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On the surface, the impetus for a bike ride from Logan Square to Hyde Park this past Saturday was to see about a jankity vintage couch from Craigslist that I presupposed I wouldn’t buy. Mostly, though, I just wanted to cruise the south side of the Lakefront Trail. Living in Logan and generally hanging in its surrounding areas (meaning, say, watering holes and venues west of Ashland), I don’t ride the southern section of the Trail nearly as much as I’d like—and it’s really some of the city’s best riding, with smooth, winding stretches that hug the lake, Instagram-ready pull-offs, and less cycle congestion overall.