Nov
11
2019

Trail Ramblings: Where Did You Ride?

This past weekend was glorious, and I’m happy to report that I finally got out to enjoy it. I hope you did to. Where did you go? Did you roll solo, or with friends or family? Let us know where you like to ride. Also, based on the tracks I saw this morning, some of you are indeed commuting in the cold. What are your tricks for staying warm and safe? I am lucky enough […]

Nov
4
2019

Trail Ramblings: Are You Making Plans Yet?

I’m still getting notifications for rides and events this fall that I haven’t heard of before, so don’t think that “the season,” whatever that means, is over. Also, the announcements for next year’s rides are starting to roll in, so if you’re eager to start filling your calendar, it’s time to make plans. For some, they’re the motivation to put those hours in on the trainer over the winter, as you certainly don’t want to […]

Oct
28
2019

Trail Ramblings: Give Cold-Weather Cycling A Try.

Some of you already ride in the cold, others don’t even consider it. Why not? This morning may have been nippy at 27 or so degrees when I set out, but it was beautiful otherwise. This evening I came back in the snow, but the pavement hadn’t formed ice yet, so I was happy. There was no wind and this morning it was sunny and dry. What’s not to love? I saw others out riding […]

Oct
21
2019

Trail Ramblings: Get It While You Can.

The weather forecast looks good for the next week, after that, not so much. I hope you’re making plans to get out there and enjoy it because the leaves haven’t flown yet and it should be beautiful. This past weekend was great for riding. Even though I wasn’t able to get many miles in, I know some of you did. Unfortunately the same good weather that’s great for riding is also the weather that’s running […]

Oct
14
2019

Trail Ramblings: Do You Know What To Do?

You’re on a ride with friends when the unthinkable happens. A cyclist goes down and you have to get help. What would you do? This happened to me last Saturday. If you recall, it was a windy day, 20-30+ mph winds out of the west-northwest. It was sunny but with a cold start, and I’d driven to Blair for the Omaha Jackrabbit. This year instead of 120 miles of gravel and dirt, it was a […]

Oct
7
2019

Trail Ramblings: There Is No Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothing.

This Nordic saying could be altered to say only bad gear. The rain we’ve had should have given you the opportunity to test out that rainy day gear before it gets really cold. It showed me I have a gear gap between warm rain and cold rain. Last week’s was just cool rain. My rain jacket was too warm and would have made me sweat, even with pit zips, so I opted for the rain […]

Sep
30
2019

Trail Ramblings: We Did It Again, Lincoln!

We deserve to pat ourselves on our collective back. Lincoln rules the National Bike Challenge once more, in our category. So what now? I hope you can help us celebrate by meeting up this Friday at Zipline for the party. But also, I think a great way to celebrate is by going out on a ride, don’t park the bike just because the challenge is over. Make the most of the (usually) beautiful fall weather, […]

Sep
23
2019

Trail Ramblings: The End Of The National Bike Challenge Is One Week Away! Also, Don’t Forget Your Lights.

Calling all cyclists, have you logged your miles? Have you checked the Lincoln leaderboard to see that you are indeed included in the Lincoln challenge? (This happened to me earlier, I wasn’t properly linked.) Have you been meaning to sign up but put it off all summer? You can still do it if you act quickly, then retroactively log the miles you rode. You don’t have to use one of the apps if you don’t […]

Sep
16
2019

Trail Ramblings: What IS That Plant?

You ride past them, but do you know what they are? Trail corridors and waterways are great places to see both native plants and opportunistic interlopers. Some are medicinal, some are edible, and some are poisonous, would you know the difference? Some trails provide identification markers, and our LPSNRD has installed interpretive signs showing invasive plant species at some state parks and along the Mopac on the other side of the Platte river. Some of […]

Sep
9
2019

Trail Ramblings: Have You Been Passed By An E-bike?

I’ll say upfront I’ve not ridden an e-bike, but I’m seeing more of them around all the time. I’ve been struggling a little with my view towards electric bicycles, but as I read more studies, I’m more at peace with them. I’m not talking about the “DUI” bikes, those bicycles retro-fitted with a gas lawn mower motor that spew fumes and noise and are not permitted on trails, no matter what their operators seem to […]

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