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North~Side Critical Mass


North~Side Critical Mass

For those that would like to lead a ride,map,and or just don't like the C.C.M. because of different reasons. Come join our HAPPY - FRIDAY Spirt! !! We have music, dogs in baskets,trailers of signs & music, but most of all we have a chuck wagon! :-)

Location: Clark/Ridge/Thorndale @ the young Lincoln
Members: 177
Latest Activity: May 1, 2019

Discussion Forum

NSCM Retrospective 1 Reply

Started by Andrew Bedno. Last reply by Andrew Bedno Sep 11, 2014.

Increased heavy fine for riding on sidewalk on Sheridan Road 1 Reply

Started by Bob Kastigar. Last reply by Eliezer Appleton Sep 10, 2013.

5/11/12 North Side CritMass! 3 Replies

Started by Jera Sue. Last reply by Bob Kastigar May 10, 2013.

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Comment by Andrew Bedno on September 11, 2014 at 1:15pm

Reminding, I who was primary NSCM route maker for years, moved to Wicker Park in November 2013.  It's up to y'all next gen now.  The last few years were amazing and I recommend simply trying any of the dozens of great routes archived on

Have fun and HAPPY FRIDAY!

Comment by Andrew Bedno on February 13, 2014 at 11:48pm


I can't come.  Like the pizza idea.  Go, lead some riders there, take pictures for us weaklings.

Comment by buddaa38 on January 17, 2014 at 12:39pm

Just a suggestion for Feb. ride we can end at Maria's Pizza. They serve heart shape pizza. Since Valentine's day is coming.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on December 11, 2013 at 1:17pm

Though y'all might like the mini-poster for northside mass I made for the annual Calendeur issue of The Derailleur:

Comment by Andrew Bedno on November 9, 2013 at 2:11pm

We intrepid six did find Everclear in Chicago, though I'd thought it impossible and half the riders are non-drinkers, then went for Mexican food then to Turtle Racing at Big Joe's (1818 W Foster, hourly from 10pm).  There's a short video of that here.  Here's the <9mi route.

Comment by buddaa38 on November 6, 2013 at 1:57pm


reason I can't join is because I'm going camping to Blue Mound State Park in Wisconsin. Going to try & catch some of the nice colors before that 4 letter word touchdown here! :-(

Comment by buddaa38 on November 6, 2013 at 1:54pm

Hey Andrew,

Wish I could go! Great ideal Turtle races !! Love it!! Used to go every Wednesday back in the younger wilder days. Would bet shots who would win!! Sweet... 

As to me I might be able time to time not like it used to be. Unfortunately I'm really trying hard this up coming year to find a location for us ( Albany Park Bikes (A.P.B.) ! There's Rachel who might be able to .. Even Scott. I do think that if everybody helps it will continue! What a Sweet Ride!!!

Comment by Andrew Bedno on November 6, 2013 at 1:44pm

Hey dear massers, I who've been primary NSCM route maker / ride leader for years now, have recently moved to Wicker Park.  It may become more difficult for me to attend every northside mass, especially in winter, so start preparing for independence.

Wish I could think of anyone who's even semi-regular, who owns a Droid or iPhone, could take over ridecasts.  Sol? Karen?? Tony???

I *DO* expect to make it this Friday though, and am proposing a ride to Binny's in Skokie, then turtle races at Big Joe's.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on July 12, 2013 at 1:23am

Unless anyone has other wants/needs, I'd like to do my long-planned HEART shaped route this Friday.  13 miles round-trip. Forecast says low 70s, clear and still.

Details, cues, catch-up:

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 19, 2013 at 12:53am

June 2013 North Side Critical Mass (NSCM) was pretty magical as usual.  Now in our fifth year.

Bob’s pics:


Over 17 miles:

Route summary and bits I remember:

Decent turnout, over 20.  Fair weather, upper 50s.

I gave out a bag of fortune cookies that were more like advice and praise cookies. BK brought cookies too.

Long stretch of Granville W.

Northshore sculpture path N., dozens of amazing works.

Pause at beautiful new riverside landing.

Long stretch of Greenwood W.

Got to Binny's 6 minutes before closing, for boozes not sold in Chicago.

Long stretch of smooth new Skokie Valley Trail S. A flat was fixed.

Long stretch of Oakton E. despite cars. Past huge mini-golf.

Through James Park. Through Rogers Park.

Pause in Indian Boundary park, zoo and huge playground.

Long stretch of Pratt E to lake.

Slow beach ride passing the newly blank Artists Wall.

Stop at Act One on Morse. Beer stock-up.

Back to Pratt pier, hanging past midnight, sweet jazz tunes.


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