Archive for August, 2011
EDITOR’S NOTE: We received this email from Dolores McKeough this morning:
Hi, I got home 24 hours ago.
What a fantastic, beautiful summer. The adventure, fun, stress, friends made, country seen, and on and on.
The trip started innocently enough with friend Cathy in Tampa on April 3. It ended yesterday after I biked from Malibu where I was camping with three companions, whom I met in Big Sur, to Santa Monica where I folded my Bike Friday into it’s suitcase (after I took the wheels off since it had been serving as my trailer).
So many good things happened on this extravaganza trip including the folding experience in Santa Monica. I didn’t want to disassemble the bike on the beach, although it was a beautiful day, there was too much sand.
So, I went to the REI store where Robbie, the bike repair manager, suggested I use part of his work space. What a generous offer. I took him up on it and had the trailer wheels and attachment off in no time. I then folded the bike (taking the accessories off is the most time consuming part of the process) and put it in the suitcase (the former trailer).
The suitcase with the bike weighed in at 52 pounds at the airport (even though it was two pounds over the allowance Suncountry let it go). My duffle bag with camping stuff, clothes etc weighed in at 28 pounds. And, I had two carryons.
So I figure the bike plus all my stuff was about 85 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to ride across the country and partly up and down two coasts. But, I did it and feel great.
I just added it up! I think I rode about 1,000+ miles from Mt. Dora, Florida, to Williamsburg, Virginia; then 4,500 TransAm miles from Richmond, Virginia, to Florence, Oregon; then 1,100 miles from Florence to Santa Monica California.
That’s 6,600 miles on my Bike Friday with 85 pounds from April 3 til August 29. That impresses even me.
As you know it is not simply the miles thar count but the terrain, the road surface, the elevation, the weather …
It was wonderful. Attached is a picture taken North of San Francisco. Note the long sleeves; the weather did not warm up til Santa Barbara.
4 comments August 31, 2011
It won’t be long, and PacTour.com will begin taking registration for 2013 Desert Camp.
Once again, Bike Friday owners are encouraged to joing Lon Haldeman and Susan Notorangelo during Week 3, the Historic Hotel ride.
Add comment August 29, 2011
In the predawn darkness at Richardson Park on the Fern Ridge Reservoir you can hear the crunch of gravel beneath bicycle tires, and the speed-dial clicking of a free wheel.
Kent Anderson, our newest hire, plans to ride a Pocket Rocket on the leg of his short course ride.
Meanwhile, Chaowaroj Wanotayaroj, a student at the University of Oregon, plans to ride his tikit in his first triathlon ever.
In no time, the 7 a.m. start has arrived.
After the swim, it was time for the transition to the bike. First for Kent Anderson.
Next, Chaowaroj Wanotayaroj came in for his transition.
“The bike worked well,” Anderson said as he embarked on a 25-mile ride. “It was fantastic. When I got on the flat section, I really took off. There was a lot of satisfaction passing others on my Bike Friday.”
Chaowaroj Wanotayaroj said he knows the tikit isn’t the best choice for a 50-mile ride, but for his first triathlon he wanted something he was familiar with.
“It was fine,” he said. “And a lot of fun passing others on a small bike.”
Congrats to Kent Anderson, who won his age group!
5 comments August 28, 2011
BY THOM DODD
Hi everyone To those of you headed out on your triathlon in Eugene this weekend, have a great day!! You should end up satisfied on many levels, and hopefully will learn something about yourself during the event. The unexpected is about guaranteed to surface at some point, so just know that you will adapt/adjust and be fine in the end. There should be lots of great supportive folks out there with you. Be safe and Enjoy. I had a beautiful winter day on Monday and my plan was to ride the Ironman distance for my long ride. I have been gradually increasing my long rides, adding about 10% every third week or so to my previous long ride on this buildup, and it was time for the 180 k ride. I actually did 185, with six - 200 meter hills and five -- 100 meter hills, and added another gorgeous beach village to my growing list -- Onemana, between Opoutere and Whangamata. I felt great all the way as I took four lunches with me, stopping for 15 minutes each time, and went thru the correct number of water bottles and electrolytes for my needs, so the energy never faltered. Now I just have to do it after a long swim and before a marathon!!! I have five more months to get to that point, which is plenty of time to do my three or four rides of 200 kand extend the runs on my bike/run days, which will be fun now that our days are lengthening and the weather is warming up. The swimming will kick in soon as well, as our ocean usually goes up a couple degrees with the first Northeasterly wind in Sept. Had another spectacular ride Wednesday the opposite direction, a recovery 70k ride which made a total of 15 spectacular beaches to punctuate the rides, each one rejuvenating me after cycling over the big hill separating it from the last beach. And a couple runs on Tues and Thurs, so a good week so far. Again, I want to wish you all the best on the weekend. Get that Friday out and see where it will take you today, whatever day it is there. Cheers from Aoteroa, aka, New Zealand.
Add comment August 26, 2011
With just a few days left before Saturday’s
Eugene Celebration Parade, our Bike Friday
Tandemonium Band got in a little practice at lunch,
getting creative since a few of the tandems were lent
out for a special event.
2 comments August 25, 2011
BY THOM DODD
We have had an amazing August for triathletes
to train here in New Zealand — the last three weeks
have seen nothing but some of the clearest skies
imaginable, lush green hills set against blue sea
and sky, light winds in these parts, and lengthening
days as we emerge from another mild (North Island,
The last couple weeks we have
had the polar express, a veritable
conveyor belt driven by a cyclonic
flow one side and an anticyclonic flow
the other that makes them like egg
beaters driving purified air from latitude
70 degrees near Antarctica to us here
– the air is normally clear,
but this is off the charts!
Needless to say, it is tough to keep myself
inside, and the New World Tourist has been
treated to a few weeks of
The training is ramping up as my challenge is
now only five months away.
Rides over 100 miles now, hills galore, and it is
so stunningly gorgeous out that I hardly notice
anything other than the desire to get out again
once a ride is over.
Running is good too, with the odd ride/run “brick”
workout creeping into my routine. The ocean is
down to 11 celsius, perhaps its
coldest in my 15 years here, but so clear that
it is still tempting.
But no reason to hurry that along as cycling and
running are what I emphasize in winter anyway. It
has been mostly “unfold that Friday and let the
beauty unfold before you.”
Anyway, I know you have Triathlon Eugene coming
this weekend, and I want to wish you all a
great final week of “tuning” and resting so
that you are fresh and hungry for the event.
I will try to update this a few times this week
hoping to inspire someone this coming weekend.
It should be a great opportunity to meet fellow
athletes and hear what they have to say. The Tri
community is a great one — we’re all lucky to be
able to be a part of it.
Stay healthy and have a great day next weekend.
1 comment August 24, 2011
A fun day at Bike Friday with the folks from Savvy Cycling Tours. Here’s a photo gallery.
Add comment August 23, 2011
We’ve been waiting, and planning, and waiting.
It’s finally here.
Way back last fall, a group of scouts for Savvy Cycling Tours stopped by our Factory Showroom. They were checking out Eugene as a possible destination for their 2011 trip.
They got the Factory Tour by our Showroom Host Kirk Toy. And, they decided that Eugene would be a great place to spend a week cycling while enjoying an Oregon summer.
Since then, we’ve made some plans for this group of 135 that have come to Eugene.
The highlight is today, the Bike Friday Founder’s Ride.
Co-Founder Alan Scholz is the ride leader. Alan plotted out three courses around the area: One for the experts, one for intermediate and one for those just out for some fun.
We have three Bike Friday ride leaders, one for each group. All three rides end here at the Factory Showroom where we will have refreshments, and will offer Factory Tours.
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