If there's anything better than biking, it's bacon. Local Trek Bicycle stores are combining the two to celebrate National Bike to Work Day on Friday morning.
Mechanics from Trek stores will perform bike safety inspections for free at Aksarben Village, just off the Keystone Trail. They will look for shifting and braking problems, loose bolts and general wear and tear. Each inspection will take about five minutes.
"We want to make sure if they're taking on commuting to work by bike, they're safe," said Kent McNeill, who owns the Trek stores in central Omaha and Papillion.
There will be water, juice, cookies and a "bacon station" for cyclists to enjoy while they wait.
Because, "Who doesn't like bacon?" McNeill said.
"If they haven't tried biking to work, bacon might be the tipping point. Bacon is powerful," he laughed.
The safety inspections will be available between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Bacon will be available while supplies last.
The event is one of several activities on Friday intended to encourage biking in the metro.
The Mayors' Bike Ride is also Friday morning. Mayors Jim Suttle of Omaha, Rita Sanders of Bellevue and Tom Hanafan of Council Bluffs will meet at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge at 8 a.m. before biking to their places of work.
The Bicycle Fashion Show Expo is between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday at the Bancroft Street Market. The public is invited to shop vintage clothing and chat with local biking enthusiasts before the runway show, which begins at 7 p.m.