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 […]

Jun
26
2017

Terrance Strong visiting Lincoln

Torrence Strong, League of American Bicyclists board member, is touring the country in connection with the National Bike Challenge and working towards bicycle friendliness everywhere. Meet him tonight Method Cycles & Craft House at 6pm.

Jun
26
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Takeaway, Part Two.

Tomorrow we begin the lengthy trip back to Lincoln with an overnight in Beijing. When I read the accounts of the bike touring and bike packing trips so many others do I feel like maybe we should be riding back. After the 37 hour day we have in store we may wish we were. This past week I’ve been reflecting on the roads and how they’re dealing with the burgeoning traffic problem here. As China […]

Jun
19
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Takeaway.

There is a possibility that one week from today we could be on our way back to the U.S. Final exams have been given and now I’m in the middle of a sea of grading, leaving limited time for riding. I hope I have time later this week for another trip to Luyi, and maybe Xiaoyaozhen. So what is it I’ll most remember about riding around Zhoukou this past year? Maybe how much difference ten […]

Jun
12
2017

Rambling Different Trails: It’s Hit Or Miss With Maps.

I have a complicated relationship with the maps on my phones. Between my two phones I have four maps, each good for particular things at different times. Some things no map will say, like that the last few miles of both county roads 020 and 004 have fallen into disrepair and are practically impassable after a rain. Usually I don’t have map problems, but yesterday I seemed to find some kind of interruption of space […]

Jun
5
2017

Rambling Different Trails: There’s Always Something New.

Have you ever had a route you thought you knew, only to find that you had no idea what was only a few blocks away? That happened to me last week. I thought I had finally established a good Nuwa temple loop to the north when I saw some spires poking above the rooftops of Xihua. I went closer to investigate, and was shocked to discover a whole previously unknown temple complex only a few […]

May
29
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Harvest Road Hazards, Zhoukou Style.

Around Lincoln when you think of riding gravel during harvest time you may think of combines and corn pickers on the roads in the fall. They probably take up most of the road and if you’re lucky you squeeze around them. Around Zhoukou the wheat harvest is happening now, with pint-sized combines and by hand. I crossed paths with probably eight convoys of around six combines each just last Wednesday. American sized combines would be […]

May
22
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Patch Glue, Bushwhacking, And Kindness To Foreigners.

These are the key words for this week’s adventures. The first two could be taken as buzz kill but really, they had redeeming elements. All year long I’ve had issues with the rubber cement sold as patch glue here. Steve has a theory that it’s missing a key ingredient found in what we use in the U.S. which makes this glue less toxic (less huff-able), but more apt to fail. At least half my flats […]

May
15
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Good, The Bad, And The Annoying.

Only a month remains for us here in Zhoukou. I’ve enjoyed my time here and Steve really loves it. They very much want us back next fall, especially as they have no other native speakers lined up (the other three are retiring), so who knows? While biking around the city and countryside this past academic year I’ve noticed many local practices that I never would have seen if I wouldn’t have been riding a bike. […]