Bicycling

Francie Barnes and friend

On our inaugural Under Rocks podcast: We celebrate the weirdness of winter in northern Illinois. Dan Libman and Susan Stephens hit the slopes (the sled slopes), pedal icy backroads, traipse through freshly-fallen snow with a trail groomer, and find out just what that brand new mountain in the middle of a DeKalb park is made of.

Grab your mittens and hop on!

Highlights of this episode: It's a wintry mix!

Your favorite local sledding spots.

We visit two of your favorite sled hills in DeKalb County: Russell Woods and Hopkins Park.

Bicyclists in communities around the globe hold Critical Mass bicycle rides. Some of the events draw thousands of riders in large cities, while smaller communities such as Macomb, Ill., sometimes attract just a handful.

Will Terrill, of Colchester, said he’s been participating in the Macomb rides for about a year. He said they serve as a reminder to motorists that bicyclists are allowed to use the streets.