April 2018
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Serving Chicago’s Southland May, 2018

Welcome to Our New Members

John P Bagdonas
Sean Flood
Steve Geary
Bill Kennedy
Ed Labedz
Brent Radomski

May Presentation: Mallorca, Spain

by Lee Chung

Phil Furmanski will be presenting a slide show with amazing videos captured on his GoPro of our cycling trip to Mallorca, Spain. Come and join us as we watch club members from both FOS and JBC on this trip and see why Mallorca is a mecca for cyclist.

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Where: Life Time Fitness, Educational Center
16333 S. La Grange Rd
Orland Park , IL  60467

2018 Easter Ride

By Chris Oldanie

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! All of you should get a standing ovation for all of the hard work you put into this year’s 37th Annual Easter Ride. Even when tying a record cold at the start of the ride, you all shined brightly! This ride took the cooperation of about 60 FOS volunteers, four groups of musicians, permit approval from the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Village of Park Forest access, Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House hospitality, Bicycle volunteer Howard Pence from The Compleat Cyclist, Sorry if I missed anyone.

Riders showed up 45 minutes early and Bernie’s registration crew was ready. Thank you Susan for coming early to head off the early registration surge. Thank you Dale, Dick, Carol and Joan for your help at registration.

Fern ran the first sag stop at Goodenow Grove. They started at 7:00 am by unloading supplies. When the first arrival came pedaling in the crew was prepared to greet people with a hot cup of Joe or hot chocolate to see that they were warmed up. Besides helping with the food preparation Craig Oberman and Wes Cunningham played in the band. Bob Rapacki also played in the band and brought Frankie Newcom and Mary Lynn Mysz to play along.

Sally’s crew at the Monee reservoir didn’t sleep in, as they were setting up at 7:45 am to be ready for the first riders who arrived at 10:20 am. I was told that Sally’s vegetarian chili, Marty’s meat chili and Scott’s Texas caviar went fast and was appreciated by the riders. Sally received help from her husband Eric, Ev, Ken, Marty, Jane, Sallie, Nancy, Lois, Merle, and Lee.

Andi headed up the new sag stop at Glenwood Oaks. She had plenty of good help including our very own Dan and Chuck. They arrived early and sent up our two new canopies. Thank you Barb, Susan, Bob, Joe, Winston and Ernie for helping out with the sag stop.

Irene headed up the Dinning on the Green as she has so many times before. Irene and her crew of Judy, Kathy, Laura, Jerry, Hugh, Jim, Allison, April and Nancy made the Easter Ride famous egg salad sandwiches along with other tasty treats while listening to live music. The Friday Afternoon Band started things off at 11:00 am followed by Randall Maul, bass, played with Thomas Matecki on the piano and Eugene Vinyard on the Sax.

Thank you Al, Dan, Joe Tony and Lad for marking the routes and Chuck and Dave for designing the routes. Thank you Larry for overseeing our Sag Support and Bruce for the radio Communication. Larry and Bruce had help from Dennis, Jim, Mack, Mike, Scott and Al.

Thank you Rick for supplying our sag stops with food and drinks. Thank you April and Allison for donning the Easter Ride bunny costume and welcoming riders. Thank you Susan for the tee shirt logo and thank you Jane and Bernie for following through with the printing. Thank you all for the fresh baked cookies! Leftovers were frozen and will be brought to the May 24th General Meeting.

As you can see this was team work! Great Job and thank you!


Ride Illinois Announces Award Winner at 2018 Illinois Bike Summit

Honors Larry Mysz with the Ride Illinois Educator Award

Press Release by Ride Illinois, image by Al Sturges

Ride Illinois recognized one individual for their significant achievements in bicycle advocacy at the 2018 Illinois Bike Summit held on Monday, May 7 in Chicago, IL. Larry Mysz was honored with the Ride Illinois “Educator” Award for his long history of contributions to bike safety. Larry has made a local impact in the Chicago area and also quite an impact at the National level as a Coach via the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling program educating local future League Cycling Instructors (LCIs).

“Larry’s accomplishments to promote bike safety are notable because he jumped into bike safety outreach only 10 years ago and made a big splash,” said Elizabeth Adamcyzk, Ride Illinois program coordinator and close friend of Larry’s. “Larry is like a father to the cycling community who is dedicated to bike safety initiatives. I think I speak for most when I say how much I admire his accomplishments and values.”

Larry started and maintains the website website -- an invaluable resource for the instructor (LCI) community and anyone seeking bike instructional information. He also educates, coordinates and continues to organize the local LCIs to improve the educational outreach in the Chicagoland region. Larry has worked to host multiple LCI seminars and workshops that advance bike education instruction these past few years. Larry also helped Ride Illinois in the development the online educational resource -- 

Two other winners were announced at the Illinois Bike Summit. The City of Palatine received the Ride Illinois “Project Award” for being one of the first towns to implement their Ride Illinois-created bike plan using Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds (ITEP). Frank Brummer, Ride Illinois Board President, was presented with the Ride Illinois “Leadership Award” for his instrumental role in establishing Trail Recreation Effingham County (TREC) and developing many of Effingham County’s most popular bike trails.

Hosted by Ride Illinois, the 2018 Illinois Bike Summit took place on Monday, May 7 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center and featured over 35 speakers and 15 different sessions. Topics ranged from bike planning basics, bicycle law, and using data to improve bicycling, to the economic and public health benefits of bicycling, trail development, and encouraging children and families to cycle. Over 300 people attended the summit including bicycle advocates, municipal planners and engineers, elected government officials and staff, and others from all over the state.

Ride Illinois has hosted the Illinois Bike Summit for the last 6 years. The goal of the Summit is to educate planners, engineers, advocates and decision-makers throughout the state on the how’s and why’s of making their communities more bicycle-friendly.

More information about the Illinois Bike Summit is available at


Ride Illinois is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions throughout the state. We are the advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety. For more information, visit

FOS SOCIALS for 2018

June 2nd - Short hike/guided tour(free) of Historic Chicago Portage-9:30 to 3pm-meet Chicago Portage Monument, 4400 s. Harlem Ave, Chicago, please contact Lois 773 779 3885 as a count is needed and for further information. This is on a Saturday.
June 24th - Concert on the Green, Frankfort, 6:30 to 8pm-free, Saturday June Band is playing, this is on a Sunday evening.
June 29th - Rock the Woods, Goodenow Grove in the Will County Forest Preserves, 6 to 9 pm, free, country music by Billie Croft and the 5 Alarm, food trucks are being planned for this event. This is on a Friday evening.
July 22nd - Annual Ice Cream Social-Gazabo in Praire Park just East of downtown Frankfort just off the trail-free ice cream 11 to 2:30-this is NOT the same weekend as the Blue Grass Festival-this is on a Sunday
August  - to be announced
Sept 16th - Annual Picnic, Hickory Creek Preserves - Laporte Road access- catered food served 1pm - more info to follow-this is a Sunday
Oct 28th -  End of Season Bike, Hike, Potluck - Goodenow Grove - Food served 1pm-invited to join us are family and bike clubs Calumet Crank, Joliet Bike Club and Major Taylor and Bike Psycos. Bring a dish to share-paper goods and drinks provided. this is a Sunday.
Nov 15th - a Thursday - has been reserved at Aurelios in Frankfort for our annual pizza party
Any questions, Email Fern at or call 708 747 7557

Ride Report

by Barbara Sturges

The FOS rides starting from Park Forest have occurred regularly since late February, although weather prevented group rides on a few Sundays and, of course, the Easter Ride intervened.
Al Sturges has planned lots of interesting routes.   Many rides were mostly on trails to avoid strong March winds (which we have every month); some on rural roads; and sometimes on a mix of trails and city streets.   We always stopped to eat, even on trips to unusual places.    Don't you wonder where we were in this picture?


The flowering trees made May 6 a perfect day to ride the Tinley and Palos trails to the Cal Sag trail. A rainy start to the day kept the Cal Sag from being crowded so it was great!

We had better weather than predicted again Sunday May 13 when we rode to Big Marsh, a mountain bike park on the far southeast side of the city.

That ride included our usual Thorn Creek trails as well as the Pennsy and Burnham Greenways and a short stretch on a trail over an expressway!

We ate at family restaurants, the Calumet Bakery, and two Mexican restaurants.  Participants included the "usual suspects" (Joe Helsel, Dan Meadows, Al and me); the "semi-usual suspects" (Bob Philips, Larry Howard, and JoDell Albi) and the "unusual suspect" (President Dan Rumishek).

Although some club members have bemoaned the weather, saying it's been too cold and wet to ride, the group from Park Forest has been riding -- even if we had to wear winter clothes!

For Sale/Looking for a good home

Bike Rack for up to 4 bikes-for a hitch-Draw Tite from Quality Welding Company Crete
contact Fern Bienias at 708 747 7557 or e mail

FOS Miles


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