Browsing articles tagged with " Bike trails"
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 […]

Sep
4
2018

Trail Ramblings: Riding Around The Rain.

It’s difficult to know just when it’s going to rain, so either you have to be prepared for it or not worry about getting wet. Where to ride is a consideration, however. If you’re commuting in it, you probably already know where to avoid or have your alternate rain route, if necessary. I decided to do a sort of trail survey of some segments I hadn’t ridden in a while, partly so that if it […]

Aug
14
2018

Trail Ramblings: Comment, Fight, Win!

Whether you’re racing (because you want to), riding because it’s healthy (and makes you feel good), saves money, or because it’s the right thing to do for the environment (sticking it to The Man also counts), you are winning. There is really no bad reason I can think of for riding a bike. I ride (and race) for all these reasons. Why do you ride? Or, barring physical limitations, why don’t you ride? One reason […]

Jul
23
2018

Trail Ramblings: What Do You Do About DOGS?

Faced with beautiful weather Sunday, and having missed out on the Bohemian Sto Mil gravel race this last Saturday due to scheduling difficulties, I decided I was overdue for a long ride Sunday. Breakfast at Platte River State Park sounded like a great start, and I could add a little more for an even 100 miles.   I didn’t meet anyone else on the Mopac out. It was a beautiful sunrise with a cool breeze […]

Jul
16
2018

Trail Ramblings: Make Your Own Tour, Without Leaving Lincoln.

This past week I didn’t pile on the miles like I like to, but I got to go exploring anyway. I went to investigate a pending trail north of Superior street, east of Folkways that is in the planning stages. The good folks at LPSNRD had the opportunity to get a good deal on a bridge a couple of years ago, the most expensive part of a trail, so they put it in place though […]

Nov
13
2017

Getting Along: Right-of-Way and Right Turns

Recent changes in my daily commute have me hitting 40th and Normal every day at peak traffic time, and in my experience, this is one of the most dangerous road crossings along a trail. This is all I want to do: Simple, right? It’s pretty unremarkable. If you saw this intersection, you’d think it was decent. It has a marked crosswalk. It has a pedestrian signal that gives a ‘walk’ signal without having to be […]

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 […]

Feb
27
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Thin Gray Lines.

First an update from last week. In Shanghai a task force has been rounding up bike shares off the sidewalks. Apparently there are so many that people were complaining that they were taking up the space needed to park their own bicycles and scooters. Are they a victim of their own success? They will still be available, but there will be fewer. http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/article/police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets&utm_medium=social Now on to this week. I am not a roadie. If given […]

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