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Chicagoland Beer Exploration Society


Chicagoland Beer Exploration Society

Every member of the Society (CBES) should aspire to have a beer at every brewery or brewpub located in a day or two bicycle ride distance from Chicago (and, of course, within the city limits).

Naturally, preferable way of getting to is by bike, as for riding back . . . whatever is available, train, bus, horse and buggy, depending on amount of beverages consumed at the destination.

Routes on Ride with GPS, here.

On Facebook, here.

On Twitter, here.

Lists of breweries and brewpubs (and other beer things): on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Up-to-date map (with a list, postal- and web-addresses and phone numbers, where available). Five hundred thirty (530!) so far.

Location: Chicago and around
Members: 197
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

Future rides 70 Replies

Please post suggestions, ideas and discuss 'em here.Continue

Tags: beer rides, brewery rides, future rides, CBES

Started by Serge Lubomudrov. Last reply by djm Oct 16, 2019.

Post your favorite local beers here! 14 Replies

Did you just try a local beer that you thought was exceptional?  Post it here!  Continue

Started by Rich S. Last reply by Allan Oct 3, 2017.

Bikes, Bites and Brews - North Mayfair Festival 1 Reply

North Mayfair Improvement Association (NMIA) is pleased to announce “Bikes, Bites & Brews”, a neighborhood festival scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 1 – 3, 2017.  Fest-goers can look…Continue

Started by Matthew J. Robertson. Last reply by Serge Lubomudrov Jul 30, 2017.

Beer-, but non necessarily bike-related events 43 Replies

Post here a beer-related event you'd like to attend and invite others.Continue

Tags: beer events, events, beer

Started by Serge Lubomudrov. Last reply by Serge Lubomudrov Dec 11, 2014.

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Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 9, 2014 at 11:31am


As your first ride with CBES is organized by me, I have to answer.

This is what I can add to what has been said previously:

Please read the ride description. I do try to provide as much useful information as I can, including route map (where you can print the cue sheet from), minimum speed, etc. If you can not, for any reason, print the map and/or cue sheet, let me know.

On the rides I organize I prefer people to stick together and leave no one behind, provided, however, that everyone read the description and can keep up the minimum required speed. If someone can not keep up, it is probably not a good idea to join the ride in the first place. Still, I would (and had) at least try to make sure that someone will not get lost.

Comment by Adam Z on April 9, 2014 at 11:29am

You guys totally missed the chance to say that CBES participants all ride penny farthings in a peleton at 30 miles an hour.

Comment by Kevin Mulcky on April 9, 2014 at 10:04am

All good info to know. Thanks everyone. Do organizers usually print cue sheets or maps for everyone?

Comment by Rich S on April 9, 2014 at 10:02am

I'll second what these guys said. We do sometimes get stretched out pretty good ... even up to a mile between first and last rider. The front riders will almost always stop at tricky spots or turns to make sure no one's left behind. 

Comment by JustWill on April 9, 2014 at 9:49am

We typically try to go about 12mph. But in all honesty, it's just a tad bit faster than the slowest rider to edge he/she on to go a bit faster.

If you want to ride faster than the lead and know the way, do so. We usually do and wait for everyone to catch up, especially at an intersection if there's a turn.

Bring a lock, a bungee cord for the Metra back, a flat kit (spare tube/pump/tools), your credit card (for taxi back if something goes terribly wrong with your bike) :)

Comment by Kevin Mulcky on April 9, 2014 at 9:36am

I'm doing my first ride with the CBES on the 19th and I've got a couple quick questions. What speed do you all typically ride at? What type of bikes are people on? Should I bring anything besides a flat kit? Does everyone stick together?

Comment by grayn8 on April 9, 2014 at 8:32am
So, having broken and sprained a lot of myself, I can say that they can't see all breaks instantly with X-rays especially greenleaf fractures and hairlines. They seem to always want to boot or immobilize to prevent stuff. After a week, hairlines can show on X-rays. Soft tissue damage doesn't really show unless you go MRI and more expensive modalities. As a guy who disregard the soft tissue healing process and now has clicks and range of mobility crap--I recommend taking it dang seriously. Sorry to read. And heal fast.
Comment by djm on April 9, 2014 at 7:57am

Get better soon!  Im glad to hear that there were no broken bones, but soft tissue injuries deserve respect, too.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 9, 2014 at 6:38am

That's great, Robert! But how did they mistake sprains for broken bones on the x-rays earlier? Oh, well . . .

Comment by bobweiser on April 9, 2014 at 12:31am

fyi went to the orthopedic surgeon for my follow-up appointment this morning. they looked at my x-rays, they took my casts off, they had me move my wrist and ankle, they let me hobble about a little -- and they told me i was good to go! after all that, just (very) bad sprains!


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