Aug
15
2018

BicycLincoln Joins Forces To Support Proposed 13th Street Improvements

  NEWS RELEASE August 15, 2018 ON RECEIPT BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATES VOICE SUPPORT FOR 13th STREET PROJECT The proposed plan to make 13th Street south of downtown safer and more efficient for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians has strong, broad-based support from community, business, cycling and trail advocates. “These improvements will result in making our community safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, and is highly supported by the neighborhood residents and businesses,” according to Shawn […]

Aug
14
2018

Trail Ramblings: Comment, Fight, Win!

Whether you’re racing (because you want to), riding because it’s healthy (and makes you feel good), saves money, or because it’s the right thing to do for the environment (sticking it to The Man also counts), you are winning. There is really no bad reason I can think of for riding a bike. I ride (and race) for all these reasons. Why do you ride? Or, barring physical limitations, why don’t you ride? One reason […]

Aug
6
2018

Trail Ramblings: Do You Need A Destination To Ride? Try Doing Your Errands By Bike.

I know people who say if they don’t have somewhere to go, they have no motivation to ride. These people may not regularly go riding for the sake of the ride itself, but are happy to ride to special events and are perhaps even regular commuters. For those who need a reason to ride, I say do more errands by bike. If you schedule the commuting time in, which I generally consider double the time […]

Jul
31
2018

Trail Ramblings: There Are Many Reasons To Ride.

The longer I’ve been aware of the cycling community (for many years riding I was not), the more I’ve come to realize there are many reasons people bicycle. Some are simple, and some are complex. The reasons often overlap, and can change, but some things stay the same. To begin, there’s the sense of freedom, of exhilaration. A Russian man I was talking to last week told me these exact words, without prompting, when he […]

Jul
23
2018

Trail Ramblings: What Do You Do About DOGS?

Faced with beautiful weather Sunday, and having missed out on the Bohemian Sto Mil gravel race this last Saturday due to scheduling difficulties, I decided I was overdue for a long ride Sunday. Breakfast at Platte River State Park sounded like a great start, and I could add a little more for an even 100 miles.   I didn’t meet anyone else on the Mopac out. It was a beautiful sunrise with a cool breeze […]

Jul
16
2018

Trail Ramblings: Make Your Own Tour, Without Leaving Lincoln.

This past week I didn’t pile on the miles like I like to, but I got to go exploring anyway. I went to investigate a pending trail north of Superior street, east of Folkways that is in the planning stages. The good folks at LPSNRD had the opportunity to get a good deal on a bridge a couple of years ago, the most expensive part of a trail, so they put it in place though […]

Jul
9
2018

Trail Ramblings: What’s New, Lincoln?

We’re back in Lincoln now, but we spent a week in Japan on the way home. I loved watching the bike paths from our hotel window in Tokyo. In that area many people ride basketed commuter bikes, locked only with a mounted wheel lock. Two child carriers, front and back, were common fixtures. I noticed those bikes often had an e-assist boost. Our hosts did not ride bikes, so we did not ride around ourselves, […]

Jun
18
2018

Rambling Different Trails: One More Week.

  We’ll be leaving Zhoukou in a week, so I’ve been trying to ride to the places I want most to visit before we go. Student friend “Taggy”, who visited us in Lincoln last summer just returned from a semester in England, so I rode to his small hometown to say hello, an 84 mile round-trip. His uncle of course wanted to drive me back to Zhoukou. Non-cyclists don’t really understand why we do it. […]

Jun
11
2018

Rambling Different Trails: A Little Local Adventure.

After a few weeks of biggish rides, or maybe it was the yoga, my muscles were telling me they wanted another low mileage day rather than a big Sunday ride. That, and I’d gotten a little heat rash on last Thursday’s ride to Nandun’s “ghost city” and Shenqiu, so I decided to keep my Sunday ride local. Steve had been wanting to see my new discovery anyway; the Qing dynasty manor house, only four miles […]

Jun
4
2018

Rambling Different Trails: While One Attraction Opens, Another Closes.

Last Thursday we finally worked the return ride to the pagoda at Beichangshediancun into our schedules. Our student “Blake” and colleague “Justin” joined us for an early start.  We needed to be back for a library dedication ceremony. Steve was to be honored for being instrumental in getting 20,000 books donated to the University. I need to get my helmet cam working again because the early trip out of town was otherworldly. If I thought […]

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