April 2018
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Serving Chicago’s Southland April, 2018

Welcome to Our New Members

Greg Eischen
Eileen A English
Debra A Ferro
David R Hensle
LaTara Hines
June JacQue
Billie J Kelley
Mary Kay Masterson
Mike Masterson
Julie Nally
Romaine Nowakowski
Vincent Patrizi
Jim Saplis
Karyn Saplis
Patricia Smith-Huntoon

2018 Easter Ride

By Chris Oldanie

At the time of this writing the weather looks promising for both Pre-Easter Ride and Easter Ride (60°). I couldn’t be more thankful to the Easter Ride Group Leaders and their teams for their knowledge, perseverance, and leadership! Registration - Bernie O’Reilly; Goodenow Grove - Fern Bienas; Monee Reservoir - Sally & Eric Kleinschmidt; Glenwood Oaks - Andrea Edington; Dining on the Green - Irene Van Der Hoek; Route Marking team - Al Sturges, Dan Meadows, Joe Hensel, Tony Loukota, & Lad Martin; Food Supplies & Insurance certs - Rick Deering; Sag Support - Larry Mysz; Maps - Chuck Vasile; FOS Spokesmen, Advertising, and P.F. Village Contact - Al Sturges; and last but not least our Prez Dan Rumishek! Thank you team leaders and their supporting team for really stepping up!

This year’s routes will be of 17, 26, 37, 45, 58, & 79 miles. The two shorter routes will be mostly on flat, beautiful, scenic paved trails, supported by one or two sag stops - depending on the distance you choose. Thank you Dan for securing the Glenwood Oaks Restaurant’s sag stop!  There we will have access to running water, flush toilets, great food, hot drinks, shelter and a friendly and accommodating work team. The four longer road routes head south along lightly traveled streets with sag stops being offered at the Monee Reservoir and one/two at Goodnow Grove, depending on the distance you choose.

There were 15 of the Folks that came out for the Pre-Easter Ride this Sunday. Judy Dunn led the turtle group to the Glenwood Oaks sag stop and enjoyed a delicious lunch while there. The rest of the group rode to Goodenow and then split up at the 36/45 split in the road before eventually heading back to Park Forest and Frankfort. What a beautiful day, thank you all for coming!

Short sleeve shirts if ordered before April 15 are $14, long sleeve $18. $2 more for XXL & XXXL sizes. Pre-ordering is your best way to secure the shirt and size you want.
As with past Easter rides, homemade cookies are essential and we advertise them as a feature. If you bake six dozen cookies your registration is waived and you ride for free. Be sure to write cookies on your registration form. You can bring your cookies to Irene, Fern or Bernie’s. You can also bring the cookies to the Park Forest (P.F.) Village Hall on Saturday between 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm and early Sunday Morning.



Only a few more days until this year’s Easter Ride, and it will be here before we know it. Each year, homemade cookies are available at all the rest stops & at Dining On The Green. They a part of the Easter Ride, it is what we are known for (as well as egg salad sandwiches!) Some members have offered to bake, but we need more, lots more! Please consider making cookies this year. Don't forget, each member who bakes cookies (6 dozen) rides the Easter Ride for free, just write "cookies" on the front of your Easter Ride application.

Even if you are not riding, baking cookies is a wonderful way to contribute towards the success of the Easter Ride!

You can bring them with you to a rest stop or at the start of the race; or you can bring them the day before the race at Park Forest Village Hall from Noon - 1pm,or you can drop them off with me (Sally Kleinschmidt 804-335- 7094), my address is:

10957 Pembrook Ct Frankfort IL.
Please, please consider making cookies this year, the Easter Ride needs you!

FOS SOCIALS for 2018

May 16th, 2018-The Ride of Silence-On this nite in cities around the world, cyclists gather to ride in silence to raise awareness of cyclists right to ride on the road and to honor the fallen cyclists no longer with us. Lee Chung has agreed to lead this ride and more information will follow. We will also have for those not riding and wishing to give support a walk at the same time and in silence as well and Fern will lead the walk of support, and more information to follow as well.
June to be announced
July 22nd, 2018-Annual Ice Cream Social-Time is 11 am to 2:30 pm at the gazebo in Praire Park on the trail just east of Frankfort town center. The Bluegrass Festival is the weekend of July 15th and we tried to get this the same date but the village decided parking was an issue as the festival gets bigger each year so this year each will be a different weekend.
August to be announced
September 16, 2018-Annual Picnic-Hickory Creek Presserves-LaPorte Road Access-catered food served 1 pm-more info to follow. Please note, we plan on a flea market same day with club related items so start thinking what you may wish to sell. Also, if anyone has an idea for a vegetarian dish other than our regular items please let me know
October 28, 2018-End of Season Bike, Hike, and Potluck at Goodenow Grove. Food served 1pm-bring a dish to share. Drinks and paper goods provided.
Family members and several other clubs are invited to join us this event.
November 15th, 2018 a THURSDAY-has been reserved for our annual Pizza Party at Aurelios in Frankfort.
Any questions feel free to contact Fern at 708 747 7557 or e mail

The League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Course

The League’s Smart Cycling course provides tips and techniques to help you get all the benefits of cycling and stay safe while you’re doing it. Whether you are just starting, are returning to the bike after years away, or are an experienced rider, you will find information and advice in the program that will make riding easier, safer, and more comfortable and enjoyable.

What is it?

The 9 hour course is based on bicycling techniques and principles developed by experienced cyclists, educators, and safety experts, and is taught by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors. (LCIs). There are three sessions.

Session 1 is in class and covers most of the basic things a rider needs to know to choose the right bike, adjust it to fit, do basic maintenance, know the basics of bike handling and rules of the road as they pertain to bicycles.

Session 2 is also in class and covers additional principles of safe road riding, avoiding hazards, riding in bad weather, and special situations like rural riding, riding in groups, riding long distances, and touring.

Session 3, the On-Bike session, covers basic handling skills, emergency maneuvers, and a practice road ride.

Sessions 1 and 2 can be taken either in a classroom with an instructor or on-line at your convenience. The first two parts or the online session must be completed before taking the on-bike session. If you wish to take the online session rather than the classroom sessions, contact the instructor, Larry Mysz, by email to or phone to 708 754 7859 for instructions.

When is it?

The classroom sessions are in Orland Park, May 10 and May 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at: Life Time Fitness, 16333 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60467.

The on-bike session is in Homewood, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the St Joseph Church parking lot, right next to the Homewood Library. 17951 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL 60430. The rain date for the on-bike session is May 26.

What does it cost?

The 3 classroom sessions (or on line session) plus the on-bike session are being offered to Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club members at the special rate of $25. For those not currently members of Folks on Spokes, the $25 fee includes club membership for the remainder of 2018. That is deeply discounted from the normal charge for the course of $125.

How do I sign up?

Register on the League of American Bicyclists site at this link

Address questions about this class to Larry Mysz by phone or email.
708 754 7859

FOS 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast

The breakfast was held Sunday, April 15th. Last year the weather was sunny and warm and 29 attended and we spent our event outside. This year the weather was cold, damp, and raining and 30 attended and we spent the full time inside. I had a table set up for 8 with a fold up ready if needed.Well, the 2nd table never went up. It was amazing those at the table ate and moved as all were fed with a natural flow of awareness and sharing. My home is not that big but our members figured it all out with no complaints and made it work. I must add the guests were easy to please and flexable and also appreciative.

I thank Jim for cooking all the pancakes and sausages, Sally K for taking pictures and sending them same day to Chuck for the web and Adam for the newletter, Lee for clean up in the kitchen end of evening, Chuck for putting pictures on the web same day as event, thanks to Lois for her very clever compliment on fos announcements, and to all that came to make this event special. 
Fern, Social Chair

Upcoming Rides and Events

April, 2018

Tuesday 24
Lifetime Fitness Educational Center
 10:30 AM
Thursday 26
Frankfort Breidert Green
 10:00 AM
Saturday 28
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Sunday 29
Park Forest Village Hall

May, 2018

Tuesday 1
Frankfort Breidert Green
9:00 AM
Thursday 3
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Saturday 5
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Park Forest Village Hall
 10:00 AM
Sunday 6
Park Forest Village Hall 9:00 AM
Yankee Woods parking lot
 9:30 AM
Tuesday 8
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Thursday 10
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Thursday 10
LIFE TIME Fitness Educational Center
 7:00 PM
Saturday 12
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Sunday 13
Park Forest Village Hall
 9:00 AM
Tuesday 15
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Wednesday 16
To be announced
 6:00 PM
Thursday 17
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
LIFE TIME Fitness Educational Center
 7:00 PM
Saturday 19
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Saturday 19
St. Joseph Church Parking Lot
 10:00 AM
Sunday 20
Park Forest Village Hall
 9:00 AM
Tuesday 22
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM
Thursday 24
Frankfort Breidert Green
 9:00 AM

FOS Miles


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President: Dan Rumishek
Vice President: Dick Chisholm
Treasurer: Rick Deering
Secretary: Sally Kleinschmidt
Director of Rides: Bill Lang
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