Feb
27
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Thin Gray Lines.

First an update from last week. In Shanghai a task force has been rounding up bike shares off the sidewalks. Apparently there are so many that people were complaining that they were taking up the space needed to park their own bicycles and scooters. Are they a victim of their own success? They will still be available, but there will be fewer. http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/article/police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets&utm_medium=social Now on to this week. I am not a roadie. If given […]

Feb
20
2017

Rambling Different Trails: An Adventure In Bike Shares.

We are back from a week in Nanjing, Suzhou, and Shanghai, and are excited to see that bike shares are so common there. Nanjing is a modern city, heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation but today re-built and full of interesting places to visit by public transit and bicycle. I immediately noticed that the municipal Public Bicycle bikeshare of Nanjing which uses docking posts sometimes lining a whole city block, was not the only option. […]

Feb
6
2017

Trail Ramblings: Driven Beyond Patience.

It’s easy to take for granted the dependability and generally law-abiding nature of Lincoln motorists, excepting of course the (lack of) use of turn signals. Here in China if there’s dependability, it’s that when a motorist, or anyone, sees an opportunity to get ahead, they’ll likely take it. Queuing up is not second nature here. That message was brought home yesterday when we accepted the offer of an outing to Xiangcheng to see Yuan Shikai’s […]

Jan
31
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Being Good Ambassadors.

Whether you are based in Lincoln, Nebraska or Zhoukou, Henan, as long as you are on a bicycle you represent All Cyclists in the eyes of those you meet. Here I get a twofer and so also represent All Westerners. I’m not sure which is stranger to people sometimes, (probably the latter) but combined it’s definitely a traffic stopper. Interacting with traffic and local residents in Lincoln who don’t understand why we ride on the […]

Jan
23
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Finding The Levee Trail.

Holiday season in high gear in China and even if I didn’t know the date (begins January 28, or January 1 Lunar calendar, lasting a week) I’d be able to know by the appearance of larger village street markets, fairs and crowds. Businesses close down so that employees and migrants can travel home beforehand. School is out of session, streets are being swept, fireworks bought and parade floats finished. It’s been a great time to […]

Jan
16
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Road Trip!

Our recent trip to Yunnan province was not a biking trip, but we did manage to bike a few days. In Kunming while looking for rental options I did come across a bike tour package from Bike China Adventures that does 1-2 week tours from April to October. It included an interesting sounding one in Yunnan, but we were traveling off-season and were figuring in a traveling companion who interpreted for us so maybe some […]

Jan
11
2017

Updates to Lincoln's Bike Laws: A Win!

Great news, Lincoln cyclists! On December 12, the Lincoln City Council approved a set of proposed changes to Lincoln’s city ordinances related to bicycling. You can read a full description of the update here. These are the highlights: Updated hand turn signals. You can now signal a right turn by extending your right arm out to the side. You probably already did this, but it was technically invalid before – previously, all hand signals had to be done with […]

Dec
19
2016

Rambling Other Trails: The Group Ride.

I finally got a small group of students to join me for a group ride. The plan had been to ride to Huaiyang, but having a plan B proved to be essential. Steve accompanied us on this ride and we found out upon leaving campus that the Zhoukou marathon being run this same morning effectively closed off the eastern part of the city to us. No one was getting across Zhoukou da dao even with […]

Dec
12
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Do No Harm

Sometimes we just need to protect people from themselves. Like when someone you’ve just met, say a 20 year old young man who plays basketball and runs, insists that accompanying you on your 100km ride is no problem. He really wants to come even though he doesn’t ride that much. About now warning bells and sirens are going off in my head, but what to do? Such was the case last Wednesday when “David” convinced […]

Dec
6
2016

Getting Along: Our Favorite Gear (Winter Edition)

Last week, we asked BicycLincoln followers about their favorite gear. You clearly had winter riding on the brain, and rightly so – just look at Lincoln on Saturday, during our first snowfall: So, without further ado, here are your top picks for winter gear – plus a few more suggestions from BicycLincoln board members. TOOLS You don’t want to get stranded in winter. Pack a good multi-tool, a tube, some cash – and a cell phone. Reader favorite: PDW […]

Pages:1234567...23»