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Folks on Spokes — Home of the Easter Ride

The 2018 ride is in the history books.  Hope to see you next year.

Known for the first invitational ride of the biking season, The Easter Ride, Folks on Spokes offers much more to its members and the Chicago/Northwest Indiana biking community.  Folks on Spokes (FOS) is one of Chicagolands premier biking clubs, with year round activities and is consistent in making an impact on the state of cycling in the Chicago south suburban area.  

FOS provides members with opportunities to ride with cyclists of similar riding abilities on a variety of weekly routes from 15 to 100 miles in length. Rides are scheduled on weekdays as well as every weekend during the cycling season.  Membership rides at all speeds from 9-12mph to 16+mph.  Most rides involve a rest-stop where we can grab a bite to eat.  Our 'Turtle' group has a special fondness for ice cream.

Offseason finds Folks on Spokes members gathering for hikes and cross-country skiing. Hikes are held every-other week, and skiing depends on snow conditions.

Q: What do you get if you cross a bike and a flower?
A: Bicycle petals!

Bartender: Your glass is empty. Want another one?
Customer:  Why would I want two empty glasses?

Q:  How do I get to the hospital from here?
A:  Just close your eyes and walk into the street. They'll come and get you.

Next meeting May 24, 2018  Program: Biking in Mallorca, Spain.

Congratulations  Al Sturges won a $10 gift card to the Edge, Lois Galbraith also won a $10 gift card to the Edge, and Fern won a $25 gift certificate to Glenwood Oaks at the April meeting.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

On Sunday March 18, 2018, FOS participated in the St. Patrick's Day Irish Parade in Tinley Park. The day couldn't have been better. It was bright and sunny with temps in the mid 50's. Many members came out to showcase our club. Some dressed to represent the club and others to celebrate the day wearing green. 7 rode bikes, we took turns carrying our banner and others passed out Easter ride flyers and club brochures. We passed out green beads and candy to revelers on the sidelines. We even had an Easter bunny with us! This was a great event and everyone had an awesome time.


FOS members often gather for more social events.  Every other month we alternate regular monthly meetings with social meetings.  Regular club monthly meetings feature discussions and a speaker presentation.   Social meeting months can involve any number of group activities.  Recently we held a pancake breakfast, and a social hour at one of the areas nightspots.  Social activities are an important component of Folks on Spokes.

Most club members look forward to volunteering for the annual Easter ride, where we interact with riders for other areas as well as with fellow club members.

We have several club special events.  July has an Ice Cream Social; September we hold the Club Picnic with catered food; October's last Sunday we hold the End of Season Bike, Hike, and Pot Luck/chili cook off; and November brings the most popular club event: the free Pizza Party on the Thursday before Thanksgiving.

Q: Do you know what is the hardest part of learning to ride a bike?
A: The pavement.

Folks on Spokes continues to work with local government agencies to insure that the needs of cyclists are considered when road improvements, trail construction and laws regarding cyclists are reviewed. The club successfully influences area governmental bodies to remember cyclists.

Member benefits

As a member, you have access to club ride information, forums, communications, and other helpful information to provide a better experience. 

Q: Why did the little boy take his bicycle to bed with him?
A: Because he didn't want to walk in his sleep.

Q: What does a cyclist ride in the winter?
A: An icicle.

Q: When is a bicycle not a bicycle?
A: When it turns into a driveway.

Q: What is a ghost-proof bicycle?
A: One with no spooks in it.

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Watch a sample of biking, hiking, and social activities from last year.

FOS Promo

Why Join?

Rub elbows with cyclists who bike thousands of miles a year, ride with cyclists of all levels and learn great tips to improve your skills and safe routes with little traffic.

Rides of various distances and paces to accommodate different riding styles and abilities.

Rides listed on the website calendar.

Learn from experienced cyclists about the best equipment, clothing, etc.

Learn about your heart, safe exercise, and proper nutrition and hydration.

Support local and national bicycling organizations.

Discounts at area bike shops (with Club membership)

Discover great local spots to cycle and restaurants along the routes.

Stay fit year-round with winter hiking and cross-country skiing.

Be a part of one of the most exciting club invitationals in the Midwest, the FOS Easter Ride!

Attend the club's annual picnic, ice cream social, End-of-the Year Hike/Bike/Potluck and Pizza Party.

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