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Rich Man/Poor Man: Biking

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For two miles, one man after another -- six total -- stopped to help my friend Sam this weekend on the Lake Front path. Clad in a coral sundress, she was a damsel in distress when her blue Schwinn road bike’s crank fell apart and she was forced to walk the “piece of $^*&#” (her words) home.

One man, in his 40s, asked her three questions in this order: first, her name; second, if she could walk it home; third, if she was “married, single???”

Taken a-back by the straight-forwardness, immediately, I thought, biking must be sexy.

And if you, too, believe that to be a universal truth, try this week’s date ideas as soon as possible!

RICH MAN: Bicycling and charity work --makes ya look good, makes ya feel good. Have both at the Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E Ride on the overnight between July 10 and 11.

Register for $45 per person for this 25-mile benefit ride, where 9,000 cyclists will meet at the Buckingham Fountain at midnight Saturday-into-Sunday and bike through the skyscrapers downtown, the Lake Front by starlight, and many city neighborhoods to end with the sunrise over Lake Michigan and then an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Goose Island after (an additional $7).

All money benefits Friends of the Parks, a 34-year-old not-for-profit parks advocacy group. And I’m not gonna tell you this will be an easy ride, but event coordinators claim the the 25-miles will be all flat roads (except for bridges) and is “doable for cyclists of all levels.”

POOR MAN: Anyone who has not experienced Chicago Critical Mass must!

Thousands of bicyclist take over the streets for this free monthly bike ride across the city. There is a certain amount of rebellion (A big proverbial “Suck it!” to the motor vehicles in the Loop, some of who will honk in dismay) and a certain amount of care-free youthfulness to the event (lasts around three hours through the ups and downs of city neighborhoods). People yell “Happy Friday,” some dress up, some come shirtless, some bring boom-boxes and play Michael Jackson -- all of which will put a smile on the face of you and yours. Rain or shine on the last Friday of the month, meet them at 5:30 p.m. at Daley Plaza, Dearborn and Washington, this Friday!

Also, North Side Critical Mass (Young Lincoln Statue, 5959 N. Clark) meets every second Friday and Pilsen (Tenochtitlan Plaza, 18th and Loomis)and Wicker Park (Polish Triangle, Milwaukee and Division) meet every first Friday.

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