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Aug
12
2019

Trail Ramblings: Ahoy Mateys! It’s Time To Set Sail, Or Support A Pirate.

The rolling sea of gravel that surrounds us here in the capital city will soon be taken over by a full fleet of two-wheeled ships bound for glory. Next Saturday, August 17th, is the tenth annual Gravel Worlds, put on by Pirate Cycling League, and now presented with help from an Icelandic bicycle company, Lauf. The event has grown quite a bit over these ten years, shedding some of it’s more piratey ways, and is […]

Aug
6
2019

Trail Ramblings: Want More Bike Destination Options? Create Your Own.

It’s high season for bike packing and festival adventures. This past weekend saw rides to Wilber for their Czech festival, with both hard-surfaced, and in my case, gravel routes. It’s about the same distance as going to Platte river State Park for a bacon ride, between 60 and 80 miles, depending where you start from. This coming Saturday is Czech Heritage Day in Prague, which comes out at about the same distance. If this seems […]

Jul
29
2019

Trail Ramblings: Hey Bikers, Let’s Get To Know Each Other.

Last Friday at Bike Club I was waiting for riders to come into Code Beer and pick up a raffle ticket, some information, and maybe a button. With great bike parking right in front, it’s easy to see who rides in. As I asked those coming in after locking up whether they were there for Bike Club, the answer I got most often was “what’s that?” Lincoln is a bike city, in our view, and […]

Jul
22
2019

Trail Ramblings: Beautiful And Brutal.

Having missed the Bohemian Sto Mil hundred mile gravel race through the rugged hills around Prague the past two years, two days before the event, I pulled the trigger and registered late. People kept asking if I was riding it, and with my knee on the mend, I couldn’t see a reason not to. Except for the heat. Riding through these past weeks I figured had hardened me off to that. Though I can do […]

Jul
15
2019

Trail Ramblings: Rider Bio- Jen Carlson.

This week I’ve switched it up and asked local rider and all-around bicycle event supporter Jen Carlson to talk a little about her re-entry into riding. I learned to ride a bike like most kids in a small town, with my older sister and a collection of scrapes and cuts. My first bike had a banana seat and I rode that thing all over town.  In Jr. High, I had a BMX bike, and in […]

Jul
8
2019

Trail Ramblings: So Many Rides To Choose From!

I hope you all got out over the holiday and did some riding. Whether a race (Husker Hundo), a ride (Firecracker 50, GONG ride, SMNDFBR, Bacon ride, mtb at Branched Oak), bike packing or just a ride to the lake or around town with friends, this is high season. I saw small groups of riders on the shoulder of highway 34 on their way to and from Seward on the Fourth. The showers we had […]

Jul
1
2019

Trail Ramblings: Commuting, From Theory To Action.

You commuters out there, did you know that you are idols? It may come as a surprise, or not, but your grocery cashier, that medical field worker, barista, customer and motorist who passed by, idolizes you. It always takes me by surprise because I’m just living my life on my bike, but every one of us is an inspiration to someone who interacts with us that drove to work today. How many times have you […]

Jun
24
2019

Trail Ramblings: A Different Kind Of Tour.

There are many kinds of bike tours. Last year’s tour was just the two of us, unsupported, in Southeast Asia. We had an itinerary, which we could use or ignore, but we had to figure out everything else and carry our gear on our own. It was great and I’d do it again in an instant. If you want to find out more about that kind of touring, check out the Facebook group Bicycle Touring […]

Jun
18
2019

Trail Ramblings: Purple Stains, Revisited.

Today I’m doing something I haven’t done before, I’m revisiting an earlier blog, this one from 6/22/15. It seems little has changed, except for some of the photos. This week trail conditions on the open trails are good. Only the upper reaches of the Billy Wolfe, under 84th and under Old Cheney are still muddy as of this morning. Water is no longer backed up at 70th, which is accompanied by submerged picnic tables and […]

Jun
10
2019

Trail Ramblings: Favorite Short-Cuts And Long-Cuts.

We all have our favorite cut-throughs. Mine mostly involve connecting a trail to a street bicycle route or destination, or they connect two trails. Also, most seem to go North-South where trails are scarce. If you think like a motorist, you won’t find these little slices of biking satisfaction. For example, if you’re headed to the College View farmers market on a Sunday morning from points North and East of 48th and Prescott, there’s nothing […]

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