ON BIKE CULTURE IN EUGENE | Fine blogging since 2010 (with periodic long breaks)
My, there’s a lot going on bicycle-wise. I bring the following to your attention:
I don’t usually cover bicycle racing here, but I want to point out that the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association cyclocross championships are at Camp Harlow in north Eugene on Saturday. If you don’t know about cyclocross, it’s basically riding and running through the mud, which is fun to watch, painful to do. There will be races going on all day. Details and directions.
In addition to the races, in the Camp Harlow gym, there will be Swap-a-Cross, which is a bike swap and a vendor expo. You can take bikes and parts and whatnot to sell. And you can see exhibitors such as this guy, who makes very cool bikes here locally. If I ever have enough money, I want to have him make me a bike.
If cyclocross is not your thing, maybe Kidical Mass. It is a monthly ride for families and kids. The November ride, which is Saturday, is the “Giving Thanks Pie & Chai Ride.” Meet at Cesar Chavez Elementary School (1510 W. 14th Ave.) at 2 p.m. The group will ride through some of the new bike infrastructure in town and wrap up at the Whiteaker Community Center (21 N. Grand Ave.) for, yes, pie and chai. It’ll wrap up about 4 p.m. More info.
The Greater Eugene Area Riders cycling club plans a bike swap Nov. 28 at Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard St.). It’s from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can buy and sell bikes, parts and accessories. It is open to the public and free to attend. But if you want to sell stuff and you are not a GEARs member, you’ll have to pay a $5 seller fee. A GEARs meeting precedes the swap, starting at 6 p.m. More info.
Given the flurry of comments on the recent post about fenders, I figure there is a lot of interest in winter bike commuting. So I was excited to tell you about REI’s class on winter bike commuting, taught by Shane Minton. It’s 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30. at REI (306 Lawrence St.). And it’s free. But it’s apparently full, too. So there is a lot of interest in this stuff. If you feel lucky, though, there’s a waiting list.
If you have an idea for a local bicycle education or safety project, the Greater Eugene Area Riders has up to $2,500 in small grants to give out. But you have to be either a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or a government entity to apply. I am neither, by the way — although sometimes I feel like a nonprofit. The deadline is Jan. 31. Applications and info.