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Events: Meet Other Bikers

August brings a bevy of bike-related events. Here are five worth a try

Open Streets
Cruise the stately boulevards of Humboldt, Garfield, and Douglas parks during this one-day event. Eight miles of city streets—from Logan Square to Little Village—will be transformed into a family-friendly, car-free zone. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., activetrans.org/openstreets, 312-377-5727

Bicycle Film Festival—OpenSprints Afterparty
The Bicycle Film Fest, a six-day celebration of the biking lifestyle, comes to Chicago on Aug. 11th. This party is a highlight: Cycling teams, cops, and messengers compete in grueling “roller racing” sprints on stationary bikes in front of a cheering crowd. $30 for a festival pass. 9 p.m. at the Hideout, 1354W. Wabansia Ave.; bicyclefilmfestival.com

Fork and the Road Culinary Bike Tour—Tour of Asia
Sample Szechuan in Chinatown, browse a market in Little Vietnam, and taste items from the “secret” menu at a local Thai restaurant during this 22-mile ride for cycle-friendly foodies. $50. 11 a.m. at Intelligentsia, Millennium Park, 53 E. Randolph St.; forkandtheroad.com

Baseball Nostalgia Ride
Pedal past the ghosts of Chicago’s baseball past during this 30-mile social ride. A baseball historian from the Chicago Cycling Club will point out more than ten places of interest, including present and former pro ballparks. Free. 8:30 a.m. at the clock tower at Waveland Avenue and Lake Shore Drive; chicagocyclingclub.org, 773-262-0031

Palos Meltdown
Hundreds of riders battle in three different skill categories (distances range from 8 to 24 miles) in the area’s only mountain bike race; all try to tame a course that showcases the twisty, narrow track of the Palos trail system. $35 for early entry, or $40 day of event.  7:30 a.m. at Wolf Road Woods in the Palos Forest Preserve; cambr.org

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