Mar
26
2019

Trail Ramblings: What’s In Store.

It was great to go to the Great Plains Trails Network annual meeting last Saturday and hear more about the progress of trail expansions and new projects. Projects at the fringes of the city are on-going, such as from near 56thand Pine Lake towards 70th and Yankee Hill, and the Stonebridge trail in the area of Humphrey St. and N. First and Alvo Road. The new projects beginning this year are the Rock Island to […]

Mar
18
2019

Trail Ramblings: I Hope You’ve Gotten Out To Ride, On Dry Land.

Those of you who have gotten out on your bikes know what I’m talking about. It’s been glorious out there this past week, except of course on the limestone trails and dirt. Stay away from those for awhile. The gravel I was on today was perfect. Saturday it was still a little like peanut butter in places, but generally pretty good. The mornings will be a little cool, but mainly above freezing. Here in Lincoln […]

Mar
11
2019

Trail Ramblings: Spring Is (Almost) Here!

You could feel the warmth and hear the running water of snow melt today. No face mask or goggles, no over-layer of wind pants, thermal boots or Bar Mitts! Spring is close at hand, but first the ice has to melt. Sunday and Monday’s temperatures were great, but parts of the Billy Wolfe were not. Snow melt, freezing overnight temperatures, and shade had created some really treacherous stretches of trail. I didn’t fall, but that’s […]

Mar
5
2019

Trail Ramblings: Be Thinking Ahead Towards Those Warmer Weather Rides.

Like the gardener looking at seed catalogs in the middle of winter, cyclists register for summer races, rides, and tours. It’s actually too late to register for some of them, but many are still open, and a few of the races are already past. Just about every weekend from May to September has at least one event in the mid-west. You can choose from Gravel, Road, Off-road, Touring, Cyclocross, Gran Fondo, Recreational, Time Trial , […]

Feb
25
2019

Trail Ramblings: It’s Time To Sharpen Those Bike Handling Skills.

The neighborhood streets were quite passable this morning- when they were just snow packed and not driven on too much yet. A few hours later that wasn’t the case. It was the opposite once I got to the trail, the second half of today’s first commute. Instead of the 50% more time I’d allotted myself to get to work, it took twice as long. I was glad to see that a couple of hours later […]

Feb
18
2019

Rambling Different Trails: Hands And Feet.

I would venture to say that when it comes to winter cycling deal-breakers, the hands and feet come out on top of the list. After that, it’s probably the road conditions, meaning snow and ice. So what have you learned to keep your hands and feet comfortable? There are quite a few options available, ranging from from expensive to free. First, hands. A lack of pogies kept me from having more fun on the fat […]

Feb
14
2019

BicycLincoln #ShoutOut for January 2019

If January gave us anything, it was variety. With temperatures ranging from a high of 60 degrees F (Jan 5) to a low of -9F (Jan 30), commuters really had to think through their apparel. Many did and BICYCLINCOLN tops the NATIONAL chart for the most commute days! Great job, Lincoln!!!!

Feb
4
2019

Trail Ramblings: International Winter Bike To Work Day Is This Friday!

You can sign up at https://winterbiketoworkday.org/. They are also on Facebook, search for Winter Bike To Work Day. I’ve been reading about other cities and their winter bike commuters lately. Winter bike week is February 2 –9. In Duluth Mn. The week is filled with activities including a Winter Bikepacking and Camping Trip, Winter Bike Commuting 101, Ladies Mountain Bike Night, Bike and Walk to School Day, a People For Bikes Meet-up, Bike to Work […]

Jan
28
2019

Trail Ramblings: Yes, You Can Still Have Fun Riding In This Weather.

So who’s still riding in this weather and who thinks it’s just not for them? The trails are generally in good shape, barring a little packed ice in spots and some bridges you may have to put a foot down on. The side streets are a mix, but on the whole, passable. This morning I checked the weather, as always, and ended up adding a layer of wool, which I regretted half-way into my commute. […]

Jan
21
2019

Trail Ramblings: Riding In Northern Climes.

Here in Nebraska many, if not most, people tend to think that riding a bicycle is a warm weather activity. They may even question whether bike trails are used enough in the cold months for them to be “cost effective” or kept ice-free. Those of us who are aware of such things notice many winter riders in places like Colorado and Minnesota. But it’s not just Minneapolis that is a cold weather biking powerhouse. If […]

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