Browsing articles in "Trail Ramblings"
Sep
18
2017

Rambling Different Trails: It’s Time To Mask Up.

Last Monday’s beautiful ride through the countryside had the unfortunate consequence of knocking me down for most of the week due to the lack of a mask. If I lived in the Pacific Northwest I might be experiencing the same thing right now from all the wildfires. I have masks but because of all the rain we’d been getting the air hadn’t been bad, under 50 pm2.5 (parts per million smaller than 2.5 micrometers, that […]

Sep
11
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Getting Lost And Getting Flats, Just Like Before.

I’ve managed a few rides around the rain this week. Some roads are improved, I’m happy to see, while others are not. With so much traffic I’m sure it’s hard to keep up. You have to watch those water-filled pot holes. I rode into one in low light and I’m lucky it wasn’t deeper than it was. That wasn’t the cause of any of my three flats, though. I still haven’t figured out what’s causing […]

Sep
4
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Waiting For The Skies To Clear

I thought by this time I’d have been out to re-visit some of my favorite bike haunts. My plans have been thwarted by the fact that it’s been raining every day and I know better than to ride any dirt levee roads when it’s like this. The hard surface roads can be a mess too, so I got some long overdue fenders yesterday. At least between rains we’ve gotten to see how progress on the […]

Aug
28
2017

Trail Ramblings: One More Time

This time next week I’ll be back to teaching English and riding my bike around Zhoukou for another ten months. That was not originally the plan, but there was no one lined up to replace us, so I said I’d do it again, one more time. There are still many places I never got to see and explore, so now I’ll have the chance. If you want to know more about anything in particular let […]

Aug
22
2017

Trail Ramblings: A Ride To Remember, Every Year.

Many of us have a favorite ride of the year, the one we look forward to most. For some, it may be Trail Trek. Others count the days until Jingle Cross, or the Tour de Nebraska. We all have our favorites. For me it’s Gravel Worlds, and it was this last weekend. Why we should look forward to this sufferfest is hard to explain, but since this was my fourth, there must be some reason […]

Aug
14
2017

Trail Ramblings: So What’s All That Grass Over There?

Whether we’re taking it easy or crushing it on the trails and roads around Lincoln, we are experiencing nature around us in some form. Do you know what it is you’re seeing? If you ride by some of the prairies, such as Fletcher prairie on the Mopac at 105th St., you can see a re-creation of what the area might have looked like as tallgrass prairie. It may look at first glance like a large […]

Aug
7
2017

Trail Ramblings: What Do We Want For Our Trails?

Our excellent trail system in and around Lincoln is a resource all of us who use it are happy to have. Whenever a piece of it is disrupted, especially a heavily used segment, all kinds of opinions are weighed and verdicts handed down. Cyclists want safe and well engineered routes, wide enough to pass with an “on your left” that everyone hears and understands to mean slower traffic keeps to the right. Walkers and runners […]

Jul
24
2017

Trail Ramblings: When Cycling Is A Pain

By this time in the summer everyone should be acclimated to their bikes and putting in their big miles. Ragbrai is going on next door in Iowa. The Mountain Bike events of the Cornhusker State Games were this past weekend, with the rest of the cycling events this coming weekend. The Rapha 100 km is in the books. Or you’re ready to to do some epic bike packing and touring, but you’re really getting annoyed […]

Jul
11
2017

Trail Ramblings: Heat Lovers, This Is Your Weather, But Stay Safe.

I hear some of you like to ride in the heat. More power to you. For the rest of us, we have to find ways to deal with it and to stay safe. The early morning ride is probably the best option, followed by the night ride, but commuters don’t have the luxury of picking the best time of day to ride. If you’re arriving to work drenched in sweat you already know to pack […]

Jul
3
2017

Trail Ramblings: What’s New, Lincoln?

We are back in Lincoln now and the jet lag wasn’t too bad. I’ve managed to get out and ride every day since in our fair city. After the past ten months in Zhoukou the traffic here is predictably calmer, faster, and often clueless to the presence of non-motorized vehicles. It may take me a little while to fully re-adapt to traffic regulations after the free-for-all that is bicycling in China. I was a Peace […]

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