Jul
15
2019

Trail Ramblings: Rider Bio- Jen Carlson.

This week I’ve switched it up and asked local rider and all-around bicycle event supporter Jen Carlson to talk a little about her re-entry into riding. I learned to ride a bike like most kids in a small town, with my older sister and a collection of scrapes and cuts. My first bike had a banana seat and I rode that thing all over town.  In Jr. High, I had a BMX bike, and in […]

Jul
8
2019

Trail Ramblings: So Many Rides To Choose From!

I hope you all got out over the holiday and did some riding. Whether a race (Husker Hundo), a ride (Firecracker 50, GONG ride, SMNDFBR, Bacon ride, mtb at Branched Oak), bike packing or just a ride to the lake or around town with friends, this is high season. I saw small groups of riders on the shoulder of highway 34 on their way to and from Seward on the Fourth. The showers we had […]

Jul
1
2019

Trail Ramblings: Commuting, From Theory To Action.

You commuters out there, did you know that you are idols? It may come as a surprise, or not, but your grocery cashier, that medical field worker, barista, customer and motorist who passed by, idolizes you. It always takes me by surprise because I’m just living my life on my bike, but every one of us is an inspiration to someone who interacts with us that drove to work today. How many times have you […]

Jun
24
2019

Trail Ramblings: A Different Kind Of Tour.

There are many kinds of bike tours. Last year’s tour was just the two of us, unsupported, in Southeast Asia. We had an itinerary, which we could use or ignore, but we had to figure out everything else and carry our gear on our own. It was great and I’d do it again in an instant. If you want to find out more about that kind of touring, check out the Facebook group Bicycle Touring […]

Jun
18
2019

Trail Ramblings: Purple Stains, Revisited.

Today I’m doing something I haven’t done before, I’m revisiting an earlier blog, this one from 6/22/15. It seems little has changed, except for some of the photos. 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 […]

Jun
10
2019

Trail Ramblings: Favorite Short-Cuts And Long-Cuts.

We all have our favorite cut-throughs. Mine mostly involve connecting a trail to a street bicycle route or destination, or they connect two trails. Also, most seem to go North-South where trails are scarce. If you think like a motorist, you won’t find these little slices of biking satisfaction. For example, if you’re headed to the College View farmers market on a Sunday morning from points North and East of 48th and Prescott, there’s nothing […]

Jun
3
2019

Trail Ramblings: D.E.V.O.

Had you ridden through Pioneers Park Monday evening, or through Wilderness Park (when dry) last year during DEVO, you would have seen an excited group of kids on bikes learning some mountain biking skills. This is DEVO Lincoln’s fourth year offering this eight-week program, and it’s grown from 7 to 42 kids, taught by 15 trained instructors. According to Lincoln DEVO’s FaceBook page, “We aim to build confidence, community, and an appreciation for the outdoors […]

May
27
2019

Trail Ramblings: Go Get Some “Vitamin G.”

For as much rain as we’ve had, the gravel has been remarkably good. Even the limestone I’ve been on hasn’t been too bad, if you don’t mind a stripe up your backside. If all I liked to do was mountain biking or dirt roads I’d be pretty sad about now. It will take a while for them to dry out. It’s good to have a variety of surfaces to ride on and I’ll ride pavement […]

May
20
2019

Trail Ramblings: Coming Up: Bike Safety 101.

Here is a teaser, a sort of horror version of a bike safety psa from 1963. Public sensibilities were different, but most of the safety rules are the same. View it at https://vimeo.com/133564723 (slightly better quality?), or on YouTube as One got fat. Only one of the nine riders makes it to their destination in this 15 minute film, due to disregarding traffic and safety rules. What are the most dangerous or annoying habits you’ve […]

May
13
2019

Trail Ramblings: It’s Bike To Work Week!

There was never a finer day to bike to work than today, so I hope you got to do it. I know some people have difficulties with family transportation schedules, etc. but I hope you are able to bike to work this week. I’m always amazed by the number of people who say they can’t ride to work because they would arrive looking sweaty and their workplace has no showers. There are ways around this. […]

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