Monthly Archives: October 2011

OHBS & Cyclocross in Bend

The Oregon Handmade bicycle show and Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival was held this past weekend in Bend. More information about it HERE.

Angel and I went there and had a nice trip there. Here are some photos from our adventure. More below the break.

Angel at the lava fields on McKenzie Pass

Ahearne Cycles at Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

Starting line at Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival

More collections of photos from the trip below the break.

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iPod

The Apple iPod is 10 years old today. My first iPod(only 5years old) was a 60gb 5th Generation that I purchased with money from my first real job. I have loved my iPod for so long. It has never failed me. This iPod has listened to many days of audiobooks and podcast with me, and hopefully will continue on for years.

iPod 5th gen & iPod6th gen

Left: my iPod 5th gen Right: my girlfriend's iPod 6th gen

I am lucky to now also have an iPad that I use for everything and an iPhone, but I still prefer the iPod for ease of audiobook/music listening.

Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show 2011

The Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show is happening at GoodLife Brewing Co. in Bend, OR this year on October 29th & 30th. I have gone to the show the past 2 years in Portland. This is always a great event where builders from the Northwest can come and show off their great bikes they have built. With over 30 exhibitors, this event is put on by Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association. I will be posting photos from the event.

Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival 2011
This event is happening during the same weekend as the Day of the Dead Cyclocross Race, which should be a great time as well. It’s happening just over a mile from the OHBS at the Old Mill District.  There are a couple other bicycle related events going on as well, full list HERE.
This should be a great time for everyone.

These events will be held at:
Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show
GoodLife Brewing
70 SW Century Ave 100-464
Bend, OR 97702

Day of the Dead Cyclocross Race
Old Mill District/Deschutes Brewery
520 S.W. Powerhouse Drive,
Bend, OR 97702

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Drift Roberts and Smile Train

We have a friend staying with us right now in Eugene. Drift Roberts, a young stand up comic, is walking from Portland, OR to Los Angeles, CA, which is roughly 1000 miles, at the rate about 25 miles a day. He started October 15th and is going through November 23rd, spreading the word and raising money for Smile Train and its cause. Smile Train’s mission is to provide free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries. (more info HERE)

He spent some time with us in Eugene. I showed him Eugene by bike and we spent time riding around and just relaxing. We hiked up to the top of Skinner’s Butte, then ate some biscuits and gravy at the Wandering Goat. It was a great time; we enjoyed having him around.

If you are interested in helping out or just want to know more information about Drift Roberts and Smile Train, you can follow his journey on these sites:
Smile Train Website
Smile Train Walk Twitter
Drift Roberts on Twitter
Drift Roberts on Facebook

Drift Roberts, up at the top of Skinner's Butte

Drift Roberts, up at the top of Skinner's Butte

Yehuda Moon, Kickstand to Kickstarter

Yehuda Moon on Kickstarter

Yehuda Moon & Kickstand Comics is a great comic started by Rick Smith. The comic is about life around the Kickstand Cyclery.  The comic has been around since 2008; in that time it has grown to many more characters, story lines, another contributor (Brian Griggs), and even being published in Bicycle Times Magazine. Sadly, in September of 2011, the comic came to a halt. You can read Rick’s reasoning yourself on the Yehuda Moon site. It is still a little unclear what Rick plans to do in the long run. We all wish he might still continue, even if it is more infrequent (the comic was updated every day!), but just today it seems he has decided to public the last 3 volumes of the series (Volume 2, 3, and 4) with the helpful backing of Kickstarter. You can purchase Volume 1 in the store directly. If you have enjoyed these comics, this is a great way to show it, and have it forever. I know we all wish Rick well, and hope to maybe see something again in the future.

More about the Yehuda Moon and Kickstarter HERE

Signed drawing of Yehuda, and charred piece of the origanal Kickstand

Signed drawing of Yehuda, and charred piece of the origanal Kickstand

If you haven’t heard of Yehuda Moon you can still get started reading them, They are all online still, here is a link to the first strip. Yehuda Moon 01-22-2008

Yehuda Moon 01-22-2008

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S, side

Like many others today, I received my iPhone 4s. I plan on trying out and reviewing a lot of the Bike Computer/GPS apps that you can get for the iPhone. Along with some different bike mounts/cases. This will hopefully good comparison of what bike apps for the iPhone, to help people chose the one that is right for their needs.

With all these Apps and accessories you can get the iPhone is a perfect choice for cyclists. This phone has great GPS/Mapping capabilities, battery life, and a great 8mp camera with 1080p video. It would be great to do everything on bike tours.

I have enjoyed the phone so far. Just waiting to get some cases to feel safer using it on the bike before starting the reviews. Here are the first videos I took with the iPhone when I was riding along the river on the bike path.

iPhone 4S Video – Caterpillar Footage

iPhone 4S Video – Caterpillar Footage 2

GM Reality Sucks Bike Ad, Giant Has Their Own

Recently GM had placed this add in many college newspapers across the country and has taken a lot of flack for it. The ad depicts an embarrassed young man on a bicycle covering his face from an attractive female sitting comfortably in a GM car. With the Quote “Stop pedaling… start driving.” at the bottom. GM has decided to pull the ad and they are apologizing for their offensive ad. (via there Twitter)

GM "Reality Sucks Ad"

GM "Reality Sucks Ad"

Giant Bicycles has recently released a more truthful ad as a follow up to GM’s misstep.

Giant Reality Does Suck

Giant Reality Does Suck