Tour Wichita Bike Paths

I found this incredible Youtube video that offers a fun overview of some of the riding opportunities in the Wichita area.

This was done back in 2015, and we’ve seen even more lanes developed since then.

Wichita has beautiful lanes that showcase the best aspects of our city. Frankly, tourists who want the best views of our city should really take advantage of local bike rentals and enjoy these paths.

Bike Rental In Wichita

We are all about encouraging more people to get out enjoy our parks and world-class bicycle paths. We think that locals need to take more advantage of the incredible opportunities.

For tourists, there is no better way to experience Wichita than by bicycle.

Hopefully, you guys will be as blown away by our recreation opportunities as we are and you can take some of these ideas back to your own cities.

Here are some addresses and websites of local bicycle rental locations in Wichita. I hope this gets you started!!

Enjoy our city!

 

 

Rogue Bike Lanes in Spokane

Metro Wichita – Rogue Bike lanes In Spokane Indicate Underground Cyclist Uprising

It was just this spring that we had a row of toilet plungers show up as barriers to guard a bike lane from the motor vehicles. Wrapped in reflective tape, they were replaced by the city with actual barrier posts within a few weeks. (

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We were all impressed with the good humor of the city in meeting the wishes of our cycling community and providing that light weight safety barrier where requested.

We also saw a similar situation happen in Omaha, where plungers were used, but the city wasn’t quite as amused. The plungers were gone within 4 hours. It seems their city wasn’t as open to suggestions as Wichita has proven to be.

That leads us to the current story of spray painted bike lanes in Spokane, WA. City officials there weren’t too concerned with the addition of the unofficial lane, since it is in an area that used to be marked as a lane. They are open to replacing the markings but feel that they have some safer options available.

Which brings us to the point of how grateful I am for Wichita City Officials’ willingness to hear their people in good humor. Since our own little plunger incident, we’ve seen the city step up more than ever to protect the cycling community.

With the expansion of dedicated bicycle routes through the city growing to nearly 100 miles, the influx of daily bicycle commuters and recreational riders means that the new focus on cyclist safety is a must.

If you are wondering what to do about all the new road markings and signs and how to drive around the multitude of cyclists that are utilizing the roads, check out this video that the City of Wichita produced to educate drivers and cyclists on cyclings laws and road markings.

The Best Baggy Road Cycling Shorts

Wanting to jump on board with the bicycle commuting community here in Wichita, but aren’t exactly ready to pour yourself into spandex riding gear?

Have no fear! There are casual, relaxed fit cycling clothes available!

It’s very easy to underestimate the power of cycling clothes as an enabler in cycling mindsets. If you’ve never regularly ridden multiple miles day after day, you probably haven’t experienced some of the aches and pains that come with the process.

Padding and a close fitting protective layer prevent things that you don’t even want to think about. Like thigh chafing from hell, and the worst saddle sores you can imagine.

That’s why urban riding shorts are a thing. Perfect for delivery riders or daily commuters, they offer some of the comforts of distance riding gear with the look of everyday clothes.

Something like the Endura Hummvee short, which looks like regular cargos but is lined and has built in padding, can be the perfect option for someone wanting to spend an hour or two per day on their bike but doesn’t want to look like a not-quite-pro cyclist.

There are a lot of fun styles and colors of urban cycling shorts. While the bulk of them look purely athletic, you can find options like the Club Ride Eden women’s shorts that have no seat pad built in so that they fit and look cute, but have a seamless gusset so that there’s no crotch seam between you and your bike seat. While this offers less added comfort, it does mean you can take your bike to hang out with your friends without worrying about seams causing massive discomfort.

Some of these options are fairly expensive, and may seem ridiculous for a simple pair of short. But with cycling, you will find that you are more than happy to rotate a few key pieces from laundry day to laundry day because comfort and function take over as the prominent drives in your wardrobe choices.

How To Stop Brakes From Dragging And Sticking

As our cycling community expands, our bike routes improve, and our bicycle commuting population grows, we want to try to improve your every day riding experience with helpful tips from time to time!

Today we want to give a little walk through on what to do when your brakes are sticking on your bike.

Because going to slow down and having your brakes continue to drag against your wheel after you’ve released them can be as dangerous as it is irritating.

So, a simple guide to helping your brakes release:

1. Check To See If Your Brake Pads Are Too Worn Out

You need more than 1/4″ thickness in your brake pads for them to operate properly. If they are worn past that point then you are going to need to replace them.

2. Lubricate Your Handlebar Brake Lever
Sometimes the sticking is caused by the lever control, not by the brake itself. Use a bike lubricant to oil the pivot points in the lever, but not the brake itself.

3. Clean The Brakes and Tire Rims
If there’s a lot of grime and dirt in the brake pads and tire rims then they aren’t going to work well. Take some time to clean them thoroughly, disassembling them if you know how so that you can reach the interior areas.

4. Adjust Your Brake Cables
If your cycle has adjustment barrels on the cables then there are no tools needed to change the tension from the lever to the brake. A simple twist can tighten the cable enough to get the brakes to return to their correct position when you release your brake lever.

If these simple little maintenance tips don’t help, ask around and see if any of your friends have any bike mechanic skills. With our up and coming community of cyclists, it’s more likely than you would expect that a friend could help you tune up your ride. If not, a quick stop at one of our many local shops should get your rolling again in no time!

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Achilles Tendon When Riding


The long band of tissue which runs down the of our calf connecting to the bone of the heel is called the Achilles tendon.There are various exercises, especially running that can cause it to become damaged or stressed. Overuse of the calves is what typically provokes Achilles tendinitis, this can occur from cycling, however high-impact activities are what more commonly brings it on.

Consequences

By building the surrounding muscles that can support the tissue, cycling can be beneficial to the Achilles tendon. When you get on a cycle after a log period of time has elapsed sin you have used it and ride for a long amount of time without gradually increasing strength, that is when injury or pain can occur. When riding uphill, the Achilles tendon will undergo significant stress. Pain or damage can also be caused by riding without having properly warmed up.

Equipment

According to the Endurance Corner. Achilles tendinitis can be caused to cyclists die to incorrect bike equipment. If your pedals are misaligned and your cleats do not fit properly in the foothold, excessive pressure could be being placed on the tendon. If your foot pronates due to a pedal. Or if it is pushed way forward while riding, the tendon can be strained, this can cause discomfort and pain. When you ride, cycling shoes should rock so that there is not persistent stress. Make sure that you shoes fit properly allowing the stress of pedaling to be properly spread across the entire foot.

Interference

Although you may be able to effectively build your calf muscles by cycling avoiding tendinitis while you ride, if you have been injured due to an accident or another sport, the condition can be exacerbated by cycling. Even when you are not riding, it is important to take care of your legs. It is important to have the daily habit of wearing the correct shoes you build your muscles or that allow for rest of the Achilles tendon.

According to the Stretching Institute, you should also receive enough support from cycling shoes to prevent your ankle from turning while you ride. The pressure is taken off the Achilles tendon with shoes that have a slight heel loft, they are a great choice to wear after a long run or is the tendon is feeling a bit sensitive. To continue building calf muscles in preparation for longer rides, at other times wear shoes with lower heels.

Preparation

If you do not properly prepare for a ride, cycling can take its toll on the Achilles tendon. Other than having the correct bike equipment and shoes, you should also properly stretch in preparation. Whether you are riding or not, you should stretch twice a day. Leaning with you hands against the wall while you stand around three feet away from the wall is a very effective Achilles stretching exercise. With your right knee bent, lower your body, the calf muscles in your left leg which is straight will be stretched. Without bouncing, hold the position for twenty seconds. Go back to the starting position and repeat the stretching exercise on the other leg.

Flashing Lights, Rather Than Fines, Given to Wichita Cyclists

Weeks after an irate bicycle commuter referred to City Council members as “idiots” due to getting an $87 ticket for not having a headlight while riding a bike, Wichita leaders are considering moving towards getting rid of the fines and giving free lights away to bikers who are in need of them.

Last week the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board passed a recommendation unanimously that riding at night without a light should be treated as an equipment violation, instead of a moving violation where a $20 fine is automatically triggered in addition to $67 in court fees and costs.

This week most council members expressed being willing to consider this change.

Janet Miller, a City Council member, said it was a great idea for them to consider. She added that was what was so great about having an advisory board, because they could look into these kinds of issues and then make recommendations based on their findings.

If approved by the City Council, those riding unlit bikes would receive a “fix-it” ticket and then could take care of the matter without having to pay a fine, but just getting a light put onto their bicycle and then having a police offer sign off that the problem had been corrected.

The process is used routinely to correct automobile violations like burned out tail lamps and headlights.

Jennifer Magana, the City Attorney, believes that the ordinance won’t even need to be changed by the policy, but could be handled instead by the city administration via a policy directive.

According to senior planner Scott Wadle,who oversees the city’s pedestrian and bike matters, in 2014, around 140 bicyclists received a headlight violation citation.

Last week Russell Fox, Friends University professor,  and bicycle enthusiast, voted for the fix-it ticket solution at his first meeting of being a bike-ped board member.

According to Fox, it helps with accomplishing two goals, helping motorists see cyclists and accepting that they are part of regular part of traffic, and getting bikers to ride in a more safe manner.

Fox said that the fix-it ticket makes you spend money to help you stay safe, and it also contributes to the road’s overall safety.

On August 4 the seeds for change got planted with Chris Brault made his way into a City Council meeting and launched a tirade against the bicycle light law, while calling City Council members idiots.

Brault, who works at Subway and how is also a filmmaker, said he received an $87 fine for biking home one night without a light after he had to stay at work late on night and his babysitter threatened to leave if he didn’t return home right away.

Although the council members they didn’t like being called idiots, they didn’t have any hard feelings either.

Bryan Frye, one of the council members said, that every once in a while in this business you need to get used to that.

Frye also though that Brault made a valid point on how much the ticket cost and he supports changing bicycle light violations into fix-it tickets.

He said, he was all for it and was surprised there was even a penalty for it.

The city code has riding at night without a light listed as a $20 fine. However, there is also add-on costs of $67 along with the fine, which are not related to the violation.

The costs include a $2 court technology fund charge, $6 to the public defender’s office, $ to domestic violence programs, $20.50 to the state, and $31.50 for standard traffic court costs.

Lavonta Williams, one of the council members, says it is too high, especially at a time when the city is attempting to encourage more individuals to ride bicycles as a mode of transportation.

She said they didn’t want to penalize people like that when they were attempting to gain more riders.

Council members on Thursday cut the ribbon for the second phase of bike lanes project on First and Second street, which opens up a 3.7 mile crosstown bike way which links Crown Heights with Delano.

Mayor Jeff Longwell stated that not only wold he like to change the headlight penalty into a fix-it ticket, but he would also like to figure out a way to get these people matched up with free lights like they had in the past.

That was the same day that Brault came to City Hall to complain, and a $2,000 safety grant was approved by the council from the Kansas Department of Transportation for providing the bicycling community with free educational materials and safety equipment.

Wadle just received through this grants, 66 reflector sets, 1,200 bike headlights, and 685 bike safety guides and pamphlets, in both Spanish and English, for public distribution. An additional 250 red tail lights are on their way.

These small LED headlights are in compliance with the city requirement of being visible fro a distance of 500 feet. However, according to Wadle, they work best for occasional or casual use. For serious night riders he recommends they invest in better tail and head light sets.

According to Wadle, in a few weeks the advisory board will receive the plan for getting the safety equipment distributed.

He said that at Cit Hall there will be a limited number of these items available.

Other places where they might be distributed include having a “light up the night” event for distributing lights on the city’s bike paths to riders, having police officers hand them out to bikers while out on their patrols, and handing them out during bike safety clinics.

For people who would like more information on bike safety equipment distribution, they can call 316-352-4855 and speak to Wadle.

Is Cycling Really The New Golf?

It seems like at least once a week, some website, newspaper, or periodical has a story trumpeting how cycling has become the new golf!

According to the Reuters news service, golf is still the leader in participation among sports popular with those households making more than a hundred grand per year, but that popularity is declining. In fact, the total number of golf courses around the United States has been falling too, for almost a decade now.

According to the Economist, golf’s very appeal is contributing to its undoing. It has a rather meditative nature to it that doesn’t fit fast-paced contemporary life.

So, a lot of articles here and there are deciding that cycling is replacing golf.

This argument might be bolstered by the fact that Tiger Woods is not only playing the worst of his career but even taking a break from the professional side of the sport.

Max Levchin is a co-founder of PayPal, and recently sold Slide for over two hundred million to Google. He also sits on boards at Yelp and Yahoo, and continues to work in leadership roles for Glow and Affirm. He was recently asked if cycling was replacing golf.

Levchin himself is considered a serious enthusiast of cycling. He says that golf is a choice sport for businessmen, executives, and entrepreneurs, because it’s a place where sweating doesn’t really have to happen, but deals can be made, as well as relationships solidified. This has been historically true in Silicon Valley, but also on the East Coast. Levchin says that golf appeals to many because you spend time with those you like, and mostly walk and talk, occasionally taking a physical swing.

He goes on to say that younger executives don’t really like doing something that’s so slow-paced, as they’d rather get more intensely physical. Whereas golf is not really a thing that has a ton of metrics, other than score, younger executives like doing things they track with their FitBit and maybe show their fitness on Facebook. The quantification of fitness fuels self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.

The National Golf Federation confirms Levchin’s thoughts on the matter, as golf’s popularity shows a demonstrable yearly decline. However, it’s not simply a matter of having hard numbers from exercising. Levchin went on to add that there might be a bling factor to it as well:

As much as more intense outdoor workouts can be quantified into numerical accomplishments, like I rode 20 miles today at such and such a speed, there’s also a social aspect to it too, which might be good or bad. Cyclists love showing off their gear and hardware; it’s almost like road jewelry. Golfers love having particular clubs that were manufactured with particular alloys or new crazy technologies, and bikers are just as serious about their equipment. It seems to have fallen out of favor to show off amazing houses anymore, but flashing your fitness bling is all the rage right now.

Cycling can prove costly. A great bike and full set of clothing and gear can quickly set someone back ten or even twenty thousand, but many feel that they get more productive use out of it than a set of golf clubs that collect dust. The decision is up to personal choice, but many millennials and others are choosing bikes over clubs.

WSU Enters First Place

Justin Ingram, Southern Illinois coach, thought it was a bad sign when his team took a hit. In the first set, 607 was achieved, but then they lost. Wichita State’s basketball team, the Shockers, played well against SIU, and the end result was a 3-0 win. The game was played at Koch Arena on Monday.

Since winning the game, WSU is now in first place in the MVC. Prior to winning against SIU, they were in third place. SIU is currently in second place, and they are only a few percentage points ahead of Illinois. Ingram said that his team’s defense collapsed and their opponents had a strong offense, and that their slide was too fast.
The Shockers did have a very strong offense, and it was their best offensive match for the current season. They hit .461 with only eight errors. Katy Dudzinski, middle, took 13 swings and made 11 and his attack percentage was .846. What’s even more impressive is he did so without error.

Dudzinski feasted on the opposing team’s blocking scheme. This allowed Emily Hiebert to shine. It allowed her to discover her for one-on-one match-ups.

Blockers were asked to wait for the set before they made a move and when it does work, it can leave pin players feeling frustrated. It’s like a zone defense can get into shooters’ heads on the court. SIU may have led in blocking before they entered the match, but their defense was left to unravel. This was thanks to WSU’s quick sets.

Dudzinski said she and Abbie Lehman love it when they view a read. She added that they train to perform in gaps and that they are fast. Furthermore, they are going to pound it if the opposing team is going to give them those gaps, she said.

Hiebert frazzled the Salukis after she used all available options. She performed 42 assists, while Mikaela Raudsepp performed 14 digs and 11 kills. Jody Larson had 10 kills and Lehman managed four blocks and seven kills.

Raudsepp said she thinks Hiebert found players on the floor in situations that were ideal, and that she performed a great job spreading the ball out for the rest of the players. The second set is when Lehman recorded all her blocks. This turned the match in WSU’s favor.

The Shockers sent the ball back numerous times before Lehman performed a stuff block to finish the point. There was one solo block that she made that brought it to 11-5. After Tabitha Brown tipped, the score became 12-6 and then Lehman performed yet another block, that took them to a 13-6 lead.

Furthermore, Alex Rosignol performed 10 kills for SIU and so did Andrea Estrada. SIU managed 607 in the first set. Eventually, they declined in the next two sets and they finished at .294. Both teams played well, but it was Wichita State University that came on top.

Article Originally posted in Wichita Eagle