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Velo Cult, Pedal Nation, & Great Portland Food

Velo Cult Bike ShopYesterday Angel and I got a chance to hang out in Portland after taking her sister back from a visit. We started out the day by going to the newly opened Velo Cult Bicycle Shop. Started in 2006, the shop originally is from San Diego, but decided to move the entire shop to Portland, employees and all. We visited them Sunday, on the morning after their Grand Opening Party. (They were still cleaning up after it). The shop caters to commuters, tourers, randonneur riders, and other subcultures of cycling with refurbished and new bicycles, but this is not just a place to sell and service bikes, but a place where all “bicycle culture” gets to meet. There is a large and open floor plan. They have some amazing mechanic work stations, with benches for customers to talk with their mechanic right in front of them; a bar offering local beer and food, a photo booth (which sadly was shut down when we were there), and even an authentic castle drawbridge (which doubles as a stage) in the shop!! I believe the drawbridge is from Canteburry Castle, after it was demolished in 2009. This is a really cool shop and you should check it out if you have a chance. They plan on hosting shows, and screening movies there in the future, as well as putting on other fun events for cyclists.
Tool Wall at Velo Cult Velo Cult

Also while at Velo Cult I got the chance to check out the Complete Surly Troll. I wouldn’t mind getting one of these as my first mountain bike. I also think it would make a great touring bike for Angel. It would be a good companion to my LHT. If only the Troll came in some color other than orange (her least favorite).Shouldn't Angel Get A Surly Troll?

Before we went to Pedal Nation, we stopped by the Off The Griddle food cart. With super nice staff, they offer amazing veggie burgers from their solar-powered cart. Angel went with Vegan Cheeseburger, and I went with O.T.G Burger (no lettuce, tomato) just grilled onions and added BBQ sauce; I like my burgers simple. It’s always fun waiting for your food to come out while you read through some Trivial Pursuit games.
O.T.G. Burgers Trivial Pursuit at Off the Griddle

After we arrived to Pedal Nation, I spent a lot of time talking with different people about their products and learning whatever I could. There were a lot of cool things there. The spectrum of booths was across the board, with everything from wooden helmets, a fat tire recumbent, to an upcoming indoor mountain bike park (The Lumberyard) and other great cycling groups. Full list of exhibitors HERE. One thing I thought was really cool is that Nutcase is coming out with 4 bell designs based off of their helmets, which will be available for purchase in the near future (possibly June), along with a new visors to attach to their helmets and even cycling jerseys to match the helmets. Those should all be great. I’m sure Angel will want a watermelon jersey.
Pedal Nation Recap Nutcase Is Coming Out With Bells Nutcase Helmets Wooden Helmets

Before leaving Portland we had to get our favorite pizza at Sizzle Pie. I went with 2 slices of cheese, and Angel got a rabbit salad. There was no Spiral Tap in the case, (our favorite) so we got one to go that we could eat at home. It was a super great idea. Angel wanted the pins, and I thought I might put the patch on my safety vest. This is truly good pizza.
Sizzle Pie!!! YUM!!!

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Danny MacAskill

I’ll admit I have never ridden a mountain bike on real trails a day in my life. Let alone a trials bike. But every time I see a Danny MacAskill video I am blown away at how much talent he has. A new video from Lezyne shows some behind the scenes of what goes though his mind and how he works. His skill, paired up with great video, editing, and music is always enjoyable to watch.
Danny MacAskill 2012: Presented by Lezyne

Here are some older videos from Danny that are still great. You can find more videos of him riding on his site. (HERE)
Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill April 2009

Danny MacAskill – “Way Back Home”

Danny Macaskill – Industrial Revolutions

Video & Photo: Skinner Butte Climb

Skinner Butte is located just north of downtown Eugene, and everyone here knows it and has probably a ridden their bike up it a couple times. It’s not a hard ride really, just slow going. Last week I rode up and down it 10 times (making it a little tiring) just to make this 2min video for fun. It allowed me to try the camera out in different angles and views, and ended up being quite fun climbing it that many times in a row.

I got some nice photo on the ride that I like.
Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Up Close Skinner Butte Reservoir 1926 Down Hill Bend Looking At Spencer Butte Rode Up Skinner Butte 10 Times - Unofficial World Record  Sunset

I ended up taking over an hour of footage for this 2min video, 10 rides up and down. I did it to try out all the different angles I might be able to do with my GoPro.
Each Ride and What I did that Time
1. Front facing from helmet
2. Pointed at my face (not used)
3. Pointed at gears
4. From rear facing pedals
5. Front wheel
6. Handlebars facing downtube
7. Scenery
8. Map My Ride route mapping (pictured at the bottom)
9. Photos
10. Fun for good measure

Movie: Ride The Divide

Ride the DivideRide the Divide is a movie that documents a group of riders racing from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, USA (Mexican border) on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route – 2745 miles. It greatly shows the riders struggles emotionally, physically and mechanically along the way. It’s hard enough for the film crew to catch up and find the cyclists.

It’s a great movie and if you like any sort of cycling you would probably enjoy watching this movie.
It’s on Netflix Streaming right now, or you can request a screening or buy the DVD on the Ride the Divide Site.

PSA: “Sonic Sez” to Check Your Bike


Don’t let your bicycle fall in disrepair like Grounder and Scratch. Check your bike over before every ride and keep it well maintained like our good friends Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” Prower.

Update:
Here is a great resource for bicycle safety checks and other information at League of American Bicyclists. – Thanks Shane of Eugene Safe Routes to School for the link!

PSA from the 1993 TV series The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

End of January Bike Ride

Angel and I got ice cream from Viva! Vegetarian Grill today. The second greatest vegan ice cream, only to my own. 😉 Viva has the best soft serve, with great flavors to choose from, all organic, with specialty ingredients. They have new flavors every couple weeks. Angel got Mocha and I got Apple Spice. After that, we rode down to the river paths around Alton Baker Park to see the flooded areas. The flooding had receded, but the water is still high enough that some of it covers or reaches the edges of the path. Later saw a Penny-farthing.

Mocha Icecream Apple Spice Icecream North Bank Path Sign Flooded Path May Be Flooded When River Rises By the River Bank Surly and The Tree Penny-farthing

Here’s a nice video we made of the ride.

Volkswagen, PeopleforBikes, Star Wars, Dogs

PeopleforBikes sponsorship with VolkswagenCars and bikes sometimes don’t get along that well, but car companies and bikes get along really well together. From sponsorships of race teams, to recently a couple different companies have featured bikes in their ads. Today Volkswagen of America announced the beginning of its 2 year sponsorship of Peopleforbikes.org, which is a good step in the right direction for all.

More about the sponsorship with Volkswagen and People for Bikes. Read it Here

Maybe this will also bring some inspiration from Deutsch, the advertising group that brought us the Star Wars themed Volkswagen at *Supper Bowl ad. This year they will be featuring a new ad with the same theme, and have released a teaser for it.

Volkswagen 2012 “The Bark Side” Teaser for upcomming *Supper Bowl Commercial.

Volkswagen 2011 “The Force” Commercial from last years *Supper Bowl.

*Due to trademarking you can figure out what the *Supper Bowl is.