRAIL GUIDE 2018

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Patio dining:

EAT, DRINK, RELAX

Great places to stop along the Fox River Trail By AIMEE BARROWS Tune up your bike and dig out your running shoes because the weather is finally nice enough to spend an afternoon running or biking along the beautiful Fox River Trail. And after working up an appetite, stop by one of these restaurants near the trail that offer bikefriendly patios where you can enjoy a drink or meal.

KENDALL COUNTY  FIREHOUSE PIZZA AND PUB Just a few blocks from the Fox River is the family-friendly Firehouse Pizza and Pub, where diners can enjoy a meal on the patio before playing a game of bags. The restaurant has several microbrews on tap and features made-from-scratch pizza, subs, salads and more. 65 W. Washington St., Oswego. (630) 551-0800 www.firehousepizzapub.com  TAP HOUSE GRILL Thirsty bikers and hikers will love the drink menu at this Oswego staple, which has extensive beer, wine and

cocktail lists. The restaurant, located right on the Fox River, serves a diverse variety of traditional American fare. 123 W. Washington St., Oswego (630) 383-2020 www.taphousegrills.com  PIG DOG PUB Enjoy views of the Fox River on the beautiful patio, located steps off the river and trail. This pub offers a diverse menu of homemade pub food and pizza, combined with a plethora of beers and made-to-order cocktails. 1250 S. Broadway, Montgomery (630) 340-5221 Visit their Facebook page for more information.

KANE COUNTY  RIVER’S EDGE BAR & GRILL Guests will enjoy classic pub fare and more than 100 local and craft beers in an early 1900s building in the heart of downtown Batavia. Bring your pooch because the outdoor beer garden is pet-friendly, and stick around for some live music. 12 N. River St., Batavia (630) 406-9200 www.theriversedgebatavia.com  OLD TOWNE PUB & EATERY Geneva’s Old Towne Pub and Eatery is known for its large outdoor patio and fun, casual atmosphere. This family-friendly

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pub has specials most nights of the week, and plenty of TVs to watch your favorite team. 201 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-7962 www.otpgeneva.com  THE FILLING STATION PUB & GRILL This downtown St. Charles favorite has one of the best shaded patios along the Fox River. From a family-friendly destination to one of the city’s hottest nightspot, the Filling Station is an ideal stop for a bite to eat while navigating the trail. Enjoy a made-from-scratch meal in the pub’s antique décor, just blocks away from the river. 300 W. Main St., St. Charles (630) 584-4414 www.filling-station.com.

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MCHENRY COUNTY  PORT EDWARD RESTAURANT This unique Algonquin seafood and fine dining establishment offers dockside dining on the beautiful, riverfront patio. Guests will love the menu’s oneof-a-kind dishes, full wine cellar and live music in a nautical setting. 20 W. Algonquin Rd., Algonquin (847) 658-5441 www.portedward.com  BROKEN OAR MARINA BAR & GRILL You’ll find some of the most scenic views of the Fox on this seven-acre destination location, which features one of the largest beer gardens in the area, right on the water. Broken

Oar offers a variety of food and drink specials, live music and a party tent. 614 Rawson Bridge Rd., Port Barrington (847) 639-9468 www.brokenoar.com.  AFTER THE FOX Visitors will love to relax on the scenic riverside deck while enjoying a delicious steak or succulent seafood meal in a casual, rustic atmosphere. 1406 N. Riverside Dr., McHenry (815) 344-3760 Visit After the Fox on their Facebook page.

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What to know before you go:

SPRING BIKING TIPS By ALLISON HORNE

It’s almost time to roll that bike out of the garage after it has been sitting in storage for the last six months. Just like a car or a boat, a bike needs regular care and maintenance to keep it running smoothly all summer long. Bruce Heidlauf, owner of the Mill Race Cyclery in Geneva, has been working on bikes since he was 17 and has owned the shop since 1983 when he was a junior in college. As an avid biker himself, he knows everything there is to know about keeping any bike in tiptop shape for riding season.

compressors available for customers to use and many will fill up tires to the right pressure free of charge. Heidlauf also says that bike tires do need to get filled up often throughout the year, and to not freak out if tires seem to be regularly losing air.

running smoothly every year, Heidlauf says any regular riders should consider getting a tuneup in the spring. “If you bring your bike to a good bike shop, they’ll tell you if you need a tune-up or if you really just need air,” Heidlauf says.

At his shop, a tune-up deluxe includes complete cleaning of the bike, adjusting the wheels so they’re not hitting the brakes, making sure the cables and pads are good to go, tire care, and doing a safety check on all of the aspects of the bike. Another routine maintenance They will even do pickups and piece that often goes deliveries for anyone in a 10“The first thing they have to overlooked is keeping the gears mile radius of the shop. do is make sure they have the of the bike running smoothly. Whether you’re an avid rider correct tire pressure,” Heidlauf Bike shops sell lubricant (car on a racing bike or a casual says. “The bike has been sitting lubricant tends to be a bit too rider on a cruiser, Heidlauf all winter, often in the garage, heavy) that can be sprayed on encourages making sure where temps are really cold.” and wiped off of the chain and everything is working properly gears. He suggests looking on the before enjoying the weather on side of the tire, where the “It will keep your chain and a bike. recommended pressure is gears in the back run longer “Just make sure there is usually listed. While many and smoother,” Heidlauf says, enough tire pressure, the gears people simply go to a gas noting that he recommends are working well and the brakes station for an air pump, Heidlauf doing it every month or so are stopping,” Heidlauf says. says that can also be risky. throughout the year. “It’ll make “Those are the real critical your experience better. It’s kind “Be careful if you go to a gas things before you’re ready to of like changing your oil in your station,” he says. “Those have go.” car.” too much power and can easily  For more information, visit pop off a tire.” While those are some DIY https://millrace.com/. tricks at home to keep any bike Bike shops always have air

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“Bike tires aren’t like car tires,” Heidlauf says. “They do lose air. If you haven’t ridden your bike in two weeks, you won’t have enough air pressure in there. You do need to top if off on a regular basis.”

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GOING TO THE DOGS

Dog-friendly places and open spaces The great outdoors has plenty to offer humans as well as their furry companions. The trails and forest preserves of Kane, Kendall and McHenry counties can be enjoyed by the entire family including the family dog! Consider one of these dog-friendly locales for your next adventure:

OFF-LEASH DOG RUNS

 AURORA WEST FOREST PRESERVE 40W032 Hankes Road, Aurora Your pup can run free at this 715-acre property open to off-leash dogs. A trail connects the Virgil Gilman regional bike trail to the preserve featuring prairies, marshes and woodlands  FOX RIVER BLUFF WEST 5N753 Route 31, St. Charles Fox River Bluff is located right off the Fox River in St. Charles. While there are off-leash spots here, owners are asked to leash dogs while walking to and from vehicles and while crossing the bicycle bridge on the river.

marshes. In addition to the fenced dog park, there also are miles of hiking trails that wind through the property. No permits are required.

FREE DOG PARKS

 BATAVIA BARK PARK 40W101 W. Main St., Batavia The Bark Park has three acres of fenced land at the West Main Community Park in Batavia, including a pond and a pavilion located inside the dog park. There are also on-leash hiking trails throughout the park.  RIVER BEND COMMUNITY PARK 6N517 Geneva Ave., St. Charles

This dog park is located within the 45-acre River Bend Community Park, offering  REGOLE FOREST PRESERVE human interests such as a 3790 Commerce Drive, skate park, fishing, basketball, St. Charles tennis and restrooms, but also A pond and plenty of agility plenty of trails for your leashed equipment for adventurous dog to run. The dog park itself dogs is waiting at Regole Forest features double-gated security Preserve. There are even other entrances and water fountains trails available nearby for for Fido. leashed dogs to explore.  STUART SPORTS COMPLEX  SCHWEITZER WOODS Griffin Dr. and Route 30, 16N690 Sleepy Hollow Road, Montgomery West Dundee Built in 2014, the Stuart Sports This rolling 160-acre preserve Complex Dog Park has more is designated an off-leash dog than 15 acres of off-leash areas area. The property features for dogs. There are separate forests, hay meadows and

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zones for large and small dogs, an agility section and a large pond for dogs to swim.  WEST SIDE COMMUNITY DOG PARK Campton Hills and Peck roads, St. Charles There is something for every pup on the grounds of James O. Breen Community Park, including three different dog park enclosures. Picnic areas, playgrounds and more round out the fun.

MEMBERSHIP DOG PARKS  BULL VALLEY DOG PARK Country Club and Bull Valley roads, Bull Valley

 GREGORY ISLAND DOG PARK Indian Trail at the Fox River, Aurora  HOFFMAN PARK East of Route 31 and North of Fox Trails subdivision, Cary  LAKE IN THE HILLS DOG PARK 9027 Haligus Road, Lake in the Hills  LINCOLN PARK DOG PARK 201 S. Russell Ave., Aurora  MCBARK DOG PARK 2500 N. Richmond Road, McHenry  WOOF RUN DOG PARK 901 Wheeler Road, Sugar Grove


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The Bike Rack hosts annual

Everybody Rides event By AIMEE BARROWS

Not many people can say they profoundly change lives on a daily basis. But Hal Honeyman, owner of The Bike Rack in St. Charles, brings the unbridled joy of independence and freedom to children and adults with disabilities or serious medical conditions and to wounded veterans by fitting them for custom-made, adaptive bicycles through his nonprofit organization Project Mobility.

$4,000 and $5,000, which is unaffordable for many families. She explains that Everybody Rides donors and participants can actually see where their To raise money to continue the money is going because group's mission, the charitable families who have been arm of The Bike Rack will host awarded bikes in the past often Everybody Rides, a familyattend the event. After the ride, friendly, all-inclusive bike ride Project Mobility hosts their featuring food, beer and live Adaptive Bike Giveaway where music. This year’s event will be the bikes are presented to the Aug. 26 at James O. Breen Park, recipients. and riders can choose a 10-mile trail route, or a 30, 45, or 60 mile “It’s a great time. We make some people very, very happy road route. Part of the money that day, and it’s touching. raised helps the nonprofit pay People can see someone for the adaptive bicycles that experience a bike for the first are given away to families in time and that’s moving,” she need. Project Mobility gave says. away 12 bikes last year, and Honeyman hopes to donate We surprise individuals more this year. throughout the year. We provide Adaptive Bike Days locally and “We’ve found ways to get throughout the United States. people mobile, active and engaged,” Honeyman explains. For example at least 4 times a year we drive to St. Louis “Once you see the look on Children's Hospital with a trailer someone’s face the first time full of adaptive bikes and we they experience independent take them to the children's mobility and you see how lifechanging it is, it’s an incredible camps for a day to give them feeling. If you can give someone the experience of adaptive cycling. Depending on an freedom with the bike, that’s individual’s needs, sometimes priceless.” The Bike Rack can modify a Tammy Simmons, Honeyman’s regular bike, but if not, Project sister, says that adaptive Mobility works with about 10 bicycles can cost between companies that custom-make

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the bikes. Project Mobility already has more than 50 bicycle-fitting events scheduled for this summer, and more are expected to be added to the calendar. Honeyman knows first-hand the challenges that parents of children with disabilities face. His son Jacob has cerebral palsey, and when he was a toddler Honeyman found an adaptive bike so Jacob could ride with his family. And after seeing the joy the bicycle brought his son, Honeyman knew what his life’s calling was and created the nonprofit. Project Mobility has helped put about 3,000 people on bikes every year since it began in 2002. “This gives me a sense of purpose. I know the complexities of raising my son, and I know I’m helping people and impacting someone every day,” he says. “It’s lifechanging, for sure. Everyone is so happy and grateful.”  For more information about how you can register for Everybody Rides or Project Mobility, visit www. projectmobility.org.


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READY TO RIDE?

Tips to find the right fit for your bike style By ROB AND AMANDA SANDERS Are you in the market for a new bike? Maybe you are thinking about getting that old bike in the garage out for a tune-up or maybe you are ready for an entirely different adventure. Whatever type of riding you are planning to do, there is a bike to suit your needs. At Cycling Republic, we do our best to get to know our clients personally so that we can find the bike that best fits their lifestyle. Let’s face it – the more you love your bike, the more you are going to ride it! We’ve taken the opportunity here to provide you with a brief overview of the main bicycle categories. Road Bikes are built for riding at quick speeds on the pavement with a light weight, narrow tires, drop handlebars for multiple hand positions. There are many different types of road bikes that serve different purposes such as performance road bikes, adventure and touring bikes, cyclocross and triathlon bikes. Each of these different road bikes have specific modifications that allow the rider to excel in each of these particular categories.

These bikes are great for your family rides with the kids on local paths, neighborhood sidewalks, and even crushed limestone drives. Hybrid bikes include both comfort and sport styles, are built to be the best of both worlds – riders can get a fantastic workout in or go on a spin around town and with a stop for ice cream with the kids.

E-bikes are the perfect bike for those riders that want just a little boost to get to where they are going a little faster or Mountain Bikes are equipped a little farther than usual. Built for all-terrain riding conditions similarly to a hybrid bike, an with wider tires for better grip e-bike includes pedal assist. on uneven surfaces and straight This small motor allows a rider handlebars for better balance the option of utilizing electric and control while riding. There power to breeze up hills and are several different kinds longer distances with more of mountain bikes to choose ease and stability. from, including fat tire bikes for Kids’ Bikes and accessories winter riding, downhill mountain are necessary when equipping bikes, and cross-country our little ones with a safe and mountain bikes for extended fun riding experience. Kids’ trail riding just to name a few. bikes come in different sizes Hybrid/Fitness Bikes are and styles from balance bikes growing each year in popularity. to bicycles with removable

training wheels and bikes that attach to the back of adult bicycles. There is a plethora of fun accessories that serve to keep the kiddos safe and excited about riding. We encourage you to ask lots of questions, shop around, and take our different bikes out for test rides. Perhaps you own a bicycle that you already love and are looking for either a tune up or an overhaul. We are full service sales and repair shop, serving all of your cycling needs including clothing, parts and accessories. We will do everything to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your new or existing ride. We don’t only sell bicycles, we are committed to creating experiences that will last you a lifetime.  Cycling Republic is located at 2397 S. Randall Road, Algonquin. For more information, call 224-699-9589 or visit www.cycling-republic. com.

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