When you mix a short riding season with a lot of flat land, you get a different riding culture. We have neighborhoods here and we have a big bar-hopping scene. Midwesterners love staring at parked bikes and drinking on patios. We like riding in our street clothes. And we savor the chance to take trips, gathering up a group of friends and going to places with names like Wisconsin, Missouri, Ontario, and the you-pee of Michigan—most of which start with a couple hundred miles of unavoidable slab.