Ride 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.
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.
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.
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Cars 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.
PeopleForBikes.org has made a “Shit Cyclists Say” video, inspired by the popular “Shit Girls Say” videos and all the videos that followed from it. This video is more roadie specific, but should still be funny to most cyclists. I hope someone comes out with a video for, bike commuters, touring cyclist, cargo bike, etc. As long as they are cyclist related I’m sure they will be funny.
There is also a “Shit Mountain Bikers Say” by IHTtwo.
There is a clip from the “Thumbs Up for Rock and Roll!” video featured in a new commercial for Google Chrome. The commercial “Make It Happen” shows videos of “to-do’s” and other teaching videos from YouTube(owned by Google). In the very last clip (at 50sec) you see the kid who just learned to ride his bicycle say “Thumbs Up Everybody, Rock and Roll!” as he is giving the thumbs up, then 2 peace signs, high in the air.
This is a great video that is inspirational to all especially for young kids trying to learn to ride their bike. Showing the excitement of one kid after he first learned to ride his bike by himself.
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.
This abnormally warm winter has brought us some great days for bike rides all over town. Here is a video from one of those days, riding along the river bike paths.
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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.
Read more about Eugene’s First Bike Only Traffic Signal
Yesterday after reading a blog post from Eugene Bicyclist about the Fern Ridge Bike Path flooding at the underpasses below the streets. (Read Here) I decided to I wanted to check this out for myself, being my first year in Eugene. Before the ride, I constructed something I’ve been meaning to try out. I mounted my Fuji Waterproof XP10 camera on the the end of some “bull-horn” handle bars I got from a friend. I used a camera mount from a cheap small tripod and attached them to the end of the bar. It seemed to work out alright for the first day. This should give us a new perspective to add to the videos Angel and I make.
Here are 2 short video of the first test with the camera mount.
Splash Through The Rain from Austin McKimmey on Vimeo.
Fern Ridge Bike Path Flood from Austin McKimmey on Vimeo.
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