Performance Bike Shop

Looks like we’re about to get a big box bike shop. I’ve been to the one in Portland and doubt I’ll be using them for much other than what I already mail order. As a side note, they say they are accepting applications.

 

http://www.performancebike.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/RetailStoreDetailView?searchType=state&catalogId=&searchKey=OR&langId=-1&rsId=11615&storeId=10052

 

Don’t forget to subscribe to InMotion

I used to re-post these here.  Now you can just subscribe!

“InMotion is a monthly e-newsletter produced to help communicate with Eugene’s biking and walking enthusiasts. Each month you will find information about upcoming local events and advocacy opportunities that pertain to all forms of active transportation.”

via Eugene, OR Website – Transportation Options.

Write for WBE!

WBE is now a community run site.  Want to write for WBE? Then go here to register, and do it.  Got a ride you want to promote, got an issue you want to rant about, got a question you want ask the world? Do it. I still get final say on what gets published*, but YOU get to write it now!  I’m giving the site to YOU. Don’t break it.

*That’s for anti-spam measures. If I know you or you’ve published a few times before I’ll probably remove that.

Test of New Server

Hey Folks.  WBE is now on a new server, and boy did it take me a long time to get the WordPress migration to work.  As of now, all links and site functions should work.  Part of the database migration put weird “” everywhere, but as far as I can tell that’s the worst  of it.  Please let me know if you encounter any other site issues.

Turn It Up – When Science Meets Bicycling

Editors Note:  This is the first article from WeBikeEugene’s newest contributor, Jennifer Hughes!

Another participant, David Kuhns, sweats it out for science!

Sweat poured down my face and landed in the puddle forming on the insulating, black floor mat.  I took a gulp from my third, 16-ounce water bottle, then my arms flung it back in its cage.  I turned up the volume of my iPod so loud that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” drowned out my heavy breathing.  With exhaustion creeping up through my burning lungs, I put my head down and pedaled harder. “You got it Jenn, keep it up!” The enthusiastic lab assistant shouted as I ferociously pedaled on a funky ergometer stationary bike in a heat chamber set to a sweltering 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  “Your data is looking good!”

I was only 28 minutes into a 60-minute go-all-out-and-ride-as-hard-as-you-can time trial, and my legs felt like lead.  My heart pounded through my sweat-soaked, quick drying performance t-shirt that was a shade darker than when I started. The seconds felt like minutes, the minutes like hours.

Seventeen days earlier, I had committed to 20 days as a lab rat for Santiago Lorenzo, who, at the time of the study, was a University of Oregon Ph.D student working on his dissertation.  Lorenzo is currently doing post-doctorate training in the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. For the study, Lorenzo was researching what effects training in the heat have on athletic performance in hot and cold weather.  When I heard about earning 500 dollars as a subject, I signed my name on the dotted line.

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We’re #3! We’re #3! and November InMotion

Yay!  WeBikeEugene was voted the third best blog in the Eugene Weekly’s 2010 Best Of  Eugene feature!  Coming in first place was Culinaria Eugenius, a cooking blog, and second place was the Weekly’s own multi-authored hodgepodge blog. Here’s what they had to say about us:

We won’t say much about our own blog, though thanks for the votes, but we do like (along with our Eugene Cycles) the smart and useful We Bike Eugene, whose editor, Mike Seager, writes a super biking column in Bang! and always has new info for us.

Thanks everyone who voted for us!  Next year I hope that WBE and EugeneBicyclist.com can sweep the one and two spots!

Ironically, this honor comes in the midst of a gradschool induced WBE slowdown – this one likely to last much longer (years) than the slowdown we experienced last summer.  Of course this slowdown in my ability to post does not reflect a lack of topics needing to be covered, and we are once again extending the invitation for readers to become writers and join the site.  You can submit stories and/or inquire about becoming a one time or regular contributor here.  WBE was always intended to be a community site, and this is your chance to write for the #3 blog in Eugene!

Speaking of content: The City of Eugene’s November InMotion is, as usual, filled with titillating information, including this: (emphasis mine)

Delta Ponds Walking and Biking Bridge Update

Good News!  The contractors are optimistic that they will stay on schedule and have the new bridge open the 3rd week in November. Now that’s something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

I’ve embedded the full November InMotion after the jump.

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Online Bike Lane Problem Reporting, Bike Blog Roundup, and August InMotion

Good day, wonderful people.  As you may have noticed by our plethora of recent articles (sort of), our summer slowdown has mostly ended.  Yay!

I wanted to give a quick shoutout to the other area bike blogs that helped pickup WBE’s slack over the summer, and which continue to be a joy to read.  These blogs are different from the GEARs, SRTS, and EugeneWeekly blogs (viewable in RSS form on the right of this page) in that they focus more on culture and less on news.

I’ve mentioned EugeneBicyclist.com before (I think) but I feel like mentioning it again.  The man behind it is a mystery (oooh, spooky!), but I’m pretty sure he isn’t a zombie. If he is a zombie, and he eats you, I’m sorry.  Not that it would be my fault if he DID eat you, but more because I’m sure being eaten is not an enjoyable thing and I would most likely feel empathy for you.

Another newish Eugene cycle blog is Eugene Cycle Chic, a blog featuring pictures of Eugenians in their utter hotness riding their bikes, or something like that.  It’s like a Eugene version of Copenhagen Cycle Chic – the main difference being that Eugene riders sometimes wear helmets and probably don’t speak dutch danish.  I’ve yet to find a picture of me on Eugene Cycle Chic, but I think it’s because I’m too pretty and they don’t want to make other people feel embarrassed.

The City of Eugene’s InMotion continues to make our job easier by condensing tons of information into a wonderful little newsletter.  There is a lot of information in this one (posted in full after the jump), but the following bit of information has me very excited.  It’s something I’ve been asking for for awhile, they promised us in March,  and now they’ve finally delivered!

Online Bike Lane Service Request!

Online hazard reporting directly to the city – available when the city hotline (541-682-4800) is closed!  This can be used to report glass, debris, etc 24/7!  Quoted:

New Online App Offers Easy Way to Report Bike Lane Problems
A new web-based application makes it easy for cyclists to report problems and request maintenance services in Eugene’s bike lanes. The bike lane service application is located at www.eugene‐or.gov/pwm (look for the bike lane service icon). It is one of six online services (the others are report nuisance vegetation, report a pothole, get notified when street is scheduled to be swept, report graffiti, and request leaf delivery) now offered by the Eugene Public Works Department

All of the service request applications use a map-based system. Customers enter a street address to generate a marker “pin” that can be dragged to an exact location. Customers fill in an easy online form that includes a notes field. The final step is to click the “submit” button, which automatically sends the request to the correct work group. For more information about the bike lane service request application, contact the Public Works Maintenance Division at pwmaintenance@ci.eugene.or.us or call 541-682-4800.

Take the jump to view the entire InMotion newsletter.

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MidWeek News Wrapup – Kendra’s Tour, Springfield Bike Trails, Kidical Mass, Drunk Driving, and more

A Deer Tick: Enemy of Cyclists!

WeBikeEugene’s slow-down became a complete stop a little over a week ago when Kendra’s three week bike tour around the Great Lakes ended in near tragedy.  Two weeks into the trip, her riding partner acquired an infection that made it impossible for them to continue.  Disappointed, they cut the ride a week and a half short and headed back to Des Moines, IA.  On the way back Kendra got an incredible headache that lasted for days, and was hospitalized in Des Moines July 11th (Sunday) with some version of tick-borne Meningitis.  They aren’t sure if it is Lyme’s Disease or something viral, but either way it kicked her butt.   I arrived in Iowa a few days later, a week earlier than planned, and stayed with Kendra until she was discharged last Saturday.  She is slowly recovering, and should be okay in a few weeks.

WBE experienced a complete stop while this played out, but we are ready to return in a “slowed-down” fashion, and will return to full speed in late August or Early September.

The rest of our wrapup covers proposed Sprinfield bikeways, Kidical Mass, EugeneBicyclist.com, a car-free family, and drunk driving sentencing.

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What would you have done? A driver threatens my life on E 19th Ave

The scene of the crime, click to embiggen

Like most cyclists, I’ve had my fair share of close calls with car drivers.  Most of the close calls are accidental, comprising of left and right hooks, car doors, and similar things.  I usually just give a hearty “HEY HEY HEY!” and let those incidents go, thanking my lucky stars that my defensive biking skills saved my life, yet again.

Occasionally a driver tries to hit me or scare me.  I’ve been ran into a rock wall by a dump truck in eastern Oregon, ran into a guardrail and almost flipped off a bridge by a truck in Massachusetts, ran into a ditch in Iowa, and honked at and buzzed more times than I can count.  Those drivers were all trying to scare and possibly kill me, and no doubt felt perfectly justified in dehumanizing me.  However, it wasn’t until today that I had a chance to have a discussion with one of these guys right after he threatened me with his weapon of choice, a minivan.

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PopLollies’ Women’s Crit and July InMotion Repost

Womens Crit Flier, Click to Embiggen

As you may have read in our Twitter update, WeBikeEugene is experiencing a summer slowdown, mainly due to my working more hours during the summer, performing every weekend with The GreyMatter Jugglers and Earth Descendance, practicing several times a week for those shows, and also riding my ass off since the weather it nice.  WBE  Contributor Shane MacRhodes also has his hands full, having recently had twins.  This translates to less WBE stories, but that does not mean that things aren’t happening in Eugene.

One example is the PopLollies Women’s Crit Series (click the picture for a bigger flier) that is happening the last three Wednesdays in July. There will be a free clinic to introduce riders to the sport and then races for all levels.  Yay!

July’s InMotion, a handy newsletter put out by Lindsay Selser with the City of Eugene, is also full of summer events, construction updates, and way more!  It includes a July 17th Kidical Mass ride to an Em’s game, the Blackberry bRamble and Jamboree, and construction on the South Bank Path, Fern Ridge Path, and all over the city.

Take the jump and give it a read! Then go back outside and ride some more.

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