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Oct
29
2018

Trail Ramblings: What Keeps You Motivated To Ride?

While some of us enjoy riding year round, others admit to hanging up their bikes at the first chill. There are many reasons to keep pedaling deep into the fall and beyond. If you have an established cycling habit, interrupting it makes it harder to get back on track, so why not just keep riding and keep your fitness level up? It’s easier than having to gain it back later. The change in seasons gives […]

Oct
23
2018

Trail Ramblings: Are You Lit?

I’m talking about lights, folks. Days are growing shorter and soon we’ll see a time change. November 5th dawns an hour later, and it will be dark an hour earlier. How are your lights? You may need them on your morning commute now. Dawn and dusk are low-contrast times of day and reflective gear may not be enough to allow you to be seen. Bright colors don’t help in low light situations. You’ve probably seen […]

Oct
15
2018

Trail Ramblings: What A Difference A Day Makes.

Sunday we got our preview of what’s coming in a month or so. Many put away their bikes when they see the white stuff, but others can’t wait to get out their fat bikes and hit the trails. The trails were too wet for it though, you have to wait for the ground to freeze, or at least not be muddy. I had some business to do, so I went out on my old beater […]

Oct
8
2018

Trail Ramblings: Rain, Ride, Repeat.

Yes, I’ve been riding in it, but so have some of you, I’ve seen you. I haven’t been uncomfortable, how are you managing? My boots are sitting on a heat vent, gloves and jacket are spread out trying to get dry. If I keep my hood up under the helmet while it’s raining I can keep my head dry, and not arrive to a job looking half drowned. Yes, my legs get wet, but with […]

Oct
8
2018

T-Shirt Orders Open Until Friday, October 12th at Midnight

Just a quick reminder, we are continuing to take orders for the 2018 National Bike Challenge T-shirts. These orders and any orders that were not picked up at the NBC party will be available for pick up at the next Bike Club on October 26th. After that, they will be delivered to Cycle Works and will be available for pick up until the end of November. Any shirts not collected by November 30 will be appropriated and used for […]

Oct
1
2018

Trail Ramblings: It’s Your Mindset, And The Right Gear.

So the bike challenge is over, it’s chilly and wet, and the resolve you had to continue bicycling into the fall has left without you. Cool season riding is arriving, though it’s supposed to be back up to 90 degrees later in the week. Much ink is spilled every fall writing about how to cope with cycling in cool and even cold weather, but by far the biggest obstacle is your own mindset. If you […]

Sep
26
2018

Bike Commuting: Putting My Assumptions to the Test

Photo of Ashley's dark red commuter bike and green backpack.

By Ashley Why do alarms provide the option of snooze? Has the spare five minutes ever allowed one to wake fully rested? Probably not, but I fell into the trap not once but twice on the morning in question. By the time I built enough motivation to begin the morning routine, I was running quite late. The thought occurred to me that I could jump in my car and make up the lost time. All […]

Sep
24
2018

Trail Ramblings: The Best And The Worst Of September.

This September has had some of the best riding and one of the worst anniversaries. Many of you have taken advantage of the great weather and enjoyed group rides on the Homestead trail, ridden gravel to the Kansas border, gone bike packing on the Wabash Trace, gone mountain biking and ridden in remembrance of Randy Gibson. I remember how I often crossed paths with him riding through the Haymarket or next to the First Street […]

Sep
17
2018

Trail Ramblings: Shorter Days, But Great Night Riding Are In Store. .

  I found myself riding gravel and limestone back home after dark a couple of times this past week and was reminded yet again how great night riding is. I’m not talking about riding in traffic and facing headlights and sketchy road surface. I mean having the road and trail to yourself accompanied by a sliver of moon, intensely bright stars, and strangely glowing clouds. Outside the cone of your headlight is inky darkness. The […]

Sep
11
2018

Trail Ramblings: This Is The Weather We Dream Of.

After so much rain, we are being rewarded with cyclist dream conditions, so I hope you’re all taking advantage. I’ve never understood this “cycling season” talk, when some people hang up their bikes after Labor day, just when the temperatures get good. Many trails are dried out now, and even the mmr’s (dirt roads) only have a few muddy sections left, at least where I was on Sunday. There are still cycling events on the […]

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