Mirror Pond, Bend, OR

Mirror Pond in Bend, OR | Photo © collinsrocksmedia.com

Riding bikes doesn’t have to be complicated. I find it really easy to get in a pattern of wanting to one-up myself, improve, conquer, even when it comes to something as simple as riding a bike. As I become more proficient as a bike commuter (changing tires on the side of the road, check; using gears, check; remembering to wear a helmet, check) I find myself wanting to challenge and build skills: take the harder route, not down shift up the hill, maybe even breaking into mountain biking. However, what of just enjoying the same old predictable ride? [click to continue…]

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by Joe Keenan on April 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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It is that time of year again cycling comrades! Though the icy flakes crusting the pavement would suggest otherwise, its time to roll out your trusty two wheeled steed and start your fare weather bicycling. No more excuses, spring will be here tomorrow; NOAA says so.

Due to a recent housing move 7 miles from my daily employment destination, Patagonia Bend downtown, some aftermarket upgrades for my fare weather bicycling where non-negotiable. A few of the modifications I have undertaken on my steel-framer (thanks to The Crankery) over the past couple weeks include:

  • Extended handle bars: Before my shoulders where a bit cramped. Now, it feels like my range of motion went from tunnel vision to fish eye, full periphery. Riding with longer handle bars is like being the driver behind the wheel of a tank. It’s quite a remarkable difference in stability and comfort.
  • Break leaver upgrade: Previously my break leavers were reversed (this is the custom in Australia where I put the bike together), cold and hard. Now I have cushy rubber coated handles to rest on.
  • Gel tape: Not only was my tape shredded in several locals, it was thin. With the new gel tape, there is a significant increase in impact absorption when riding over the many and deeply cracked surface roads littering my commute.
  • Adjustable stem: I still haven’t fully explored the possibilities here, though, the new stem has provided an extension from the seated position, leaving me less boxed in and subsequently less sore after longer rides.

Next up: The wide world of saddles.

Commuting comrades, get out there and ride!

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by Joe Keenan on April 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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April Kidical Mass ride

03.29.2014

April showers or warm spring breezes? Who knows what we will get — let’s brave the elements and meet with big and small bikes, helmets, Yubas, kiddos in carriers or buggies in Drake park. Spin North on the Deschutes, following the river trail, and meet back for an evening meal at 6:30 at the “Lot.” […]

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Girl power: 8 Spring moves for top mountain bike performance

03.27.2014

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the Girl Bike Love website. Spring is in the air. Time to dust off those mountain bikes and prepare for a shred-happy summer. But first let’s make sure your body is strong and ready to slay single-track like the warrior princess that you are. As the trails dry […]

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Would you like to try a randonneur event?

03.27.2014

Ranndoneuring: A word and type of cycling that may be as foreign to Bend cyclists as the word itself. I have been a randonneur (randonneuse for females) since 2003 and having moved to Central Oregon, I miss the challenge. There are no randonneur events here; yet. In its simplest form a randonneur goes on a […]

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Could one way be a more fun way?

03.27.2014

Editor’s Note: I was part of the Directional Trail Committee that weighed the pros and cons of a directional trail loop in Phil’s Trail Complex. The Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) recently announced a one-way trail loop in the Phils Trail Complex. Those who forwarded the concept knew directionalizing a trail would be controversial, despite […]

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News bites

03.24.2014

Here are a few bite sized stories: Really starting them young: Strider Bikes starts championship races for 2 year olds. For bike share bikes, a portable electric motor is listed on Kickstarter. Artist creates two bike seat taxidermy sculptures. Blog piece about rental cargo bikes in Portland. From Gizmag: a Half Bike projected to sell […]

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A push for a bit more transportation equality

03.21.2014

Expecting groundbreaking federal active transportation policy from a Congress that has trouble passing a budget seems an exercise in futility. Taking a more achievable slant, the League of American Bicyclists has three modest legislative proposals they were drumming up support for at the 2014 National Bike Summit. We spoke with Brian Potwin of Commute Options […]

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