Aug
3
2015

Trail Ramblings: When Good Routes Go Bad

Have you ever planned a route somewhere and discovered that when riding it, it turns out different than you had expected? Maybe there’s a detour, but it could be that there’s more traffic, no shoulder, the road surface is not in good condition, new rock has been spread, or you get funneled somewhere you don’t want to be. Chances are good that some of these have happened to many of you, so you have to […]

Jul
20
2015

Trail Ramblings: Extending Your Reach

The trail report for the week- trails are fast, dry, and relatively clean for the most part. The extension of the Salt Creek Levee Trail from Haymarket Park north to Devaney is no longer blocked off (14th to 27th now, please?) and while the Old Cheney trail from 70th to 84th might not be officially open, it’s getting a lot of use. I know that it’s easy to put your brain on auto pilot and […]

Jul
13
2015

Trail Ramblings: Creatures of the Night

Lincoln trails are fast, dry, and for the most part clean this week, even the Bison and Salt Creek levee trails. Also, as everyone has by now noticed, we are back to Nebraska Normal for July. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s dry. If you have a problem with that you’re living in the wrong state. So what do you do if you want to ride your bike and and you don’t enjoy the heat? Aside from […]

Jul
9
2015

Trail Ramblings: Looks Can Be Deceiving

We’ve all seen the images in the news. Cars swept away or under water in a flood. People stranded trying to get to higher ground or be rescued. This can happen to you on a bike, too. And not just in the historic flooding of this past May. It could have happened to you last Thursday or any time there’s an intense rush of water down Antelope Creek, or another of the the streams that […]

Jun
29
2015

Trail Ramblings: Something for Everyone

The open trails are in great shape and ’tis the season for group rides and cycling events. Whether it was Trail Trek, Odin’s Revenge (my ride of choice this past weekend), the Lincoln Hustle, the Nacho Ride, or a dozen other cycling events, this past week has seen it. There’s a ride for everyone’s interest and skill level. For many years I was a solitary commuter and occasional trail rider. I didn’t know about the […]

Jun
22
2015

Trail Ramblings, purple stains

This week trail conditions on the open trails are good. Only the upper reaches of the Billy Wolfe, under 84th and under Old Cheney are still muddy as of this morning. Water is no longer backed up at 70th, which is accompanied by submerged picnic tables and benches at Holmes lake. Even the repeated washout on the Mopac between A and 98th Streets was repaired, at least for the time being, this morning. With the […]

Jun
16
2015

Trail Ramblings

Do You ride the trails in and around Lincoln or are you a street rider? Most of us reading this are, I suspect, users of both. As such, many of you have probably seen some of the effects of the recent floods. You know some of your favorites, like the Jamaica North and Homestead trails, as well as the trails in Wilderness Park will be out of commission for some time, maybe even the rest […]

Mar
18
2015

Guest Post: Ben Welstead and the New Bicyclist Experience

Spring is coming (or here?), and many are beginning to dig their bicycles out of the garage for the first time in 2015. Others are considering utilizing a bicycle in their daily lives for the first time since childhood. Factors such as health, trail accessibility, and free parking often spur this yearly shift toward more and more people on bicycles in our city, but as most bicycle riders discover, their motivations move beyond measurable metrics such as fitness to immeasurable ones like happiness and well-being. Below […]

Oct
24
2014

2014 National Bike Challenge Awards Party

The stroke of midnight on October 1st marked the end of the 2014 National Bike Challenge, and Lincoln once again stood on the podium. The yearly event aimed to unite cyclist across America, and promote new riders to take on a healthier lifestyle, was a huge success, with over 47,000 riders nation wide logging more than 23 million miles between May 1st and September 30th . BicycLincoln was excited to host our local challenge for […]

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