Browsing articles from "January, 2016"
Jan
25
2016

Trail Ramblings: Melt May Be Good, Black Ice Is Not.

This is Nebraska weather in the winter. We don’t just get cold and stay there. We freeze, have a thaw, and repeat. That may be fine for variety, but creates interesting trail conditions. It was nice not to have to use my half-face mask, ski goggles, Bar Mitts, and to take out my commuter bike rather than my winter beast, as the trails are nearly entirely clear in the city by now. The tricky part […]

Jan
18
2016

Trail Ramblings: Keeping The Rubber Side Down

While usually a mountain biking mantra, here keeping the rubber side down refers to riding on ice. Some of you were reminded Saturday how difficult that can be to do. The limestone trails that were a little challenging but for the most part passable last week (Murdoch and Mopac) had a chance to turn from snow packed to ice packed in the intervening week of use, thawing, and re-freezing. It doesn’t matter how wide your […]

Jan
11
2016

Trail Ramblings: Off Season? What Off Season?

If you haven’t been riding the last few days, you might be counted among the sensible. For some of us though, it’s just another challenge, or maybe even business as usual. The cold isn’t much of an issue if you’re dressed properly. I sometimes overdo it and end up needing to take off a layer, not believing I’ll soon have warmed up so much, even though I know better. Hands, feet, and usually face excepted. […]

Jan
4
2016

Trail Ramblings: The New Year- A Blank Slate With Tire Tracks

So your past year’s commuting and sport miles are history. Miles were logged, rides were ridden. Goals were met, or not. What are you planning for the new year? By the looks of the tire tracks I see, it seems many of you have resolved to go about your business by bike, taking the weather in stride. Others are waiting for it to get a little warmer and consider this to be their off season. […]