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The Nebraska Bicycling Alliance, and its brand-new Executive Director Julie Harris, need YOUR help! 

NeBA was formed at the end of 2013 (I was honored to be asked to be an inaugural Board Member as a bike club representative) and has been operating as an all-volunteer organization until now.  Although Julie’s position is new, the organization has a strong foundation with 501(c)3 charitable status and a website, www.nebike.org, and was instrumental in advancing bicycling legislation  

 

Julie and NeBA’s mission is to create a bicycle-friendly Nebraska for all by advocating for the safety and rights of bicyclists. Initial goals include: development of a strategic plan, development of a communications plan, crafting a legislative agenda for the next Unicam session, and developing strong relationships with law enforcement, corporate partners and bicyclists from all over the state. 

 

Julie’s and NeBA’s goal is to raise at least $50,000 of seed money before the end of 2015, so that she can evolve from an independent contractor to a salaried employee. She will be utilizing a variety of fundraising strategies, including engaging special donors that would be willing to contribute individually during the start-up phase. If you would be willing to talk to her, please let me know and I will connect you, or you can reach her directly at 402-699-3037 or julie@nebike.org.

 

In the interim, if you would be so kind as to go to this link, and donate $30 or $60 to NeBA’s “A DOLLAR A DAY DURING MAY” campaign, our large group of small donations, can help Julie and NeBA raise 20% of their goal by June 2!  https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/cygM2/sh/44ihd3

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DON’T MISS OUT! T-Shirt Deadline is Friday

Wear Yellow Nebraska will be hosting the 12th Annual Wear Yellow Ride, Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, 28210 W Park Highway, Ashland, NE 68003. The event  aims to raise funds and awareness for Wear Yellow Nebraska which is a local grassroots organization fighting against cancer through advocacy, awareness and fundraising. We want to inspire others in the community to take action in our fight. Our mission is to unite Nebraskans in the fight against cancer through advocacy, awareness and fundraising.

You can register and view more information at: ride.supportwyn.org

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National Bike Challenge

Chain Gang Rocket Rider Matt Stoffel has veryt graciously agreed to fill the BIG shoes of our sorely missed cycling pal, Jack Mayfield, and be the point person for the NBC for the DCGCC this season which starts Friday, May 1.

Greetings, members of the Omaha Metro Area bike community!  Have you joined a Team yet for the 2015 National Bike Challenge? If not, please join us as a member of the Omaha VeloCity team.  This team was formed for last year’s challenge with the goal of putting the name Omaha as high as possible in the Team standings, and we did when we finished 2014 ranked #2 in the NATION!

Team Omaha VeloCity got started when two of the top-ranked teams nationally in the 2013 NBC (Dundee Chain Gang and Offutt Cyclonauts) decided to join forces to build the foundation of a Omaha Metro Area mega-team for the 2014 Challenge.  Membership in the Omaha VeloCity team is open to all.  Please join us in helping to show the rest of the world that the Omaha area has a great bike community that ride and works together. Spread the word to your friends and fellow riders on your cycling email lists to join the team that will help establish Metro Omaha’s national identify as “VeloCity” and claim the #1 ranking for 2015!

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Trek Bike Recall

Almost one million Trek bikes are being recalled in the United States and Canada after an injury that left one rider paralyzed.

Included in the recall are 900,000 bikes in the U.S., and 98,000 sold in Canada, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A quick-release lever on the bike’s front-wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, resulting in either complete wheel separation or the wheel coming to an instant stop.

Three accidents were reported, and Trek said all included injuries, some to the face, a fractured wrist and one that resulted in the rider becoming a permanent quadriplegic.

Included in the recall are all models of Trek bicycles built from 2000 to 2015 that are equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release lever on the front wheel hub. This lever can open beyond 180 degrees, coming in contact with the disc brake.

Bikes with front quick-release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees are not included in the recall.

The bicycles were sold September 1999 to now, priced anywhere from $480 to $1,650. Trek advises consumers to immediately stop using the bike and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick-release lever.

More Details »

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Ride the Divide Fundraiser for the Omaha Community Bike Project

Many of you probably attending one of the first OPBC Movie Nights about this crazy ride from Canada to Mexico along the top of the Continental Divide.

check out the video

Well, Omahan Ben Greene is going to ride this race, and raise money of Omaha’s Community Bike Project with his effort.

If you want to support the CBP thru his efforts hit the link below and pray for a safe race.

Craigie

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Nebraska Tour de Cure Update

New Location! New Routes! New 2015 Nebraska Tour de Cure! We are happy to announce the Tour de Cure is moving to Ashland, NE. This picturesque downtown location is the perfect setting for hundreds of Nebraska cyclists to join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. We have FOUR all new fully supported routes, a great festival site, and live entertainment! Registration is $25, with a $200 fundraising minimum. So take the Ride of Your Life and sign up today at www.diabetes.org/tournebraska

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National Bike Challenge 

Hello Challengers,

PeopleForBikes would like to officially welcome you to the 2015 National Bike Challenge! We’re partnering with Kimberly-Clark to grow this year’s Challenge, building on the momentum you and other Challenge participants have established. The goal for this year is to reach at least 75,000 participants and log 35 million miles. Can you help us get there?

Over the last month, we’ve made a number of improvements to the National Bike Challenge website, including the much-requested integration with Strava. Look for more updates in the coming months (but don’t worry—the basic format of the Challenge remains the same for 2015.)

You and the rest of the Challenge community are what make every year so successful, and we appreciate your help spreading the word to your friends, family and coworkers.

There are only a couple more weeks until the start date. Bust out your helmet and get ready to ride!

— The National Bike Challenge team

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Paris Roubaix at Olympia 40th & Hamilton

Hey Chain Gangers come over to Olympia Cycle, 40th and Hamilton location this Saturday April 11th for a BMC Paris Roubaix extravaganza ! Andrew will have lots BMCs for you demo and a very special guest from BMC – Sean Weide, Communications Manager for BMC racing team will be on hand to answer any and all BMC questions you may have. In addition to the latest and greatest BMC bikes on display there’ll be goodies as well. Andrew will also be showing last year’s “Hell of the North” at the shop to prep you for Sunday’s 2015 version. See you Saturday!