Cycling Badge 33 Miler

Lauren and I went on a 33 mile ride Friday, to complete her cycling badge for American Heritage Girls.  Not only was it a long ride, but we had 1813.18' elevation gain with a few steep climbs and some 8-10% grades. Trailing Blackberries

Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Solar System Model

The Eugene, Oregon Scale Model of the Solar System was created by a father and son to show relative sizes and distances between the planets and the Sun.  The planets are steel balls set upon pyramids with information panels positioned along Eugene's Willamette river Riverbank bike path.  The scale is 1:1 billion and dimensions are taken from the … Continue reading Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Over Bridge and Under Fountain

Fountain at EWEB's River Edge Plaza

Peter DeFazio Bicycle Bridge Fountain at EWEB's River Edge Plaza My new bike set-up Sidalcea oregana (Oregon Checker Mallow) Aquilegia Formosa (Red Columbine )

Local Bike Shop: Simply named “The Bike Shop”

Little Bike Shop: Bicycles Skateboards & Repairs, Eugene, Or

This local bike shop, simply named, is just over a mile from my house.  They've done quite a few repairs on our bikes recently.  They fixed a broken chain, secured a Piccolo rack mount, and quite a few other things. A couple of weeks ago my oldest daughter rode away toward a rehearsal for a dance recital.  When she … Continue reading Local Bike Shop: Simply named “The Bike Shop”

Gateway I-5 Bridge

Gateway I-5 Bike Bridge

Last week, coming home from a music lesson, we had the chance to ride across the Gateway I-5 bike bridge for the first time.  The bridge spans I-5, connecting Eugene and Springfield at Gateway Mall.  It's quite an impressive structure, offers a nice view, and made for some neat pics as the sun was starting to go down.

Kidical Mass Fancy Pants (Tweed) Ride

Bikes at Kidical Mass Ride

I've been wanting to go on a Kidical Mass ride for about a year. My kids' have had activities with time conflicts each time. Last Saturday, it turned out that my oldest daughter got a ride to her function with a friend and the rest of us weren't going. It happened to be the day of … Continue reading Kidical Mass Fancy Pants (Tweed) Ride

Fern Ridge bike path and Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

Sunset at Fern Ridge Wildlife Refuge

I can't help looking forward to nice weather and summer days.  Here's a trip from last summer.  The whole ride was about 35 miles with a pretty steep climb both there and back and quite a bit of riding on really rough gravel.  This was the most difficult ride we've taken yet, and the kids … Continue reading Fern Ridge bike path and Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

Trail Riding

girl trail riding on a mountain bike

Today was a beautiful day, giving a full dose of sunshine!  My middle daughter and I rode to her music lesson.  She's a vocalist and learning to play piano.  On the way home, we got the chance to get off the bike path and ride some trails.   Pluto, the last (former) planet in The Eugene, … Continue reading Trail Riding

Grocery Shopping: Oversized Load On A Not-At-All-Cargo Bike

bike overloaded with groceries

Ever get the urge to test the cargo capacity of a regular bike?  How about a cheapo Walmart bike?  This was a lot of groceries to pack home, about 5 miles.  Most of the time, I shop frequently and bring home less in one trip. This was a very heavy load and the bike handled much … Continue reading Grocery Shopping: Oversized Load On A Not-At-All-Cargo Bike