Chicago ballooner bikes club and Chicago Taildraggers spring kick off ride/bbq


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fboggs1986

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 28, 2015
347
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Chi-town
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Join us Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM for Spring Fox River Trail Ride & Barbeque in scenic Oswego, IL. We'll kick off our Spring season by riding the Trail from Oswego to Geneva, where we'll have a great photo opportunity in front of the historic B.F. Goodrich Tire and Auto store front on Main Street. Added to the fun is that this will be a combined ride with the Chicago Ballooners and the Chicago Taildragger Groups.

We'll meet to socialize at Joel & Gilly's house, located at 4810 Mill Road, Oswego, at 11 AM. There is plenty of room for parking and a long, paved driveway for our bikes. We'll head out on our ride at 12 Noon and take the short, half mile ride on US Hwy 31 to the beginning of the Fox River Trail in Oswego. Once on the Trail, we'll head north for an easy, mostly flat, paved path (90% of the Trail is paved, dedicated path, 10% is village/city streets) from Oswego, through historic downtown Aurora, along the famous Batavia Vintage Windmill Park, and into lovely Geneva for our picture opportunity (13.9 miles each way). The Trail follows the Fox River and there are many local bike shops conventiently located next to the path to help out if needed.

Once we are back at Joel & Gilly's, we'll fire up the grill and cook out brats, dogs, and burgers. Joel & Gilly will provide the meats, potato salad, beans, condiments and platewear. BYOB is encouraged and people can bring adult beverages if they like. All are encouraged to bring their bag chairs, etc.

Our Rain Date will be Sunday, May 6, 2018, same times. Please refrain from last second cancellations, if possible, as Joel & Gilly will be purchasing the food on Friday, April 21st.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, April 22nd!!
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mack0327

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 11, 2015
74
52
Oswego, IL, United States
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12 day forecast calls for a high of 56 degrees and mostly cloudy. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

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SKIDKINGSVBC

I live for the CABE
Sep 2, 2008
1,248
1,521
Puyallup, United States
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One of our participants for this ride, Darrell Yarborough, had these cool spoke cards made for the event. The card features a vintage bike and our 182 year old house, known in Oswego, IL as "The Parker House". The first 35 riders will receive one!

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Cool ! I do hangtags for all the SKIDKINGS rides ....Good to see others do cool give keepsakes ...Here is the tag for my up-coming ride on Sunday .Will be riding past the Park Ave Garage , been there since 1927..Don't look like it ,but the building is still there. That B.F. Goodrich building is really cool! What's the inside look like?
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mack0327

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 11, 2015
74
52
Oswego, IL, United States
#9
The inside of the shop is pretty bare with a few items for sale. Most of what they sell are parts that shops pick up.

Your media looks awesome!

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mack0327

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 11, 2015
74
52
Oswego, IL, United States
#10
It's hard to believe with all of the snow the area has experienced over the last few days that we actually have a decent weather forecast for this coming weekend. The forecast on Sunday is "Partly Cloudy with a high of 57 degrees. Winds 10-20 mph." As long as this doesn't change for the worse, our Spring Ride is a "Go". I'll make a final decision on Thursday as that's the last day I can call off the purchase of supplies for this Ride. Thanks to all who are planning on coming!
 

mack0327

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 11, 2015
74
52
Oswego, IL, United States
#12
Great news! Our friend, Joe Shifter from Riverside, CA made one of his beautiful ShurSpins as a raffle prize for this event. This ShurSpin is one of a kind, assembled, stained, and hand painted by Joe himself. These look awesome on a vintage bike's handlebars. Check out Joe's video on The CABE or You Tube. Mounting hardware is included in the prize. The iPhone cell holder gives the ShurSpin scale (9 inch propeller).

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds earned in the raffle will go towards the Tour de Cure Ride to Beat Diabetes after some of the event expenses are covered. Prize value is $100.00.

The raffle tickets will be for sale at the Spring Ride only and the winner must be present to win. We will draw our winner after the Barbeque. Thanks for participating in our 2018 Spring Ride!
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mack0327

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 11, 2015
74
52
Oswego, IL, United States
#13
It's hard to believe with all of the snow the area has experienced over the last few days that we actually have a decent weather forecast for this coming weekend. The forecast on Sunday is "Partly Cloudy with a high of 57 degrees. Winds 10-20 mph." As long as this doesn't change for the worse, our Spring Ride is a "Go". I'll make a final decision on Thursday as that's the last day I can call off the purchase of supplies for this Ride. Thanks to all who are planning on coming!
We have 20-25 people coming to this event. Should be lots of fun! Please, no last minute RSVPs as the RSVP window has passed. Thanks!

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