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Jan
20
2020

Trail Ramblings: What Is Keeping Your Rubber Side Down?

I’m seeing a lot of tire tracks, so even though conditions are atrocious, I know some of you are managing to stay upright in it. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m using studded tires this year for the first time and am enjoying them. While high quality tires, (they were stored about twenty years in the garage with no checking, one of them seeing just one season of wear) the studs are not tungsten steel carbide. […]

Jan
13
2020

Trail Ramblings: What's Your Level Of Satisfaction?

Many of you saw the survey circulating on social media asking about your level of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with aspects of the quality of life in Lincoln. It’s generated by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, and includes questions about Lincoln’s parks and trails, among a variety of other topics. One question concerns the ease of bike travel in the city, and a whole section is devoted to Parks and Recreation. It brings up […]

Jan
6
2020

Trail Ramblings: Do You Have Cycling Resolutions For The New Year?

Some of us make resolutions, others do not. Do you have any cycling specific resolutions for the new year? Here are a few to consider. Commute to work more (or at all). Ride all the trails of Lincoln, like the group of runners featured in Monday’s newspaper. I don’t think there’s a trail in Lincoln I haven’t ridden on at some time, but I may not have done them all in a single year, so […]

Dec
30
2019

Trail Ramblings: First Day Out.

More and more January 1 rides and hikes, runs, and even swims are popping up this year than ever. Since winter riding is seemingly becoming more mainstream around here, naturally people want to go celebrate the new year outside on two wheels, or if not, at least on two feet. If it’s wet, which it will be in the parks unless it’s frozen, you are best off on two feet, though a fat bike can […]

Dec
16
2019

Trail Ramblings: What Keeps You Riding In The Snow?

I see plenty of tracks around, so I know quite a few of you are riding in this weather. What works for you? For some it’s having a fat bike, they’re the ones hoping for snow and freezing temperatures to get out on the trails. Others are happy with pogies (bar mitts) and winter cycling boots or good shoe covers on gravel or trails. For others, it’s hand and foot warmers that once activated keep […]

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 […]

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