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    What about a Clyde Ride in Omaha?

    ok, lots of replies from Clydes in Omaha, NE.
    I was thinking of getting together for a ride. Either a one time thing, or a weekly ride.

    I dont know what everyone is up to in terms of distance etc etc etc...but I thought it would be a fun get together.

    I was thinking either a weekly ride of 15-20 miles. Somewhere way out west where we can find a good road with little traffic. First thought would be west Q street out from 204th to twin Rivers St Park and back. depending on where we start would be about 17 miles, and there is little traffic out that far, plenty of trees, and gentle rolling hills. I like it.

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    we could do a one time thing, on one of the trails, and maybe end at a park where we could have families meet for burgers and dogs or something. i dunno...just some ideas...

    What are your thoughts?
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    I'm in Lincoln, but ever so often I venture up that way. I'll wait to see the rest of the responses but yeah, that could be pretty fun. I hear there are some VERY nice trails out that way .

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    I'm in. Not next week though, I will be out of town on the motorbike

    Qst out there doesn't have shoulders, and construction traffic scares me! Have any of you ridden the trail in Council Bluffs? It's flat, but could be an easy 30miles plus on cement. Or we could do a dirt ride. Or meet up for the taco ride. Or do any of the trails that goes to a lake. LOTS of options =)

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    I just thought of somthing. We could meet at Lake Zorinsky, ride around that and to the trail that runs up 156th/Bob Boozer and eat lunch at Hectors. Ride back.

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    Start at 84th and I-80, ride the trail to Bellevue and stop at Culver's (or another spot there's a bunch close) and ride back.

    OK, I am full of ideas.....and I'll shut up now.

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    I am an hour plus away, and currently have softball for my daughter on most nights, but I would be willing to try and meet people some time.
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    Fifth has some great points. I have not ridden Q st yet, just thought that it would be good. Did not realize it had no shoulders. See...this is how you can tell I am a novice at this.

    I dont want to do a group at the taco ride becuase I am looking for a way to add a second group ride. Helps keep me motivated...hahaha

    I have not ridden the CB trails. are they any different/better than the Omaha trails? I like the idea of ridding a trail, having lunch, and back...but I am also poor and cheep so I like the idea of a ride, and some kind of thing also....

    what do some of you others think?
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    I'm a n00b to road riding too, but I have been out there (west Q st) a ton on my motorcycle. I wouldn't ride it on a bicycle. Take a look at http://greatplainsbikeclub.org/ for some other ride ideas. They have group rides mostly in Lincoln, but some in Ashland and Wahoo. I have not been on one....yet. What about you BDINGER?

    There are also some great roads in Iowa, if we wanted to ride somwhere close to Red Oak

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    There are not many roads with shoulders in my area. Highway 48 out of RO, has a shoulder until Elliott and then it goes away before Griswold.

    I would be willing to drive up to C.B. and ride some road or paved trails, as I only have the road bike. I still need to setup my bike for something other than a me only ride that is just a loop that keeps me pretty darn close to home, so if something would fail, I could walk the bike home.

    I don't know of any of the trails in Omaha or C.B. as I am a complete noob to this. I have had my had my bike for three weeks and only have a little over 100 miles on it.
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    How long before the north and south river trails meet up?

    Is there a web site for Council Bluffs trails?

    I will try any of those trails, but I have a few questions.

    How far do each of you ride every day and at what speed? I don't have the cyclometer yet, so I have no idea of my speed. I only ride about 9 miles a day, when the time allows. I am at our local YMCA every day to work out.

    Does the Zorinsky park trail look as easy as they say it is? I know that is the farthest away from me, but we could make it multiple loops for anyone that wanted to and could also pack a lunch in a cooler for a break between laps. I don't eat much, but I try to make my food ahead of time to keep me away from fast food places.

    There is also the Keystone trails that we could make into a longer ride if we wanted, but I don't know of any of these trails, so you guys would have to decide what would work the best.
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    I have ridden in a Great Plains Bike Club ride (the ride of silence). They are EXTREMELY nice, and very helpful. I would be game to an Omaha ride too (as I live in Lincoln), but more on a once in a while, or a yearly big get together over something weekly or more often. Just my monies worth though.

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    I think it would be good to have a weekly or bi-weeky ride and those that can make it ride it and post about it here, and that might drive more people to it. Then have a big one that gets almost everyone together and have it end at a park, so we can all have lunch together or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572
    How long before the north and south river trails meet up?

    Is there a web site for Council Bluffs trails?

    I will try any of those trails, but I have a few questions.

    How far do each of you ride every day and at what speed? I don't have the cyclometer yet, so I have no idea of my speed. I only ride about 9 miles a day, when the time allows. I am at our local YMCA every day to work out.

    Does the Zorinsky park trail look as easy as they say it is? I know that is the farthest away from me, but we could make it multiple loops for anyone that wanted to and could also pack a lunch in a cooler for a break between laps. I don't eat much, but I try to make my food ahead of time to keep me away from fast food places.

    There is also the Keystone trails that we could make into a longer ride if we wanted, but I don't know of any of these trails, so you guys would have to decide what would work the best.
    N and S river trails???

    C.B. trails: http://www.cbparksandrec.org/biking.asp

    I ride when I can. Usually not less than 10miles on the road bike. Not every day though. I don't do more than 30miles...yet.

    Zorinsky park trail has about 2 hills, one on either side of the dam. Other than that, its just a winding trail around the lake. Cooler with drinks and food would be a good idea. Those who want to stop can, and those that don't could ride another loop.

    All the trails that are on the map at omahatrails.com are easy flat cement trails. Great for all ranges of cyclists. Just watch out for people walking dog's and kids!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theone2496
    I have ridden in a Great Plains Bike Club ride (the ride of silence). They are EXTREMELY nice, and very helpful. I would be game to an Omaha ride too (as I live in Lincoln), but more on a once in a while, or a yearly big get together over something weekly or more often. Just my monies worth though.

    Why do you say this? Does no one talk while riding or what??
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    Quote Originally Posted by fifthcircle
    N and S river trails???

    C.B. trails: http://www.cbparksandrec.org/biking.asp

    The Omaha North Riverfront Trail and the Omaha South Riverfront Trail show a proposed link between the two on that web site. That is what I was talking about.

    I will check out your other link.
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    I'm in illinois but i'd drive over for a fun ride... it would have to be longer than 20 miles but i'd be game..

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    I kind of like the idea of a weekly ride...maybe around 15 miles? This would be do able with 2 laps on Zorinsky, or on some of the other trails.

    I think that it would be a blast to get some kinds of a big ride together maybe 2 or 3 times a year. That could be something where if there was a park, the kids, family could hang out, and afterwards grill something together.

    Just what a bunch of Clydes need. get in a good hour long ride, and then eat twice as many calories as we just burned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572
    The Omaha North Riverfront Trail and the Omaha South Riverfront Trail show a proposed link between the two on that web site. That is what I was talking about.

    I will check out your other link.
    To get from the South to North it would be really simple. Jump on Abbott Dr. and then around the back of the airport. Nice ride with VERY LITTLE traffic around the general aviation side of the airport. Then head up the street to the North trail. I may have to take that ride soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fifthcircle
    To get from the South to North it would be really simple. Jump on Abbott Dr. and then around the back of the airport. Nice ride with VERY LITTLE traffic around the general aviation side of the airport. Then head up the street to the North trail. I may have to take that ride soon.
    Abbott Drive, does it have a bicycle shoulder? Too many idiots drive that road at twice the speed limit trying to make their flights.

    On my way to True Wheel (Council Bluffs) last night, I noticed that C.B. is building more of its roads with the extra shoulder for bicycle traffic. We stopped at the Log Cabin BBQ near the head of the Wabash Trace riding trails and had our home made sandwiches and then went in for a baby cone. I wish the trace was something I could ride my street bike on. I am sure I would end up with a flat otherwise I would try it. I only saw about 10 bikes, but they all had on knobby tires.
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    I am pretty sure there is a nice shoulder on Abbott dr. We could always park at the airport too. I used to work in general aviation out there, so I know where we can park on the East side.


    The trace "can" be ridden on street tires, but it doesn't look like it would be that fun. Last taco ride, I was passed by a guy on his road bike. Not a cyclocross bike, but a road bike with skinny tires. Between Minneola and C.B. it would be ok. There is so much traffic on that part that there are hardly any rocks left, it's all pulverised into almost sand.
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    I only looked at the area by the Log Cabin, and decided I would have to have a different bike for that type of riding. I unfortunetly don't have those kind of funds available.
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    Did this ever happen?

    There is a cyclocross race next weekend, is anyone going to attend?
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    I take that as a no and a no.
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    Next spring Omaha will be between my home in North Dakota and my job in Texas. I could conceivably make it to one of these rides.

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    How about a CRAN - Clyde Ride Across Nebraska?

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    I don't know about Clydes....but one of our lovely Foo wimmins lives in Omaha. Aprilm lives there.

    She just recently took a trip to Cali and rode with some of the SoCal people....pics in Foo.
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