Feb
8
2016

Trail Ramblings: Riding In Conditions Like These Just Makes You Stronger.

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Kudos to all riding through these challenging last few weeks. By the tracks I see, there are quite a few of you. I hope you’re all keeping the rubber side down. Riding on this ice has been great for sharpening our bike handling skills. We’ve had freezing rain followed by snow the consistency of mashed potatoes, then wind which helped to make it nice and tough. The rain and melting snow caused a large back-up […]

Feb
1
2016

Trail Ramblings: Is it just me?

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Are some motorists getting ruder towards cyclists or is it just something I’m noticing more? As more people commute or ride for sport some motorists seem to be increasingly less willing to share the road. I have noticed a steady increase in offensive behavior by motorists in the past year. And not for anything I’ve done wrong, usually. There’s been gratuitous honking, yelling and a seeming lack of familiarity with the rules of the road […]

Jan
25
2016

Trail Ramblings: Melt May Be Good, Black Ice Is Not.

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This is Nebraska weather in the winter. We don’t just get cold and stay there. We freeze, have a thaw, and repeat. That may be fine for variety, but creates interesting trail conditions. It was nice not to have to use my half-face mask, ski goggles, Bar Mitts, and to take out my commuter bike rather than my winter beast, as the trails are nearly entirely clear in the city by now. The tricky part […]

Jan
18
2016

Trail Ramblings: Keeping The Rubber Side Down

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While usually a mountain biking mantra, here keeping the rubber side down refers to riding on ice. Some of you were reminded Saturday how difficult that can be to do. The limestone trails that were a little challenging but for the most part passable last week (Murdoch and Mopac) had a chance to turn from snow packed to ice packed in the intervening week of use, thawing, and re-freezing. It doesn’t matter how wide your […]

Jan
11
2016

Trail Ramblings: Off Season? What Off Season?

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If you haven’t been riding the last few days, you might be counted among the sensible. For some of us though, it’s just another challenge, or maybe even business as usual. The cold isn’t much of an issue if you’re dressed properly. I sometimes overdo it and end up needing to take off a layer, not believing I’ll soon have warmed up so much, even though I know better. Hands, feet, and usually face excepted. […]

Jan
4
2016

Trail Ramblings: The New Year- A Blank Slate With Tire Tracks

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So your past year’s commuting and sport miles are history. Miles were logged, rides were ridden. Goals were met, or not. What are you planning for the new year? By the looks of the tire tracks I see, it seems many of you have resolved to go about your business by bike, taking the weather in stride. Others are waiting for it to get a little warmer and consider this to be their off season. […]

Dec
28
2015

Trail Ramblings: Have You Tried It?

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For the most part, the new N Street protected bikeway has been getting good reviews from what I’ve been reading and hearing. Yes, there will have to be more motorist education. We’ve seen the photos of cars trying to use it as a turn lane. I also understand complaints by cyclists of it being too slow. I think there are probably better ways to deal with traffic turning across the bike lane than giving cyclists […]

Dec
21
2015

Trail Ramblings: What A Week For Biking In Lincoln!

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If you’ve been paying attention to your Bicyclincoln.org announcements, you know that barring unforeseen circumstances this Monday is the long anticipated opening of the N Street Protected Bikeway. If you haven’t watched the informational videos detailing lane markings and signals, then you should do so. You can go to ‪#‎BikeNStreet‬ ‪#‎LNK‬ Downtown Lincolnlincoln.ne.gov/city/plan/bike/nstreet.htm or http://1.usa.gov/1RSsR4L or simply see last week’s bicyclincoln.org posts on Facebook for links to the videos. It even placed 4th on peopleforbikes.org’s […]

Dec
18
2015

“BikeEasy” New Year’s Eve party at Ploughshare Brewing Company

Still looking for something to do for New Year’s Eve? Ploughshare Brewing Company will be hosting  BikeEasy (play on speakeasy), which will be a special cyclist themed event in their brewery space.  Just ride your bike (or walk) to the door in the back alley, and knock 3 times to get in. There will be free indoor bike parking, Goldsprints Roller Racing, great tunes, amazing beer cocktails designed by Keith Hamm of The Other Room, and […]

Dec
14
2015

Trail Ramblings: Is It Better Riding In The Rain Or Snow? Either, If You’re Prepared.

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Your resolve to bicycle commute may weaken when you look at the forecast and rain and snow is what you see, but your plans don’t have to change if you are prepared. Cold weather riding in the rain is certainly different than the summer variety, and harder to stay comfortable in than snow, but it doesn’t need to be unpleasant and even has it’s perks. First, fenders are a must if you don’t want that […]