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Old 08-12-08, 05:59 PM   #1
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Portland? Eugene? the coast? Crater Lake?

I'm flirting with the idea of a trip out to your part of the world next month to pick up a Bike Friday (something about picking up the new baby at the place where s/he was born I guess), which begs the question of where best to take the new machine for his/her shake-out rides. Options include staying in Eugene, and riding around there, heading back to Portland and checking out Bike Capital USA, or trying the coast or Crater Lake -- or anywhere else for that matter. Priority would be to find quiet roads or trails, and perhaps a hill or two to test out the new machine before folding it up and taking it back to Canada.

Any recommendations out there? I should say I'm a road biker in my normal life, with rides that range from 40-50 miles a day to the (very rare) century. But this would be a much gentler trip -- 20 or 30 miles would be just fine to try out something new. And then I could visit bike shops, be a tourist and generally enjoy life. Likely time period is middle of September, hopefully before it starts raining too very much.

Ideas welcomed, including suggestions where to stay. I'll have a week or so in total, and will be aiming at hotels/motels rather than hostels or camping.

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There are a lot of nice routes for riding around the mid-Willamette valley. Bike Friday should be able to send you a Lane County Bike Map if you just want to do day rides based in Eugene.

I suggest you consider flying to Eugene and flying back from Portland. Ride back to Portland on your new Bike Friday along the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, which has its southern terminus near Eugene - http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/BIK...re_route.shtml
This route is close to various towns along the way (Corvallis, Salem, McMinnville ...) with hotel/motel facilities, and runs right through wine country. You could break it up into your leisurely 20-30 mile chunks and easily get to Portland within a week.

Another option may be for you fly in and out of Portland, rent a car to Eugene and back, and then ride the Columbia River Gorge area east of Portland. This also can be broken up into 20-30 mile intervals with plenty of hotels and services along the way.
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEP...rgeBikeMap.pdf

The Oregon coast and Crater Lake routes from Eugene may not have motels and services at the 20 to 30-mile intervals you desire. They may also take you more than a week at that rate.

Enjoy riding in our valley on your new Bike Friday.

PS: We (my wife and I) both have the BF Pocket Crusoe model.
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That Wilamette Valley bikeway looks amazing. But it looks as though Oregon is pretty bike-friendly all round, right?

But let me clarify this one -- the aim is actually to stay in hotels in a couple of places and do day trips from there rather than riding from place to place. I'd need to get the case to Portland too and am not taking the trailer option this time around. One can always upgrade the case to a trailer, I understand.

What do you think of your Pocket Crusoes? What sort of riding do you use them for?
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Your best bet may be to fly to Portland and rent a car for the week. Drive to Eugene and pick up your Bike Friday. There is a very nice bike path of several miles right behind the Bike Friday factory. Spend a day or two in Eugene as there is a good choice of 20-30 mile day rides. Then work your way back north to Portland with stops in Albany/Corvallis area and McMinnville/Forest Grove (heart of wine country) for a couple of days each. There are great day rides in each of these areas, as well as motels and B&Bs along the way. Take the scenic routes north rather than Interstate 5 (you could even follow the Willamette Valley Bikeway, but by car). You could leave yourself a couple of days in the Portland area to sample the Columbia Gorge scenic area before returning to Toronto. If you want to sample the coast and ride there, you could get there within 1-1/2 hrs by driving west over the coast range from any of the above towns.

We use our Pocket Crusoes around town (Corvallis), for Saturday club rides and for occasional 25-40 mile picnic rides around the valley. We also haul them around in our car for day rides whenever we go on longer trips.

Hope this helps.
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If you do come, let us know, and perhaps we can manage a meet and greet in Portland .

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Glad to meet up in Corvallis, but only after Sep 10.
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I'll let y'all know. Delays right now -- possible cold feet from travelling partner -- so I need to decide whether to go it alone or wait. Now do I really NEED a Bike Friday anyway. And when did the word NEED come into any bike purchase after all?
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Now do I really NEED a Bike Friday anyway. And when did the word NEED come into any bike purchase after all?



If you make it up to Seattle, I will show you how I NEEDED those twelve bikes .

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Sounds like a great trip. I toured the Bike Friday "factory" (well, its' really a very large shop...) this spring. They seem like great people.

I'm sure you know that Co-Motion is based in Eugene, too, and I think you can arrange to visit their factory if you let them know in advance...
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the willamette valley would be an easier ride than the coast. If you're flying in to PDX and picking up the bike in Eugene, it would be a natural to ride back up the valley to Portland. I'm sure there are nice B&Bs and motels throughout the valley, but I'm not sure about vacancy rates at this time of the year...
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For motel availability, you might look for weekends when OSU and/or UO are playing road games!

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Hi,
We just returned to Spokane after flying to Eugene and picking up our new Pocket LLamas. We rode for two weeks both in the valley and on the coast catching the train in Albany to come home. A great trip! And the LLamas are the best touring bikes we've ever ridden. Avoid hiway 126 east of Eugene for the first 15 miles. We camped and hoteled. The coast is scenic but busy, the valley is as good as cycling can get, just stay on the back roads.
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We just returned to Spokane after flying to Eugene and picking up our new Pocket LLamas. We rode for two weeks both in the valley and on the coast catching the train in Albany to come home. A great trip! And the LLamas are the best touring bikes we've ever ridden. Avoid hiway 126 east of Eugene for the first 15 miles. We camped and hoteled. The coast is scenic but busy, the valley is as good as cycling can get, just stay on the back roads.

Just curious - why the Pocket LLama instead of the New World Tourist?
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The LLama is their off-road, expedition type bike. Takes larger tires and has a higher bottom bracket, a bit heavier. But for me the reason is I love a fork with a curve in it. I'm sure the NWT would work fine.
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Being a native Oregonian, born in Eugene, raised in Bend, college in Corvallis, grad school in Portland, I can safely say that Eugene has the best road riding in the state. Tons of amazing paved logging roads that will make you think you are riding in the Tour. You may need a local to show you these routes, but they are intense and unbelievable.

BTW the only place I have ridden that tops Eugene is NorCal around Santa Rosa
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The LLama is their off-road, expedition type bike. Takes larger tires and has a higher bottom bracket, a bit heavier. But for me the reason is I love a fork with a curve in it. I'm sure the NWT would work fine.
Just wondering. I was looking at both, and rode both. I like the LLama a bit, but thought it might be overkill if I was mainly going to ride on roads, and so maybe the NWT was for me... On the other hand, I don't have a mountain bike, so maybe I *would* ride the LLama.

Also, they have the Pocket Crusoe, which seems to be a (more expensive) and higher performance version of their NWT.


I've been sort of watching eBay for one to pop up but their resale value is really high, so I haven't found huge savings buying used.

Great bikes; I envy your purchase (and your tour!).
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