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Perimeter Ride 2012 Planning Group


Perimeter Ride 2012 Planning Group

The Perimeter Ride has been going for a solid decade and is an important first century for a lot of people who might not try such a thing without the CTA bail-out option. Also, it's awesome! Nature trails, oddball sights along the way, interesting food options and an easy pace for the moderately hardcore.

The venerable John Greenfield has been running it all these years, but he wants to step away and focus on developing new rides which will surely be fantastic.  Stay tuned for those, he's got some interesting ideas up his sleeve.

So--folks who love the Perimeter Ride, let's keep it going!  Weigh in here and we'll hammer down the details and post it as an event.

Location: Chicago
Members: 39
Latest Activity: Aug 5, 2014

Discussion Forum

South/Southest 7 Replies

Here's a place to post up potential routes and maps for the south side portion of the ride.  …Continue

Started by Liz. Last reply by Anne Alt Aug 31, 2012.

West (southwest-northwest) 2 Replies

Oak park and Superdawg have generally been west stops.  Any new or different stop suggestions? Route changes? …Continue

Started by Liz. Last reply by Anne Alt Aug 31, 2012.

Hi Everyone!

I sent a message as well to all members but this may be a better place. I am just learning about the ride and would love to participate. Where can I find all of the general info to read up on…Continue

Started by Frank Rico Aug 31, 2012.

North/Northeast 2 Replies

Back on the northside, previous stops include leaning tower of Niles and Roger Park Beach.  End location???????…Continue

Started by Liz. Last reply by Liz Aug 10, 2012.

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Comment by Andrew Bedno on April 16, 2014 at 3:40pm

I presume that though this group says 2012, and I didn't find similar for other years nor undated, that this is the defacto Perimeter Ride planning group.  If not, please advise.  If so, you may want to remove the year portion of the name.

I'm a fairly extreme planner and calculate out most of my year's ride and event dates in advance.  For 2014 virtually all have announced their dates, even the holiday rampage (December 13th), but The Perimeter Ride has not.  My GF's planning a September vacation but would like to go on the ride, and I'm sure she and I aren't alone in wanting to know asap.

Pursuant to helping solidify that, I've researched the dates through history and calculated an average.
So if y'all could consider and carve it in stone within not too many weeks/months from now that'd be great.

Bottom line, last few years were in late September, but most historically were in mid to late August, and at least one was in July.

The Saturday most fitting the long term average is August 30th.
Or if you want to stick with the pattern of recent years, then it's September 27th.  Check for date conflicts here.

Details (corrections/additions welcome):

2013.09.28 = 271
2012.09.29 = 273
2011.08.20 = 232
2010.08.28 = 240
2009.08.22 = 234
2008.08.16 = 229
2007.09.08 = 251
2006.08.12 = 224
2005.07.30 = 211
2004, 2003, 2002 unknown.

Average DayOfYear: 240
240th day in 2014: August 28th


Comment by Andrew Bedno on April 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Researching dates of past Perimeter rides, I accumulated some links y'all might enjoy.  Some are event postings, blogs and photos. A few include maps (indicated with *).

#12 Sat 2013.09.28

* (includes planned, as ridden, trains, restaurants, etc)
* (ridecast) (flythrough)

#11 Sat 2012.09.29
* (ridecast) (flythrough)

#10 Sat 2011.08.20
* (includes cue sheet)

#9 Sat 2010.08.28
* (by John Greenfield)

#8 Sat 2009.08.22

#7 Sat 2008.08.16
* (by John Greenfield, with photos and notes)

#6 Sat 2007.09.08

#5 Sat 2006.08.12

#4 Sat 2005.07.30

#3 2004 - No details found online.

#2 2003 - No details found online.

#1 2002 - No details found online.

Comment by Chuck a Muck on September 21, 2012 at 10:31am

See you guys on the 29th. No more pre-rides for me as i am in Oakland CA. till the 25th...

Comment by David of the North (David606xx) on September 18, 2012 at 12:42am

I guess so--I don't remember seeing one, anyway.  

Speaking of stuff that's only kinda rideable--check out this potential detour for those on mountain bikes:

"It looks rideable from space!" and turns out, it is!

Comment by Anne Alt on September 17, 2012 at 9:44pm

I've ridden that expressway ramp a bunch of times over the years. I didn't want to encourage a large group to ride it in the wrong direction in case there was a problem with oncoming traffic.

How was Doty between the turn from Stony Island and the expressway ramp/111th when you did your pre-ride?  I assume the giant crater across the road was fixed enough to be rideable.

Comment by David of the North (David606xx) on September 17, 2012 at 5:32pm

I know that expressway ramp looks freaky on the map, but I've ridden it three times now--twice with previous Perimeter Rides--and it's not that bad in practice.  

As for the bit on 105th--make sure you're at the front of the pack at that point and we'll go your way.

I can't believe it's only two weekends away!  Still have a healthy bit of pre-ride to do on the Western edge of the route, going to try to get that knocked out this coming weekend.

Comment by Anne Alt on September 17, 2012 at 2:40pm

I was just checking out your map revisions from 8/31.  You've got a couple of problems there.  Do you really want to take the ride the wrong way up the expressway ramp from Doty to WB 111th?  Continuing south on Doty to 115th would be a better option.

Also, when you go west from the Major Taylor Trail on 105th St., you've got the ride going 2 blocks the wrong way on 105th after crossing Vincennes.  Better option: make a diagonal crossing of Vincennes to NB Charles and go 1 short block to WB 104th, then continue as mapped.

Comment by David of the North (David606xx) on September 3, 2012 at 10:41pm

Ride on Saturday was pretty great.  The folks at the Chicago Velo Campus are excited about putting on a demo for us if the weather is good.  We spent a long time hanging out at Argus Brewery talking with the guy from Friends of Pullman, and damned if he didn't make me want to pull up and move the family down there!

One more pre-ride for the western edge of the route--anybody got some input for stops out there?

Comment by Tank-Ridin' Ryan on September 1, 2012 at 6:47am

Gotta bail on today's pre-ride.  I want to postpone some unplanned maintenance at work, but I probably shouldn't.  Have fun guys.

Comment by David of the North (David606xx) on August 30, 2012 at 12:43am

Done--here's the first half:

and the second:

based on the turn-by-turn directions John printed for last year's ride.  Good rough draft for the pre-ride on Saturday.


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