Wednesday, October 8

2014 50/50 Fall Century Cue Sheet

Check out the comments for this Saturday, Oct 11, road century.

Wednesday, September 17

flea market clothing sale

The Flea Market clothing sale is all set up and ready to roll at Bike Masters.
Even more stuff has been added to the mix since last weekend.
Shop now!

Monday, August 25

2014 Fall Century Maps

The Bike Masters 2014 Fall 50/50 Century routes are posted on mapmyride:

Bike Masters 2014 Fall 50/50 Century Loop 1

Bike Masters 2014 Fall 50/50 Century Loop 2

Saturday October 11, 2014
Loop 1 leaves at 900AM
Loop 2 leaves whenever you get back, get some refreshments, and regroup.
You can do either loop or both.

Please remember to arrive early enough to sign in. The store will be open at 800AM. You can take as long as you like to do the ride. The store will be open until 800PM.
When I get the sign in form ready, I will email it to to you, so you can fill it out in advance and just hand it in when you get here.
Also please remember to park in the neighborhood North of Fort Street.

Saturday, August 9

2015 Fall Century Oct 11

The ride will be on a Saturday, so the shop will be open all day to meet our needs as we come and go.

The Fall Century will be a 50/50 format. We will start at Bike Masters and ride to Fremont and back using the traditional route. Upon returning, you will be able adjust your wardrobe, resupply your nutrition, etc. We will then ride to Two Rivers and back using the traditional route. After the ride you will be welcome to hang out and socialize and recover.
I am scheduled to devote the whole day to riding with you and enjoying the day, so it works out great for me, too.

Wednesday, June 11

Itinerary for Tranquility Trail Tantrum - Saturday, June 14, 2014

2013 TTT race

??? are jobs needing volunteers.
Please send email to tpmbt[at]cox[dot]net for the job you would like to help with.
Thank you.

Sat 06:30 setup –
registration Dale, Danna, Jennifer, Ryan, Roxy
Results Board and Podium

runners' water, cups, table, trash can at 3/6 mile - west entrance/serice road apex - Dale
cones and paint service road crossings Dale

???07:00-08:00 ride course with tape to verify/fix course markings ???

07:00 runner registration opens - Danna and Jennifer
08:00 runners' race starts
08:15-10:00 runners' water table - Chris (with car)

08:30-09:30 Registration open for Junior, Cat 3, 4hr - Danna and Jennifer
Hand out chips -
hand out bib numbers -
Day of Registration -
Psycowpath T-shirts

09:30? THOR grill - Dave P

09:45 Racers’ Meeting – officials – passing etiquette; juniors' finish chute, runners on course

???09:45 Junior sweeper - ???

10:00 4hr, cat 3, Juniors race starts

07:00-14:30 Gofer(s) - helps in start/finish area - Dave N

10:00-11:15 course marshals – till cat 3 or juniors are through ttf
lower ridgeline  Eric
Paul's do-drop-in  Linda  

10:15-11:30 Registration open for Cat 2 and 1 - Danna and Jennifer
hand out chips -
hand out bib numbers -
Day of Registration -
Psycowpath T-shirts

10:30 Runner awards (announcer - Ryan, hand out - gofer)

11:20 Awards to Jr, Cat 3 (announcer - Ryan, hand out - gofer)
10:30-14:30 help officials – gofer

???10:30-11:30 chip return  ???

11:45 Racers' Meeting - officials - passing etiquette

12:00-14:00 course marshals –
???lower ridgeline ??? (bring bag chair, umbrella for sun)
Paul's do-drop-in  Linda

12:00 Cat 1 and 2 race starts

???13:00-14:30 chip return ???

Announcer - Ryan, hand out awards - gofer
14:00 Cat 2 awards
14:45 Cat 1 awards
15:00 marathon awards

???15:00 Teardown, picnic tables returned via THOR trailer???

Wednesday, February 19
Omaha Bicycle Swap Meet and Expo
Plan to Exhibit & Attend
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
11AM – 4PM
College of St. Mary’s
7000 Mercy Road
Lied Fitness Center
Exhibitors-Sign up now!
Registration fees increase after March 1st   
·        Clubs, non-profits and affinity groups—Offer selling opportunities to members, use as a fundraiser.
·        Bike shops—clear out old inventory. Offer employees an opportunity to sell their personal bike stuff.
·        Individuals—Buy a space for yourself or share one with a friend.
Information & sellers registration on our website:

Wednesday, January 1

ogre accessorizing towards touring

A few changes to the ogre over the last several months:
- 165mm crank arms replace 180s: ogre has lower bb than mary does; many less pedal strikes
- Brooks Flyer: After getting my backside pounded by the Dakota five-o, I opted for some old school suspension.
- JandD rear rack and bag: carrying additional layers of clothes, cable, ulock
- Relevate Designs frame bag: another accessory towards bike touring

Surly ECR or Krampus or Ogre or Troll? This article and links to others describe their different attributes and functionality. Reading these got me more focused on bike touring. My next accessory I would like to get is a Jones Loop Bar.

Friday, November 22

What is your motivation to ride?

The 2013.11.17 Monday Night Ride at Tranquility Park got me thinking about how we ride bikes. I worked the afternoon building a couple kids bikes. Instead of bringing a change of clothes for the MNR, I wore blue jeans, t-shirt, and wind shell for a singletrack night ride with temps in the 40's.

Clear night sky, no wind, casual pace. While we can't control the weather, we can control how hard we ride. Using the low 36x22 gear from the Bike Bash ride at Platte River State Park a couple days earlier, this made the spinning at Tranquility very easy compared to my usual 36x18. Slow cadence, easy spin, slow speed reminded me of Sunday afternoon drives before bikes.

Compared to rides with my bike specific clothes, more effort, faster speed - why do I often treat riding like a race? Probably because my initial motivation to start riding 10 years ago was to loose weight and get into shape. The time on cement trails away from cars, and dirt trails away from man-made structures, did increase my physical fitness and rejuvenate my spirit. Those fitness rides made me faster, so why not extend the logic to see how fit I could get, how good I would feel, how fast I could go? 

For sustainability and cost reasons, I am motivated to use my bike to replace the car. Using regular clothes, at an easy pace, enjoying the roses. Thinking about the space and time between home, vocation, retail, avocation, enrichment; what if I allotted more time to travel the space between my destinations by bike in order to be rejuvenated throughout the day? Is the space-time between my destinations too large to be feasible? Motivation is the most important catalyst for solving problems.

Over time, motivations and abilities change. Regardless of whether I'm in race mode, or taking time to smell the roses, a bike helps us enjoy the ride we call life.

Enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, November 13

Winter Overhaul Special through Feb 15, 2014

It is that time again. Your bike needs some TLC to get it ready for next spring.
Bike Masters offers you our Complete Overhaul at a special winter price.
Now through Feb 15, 2014:
Winter Overhaul Special  $99 (regular price $199) plus lube and shop supplies plus parts plus tax.
You can drop your bike off or talk to Dan about a time when you want to have it done.

Monday, September 23

fall saturday road ride start times

Saturday Morning rides will continue to start at 830 This week and next week.
Starting October 5, We will revert to 900AM.
Thanks, Dave

Wednesday, September 11

bike masters fall century - sept 15

Ride about 100 miles (actually a little less, but who's counting?).
Food after the event provided by Hy-Vee. $5.00 + tax cost for the food, payable to Bike Masters.

Rolling out Sunday at 8:30 am.

Questions, ask Dave at 402.964.1080

Monday, August 26

October Bike Wine Food

Tentative date for next Bike-Wine-Food is Sunday, October 20.
Service will start about 530PM.
Theme is Best Wines under $20 from around the world and the food that goes with them.
There will be 5 different wine varieties and interesting, eclectic food pairings.
Thanks, Dave

Saturday, August 3

Been hearing more creaking noises - seat and crank area. Monday at Manawa had heard a lot more noise. Grabbed crank and had lateral movement, tightened down the preload but still noisy. Rode two laps anyway figuring I was ruining my bb.

Looked at it Tuesday night after work. He is what I found:

Mr. Whirley requires 5 bolts to hold an inner ring to which the chainring is bolted to. One of the two remaining bolts came off with just a touch so only one bolt was holding this inner ring on. I was only checking chainring bolts, not inner ring.

Also found my seat most of the way back on rails. I needed to tighten down the two seat post bolts more.

Seems I have to relearn this every couple years: Hunt down the creaks and noises. Something is crying out for attention before it breaks.

Sunday, July 7

bike-wine-dinner menu 07.14 rsvp 07.08

From Alex:
Dave --
I know its been a while since we last spoke - Hope all is well! We have a great menu planned for you and your guests, and look forward to serving you soon! The menu for your event can be seen below - If there is something that you would absolutely want to see (that you don't already), please let me know, and I'd be more than happy to alter the menu to your specifications.
1. Fine French Cheeses, Served with Regional Cocktail Olives and Water Crackers
2. Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
3. French Onion Soup w/ Toasted Baguette and Gruyere
4. Garlic and Herb Crusted Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables
5. Rustic Apple Tart with Spiced Whipped Cream
Looking forward to your dinner!
Thank you,
Chef Alex
PS - If I could get a final head count by Monday/Tuesday of next week, that would be great!
Call Dave at Bike Masters, 402.964.1080 for RSVP and payment of $38+tax per-person.
5 pm group bike to Wolners Midtown or meet there at 6.

Tuesday, July 2

2013 Tranquility Tire Trantrum Post Mortem

06/29/13 About 11:15

Post Mortem
138 racers started
21 DNS
·         Great weather – rainy, hot, humid previous weeks to 70’s, sunny, rain Thursday – perfect
·         Great THOR effort to bring jungle into shape
·         Great race workers and officials
·         Pics by Jennifer, Tom, Mike, Paul, John A helped me see race I missed
·         Full blue course helped bring out Cat 3 weekend warriors
·         Good junior length with option for adult cat 3 for juniors wanting full course
·         Maria Bonita off loaded logistics and manpower needs for food
·         NEED Maria Bonita to stay 2.5 hours. Left before cat 1 and marathon finished
·         NEED sweeper for juniors – one junior got lost in nursery area
·         NEED to discuss passing etiquette in racers’ meetings
·         Marathon 50+ - 5 signed up (cat 3 – 7; cat 2 – 6; cat 1 - 1); Fat Bike – 2 – beer podium

-          Ambulance – no
-          Food Bus – Maria Bonita – scheduled 7 days before race
-          Map for start area – done and sent to Roxy 4 days before race
-          Intersection directions – used Hannah’s paper (same size as bike race signs) and markers
-          Map of course – Phil N
-          Move picnic tables – Omaha Parks – sent request 4 days before race
-          Wed - have signs on course, flagged and taped, for THORsday – Dale taped Southhill Wed.
-          THORsday bbq –
-          Friday 18:00 – mark course – Chris, Dale
-          Sat 08:00 setup – Jennifer, Emilie, Danna, Chris, Dave, Eric, Brian, Mike
-          08:30 check course – Paul, Dave N, Chris
-          08:30-09:30 Registration open for Junior, First Timer, Cat 3, 4hr
o    Hand out chips -Jennifer
o    hand out bib numbers - Emilie
o    Day of Registration - Danna
o    Psycowpath T-shirts
-          09:45 Racers’ Meeting – officials – must be present at 11:50 to win Mahogany GC’s
-          10:00-11:00 course marshals – till cat 3 are through
o    camel humps, upper ridgeline, lower ridgeline (end of upper ridgeline) – Steve
o    nw drop-in - Brian
-          10:15-11:30 Registration open for Cat 2 and 1
o    hand out chips -Jennifer
o    hand out bib numbers - Emilie
o    Day of Registration - Danna
o    Psycowpath T-shirts
-          11:30 Awards to Jr, 1st Timer, Cat 3 (announcer, hand out)
-          11:50 Pull winners from all for Maghogany GC’s 4x$100, 2x$50 – must be present to win
-          10:30-14:30 help officials – Jennifer
-          10:30-14:30 chip return
-          12:00-14:00 course marshals
o     Ridgeline – Steve
o    NW drop-in – Eric
-          14:00; 14:30 Awards to Cat 2, 1, 4hr (announce, hand out - Emilie)
-          15:00 Teardown –  
-          TTT option signs – assuming cat 3 will want blue sections
o   Camel humps – all cats, 4hr – no sign, post/yellow tape, flags
o   Preridgeline – all cats, 4hr no sign, tape, flag, paint
o   Upper Ridgeline – all cats, 4hr no sign, tape, flag, paint
o   Lower Ridgeline – all cats, 4hr no sign, tape, flag, paint
o   Flats Dirtpile – all cats, 4hr – no sign, post/orange tape, flags
o   Inner Loop – all cats, 4hr; no sign, flags, paint
o   Motivator – all cats, 4hr; bypass for Juniors and 1st timers; sign, post/orange tape
o   Truncated lap – First timers, Juniors (No Southhill); signs (Hannah’s paper size/colors on caution bike race signs)

·         Marathon Women Open – $50, $30, $25
·         Marathon Men 19-49 - $50, $40, $30, $25, $25
·         Marathon Men 50+ - $50, $30, $25
·         Cat 1 Women Open – 100% payout for 3+ racers
·         Cat 1 Men Open - $125, $90, $80, $60, $50 (max payout for 15+ racers)
·         Cat 1 Men - medals (for non-cash placement)
o   19-29
o   30-39
o   40-49
o   50+
·         Cat 2 Women Open – GC 40, 30, 20
·         Cat 2 Men – GC 40, 30, 20
o   19-29
o   30-39
o   40-49
o   50+
·         Cat 3 Women Open – medal only
·         Cat 3 Men – medal only
o   19-29
o   30-39
o   40-49
o   50+
·         Junior Girls – medal only
o   Under 10
o   10-12
o   13-15
o   16-18
·         Junior Boys – medal only
o   Under 10
o   10-12
o   13-15
o   16-18
·         First Timers – certificate only
o   Women
o   Men

Wednesday, April 24

help needed for may 4 tranquility race

Please considering helping in one of the following functions:

Friday afternoon/evening
- flag and mark course

- setup
- registration
- course marshal
- chip return
- hand out medals/awards
- help officials  
- teardown

Let me know when and where you would like to help.

Tuesday, April 23

wed night road ride - apr 24

So far, the forecast is holding for mid-50's Wednesday at 6PM. The wind should be WNW at 10-15mph, so acceptable for riding toward Arlington.
The temps will start dropping, so don't dilly-dally on the way back.
Hope to see you here for the ride tomorrow.

Monday, April 8

Psycowpath Opening Weekend

It was a good opening weekend for the Bike Masters Team, 2 first place medals and 2 3rd place medals. Brian got kind of a late start on Saturday but redeemed himself on Sunday, earning a 3rd place medal.  Dale had a good run in the time trial and a good run in the short track. From our vantage point for the short track we could only see a short section of the track, but each time the racers came out of the trees Andre on his geared bike was only a few bike lengths ahead of Dale on the fixed gear, not able to pull away, but Dale could not get around him in the end. His time in the time trial was enough to give him the overall 3rd place position.
For the time trial, the pre ride we did on Wednesday night before the race paid off. After that ride I changed to a more aggressive tire than the small block eights that I had been running all winter. The small blocks are great on hard pack but Jewell was not really muddy, just soft, so they felt very slippery on the trail. The pre ride also reminded us of where the climbs and descents were so we had some idea of what gear to be in and how hard to push.
Training for the Trek up the Tower, Panama Enduro and all the gravel rides over the winter paid off, I felt pretty good on the bike while others were saying they were out of shape because they hadn't ridden all winter. I could keep up with and even pass people who normally just disappear in front of me.

This is what the medals look like this year.
 Daves on the podium
 Dale on the podium.
Brian on the podium.
It was good to see a lot of old friends that I hadn't seen all winter, and felt great to get out on the singletrack again. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped put on this and all the races. 
And no, I am not going to Cat Up (yet)

tranquility trailwork today, apr 8, 6-8 pm

Meet at kiosk, 124th and Fort St, parking lot by kiosk. May be full of soccer 
mom's so drive carefully. 
Work to do: 
Eric is bringing the sod cutter to recut current trail along Big Papio Creek 
south and north of Fort St. We will start at Fort St bridge and go south against 
bike traffic to old trail and then north to big dip and then back south into 
trees. The 18" cutter will hopefully ride over current tread and cut 4-6" off 
both sides. Need to people with shovels throwing cut sod outside of where tigger 
Bag trash along Fort St, West Treeline behind houses, along creek south of 
kiosk. Lots of trash from winter. 
Lopper and saw low branches in trees (Nursery, Fort St Loop, and North Hill 
Descent, West Treeline behind houses north of Fort. 
Getting trail ready for Nebraska Lottery Psycowpath race on Sat, Apr 20, and for
the riding season. 

Sunday, April 7

snagged some podiums at psycowpath races jewell and swanson

Dave N broke out in force this weekend with winning the Jewell TT and Swanson STXC combined podium and the Swanson cat 3 50+ XC podium.

Brian H had to go to a backup bike to participate only in the Swanson STXC on Saturday but made 3rd place on the Swanson cat 3/40-49 XC podium.

Dale R combined 4th in TT with 4th in STXC for a 3rd place podium - his first podium in 7 yrs or so. Dale's 4hr marathon experience wasn't as fun. He bonked badly on his 5th lap after about 2.5hrs in the saddle. He had to walk the hills on the last 3/4 of the lap. Butt was to sore to sit on and legs were to sore to stand on pedals, so he walked. Hamburger and hot dog helped post race but he didn't feel well till he got home and drank 16oz of milk with 5 spoons of sugar. Should have taken a nap for growth hormone to be released and repair muscle damage but he hasn't yet.

Maybe Dave and Brian will add a little about there race experience this weekend.

Thanks to Midwest Cycling Community and volunteers for doing a great job hosting the Nebraska Lottery Psycowpath Series race weekend - see the link for more mtb racing -

Next race is at Tranquility Park April 20th and hosted by us - Bike Masters Cycling.