I shot some video with my helmet camera riding North Bound on South Willamette, between 24th and 29th. The city is working on plans for South Willamette that are hopefully going to include good facilities for bicycles, pedestrians, and motor vehicles. To read more about the city’s plans, here is more information.
Video was taken going North Bound on the roadway on January 11, 2012 around 3:40pm.
You can see/hear how bad the roads are right now, and that there is no place for cyclists to safely ride. I live right off of this street and find this road very uninviting in its current conditions to both pedestrians and cyclists. When walking on the sidewalks, there are frequent driveways going out into the street, and if you (or a driver) aren’t paying attention you could easily be hit by someone pulling in, or exiting any of these driveways. Angel and I feel like we are cut off behind this road with no side streets that can truly get us anywhere necessary. The road is too narrow to allow for 4 full lanes of cars and bicyclists to ride safely alongside. You can see in the video 2 cars squeeze by me, the second aggressively honking, then squeezing between me and another car quickly only to stop a couple of yards ahead at an intersection. I am an experienced cyclist, and used to conditions like this, but would not recommend for other cyclists to ride on this street in this condition. I myself don’t enjoy riding on this street and avoid it whenever possible. Hopefully the new plans will address some of these problems, making it safer for all to use.
Last night was Pizza Night at our house. I made a short time-lapse video of making the pizza with the GoPro camera. I love making pizza and we have been using Daiya, and pineapple to top our pizza lately, which is great. But as you can see in the photo, we also love just sauce covered pizza, and even our bread stick style, just olive oil and salt. It’s always fun to make homemade pizza.
I got a pair of Novara Arosa Bike Gloves at the REI Year-End Garage Sale. The gloves MSRP at $29.50. I already have colder weather gloves, the Novara Stratos, but I wanted some suited for cool/dry weather wearing. They are built very similarly to the Stratos gloves. They have synthetic leather palms with nice grip, and a small amount of padding, with added grip on the finger tips of the thumb, index and middle fingers, to allow added grip on brake levers. These are cool weather gloves, so they won’t cut the wind, or repel water, like the Stratos but they are extremely breathable. There are large reflective accents across the whole back, and a nice amount of fleece on the outer part of the thumb for wiping your face. The cuff allows for a good fit, with no bulk or hassle with straps. They have a pull tab to help fit them on and elastic cuffs. They fit very nicely. These are size XL, the same size as the Stratos I own. I think these are great gloves and I am happy I got them. If you are looking for excellent cool and dry weather gloves, you won’t go wrong with these. Disclaimer: I bought these at the REI Year-End Garage Sale so I got a great deal on them, and paid a sale price of $9.83. I would still be willing to pay full price for them. The reason for return on them was “not warm enough”. They might not have realized they are cool/dry weather glove, and they are fine for me, and do what they advertise. If you need gloves warmer than this, think about the Stratos.
Ortlieb has recently added some flair to their beloved Back-Roller Classic Pannier, as mentioned in a previous review on the panniers. (HERE) The new Back-Roller Design-Editions come in 3 new styles: Wave, Dot, and Splash. Each design comes in 3 different colors, MSRP $170 per pair. Angel chose the Splash in the Aubergine (purple) with pink splash graphic. The Design set panniers are the same as the Classic panniers, other then the cosmetic changes, graphic, color, and Ortlieb logo now in the plastic clips. I will say it is interesting to see a crisp, clean, new set compared with my well warn 2 year old set.
This color of pannier looks amazing on Angel’s Sky Blue Linus Mixte 3speed. Angel has wanted to get a set of Ortliebs for a long time, but didn’t love any of the original classic colors. And after seeing these new designs/colors, she knew she would get one of these. Angel loves them now, and hopefully soon she will get a Ortlieb Carrying System to use these more easily off the bike. These Panniers are sure to treat Angel well for many years, just like mine have.
Here is a review I wrote on my Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Panniers.
Have you ever needed to travel up and back on the new Alder Street Cycle Track, in under 5 minutes? Well I actually can’t help you with that, but you can view its entirety of the cycle track right now from your computer. The other day I rode North and South bound lanes of the Alder Street Cycle Track in Eugene, Oregon, recording it with my new camera so more people can see it who haven’t been able to make it to the street yet, just don’t ride in that area, or are not from Eugene and can see what this cycle track looks like. This is a great way to view it, or show it off and brag “my city has a cycle track and bicycle only traffic signals“. When I went out to film this ride; the streets were pretty empty due to students being home for the holidays, and because it was right before the 2012 Rose Bowl (the Ducks Won!) Normally this area is full of students riding, driving, and walking to and from the University of Oregon campus.
This is the first cycle track here in Eugene featuring: one way car traffic (South bound only), North and South bound bike lanes on one side of the road, painted buffer zone separating the car lane from the bikes, green painted intersections to denote “car and bike caution crossing zone”, green painted bike boxes for south bound lanes, bicycle only traffic signals, and center lane car parking between 12th and 13th.
Sorry for any added shakiness, speeding a 6min ride one way into about 2min adds some extra bumps along the way. Enjoy the videos and feel free to share them to show the new cycling infrastructure here in Eugene, OR.
North bound starting at Alder/19th ending at Alder/Franklin Blvd.
South bound tarting at Alder/Franklin Blvd ending at Alder/19th.
Some new traffic laws have come into effect here in Oregon pertaining to both cyclists and car drivers. The law were put into effect on 1-1-2012.
As mentioned in Eugene’s First Bike Only Traffic Signal, Senate Bill 130 has now taken effect. The main thing is that the bill adds bike only traffic signal to Oregon’s list of traffic control devices that can be used. It also defines that bicycles must follow all traffic signals just like all other road vehicle. Most in Eugene might already realize we have these signals placed in on the Alder St. cycle track. Portland also has a couple of these signals around the city.
Here’s a biggy, House Bill 3186 amends ORS 811.507 which allowed cell phones to be used if “A person operating a motor vehicle in the scope of the person’s employment if operation of the motor vehicle is necessary for the person’s job“. With no way of knowing whether drivers were using their phone for work, there was basically no enforcement of the law. Anyone could use their phone if they just claimed it was for “work”. With HB3186 it removes this loophole, No drivers will be able to use a cellphone (with the exception of emergency vehicle drivers), and there is absolutely no texting by any drivers at all. Drivers can still use hands free devices while driving, but putting the phone on speakerphone doesn’t count.
These are 2 great laws that have taken effect, keeping all of the users of the roads safe for cars, bikes, and pedestrians.
For more about these and more about other traffic laws in effect read it here on Oregon Live.
Moleskine is a producer of legendary notebooks. Originally handmade by French bookmakers, Moleskine has a lot of history behind them, being used by the likes of Oscar Wilde, and Vincent van Gogh. Sadly, in 1986 the Moleskine style notebook died out. In 1997, a small company started reproducing these notebooks, and in 2006 Moleskine became the company we know today. Making a wide range of notebooks, planners, travel notebooks, and other specialty notebooks. Now there is even a digital form of this beloved paper book as an App.
I have used a couple different notebooks, using the larger notebooks for drawing and note taking, and the pocket sized notebooks for ideas. But the one I use the most is my Moleskine 12 Months Weekly Notebook Diary/Planner, red hard cover, large. I have used this same planner each year for the past 3. Angel had given me the first one in 2010. I used it for it at first just for writing down events, but after I moved to Oregon in the spring and bought my LHT it has been used everyday to keep track of my miles and time ridden on my bike for that day. Angel got her own extra small (pocket sized) Moleskine 12 months Daily Diary/Planner, with a black soft cover.
Moleskine consists of great features for useful planner. The first few pages consist of a list of international codes, holidays, conversion charts, time zones, and travel log. The pages are nicely organized, whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly planner in any size. In the back they have a small pocket to store loose notes. The larger planners come with a removable lined booklet that can be used for anything. When I got my first Moleskine planner you could get any color, as long as that color was black (a la Henry Ford). The red was special, so that is the one I got. In the past 3 years Moleskine has started producing planners and notebooks with covers in every color imaginable, as well as embossed designs to choose from, with multiple page layouts (graphed, lined, blank, ect.). So you’re likely to find one that fits your style and need.
Angel and I have already started playing around with the GoPro HD HERO we just got. We tried the Time Lapse Photography feature out as Angel made soup yesterday. It was a lot of fun. We set the camera up on a shelf, taking 485 photos over the course of an hour, at a rate of every 10 seconds. We compiled the photos together and made this nice little video. Enjoy!
This is just one fun thing that we are able to do with the camera. The Time Lapse Photography feature allow photos to be taken every 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds. I think we will be able make a lot of fun videos with this feature.
I grew up in central Illinois. In August of 2007, I bought my first real “adult bike” after needing a bike to save money on gas. Since then I have had many bikes. In April of 2010, after moving out to Oregon, I got my beloved Surly Long Haul Trucker. I have put a lot of good miles on the bike. This blog is about my life in Eugene.