Posted in BIKE, Day Ride, FOOD, Videos
Tagged bicycle, bike, camera, eugene, food, GoPro, iPhone, LHT, Linus, Long Haul Trucker, mixte, Oregon, Surly, vegan, video
Posted in BIKE, Day Ride, FOOD, Video
Tagged bicycle, bike, eugene, food, iPhone, Oregon, photo, vegan, vegetarian, video
Today(1-15-12) was the first day it snowed in Eugene, Oregon this season. It didn’t snow much, some heavy flurries, but nothing that sticks. Angel and I walked around a bit and took some nice photos and videos of the day. I wish I could have gotten up in the hills where it looked like it was frosted over, and might have stuck to the ground a little more.
Short Video I took during the first snow fall.
Time-Lapse Video of the snow fall.
Posted in FOOD, OTHER, Trips
Tagged eugene, food, Instagram, iPhone, Oregon, photo, Portland, vegan, vegetarian
A new app has been released recently to help with navigation on your bike if you own an iPhone. Bike Maps – Bicycle Directions for Commuting and Touring by Burning Robot is the new app offering turn by turn directions for bikes.
This is a review for Bike Maps Version 1.o.1 (12-13-11), I will try and do updated reviews if and when the newer versions are available.
• Turn by turn directions
• Search by keyword or address
• Get bike directions from your current location
• Prioritizes bike paths and lanes
• Avoids busy streets
I downloaded this app for $1.99 to try it out myself. The app uses the power of Google Map’s Bike Route feature. Over all this app is very clean, and works fast over 3G cell service, but might be lacking some features some people might like. Some of what it is lacking is due to some flaws with Google’s Bike Routing, some are things the app developers might have not decided to add in.
The app is quick to access. Runs well pulling up maps over the 3G. When you open it up it takes you straight into the map, with a Search/Address bar at the top. Pretty bare bones which can bee good. You simply type in what you want in the search bar. Say “bike shop” it will give you the shops in your location, just like Google would. You click the pin on the map then it brings up information about that location, and you can just click the “Bike Directions” button on the page. From your current location only, you will be given a single suggested bike route to that location (the best bike route, according to Google, including distance, and time it will take). The route is highlighted on the map and the written directions are shown one at a time at the top of the screen, allowing you to see the map and directions at the same time. You then can click through arrows at the top right to use the turn by turn directions, which give you the distance and where to turn each step of the way.
Here are some things the app is lacking in comparison to the full desktop version of Google’s Bike Route feature. It doesn’t show highlighted bike routes, instead it just shows the standard map view. It would be nice if it showed the highlighted map view, then you could use it to plan your own routes. The app also doesn’t suggest multiple routes to choose from, it uses the very first route that would come up if you used the full desktop version. This can be bothersome because in many situations the first choice Google suggests is not the best one. Also there is no way to edit routes yourself. And the app only allows you to get directions from your current location. For the most part this will be fine, but it would be nice to be able to plan out routes from other locations.
I like this app even with what it might lack right now, it’s a good, straight-forward bicycle routing app and it lets you use Google’s Bike Routing feature on your iPhone. So if that is what you want, this will work for you. Also, there are no ads, which is always good.
To Burning Robot LLC or the developer:
I have not found a way to contact you. I would like to find out more about what they are working on. So if you are out there please contact me.
Posted in BIKE, News, Reviews
Tagged app, Apple, bicycle, bike, bike commute, google, iPhone, iPhone App, news, review
Yesterday Angel and I went on a nice ride yesterday during the warmer weather. We rode along the bicycle paths in Alton Baker Park.
Here are a couple other videos from earlier this year I haven’t posted.
Summertime ride similar to this last one.
From our bicycle tour in August.
This is a video from our very first day after we moved Eugene, it was in my first blog post.
Posted in BIKE, Videos
Tagged bicycle, bike, bike commute, disc lht, disc long haul trucker, eugene, iPhone, LHT, Linus, Long Haul Trucker, mixte, Oregon, Surly, video
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.
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.
Posted in OTHER
Tagged Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod