Saturday, August 16, 2014

Biking the Burbs for Beers bike ride is set for Saturday August 30, 10:30 am.

BBB is a very informal bike ride through parts of Flossmoor, Chicago Heights, South Chicago Heights and Steger. It’s a chance for family anf friends to get together to enjoy a day of fresh air, activity and conversation. We will ride through several majestic old neighborhoods and give people a chance to see parts of the area that they may not see very often, and for some, areas that they have never seen. We stop at several local establishments to relax and enjoy a drink or two. All of the places we visit are family owned and operated by great people that support their local communities. They’re all old school, if you’re looking for anything new, “upscale” or trendy you will be dissappointed. There is no cost for the ride except what you choose to spend of food and drink. A buffet lunch will be available at 3 Star for $7.00. We only ask that you do not over indulge and please be generous with your servers. 
Details below-
  • The ride will depart from downtown Flossmoor at 10:30 riding through Flossmoor Park and parts of old Flossmoor to the north side of the Heights to Dino' Food and Liquors for beer and Bloody Mary's
  • From Dino's we will ride south through some of the great old neighborhoods of Chicago Heights to Paulie's Pub in South Chicago Heights.
  • A nice ride further south through portions Sauk Trail Woods bike path we will arrive at J' Martin's Tap in Steger. Bob E. Lee and his band will be on hand to play some classic rock tunes. The band does not charge a fee for playing, however, tips will be welcomed and we will pass the hat. You are sure to enjoy as it is probably the highlight of the trip. Martin's famous fruit salad will also be on hand to enjoy and give you an energy boost.
  • From Martin's we will head north to 3 Star Tavern on "The Hill" in Chigago Heights for a buffet lunch and more refreshments. Lunch will cost $7.00 and will include-
    • Italian sausage and peppers
    • Roast chicken
    • Pasta salad
    • House salad
    • Green beans
    • Roast butter and garlic potatoes
         While you're at 3 Star you can go two doors down and have your picture taken in front of the boyhood home of                  former Pheonix Suns owner and director of USA basketball Jerry Colangelo. You can also get a classic "Shy                  'Heights" tee shirt for $10 (available in white or black.)
  • After lunch we will head north through the Heights and back to Flossmoor- ETA 4:30.
There will be a limited amount of BBB IV T shirts available the day of the ride- price TBD.

If you haven't been on the ride before and are not an avid cyclist don't worry, we set a very casual pace and try and enjoy the ride. Almost all of the riders that have been on the ride in the past are very casual riders. For some it's the only time all year they are on a bicycle so it is not a very demanding ride.

All of the establishments we visit are classic, old school places. Its a great ride and a great time.

The ride is open to all so invite your friends.

As always we encourage moderate drinking and heavy tipping.

Mark & Tom

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Save the date- August 30 2014. 4th annual Biking the Burbs for Beer bicycle bar crawl will depart from downtown Flossmoor at 10:30 AM on Saturday August 30. Still working out the details but, as always, will include stops at the same classic old school joints-

  • Dino's Liquors
  • Paulie's Pub
  • J Martin's Tap
  • 3 Star Liquors and Tavern
More details to follow.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

3rd Annual BBB is set for Saturday September 7th, 10:30 AM

The route is set for BBB III, a total of 14 miles on the road, a little shorter than in the past. We will have a limited amount of BBB tee shirts available for $12.00- cheap. If you want to reserve a tee shirt contact Tom or Mark, or you can leave a comment below.

The route we will take is almost entirely on neighborhood streets with low traffic volume.

The ride will kick off from downtown Flossmoor at 10:30 AM. Please plan on arriving by 10:00-10:15 so we can get off on time.

The first leg of the crawl will be a 2.9 mile ride through Old Flossmoor and Graymoor in Olympia Fields to Dino's Food and Liquors (a proud sponsor of Flossmoor Baseball) on Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights. Bloody Marys and mimosa's will be available along with a variety of great American beer.

The longest leg of the ride will follow our stop at Dino's. A 4.1 mile ride through the old streets of Chicago Heights will take us to J' Martin's Tap in Steger for some fruit salad and entertainment. Bob E. Lee and the band will once again rock the house with an acoustic set of classic rock tunes.

Next up a short 1.3 mile ride to Paulie's Pub in South Chicago Heights where Lisa and the staff at Paulie's will have a buffet lunch ready- meatballs, Italian sausage, potato salad and chips. The cost of the lunch is $8.00. 

The next stop is riders choice. The next scheduled stop will be the old Chicago Heights Country Club for some cocktails on the veranda. However, if there is enough interest from the riders we will make the short ride to 3 Star Liquors on "The Hill" in Chicago Heights. 3 Star is one of the truly historic and iconic establishments in the south suburbs. We will see how we're doing on time and energy.

After the Country Club or 3 Star we will head back to Flossmoor for a night cap. The band Staff Infection will be on the Flossmoor Fest main stage at 5:00.

We are not raising any money, nor dedicating ourselves to any mission nor trying to achieve some personal fitness level.  We just want to see if we can ride a bike and drink some beers.

As always- we encourage moderate drinking and heavy tipping.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

2nd Annual Biking the Burbs for Beers (AKA Tour da Heights)

The 2nd running of the Biking the Burbs for Beers bike and bar crawl was a great success- 
great weather, great music, great people, great food, great time.

view video here-
Riders- 24
Non riding participants-4
Total # of crawlers- 28
Mechanical breakdowns- 0
2 minor cycling "incidents"- We have one rider (who shall remain nameless) that may need to complete a safe cycling course before next years ride.

The crawl started out once again in beautiful downtown Flossmoor. A rousing pre ride speech by master of ceremonies Tom D. got the group enthused and ready to ride.

"I hope there are more of these speeches, this is really inspiring."
Thoroughly inspired the group left for Freeh's Again in Old Matteson.
Lincoln Hwy crossing.
First stop Freeh's Again.

After tilting a few at Freeh's the crawl headed down the Old Plank road and Thorn Creek trails through Park Forrest to J' Martin's in Steger.

Staff photographer Mark G.

Next stop J' Martin's in Steger for some fabulous entertainment, plenty of fresh fruit and great service. Many thanks to our hosts Jimmy Martin and Chickie for serving the fresh fruit, arranging for the entertainment and providing top flight service, many thanks from all.

Bob E. Lee, Chuck Sierra and Eric Lee were rockin' the house with an acoustic set of classic rock tunes.
Check them out here-

Joe P, our most experienced rider, and perhaps, our best dancer.

Jimmy serves up an excellent Bloody Mary.

An awesome time at J' Martin's comes to an end. Time for a short ride and lunch at Paulie's Pub in South Heights.

Thanks to Lisa and the staff at Paulie's Pub for a delicious lunch- meatballs, Italian sausage, potato salad and chips.

Next up a ride through historic Chicago Heights to Dino's Food and Liquor, a Flossmoor Baseball sponsor, for some bocce ball and beer.
Walking the bikes down the stairs to the bridge to McEldowney Park.

After a long day its time for the ride back to Flossmoor and a nightcap at the Flossmoor Station.

Post ride stretch.

Biking the Burbs for Beer III- September 2013

I can see the future and next year is going to be great!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Inaugural Biking the Burbs for Beers

The first annual Biking the Burbs for Beers was a great success!

Official # riders- 13 ages 22-80
Non biking participants- 4
Accidents- 0
Ride time- 11:30-6:00
Miles- 23.1
Mechanical breakdowns- 1 (flat tire-repaired quickly by staff mechanic Al)

Everybody's pal Tom: Master of Ceremonies & Chief Navigator

Crawlers ready to kick off from downtown Flossmoor.
First stop Dino's Food & Liquors
443 Ashland Ave, Chicago Hts, IL 60411

Dino's is a great place to stop for a cold one.

McEldowdey Park in Chicago Heights is #1!

Next stop Paulie's Pub
2736 Chicago Road, S Chicago Hts, IL

(708) 755-9500 

Paulie's Pub, nice atmosphere, good food and great service.

After a short ride from Paulie's the next stop on the crawl was
J' Martin's  Tap  in Steger for  some fresh  fruit,  water  and  of  course one or two more...

J' Martin's Tap
81 E 34th Street
Steger IL

Joe P our most experienced rider.

The Old Plank Road Trail on the way to  Freeh's Again  in Olde Matteson.

Come to Freeh's Again for the BEST burger in the south suburbs!
Check their reviews- 

Freeh's Again
21520 Main Street
Matteson IL

After 23.1 miles of riding and a lot of fun the crawl concluded  with a nightcap at the  Flossmoor Station.

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
1035 Sterling Ave
Flossmoor IL

See you next year!!

August 25 2012