Archive for the “Rides” Category

Wednesday Night Mid-County Road Ride

Dates: April 1 through September 9

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Features: These mid-county “drop rides” for adults are on low traffic streets and finish before dark. Routes are marked, maps will be provided.

Routes: 31, 27, 14 miles

Terrain: Moderately hilly, some bigger hills

Start location: Kol Rinah (formerly Shaare Zedek Synagogue)

829 N. Hanley Rd., University City, MO 63130

Bike shop sponsor and ride leader:

Recycled Cycles   314.862.4041

7375 Shaftesbury Ave., University City, MO 63130

recycled cycles



Wednesday Night O’Fallon Road Ride

Dates: April 8 through September 30

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Features: A relaxed, no-drop group ride perfect for meeting new friends.

Route: 12 and 24 miles

Terrain: 12 miles is flat. 24 miles is moderately hilly

Start location, bike shop sponsor and ride leader:

Alpine Shop   618.726.6110

1855 W. US Highway 50 O’Fallon, IL 62269


Tuesday Night Kirkwood Beginners Ride

Dates: April 7 through September 22

Time: 6:15 p.m.

Features: A slow-paced, out-and-back ride for beginning cyclists.

Route: 10 miles

Terrain: Flat

Start location: Grant’s Trail Western Trailhead (intersection of Holmes and Leffingwell)

Bike shop sponsor and ride leader:

Alpine Shop   314.962.7715

440 N Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122


Tuesday Night Kirkwood Road Ride

Dates: April 7 through September 22

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Features: A lively group ride with several pace groups.

Route: 28 miles

Terrain: Moderately hilly

Start location, bike shop sponsor, and ride leader:

Alpine Shop   314.962.7715

440 N Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122






Tuesday Night Edwardsville Recreational Ride

Dates: April 7 through September 22

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Features: This is a strictly recreational “no drop” ride with no pace-line. All routes take place on the Madison County Transit Trails system and are all very flat, mostly shaded, and well maintained. Go to The Bike Factory FB Page for updates.

Routes: 30, 20, 10 miles

Terrain: Paved trails and a few roads

Start location, bike shop sponsor, and ride leader:

The Bike Factory   618.659.8706

1530 Troy Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025





Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Ride

Dates: Year-round

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Features: The difficulty levels for this weather-dependent ride vary based on the ride leader. Check with the Bike Surgeon FB page for ride information. Mountain bikes are ideal but cross bikes will work.

Routes: 3 to 12 miles

Terrain: Mostly flat windy single track

Start: SIUE Cross-Country Course

N University Dr, Edwardsville, IL 62025

Bike shop sponsor and ride leader:

Bike Surgeon   618.622.1693

3348 Green Mount Crossing Dr., Shiloh IL 62269

Bike Surgeon





Tuesday Night Shiloh, IL Road Ride

Dates: March 10 through October 27

Time: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Features: Three separate pace groups meet up for this ride: group A rides at 20+ mph, group B rides at 15-17 mph, group C rides at around 12 mph. A road bike is recommended. See Bike Surgeon FB page for announcements and updates.

Routes: 12 to 25 miles, depending on daylight

Terrain: Flat to rolling, some hills

Start location, bike shop sponsor, and ride leader:

Bike Surgeon   618.622.1693

3348 Green Mount Crossing Dr., Shiloh IL 62269

Bike Surgeon



Saturday Morning O’Fallon Road Ride

Dates: April 18 through September 26

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Features: Beginner to intermediate level ride. Weather dependent. Go to Momentum FB Page for updates.

Routes: 22-26 miles; average pace 13-16 mph

Terrain: Moderately hilly; road bike necessary

Start location, bike shop sponsor, and ride leader:

Momentum Cycles   636.240.9232

8640 Mexico Rd., O’Fallon, MO







  • Properly fitted helmets are strongly recommended and are required by law in some of the communities in which we ride.
  • Bring at least one full water bottle or hydration pack.
  • Be sure that your bike is in safe working order. Trailers and trail-a-bikes for kids are welcome, but please, no training wheels.
  • Additional items that are helpful and easily stowed in a jersey pocket or seat bag are a spare tube, a set of tire levers, and a small pump or CO2 cartridge. Tire changing tools and a multi-tool that fits your bike come in handy and can get you back on the ride without waiting for a support vehicle.


  • Special clothing is not required but can make the ride experience more pleasant.
  • Padded shorts will alleviate pain in the rear and wicking garments will prevent overheating.
  • Wear or bring sunscreen.


  • Most BFC rides include a “no-drop” Group Ride on the short route that starts at 8:30 a.m. The Group Ride is for new riders or riders who would like to have an experienced leader.
  • Trailnet SAG (Support and Gear) vans cruise the routes until 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Vans are equipped with basic first aid, hydration, nutrition, and tools for minor repairs.
  • Phone 314.913.BIKE (2453) if you need assistance.


  • Route maps are not available until the day of the ride. Map preparation is time-intensive and our maps are created for an event experience.
  • Maps are available at ride registration and show route options, towns, attractions, and rest stops
  • In addition to the route map, pink arrows and dots on the pavement will direct you.


  • BFC rides are predominantly on roads; prepare to share with motorized traffic.
  • Most rides start on the short route and the longer routes branch out from there.
  • The longest route is designed for experienced riders and may have more hills or be routed on more heavily trafficked roads.
  • Terrain
    • Flat – very few small hills
    • Rolling – frequent small hills
    • Moderate – a mix of hills, with some steep climbs
    • Big – some hills over 150 feet
    • Very hilly – many hills over 150 feet


  • Preregistration is available online at trailnet.org or you can register at the start location on the day of most BFC rides (exceptions are noted on the website). Online registration closes two days prior to the ride. Preregistration for the Ride the Rivers Century Ride is recommended.
  • Many rides have a “happy hour” at the sponsoring bike shop the week before the ride. This is an opportunity to preregister and learn about the ride. Check the website for listings.
  • Wrist bands will be distributed to all registered riders and will be checked throughout the ride at rest stops and by SAG drivers (riders without wristbands using the rest stop or seeking assistance during the ride will be charged $20).
  • Preregistered riders need to check in at the ride start to get their map and wrist band.


  • Online registration price for most rides is $8 for Trailnet members and $13 for nonmembers.
  • Day of ride price for most rides is $10 for Trailnet members and $15 for nonmembers.
  • Children under 10 riding with an adult are $3.

Season Pass

New for 2015: Season Pass for Trailnet members only!

Enjoy all of our BFC Rides* and Cultural Tours for one low price – only $220 for the season. No waiting in line, no need to register for individual events. For a supplement of $35 you can also be eligible for recognition as a Century Club Member.

Not a Trailnet Member? Click here to join so that you can take advantage of this great deal.

Register for the season pass here. Following checkout you will be automatically preregistered in all of the BFC Rides* and Cultural Tours. When you arrive at an event, just proceed to the Preregistered table to receive your map and wristband.**

Included BFC Rides Included Cultural Tours  
Bottom Out Bicycle Ride Tweed Ride
Poker Flats Campfire (ride only) The Art of Riding
Strawberry Festival and Berry Bike Ride Tour de Museum
Great Pizza Bicycle Ride People, Public Space and Progress
Route 66 Bicycle Ride Jazz History Bike Tour
Cottleville Classic Bicrobrews
Bridge Birthday Bash Prohibition in St. Louis Bicycle Tour
Big Bottle Bicycle Ride LGBTQ* History Tour
I Scream for Ice Cream Open Studios Tour
Farrhadtour und Augustfest
Bike St. Louis City Tour
Fat Tire Campfire at Klondike
Giro della Montagna
Ride the Rivers Century

*Lucky’s Ride and the camping portion of Poker Flats are not included.

** Wristbands are issued for all BFC Rides.