Sep
30
2019

Trail Ramblings: We Did It Again, Lincoln!

We deserve to pat ourselves on our collective back. Lincoln rules the National Bike Challenge once more, in our category. So what now? I hope you can help us celebrate by meeting up this Friday at Zipline for the party. But also, I think a great way to celebrate is by going out on a ride, don’t park the bike just because the challenge is over. Make the most of the (usually) beautiful fall weather, […]

Sep
23
2019

Trail Ramblings: The End Of The National Bike Challenge Is One Week Away! Also, Don’t Forget Your Lights.

Calling all cyclists, have you logged your miles? Have you checked the Lincoln leaderboard to see that you are indeed included in the Lincoln challenge? (This happened to me earlier, I wasn’t properly linked.) Have you been meaning to sign up but put it off all summer? You can still do it if you act quickly, then retroactively log the miles you rode. You don’t have to use one of the apps if you don’t […]

Sep
16
2019

Trail Ramblings: What IS That Plant?

You ride past them, but do you know what they are? Trail corridors and waterways are great places to see both native plants and opportunistic interlopers. Some are medicinal, some are edible, and some are poisonous, would you know the difference? Some trails provide identification markers, and our LPSNRD has installed interpretive signs showing invasive plant species at some state parks and along the Mopac on the other side of the Platte river. Some of […]

Sep
9
2019

Trail Ramblings: Have You Been Passed By An E-bike?

I’ll say upfront I’ve not ridden an e-bike, but I’m seeing more of them around all the time. I’ve been struggling a little with my view towards electric bicycles, but as I read more studies, I’m more at peace with them. I’m not talking about the “DUI” bikes, those bicycles retro-fitted with a gas lawn mower motor that spew fumes and noise and are not permitted on trails, no matter what their operators seem to […]

Sep
2
2019

Trail Ramblings: Where Did You ride?

From the looks of the posts on my my social media a lot of people took advantage of the holiday weekend to get out and ride. Where did you go? I went with a group of new friends to check out the Mickelson Trail through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Now I don’t know how we’d missed it for so long. The idea for the Mickelson trail was hatched when the former rail line […]

Aug
26
2019

Trail Ramblings: More End-Of-Summer Fun.

Last Saturday saw the Heatstroke 100, primarily a road event, but now with a gravel option. I heard great things about the many volunteers and the SAG stops, and that the course was challenging. From what I understand, road riders expect lots of support, and they got it. That’s one difference between road and gravel rides. A hardy breed, gravel riders don’t traditionally expect it, and may be surprised to get support. Having to forage […]

Aug
19
2019

Trail Ramblings: GW, The Morning After.

The congratulations for a job well done were flying thick Sunday morning, both to the race directors and the riders of Gravel Worlds 2019. Monday morning quarter-backing is now in full swing. Also, some who once said “never again!” in the past are now making tentative plans for next year. The finishers of the Privateer and Buccaneer routes had great rides, hitting many of the course highlights without so much of the punishment that can […]

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 […]

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