Dec
9
2019

Trail Ramblings: Make Time To Get Out.

We keep getting gifted by Mother Nature with decent days for riding bikes, so go get it when it’s available. Being out in the fresh air and sunshine is the best thing you can do this time of year to keep your spirits up with the shorter days. It’s true the first half of this week will be dedicated to the committed commuter with the proper gear, but Thursday and Friday look good. (Really, it’s […]

Dec
2
2019

Trail Ramblings: Do You Train?

The BRAN route for 2020 , it’s 40th anniversary, has been released with the theme “Nebraska’s Best By Bicycle.” The Bike Ride Across Nebraska will start in Hemingford June 7 and end in Wahoo June 13. The week’s mileage is about 441 miles, but shorter routes of fewer days are also available. There will be beautiful views of the Sandhills, as the route has overnight stays in Hyannis, Thedford, Callaway, Ord, St. Edward, and Shelby […]

Nov
25
2019

Trail Ramblings: A Little Friendly Rivalry.

Well, we didn’t win THIS time, but watch out next year. The inaugural East West Groveler took place last Saturday out of Ashland. The East had 70 racers compared to the West’s 56, I believe. After accounting for deductions on fat bikes, single speeders, and women racers, and with the three top finishers, we still couldn’t get past the deficit in numbers. Not even with the rousing pre-race speech given by Rob Evans, West team […]

Nov
18
2019

Trail Ramblings: What Is Your Routine?

This past weekend was probably one of the last we’ll be able to enjoy with so few layers. The weather for the East West Grovelers Race this next weekend looks to be decent at 50 degrees. After the chilly weather sets in for real, what do you do to stay in condition? So many cyclists I know complain of the winter weight that sneaks up over the holidays and hangs around until the spring weather […]

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 […]

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