Rides and Events
Monday :On Monday nights our mountain bike ride at Tranquility Park continues year-round, weather and trail conditions (mud means no!) permitting, with riders meeting at Bike Masters prior to 6pm (no ride leader.) Attracts riders of all skill levels.
Wednesday: we have a road bike ride beginning at 6pm. The Wednesday night ride will be a group roll-out but after that it will be rather fast and competitive, and some may be dropped.
Saturday: the group ride will be at 8:30am to start the year. The store will be open at 7:30am for those who need to pick something up, use the restroom or just wanting to chat. We will be looking for volunteers to lead this ride as a “sweeper” from week to week. Sign up at Bike Masters. This ride will be a 40 to 50 mile ride with regrouping along the way and at the halfway point (often coinciding with a stop at a convenience store.) Starting later in April, we will announce a more relaxed ride for those who like to go 14 to 17 miles per hour pace. This ride will be a NO DROP ride and will be 25-35 miles in distance. These rides will be “weather permitting” and if it is seriously bad, riders still wanting to ride might have to organize on their own!
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Here is a link to a great article about group riding safety and etiquette:
- A person riding a bicycle has all the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of a motor vehicle; bicyclists must obey traffic laws.
- Bicyclists may ride on paved shoulders, as far right in a lane as is practical and when the lane can be safely shared by a bicycle and car, side by side.
- Bicyclists are not restricted to the right lane of traffic. A bicyclist may need to change lanes to make left turns or to continue through an intersection. They follow the same path any other vehicle would take traveling in the same direction.
- Motorists should merge with bicycle traffic when preparing for a right hand turn. Avoid turning directly across a path of bicycle traveling in the same direction. When turning left at an intersection, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would to oncoming motorists.
- Do not blast a vehicle’s horn when approaching a bicyclist.
- Look for bicycles before opening car doors.
- Always allow three feet to the left of the bicycle when passing. Reduce speed and move into the next or oncoming lane to pass. If there is oncoming traffic, reduce speed and follow the bicycle until oncoming traffic clears.
- Children on bicycles are often unpredictable in their actions. A common crash type for young cyclists is mid-block ride-outs entering a road from a driveway, alley, or curb without slowing, stopping or looking for traffic.
- Look both ways at intersections before turning. Bicyclists may be found riding incorrectly, facing traffic and create special hazards at intersections.
- At intersections and roundabouts.
Detailed information on paved trails can be found at Omaha Trails. West Papio Trail, 144th St Trail, Big Papio Trail, Standing Bear Lake, Zorinsky Lake, Chalco Hills (Wehrspann) Lake, Bennington Lake, Walnut Creek Lake, Keystone Trail/Bellevue Loop, Field Club Trail, Sorenson Pkwy Trail, Military Rd Trail, Omaha Riverfront Trail, Carter Lake Trail, IA, Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, Council Bluffs Riverfront Trail, Lake Manawa (Council Bluffs), Indian Creek Trail (C.B.), Valley View Trail (C.B.), Wabash Trace crushed limestone trail (C.B. south to Missouri), MOPAC crushed limestone trail (Wabash, NE to Lincoln), Steamboat Trace crushed limestone trail (NE City to Brownsville.)
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
For information on mountain bike trails, visit T.H.O.R. Jewell Park -Bellevue,NE, Lake Manawa State Park – Council Bluffs, IA. Lewis & Clark Monument – Council Bluffs, IA. Platte River State Park and Schramm Park – Louisville, NE., Swanson Park – Bellevue, NE. Tranquility Park-Omaha, Adams Park-Omaha, Camp Calvin Crest – Fremont, NE, Wilderness Park – Lincoln, Branched Oak Lake – Raymond, NE., Indian Cave State Park – Brownsville, NE.
PERU PARTS PROJECT
Since 2010, Bike Masters has been partnering with Pac Tour in the Peru Parts Project. Pac Tour recognized the needs of local cyclists when they began organizing cycling tours in Peru. Drop off your lightly-used bike parts and clothing at Bike Masters and we’ll help get them to needy cyclists there. More information can be found on Pactour.com.