ON BIKE CULTURE IN EUGENE | Fine blogging since 2010 (with periodic long breaks)
For once, the weather forecast was correct. The rain arrived as predicted, midafternoon, just in time for the inaugural Eugene Bicyclist Race for the Beer.
It was genuine Oregon rain, too, the kind where you walk outside and say, “It’s not so bad, just a drizzle” but after 30 minutes you begin to suspect this is somehow a wetter than a normal rain.
But who cares? We had a good turnout anyway.
And amazing wildlife, like this herd of gazelles crossing the Serengeti:
Hey, did you know there is a brand of bike called a Gazelle?
If you know about bike frames, you will notice that this one has what we might call a relaxed geometry. That means the seat tube and the forks lean way back. In layman’s terms, it’s a La-Z-Boy with wheels.
In fact, Gazelle touts this bike’s “unique 66-degree geometry for a very comfortable upright seating position and allows you to arrive at your destination in a nicely relaxed fashion.”
We’ve drifted off on a tangent, haven’t we?
Well, I don’t think anyone was riding a Gazelle yesterday. But I do think we arrived at our destination in nicely relaxed fashion.
The overall pace was not what you’d call brisk. In fact, we were led for a time by a 5-year-old who has been riding a two-wheeler for all of a couple weeks. But he did a terrific job — the longest ride of his young life.
Our destination, by the way — after an easy ride around the River Trail — was the Ninkasi tasting room, which kindly gave us a good deal on pints.
I enjoyed chatting with everyone, and meeting people I’ve corresponded with only in blog comments — or not at all.
UPDATE: Breadbike posted a fun video.
Thanks everyone! We’ll do it again sometime. In the meantime, I’ll get back the usual nonsense.