June 2, 2009
As is often the case when the weather turns nice, the fam and I took a little bicycle jaunt down to the Saturday Market. We’re an ecumenical little bunch, accepting a complete mix of any and all kinds of bikes. This week I rode my cross bike, pulling my youngest son in the Burley trailer. My wife was on her cheapo single speed cruiser, and my son was on his BMX bike. I was a little tired from doing an early morning 30 mile ride with Darrell, but we always cruise at a slow and friendly pace, for an enjoyable ride for all.
I had misunderstood that the volunteer-run valet parking was already happening at the market, and spent a few minutes walking around the stage area looking for the kind people that would take our bikes. After a brief moment of searching, we found our old standby tree, right next to the PortaPotties, and chained them all up. We’ve never had an issue with people messing with our bikes so far, but the valet service will still be nice….once it starts on June 6!
On another note, Saturday was THE day to be at the market. Check out the photo below to see just some of the people we bumped into while there. We finally had to say, ‘lets get a group picture,’ to capture the day:
Immediately after showing up we bumped into Matt and his family, who were hanging with Jeff and his family, then bumped into Rich and Corrie, then Charles and Kristi, Nate, Deanna, Chelsea, Emily and Delilah, Ryan and Kealy, Conrad, Kari, Mila and Nolan, and then bumped into another group of friends after that.
We were only there for about an hour, but the place was packed, with both vendors and patrons. We’ll miss getting to visit when we’re gone on our trip, but look forward to seeing what other markets are across the country!
May 12, 2009
I got an email from Alexandra Phillips, who is the Oregon Parks and Rec Coordinator, letting me know that the new online guide to the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is available and ready for use! Here is the official press release that will be issued Thursday, for your sneak peak viewing:
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway guide now on web
An information-packed guide to a newly signed Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is now online at www.oregonscenicbikeways.org.
Intended to provide cyclists with all the guidance needed to follow the 127-mile route, the online tour includes printable maps as well as information on places to camp, historic points of interest, side trips and diversity of agriculture seen along the way.
The northern end of the bikeway is at Champoeg State Heritage Area, the site of an 1843 meeting that led to Oregon’s first provisional government. From Willamette Mission State Park to the south, it continues southward on a revised route east instead of west of the Willamette River through Salem, Albany and Brownsville. The south end of the route is in Armitage County Park north of Eugene.
The web guide divides the bikeway into four segments: Champoeg State Heritage Area to Salem; Salem to Albany; Albany to Brownsville and Brownsville to Armitage County Park. The maps include elevation profiles of each segment and detailed maps of Keizer, Salem and Albany.
First conceived by Cycle Oregon, the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is Oregon’s first and, thus far, only designated Oregon Scenic Bikeway. It is recognized as a prototype for future state scenic bikeways—routes that offer cyclists access to outstanding scenic, historic and natural settings. The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee, established in 2008, is charged with designating such routes after evaluating nominations by the public. ###
OPRD Bicycle Recreation Coordinator
Photos from the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway on Flickr.
April 27, 2009
It was a weekend full of riding and racing for the entire PacificPedaling.com team in one way or another!
Tyler took on the WOU Sprint + Triathlon on Saturday, finishing 19th in his division, and putting his whole body through the paces of not only cycling, but swimming and running as well. He took a breather on Sunday from riding, but was out in full team support in the temporary BMW SAG vehicle, laying down the familiar TJ encouragement we all know and love.
Pat and Ellen were both up in the 26 degree weather, with new snow on the ground at the Bear Springs Trap Cross Country and Short Track events. Once I can get a complete report together, I’ll put it up here, but while out on the Cookie, James got a text that essentially said Ellen had knocked out her THIRD victory in a row for the year! Again, details are shaky until I can get some confirmation, but the intial report rocks!
James, Martha, and myself skipped the racing and took the casual route of riding the Monster Cookie out to Champoeg park and back. Friends of PacificPedaling – Darrell, Kim (father of James) and Kurt (husaband of Martha) also joined us along the ride. Actually, Kurt and Martha took off a bit later, but we saw them at the lunch break, and later heard they had a great ride. James, Kim, Darrell and myself hoofed out the 62 miles together on a steady but comfortable pace, and talked and laughed the entire way. (Watch out, that laughter can be dangerous….enough said!)
Speaking of dangerous, I hadn’t heard any reports of incidents along the ride until today, when my good friend Trish emailed in a report that her buddy and riding partner had gone down around the 35th and Quinaby corner and eventually was taken away in an ambulance. Another rider also went down in the commotion, but was able to get back up and continue on. Trish’s friend ended up with a dislocated shoulder, and will need some PT, but overall is doing much better today.
For the most part, the Cookie went down without incident. It was cold all day long, but the company was fantastic, the ride was good, and I’m always happy to say I threw down 70 miles in a day. After the ride we hit Breakpoint coffee for some final chats and drinks and then headed home. Good times, good times! A few random photos from the day from the iPhone:
April 22, 2009
I was going to write about my first experience with a group ride, which was both an amazing and brutal experience for me….so come back tomorrow for that. In the meantime, Eric Lundgren from Breakfast On Bikes, and all things cool and wonderful about bikes in Salem, sent me this email chock full of bike goings on…hopefully he won’t mind that I just reprint it here for you. And hopefully we’ll see at Breakfast on Bikes on Friday!
It’s all Union Bridge all the Time!
Big article in the Statesman on bicycling
Oregon Bike Summit. Lobby those legislators!
You can follow the progress of bills here –
Friday – April 24
Breakfast on Bikes will be on the Union Street Railroad Bridge between
7am and 9am. We’ll have free coffee, pastries, and fruit for bicycle
commuters. Please support our generous sponsors, Cascade Baking
Company, Coffee House Cafe, LifeSource Natural Foods.
Sunday – April 26
Monster Cookie metric century through the French Prairie.
Also on Sunday
Black Rock Mountain Bike Association Raffle Fund-Raiser
Saturday, May 9
Traffic Skills 101 – Learn how to be a more effective cyclist! See
the post for details on how to sign up.
April 16, 2009
Everyone who gets on a bike and rides any amount of distance is going to eventually find themselves at a stop sign. The topic of what’s required by the cyclist at said stop sign is one that is frequently discussed, both by the cyclist as well as the non-cyclist. Here in Oregon, the current law states that the cyclist must come to a complete stop, but does NOT include any language requiring a foot to be placed on the ground, as some often incorrectly believe.
Now, I’m willing to bet body parts that everyone who’s ridden their bike more than just a couple of times has one through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop. At the same time, I’m pretty sure most of us who’ve driven cars have spent less time at a stop sign than is legally required as well…but I’ll stick to the topic at hand here. In Idaho, the laws are different, giving the cyclist the opportunity to make a judgement call:
A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a stop sign shall slow down and, if required for safety, stop before entering the intersection. After slowing to a reasonable speed or stopping, the person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving across or within the intersection or junction of highways, except that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping.
I’ve always said that when you’re on a bike, either be a vehicle, or a pedestrian…but don’t pick and choose as it’s convenient for you. I’m not a fan of taking a lane of traffic, and then hitting the sidewalk to blow through a red light in town. (I may change my mind, but I’m also not a fan of club rides blowing through red lights for momentum’s sake, as I’ve seen in town here…but come back in a few years and maybe I’ll change my mind.) That being said, when I’m out on a solo ride, or with a few other riders, and we’re out of town or traffic, we tend to ride like Idaho cyclists…just saying.
Whatever your take, I think this video does a good job of explaining the legistation that Oregon is currently considering. I love the graphics, and think that Portland resident Spencer Boomhower does a great job. I think when I’m out on my bike though, that the words floating around me would be more like “hmmm, is someone grilling? I could use a cheeseburger.” Or, “dang, my knees are still bumping my gut on the upstroke….need to lay off the cheeseburgers.” Or perhaps even, “If I crank out another 15 miles, I so deserve a cheeseburger.” Anyway, you get the drift. Feel free to post your thoughts.
April 10, 2009
We recently changed our life insurance policy, and the new company required that I go through all the health crap again – getting weighed, measured, and poked with the needle for my blood. While getting measured I said “so, still 5’9″, or am I starting to shrink yet?” I was making a joke.
“Uh, buddy, you’re 5’7″.” I knew he had to be lying… in fact, my driver’s license says I’m 5’10″…so take that.
“Look, I could stretch and give you 5’8″, but there’s no way it’s 5’9″, and forget 5-10.”
And that was the day I started believing that I had somehow shrunk 2-3 inches from my height. I had heard people say that before – particularly old people mind you — but didn’t think that happened to you before you hit your 40’s. Yet here was this professional, with his professional measurement system, swearing I was less tall than I had previously been. But fortunately for me, I ride a bike. And as it turns out, it may help me become the man I once was, yet again:
There is probably not an exercise more effective at increasing height than the bicycle. Bicycling helps your body in many ways. It is a very aerobic exercise and it strengthens your entire cardiovascular system. This means that the HGH and nutrients in your system can circulate more freely. Also, this kind of aerobic exercise tones your muscles. This includes your legs and back which need this strength during critical periods of growth.
I don’t know who Rodney Williams is, nor have I seen his GrowingTallerGuide.com website before, but if you need to put some height back into your life, and you ride a bike…you might as well take advantage of his helpful tips in this article.
March 11, 2009
My legs have been feeling very heavy these days. I mean, they *are* heavy for sure…they make up a good part of the mass that I’m rolling around with, but lately, they feel especially heavy. On my ride with Tyler on Monday, I could not get anything working right, and was just a slug. Today the sun is shining and beautiful, but as I’m kicking around here during work, my legs just feel heavy. Like I could chop-them-off-and-put-them-on-the-back-of-an-Xtracycle-as-cargo kind of heavy. I’m not sure what’s up…. More on Say Hello To My Heavy Legs
March 3, 2009
I used to have a problem with reality shows…I watched too many of them. I don’t nearly have as much time anymore to kick back with the latest edition of who’s selling their soul to what network for a quick 15 minutes, but I do still hold a soft spot for one of the original’s, The Amazing Race.I always thought ol’ Phil Keoghan did a great job with the show without being too dramatic, sappy, or overplayed. He didn’t suck.
Turns out, I’ve got even more reasons to like old Philly. He’s gonna pedal his bike across the country, and for a good cause:
“The Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan is about to embark on a cross-country bicycle trip to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis. Keoghan will set off from Los Angeles on March 28, average 100 miles a day, and arrive in New York on May 9 — the day before “The Amazing Race” finale airs on CBS.
Nice job Phil, way to go. I hope we get to hear more about the trip along the way!
February 20, 2009
I’m looking forward to posting on Monday and all of next week, please come back for lots of fun stuff!
February 12, 2009
In the words of the great philosopher Snoop Dog, “when the pimp’s in the crib ma, drop it like it’s hot…drop it like it’s hot.” Well the pimp is in the crib, and we are officially dropping an *L* from our name, as of today. Although a technically correct spelling, most people find us by searching for pacific pedaling, with just one *L.*
Turns out those crazy cyclists across the pond like to double up on the consonants, but not so much on this side. Plus, we *are* facing tough economic times, so we figure it’s time to cut back a little. Not to mention, it fits better on a jersey….
Now don’t worry if you’re linked to us…all incoming links will still work, we’ve crossed all our Ts and dotted our Is to make sure stuff don’t break. But, if you are linked to us, or have us on a blogroll, consider changing out that link at some point if you don’t mind.
In Other News – Don’t forget the Salem Community Briefing on the Minto Island bridge proposal. It’s tonight from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Salem Library.
In Other Other News – There is some decent off-road riding at Keizer Rapids, just be careful not to miss any of the signs and accidentally end up on the roads leading to private property. They don’t take kindly to trespassers out there, even if you didn’t mean it!